Sounding the Seventh Trumpet

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Sounding the Seventh Trumpet
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 24, 2001[1]
RecordedNovember 2000[2]
Avenged Sevenfold chronology
Sounding the Seventh Trumpet
Waking the Fallen
Singles from Sounding the Seventh Trumpet
  1. "Warmness on the Soul"
    Released: April 10, 2001

Sounding the Seventh Trumpet is the debut studio album by American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold, released in 2001 by Good Life Recordings, and re-released by Hopeless Records on March 19, 2002,[6] featuring slightly different cover art. The album was recorded in November 2000 at Westbeach Recorders in California. Although the album only sold 300 copies in its first week of release, it has sold 370,000 copies worldwide with 310,000 sold in United States, as of November 2010.[7][8] The title 'Sounding the Seventh Trumpet' takes its name from the Book of Revelation, specifically referencing chapter 11 and the sounding of the last (seventh) trumpet, showing the end of the world.[9] Valary DiBenedetto (M. Shadows' future wife) performs vocals on the track "The Art of Subconscious Illusion."[6][10][11] The album was released as 2x12 vinyl, LP, 33 ⅓ RPM, Purple on 2008 in US.[12]


Sounding the Seventh Trumpet was recorded in November 2000, with a budget of $2,000. When the band members got into the studio, The Rev recorded all the drums in one take, and the other members of the band added their parts to what he had laid down. Zacky Vengeance played lead guitar originally. Then, when Synyster Gates joined the band in early 2001, they recorded a heavy metal version of "To End the Rapture" with Gates playing lead guitar. This heavy metal version was first seen on the "Warmness on the Soul" single, and was later featured on the re-release of Sounding the Seventh Trumpet.


The release date of this album is theorized in many sources. On the band's official website, it's given as January 31, 2001. However, on archived versions of the website, news updates explain that the album, distributed by Lumberjack Distributions, was originally planned for a late April 2001 release. Due to unknown reasons, it had to be pushed back multiple times, at first for a June 10, then for a June 20 release. A Loudwire article about the album's 17th anniversary gives July 24 as the actual release date.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[3]
Kerrang!1/5 stars[13]
Sputnikmusic4/5 stars

Sounding the Seventh Trumpet was generally well received by critics. Allmusic rated the album three stars out of five and wrote: "Sounding the Seventh Trumpet is a magnificent album that is suitable for any fan of metal music, as Avenged Sevenfold has a firm grasp on all that is extreme." The review also praised the tracks "Darkness Surrounding" and "We Come out at Night" as being "...excellent metalcore masterpieces, as the vocal harmonies add to these cuts to evolve the songs into fully atmospheric sonic blasts."


Avenged Sevenfold later released the Warmness on the Soul, which featured a video for the single "Warmness on the Soul". The video depicted the band wandering through city streets as M. Shadows' wife, Valary, searched for them. There is a heavy metal version of "To End the Rapture" which was released on the reissue of Sounding the Seventh Trumpet after it was bought by Hopeless Records.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Avenged Sevenfold, except where noted.

1."To End the Rapture"1:24
2."Turn the Other Way"5:40
3."Darkness Surrounding"4:53
4."The Art of Subconscious Illusion" (featuring Valary DiBenedetto)3:45
5."We Come Out at Night"4:46
6."Lips of Deceit"4:09
7."Warmness on the Soul"4:19
8."An Epic of Time Wasted"4:18
9."Breaking Their Hold"1:11
10."Forgotten Faces"3:26
11."Thick and Thin"4:15
12."Streets" (written by M. Shadows & Successful Failure)3:06
13."Shattered by Broken Dreams"7:12
Total length:53:11

* The "Heavy Metal Version" of "To End the Rapture" was featured on the re-release of Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, replacing the original.


Avenged Sevenfold
  • M. Shadows – vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards
  • Zacky Vengeance – lead guitar
  • The Rev – drums, backing vocals, sound effects, additional vocals on "The Art Of Subconscious Illusion"
  • Justin Sane – bass
Session musicians
  • Valary Di Benedetto – additional vocals on "The Art of Subconscious Illusion"
  • Synyster Gates – lead guitar, backing vocals (only on "To End the Rapture")
  • Recorded at Westbeach in Hollywood, California, USA
  • Produced, engineered and mixed by Donnell Cameron and Avenged Sevenfold
  • Assistant Engineered by Henrah Kruzchev
  • Mastered by Ramon Breton and Avenged Sevenfold at Oceanview Mastering


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  9. ^ "Revelation 11:15 The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever."". Retrieved 2014-02-15.
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  13. ^ Kerrang! issue 880 (November 24, 2001).
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