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Waking the Fallen by Avenged Sevenfold

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Reviewed on 5th September 2004.

 
 

Waking the Fallen

By Avenged Sevenfold

Three albums into their career and Orange County based 5 piece Avenged Sevenfold's fusion of Goth-punk and Metal has gained them a cult following which Waking the Fallen is sure to add to.

Despite opting for five to seven minute long tracks, including the fourteen minute two part "I Won't See You Tonight", instead of the traditional 3 minute rock song, the whole album is kept fresh and interesting mixing late 70's and early 80's cock rock influences with modern experimental music with vocals that switch from hardcore screaming to clean and melodic in a heartbeat and are delivered with an urgency missing from so many bands. The stunning drumming, blazing guitar solos and epic feel are present throughout but something new is brought to each song, such as a slower flamenco style guitar section on "Remenissions" to the beautiful, anthemic chorus on "Radiant Eclipse" while new single "Unholy Confession" shows a slightly more main stream sound.

Love it or hate it, everyone should hear this album.

 

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