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  • Resume:I have been listening to metal of all kinds faithfully for the past 16 years since I was hooked by Maiden and Metallica. I moved on to Slayer, Dream Theater, Overkill, King’s X. Then on to Fear Factory, Paradise Lost, Iced Earth, Therion, Morbid Angel, At the Gates, In Flames, Cradle of Filth, Nevermore, Nightwish, Saviour Machine, Shadows Fall, etc., etc., etc. You get the picture. I played in a band, I have seen dozens of bands in concert, I own over 700 metal CDs, I hosted a metal radio show for 4 years, I have defended modern metal to my (classic rock, stoner rock, top 40, dance, etc.) friends. I am not trying to be holier than thou, MY POINT IS:Review:”Waking the fallen” ranks up there with whatever your classics are. Period. I’m talking top 5 material. It is a “genre-buster” that is bound to unite fans like Guns n Roses did with AFD or Queensryche did with Mindcrime or Slayer did with Reign in Blood. I had a friend who couldn’t stand Queensryche but when asked about Operation:Mindcrime, he said “Awesome, one of the best records ever.” This is the type of impact this album can have. As with those 3 examples, where Waking the Fallen ends up on your list depends on your tastes. The first track I heard was “Unholy Confessions” and I loved the Swedish melodic death opening, then was blown away when I heard the clean vocals. By the time the song was 1 minute old, I knew I had to have it. When the punk/pop chorus hit, I knew I was hearing something special. That song continued to weave in and out of genres seamlessly – almost getting better with every second. And when it was over, I had withdrawl. Funny thing is, it turns out to be one of the “weakest” songs on the album! Of course, there are no “weak” songs on it, that is the beauty of a classic – you are excitited to hear each and every track. Every song has at least 5 pallatable metallic influences lovingly executed as Avenged Sevenfold makes a sound totally original. This is the way it happens. Was Lord of the Rings a TRUELY original story? No, Tolkien would be the first to admit it was an amalgamation of his influences. Think “The Sixth Sense” was REALLY original? No, M. Night gives all the glory to Hitchcock. ANYWAY, Waking the Fallen continues to Genesis Chapter 4…oops I mean Chapter 4. :-) Majestic fusion of melodic metal with a rock hard background riff. How cool is the vocal on this track? It’s at this point I admit this is too good for words so I just smile and listen. Then there is “Remenissions” and I just laughed. That is all I could do. It was so intensly good I could just laugh at the joy it was providing me. I was thinking “All of sudden they are a black metal band?! Then Sepultura shows up?! And HOLY SHIZZLE what is that acoustic perfection for 20 wonderous seconds?! And KEEP AWAY FROM ME! HELL YEAH! I don’t know who I am telling this to, but I agree!” Then it’s fast again…it’s demonically slow again…it’s a Slayer riff…it’s a MAIDEN breakdown! Then more fantastic clear singing until the fake out ending where some death metal takes you out. WOW. There is no doubt that is one of the best songs ever written. This is already too long, so I won’t go into detail about the other tracks, except to say everything good you’ve read about “I won’t see you tonight” is true. Is it too much to ask for another masterpiece for your next recordng Avenged Sevenfold???? Please say you can accomplish the near impossible and do it again…

    Posted on November 20, 2009