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|1. Waking the Fallen|
|2. Unholy Confessions|
|3. Chapter Four|
|5. Desecrate Through Reverence|
|6. Eternal Rest|
|7. Second Heartbeat|
|8. Radiant Eclipse|
|9. I Won't See You Tonight Part 1|
|10. I Won't See You Tonight Part 2|
|11. Clairvoyant Disease|
|12. And All Things Will End|
A7X are incredibly talented musicians (guitarist Synyster Gates being the prime example) and singer M.Shadows voice is so varied you would think they have about 4 singers. One second he is belting out note-perfect melodies, the next he screams paint off the walls, the next he delivers a bone crunching roar. The variation is the foremost feature of this album. It encompasses styles like Slayer's thrash, Hatebreed's breakdowns, Cradle Of Filth's screams, Finch's singing, Metallica's solos and AFI's emotion. There really is something for everyone.
Beginning with the atmospheric intro 'Waking The Fallen' which leads straight into the first single 'Unholy Confessions' and then 'Chapter Four', two easily accessible songs to suck you in. Once you're hooked track 4 'Remenissions' and 5 'Desecrate Through Reverence' will lock you in for good. Its an epic journey of hardcore, emo, punk, gothcore and straight guitar skill; true stadium classics. Following this 'Eternal Rest' rips your f**king eyes out with blistering thrash solos, a Metallica-esque riff, an epic gothic chorus and breakdowns to make Hatebreed soil themselves in fear.
If your ears haven't melted yet live favourite 'Second Heartbeat' and 'Radiant Eclipse' blow you away with their epic proportions (both approx. 7mins), skillful drumming and sing-ability. Following this you have what is essentially a 15min song.Read more ›
One of the things i like most about the album is the way it has been put together, as it is not just a random order, it is clear that it is something that has been given a lot of thought. First of all we have the intro setting the mood for the album, which then launches into the quiker more aggresive traks to begin with, getting slower and more melodic throughout the album, with the exeption of I Won't See You Tonight Part 2 which still effortlessly fits in after the first part.
One of the other great points about this band is their variation, ranging from harsh screaming tracks with powerful riffs, to piano ballads and everything in between! The tracks are easily distinguishible, and it does not appear as one big musical mess as some albums of similar genres do. Across this wide range, my personal favourates on the album would have to be I Won't See You tonight Part 1 for its beautiful singing, guitar work and everything about it, Unholy Confessions for its ridiculusly catchy riff and Clairvoyant Desiese for the superb solo and chorus.
Be warned however, that if you have heard City Of Evil, this is a very differnt, harsher sounding, heavier Avenged Sevenfold do not expect for it to be too similar. Enough of me rambling on about it though, i urge you to go and hear it for yourself! Go buy...Now!