Released in 2003 by Hopeless
Best Songs: Unholy Confessions, Chapter Four
Listen Also To Their Album: Nightmare
Interesting Facts: Waking The Fallen is the first release by the band to feature lead guitarist Synyster Gates, the record also features some guitar solos. The record is notable among fans due to M. Shadows’ slightly higher pitch in his voice and high notes he sings on songs like “I Won’t See You Tonight” (both parts).
Avenged Sevenfold emerged with a metalcore sound on their debut Sounding the Seventh Trumpet which continued with Waking The Fallen, but their style had evolved by their third album and first major label release, City of Evil, into a heavy metal and hard rock style. The band continued to explore new sounds with their self-titled release and enjoyed continued mainstream success before their drummer, James “The Rev” Sullivan, died in 2009. Despite his death, the band continued on with help of now-former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy and released and toured in support of their fifth album Nightmare in 2010 which debuted on the top spot of the Billboard 200, their first number one debut.