M.Shadows explains how Avenged Sevenfold’s Waking The Fallen was set apart from other Metalcore at the time

Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold’s 2003 album Waking The Fallen was their first with guitarist Synyster Gates and bassist Johnny Christ, and has since sold over 1 million copies.

Avenged Sevenfold drastically changed their sound from metalcore to more traditional heavy metal on their next album City of Evil.

In the new episode of the Trax podcast, singer M.Shadows said he feels Waking The Fallen stood out with its heavy infusion of Bad Religion-style punk rock.

He said: “Waking The Fallen had its own parameters, right? You have to think at the time… because a lot of people forget quickly that there was bands like Poison The Well and Vision Of Disorder that were doing what Waking The Fallen was doing before us. They were influencing us. Waking The Fallen had that big breakthrough and then people go ‘oh they invented that whole sound.’ It’s like, no, but we had more punk rock involved, while none of those bands had kind of mixed punk rock into their sound.

“The thing on Waking The Fallen was like Bad Relgion and NOFX meets Pantera and Metallica. I think the other bands were being more influenced by New York hardcore and some different things and like, the Quicksands and the Shelters of the world.

“I think that had its own parameters, where we were… it was kind of that ‘sing scream sing scream’ [style]. It didn’t really lend itself to go full-on Ennio Morricone, but once we were doing only singing vocals we really wanted to spread our wings musically because that was where we were going to make the kind of difference in what people were hearing. It wasn’t going to be back and forth vocally. We really spread our wings on ‘Strength Of The World’ and we really started bringing in all the influences.”


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