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Avenged Sevenfold
Waking the Fallen (Hopeless Records)

By: Mike SOS

Avenged Sevenfold is an Orange County, CA quintet who looks like AFI, but rock out with the power of Iron Maiden. On the outfit's latest release, the 12-track Waking the Fallen, streams of epic metal blend inside a West Coast hardcore attitude collide, making songs like "Unholy Confessions" palatable to skaters and metalheads alike. A7X's method of metal incorporates mammoth guitar gallops, intricate song structures, and a taste for the supernatural a la King Diamond. Almost sounding Swedish before the rough edged, non-falsetto vocals kick in, this band is the definitive offspring of parents that grew up on metal bands like Dio and Helloween yet live in perpetual sunshine. For a glimpse of how today's metal kids interpret the old school sounds, check out the impressive offering by this burgeoning group.
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