Avenged Sevenfold’s “Sounding the Seventh Trumpet” was released 15 years ago today and, to recognize the anniversary, Metal Hammer has shared an article from their archives that covered the band’s evolution from “hardcore outcasts to heavy metal heroes.” Read the full piece here. Metal Hammer recently placed “Waking The Fallen” in the Top 10 of their 100 Greatest Albums of the 21st Century.
“There was a really big hardcore scene in Orange County, so we really got accepted by that in a big way and then as soon as we started branching out beyond hardcore obviously those scene kids started hating us,” frontman M.Shadows recalls. “It was never cool to do solos, or cool to not be playing just those ‘chug-chug’ riffs that all hardcore bands have and we were never into just humming along and doing what they wanted us to do. If they said jump we said, ‘Fuck you’ and never ‘How high?’.”
And so the evolution continued.
Bending and breaking the rules is exactly what A7X have done on Waking The Fallen, their quite frankly astonishing second album. There is no ‘cool’ factor considered here and no ‘now’ genre for this record to fit in because it treads the water of so many different sub-genres. Prog rock, heavy metal, post-hardcore, goth, melodic rock and hardcore, they’re all in the melting pot somewhere and welded together with devastating effect.
“We knew right off the bat that if people didn’t have a strong opinion of us then it was never going to be anything special and if we get plenty of love or hating reactions to it then that’s something special. Most of the world’s biggest bands, you either love them or hate them, and we never wanted to be any different to that. Even if someone would come up to me after a show and would say, ‘That fucking sucked! What do you the hell do you think you’re doing?!’, I’d walk away happy because it forced a reaction from him, and he’d always remember us.”
“I know at the moment with all of these screamo-emo bands it’s cool to be just dressed like one of the fans and be like one of the fans, but I don’t want it to be like that,” Matt admits in unusually hushed tones. “We have a good relationship with our fans and love to meet the fans, but when I’m onstage I want to be that guy that everyone looks at. We want to put on a real show. One of the main things we want to do is have all of the huge light shows and put on a full-on Alice Cooper/Marilyn Manson type show but obviously do it in our own way. We want it to be that you get your money’s worth every single time you come and see us play.”