Zacky Vengeance spoke to Revolver Magazine about “Waking The Fallen,” “Waking The Fallen: Resurrected,” and the early days of Avenged Sevenfold.
What are some of the extras on this reissue?
ZV: With the reissue, we’re offering the demo tracks that we recorded for the album. We basically went into a small studio with zero budget [and with Thrice’s Teppei Teranishi producing], but we wanted to hear what the songs sounded like with vocal melodies and different guitar tones before we laid it down. These demos are as real and as raw as it gets—every one of them is different from the songs that ended up on Waking the Fallen. We pulled parts out of some songs, added some to other songs and dropped some entirely. You can definitely hear the evolution.
I believe there’s five demos. One of the demos ended up being a main part of “City of Evil,” and was never even used on Waking the Fallen. At that point, we hadn’t recorded a whole lot, so it was almost experimental—like, “Wow, this is what we sound like?” [Laughs] It’s just us experimenting, trying to find our own sound for ourselves. Sounding the Seventh Trumpet didn’t really sound like us, because Matt wasn’t singing a whole lot, Brian’s not in the band at this point, Jimmy’s playing on a drum set that’s about to fall apart, and my guitar playing abilities have never exactly been virtuoso. So with these demos, that was the first time we were truly able to hear what Avenged Sevenfold was capable of sounding like.
There’s also a DVD of live footage from 2003, right?
ZV: Yeah, watching it gives me chills—it shows us as these young kids basically on this quest. Not much has changed since then in our attitude, or in our desire to put on a live show, but at this time we didn’t have the instruments, crew or fan base that we have now. It’s basically us with nothing except for our attitude and desire. We’re all a bunch of skinny, malnourished kids trying to make music and dress in as much black as possible, and borrowing money from friends so we could go buy a beer at the bar. Some people only know us as this big band that plays festivals and headlines tours, but our close friends and family see this footage and they’re like, “Wow, I totally forgot about those days!”