Waking the Fallen is the second album by Avenged Sevenfold. The album was released on August 26, 2003 through Hopeless Records. It is the last Avenged Sevenfold album to feature their metalcore sound, although there are much more clean vocals on this album than their first release, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet. Waking the Fallen was Avenged Sevenfold's first album to feature bassist Johnny Christ as well as the first to feature the full current line-up, after Daemon Ash's Departure. The album was certified gold on July 15, 2009.
Waking the Fallen received a positive profile in Billboard, with the magazine comparing Avenged Sevenfold to bands like NOFX, Iron Maiden, and Metallica.In other profiles, the album also received comparisons to the Misfits and further comparisons to Iron Maiden. "Chapter Four" was featured in NASCAR Thunder 2004, Madden 2004 and NHL 2004, which garnered enough exposure to lead to a record deal with Warner Bros. Records. This record is also notable among fans because of M. Shadows' slightly higher voice and high notes he sings on songs like "I Won't See You Tonight" (both parts).
A video was made for the track "Unholy Confessions" on March 6, 2004. It was a live video with the actual track dubbed over. It featured the fans before and during an Avenged Sevenfold concert. According to vocalist M. Shadows, it was requested by their new label, Warner Bros. Records in order to publicize the band before their 2005 album City of Evil. This video was the second attempt at a video for the track. The previous attempt was a concept video created the previous fall (2003). The band was not happy with the final product, however, and opted to re-shoot the video, this time as a live performance. The new video went into rotation on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball.
All songs written by Avenged Sevenfold, except "Waking the Fallen" by Avenged Sevenfold and Scott Gilman.
"Waking the Fallen" - 1:42
"Unholy Confessions" - 4:43
"Chapter Four" - 5:42
"Remenissions" - 6:06
"Desecrate Through Reverance" - 5:38
"Eternal Rest" - 5:12
"Second Heartbeat" - 7:00
"Radiant Eclipse" - 6:09
"I Won't See You Tonight (Part 1)" - 8:58
"I Won't See You Tonight (Part 2)" - 4:44
"Clairvoyant Disease" - 4:59
"And All Things Will End" - 7:40
M. Shadows — lead vocals
Synyster Gates — lead guitar, backing vocals, piano
Zacky Vengeance — rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Johnny Christ — bass guitar, backing vocals
The Rev — drums, percussion, backing vocals
Andrew Murdock – producer
Fred Archambault – co-producer
Tom Baker (from Precision Mastering) - mastering
Scott Gilman - orchestrations, programming