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Avenged Sevenfold - Sounding the Seventh Trumpet
Label: Hopeless Records
Release: 2000

Tracklisting:
1. To End The Rapture
2. Turn The Other Way
3. Darkness Surrounding
4. The Art of Subconscious Illusion
5.We Come Out At Night
6. Lips of Deceit
7. Warmness on the Soul
8. An Epic of Time Wasted
9. Breaking Their Hold
10. Forgotten Faces
11. Thick and Thin
12. Streets
13. Shattered by Broken Dreams
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Recorded when the band was a mere 18 years old, this album showcases more talent in one song than most band showcase in an entire album.

To End the Rapture displays the amazing skills of guitarists Zack Vengeance and Synyster Gates. The solo in the song is back by a thundering bass line, provided courtesy of Justin Sane, who was not the bands original bassist- Daemon Ash was, but for some reason he didn't record the album. The song opens with the solo, and then blasts into some of the best vocals ever heard in such a powerful song, courtesy of vocalist Matt Shadows. The song ends with a bang and bursts into Turn the Other Way, which is one, if not the, best songs on the album, in my opinion. The song is so different, as far as hardcore and metalcore go, because the changes in rhythm and beat are so fluent it's just kind of crazy that they can pull this off, and it's made even better by one of the most talented members of the band, drummer The Reverend. His drums sound so crisp and his double bass timing is just plain amazing.

The rest of the songs are great, but some of the most notable are The Art Of Subconscious Illusion, Lips of Deciet, Darkness Surrounding, Shattered By Broken Dreams, and Streets. These songs stand out for the changes they bring to the metalcore table- Shattered by Broken Dreams starts out acoustically and very slow then bursts into screams. Streets is a full-fledged punk song, co written with Successful Failure, which showcases the bands versatility. The Art of Subconscious Illusion starts off with a very odd vocal pattern, seemingly really reminiscent of pop-punk crap but turning into a different direction near the end of the song when guest screamer (and I mean screamer) Valary Benedetto comes in. However, one of the songs that seems most displaced but fits in perfectly is the slow track, Warmness on the Soul, which has to be one of the best love songs ever. So passionate.

A downside to this CD is the sometimes lack of musicianship, seeing as how they are so young and don't really have a set direction yet. You won't notice it much, but sometimes you'll realize that they have taken something from some bands instead of really creating their own. However this feeling is displaced and thrown away quite often, and that allows you to really appreciate the talent put into this record, copycat or not. Great, great album.

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