You heard right! Avenged Sevenfold’s Waking The Fallen: Resurrected will hit the shelves on August 26th – exactly eleven years after the original release of Waking The Fallen! Check out the awesome album trailer at: www.hopelessrecords.com/resurrected
The new release includes 11 never before heard songs, 23 total tracks, new artwork, the original first cut of the music video for “Unholy Confessions” and a 30 minute film featuring never before seen archived footage up to the present day band, directed/edited by Rafa Alcantara.
The special packages and items found here are available only through this pre-order, including the exclusive deluxe version of the CD with two bonus tracks, limited edition 4-disc vinyl LP box set with exclusive 7-inch, Deathbat t-shirt and more. Avenged Sevenfold headline Mayhem Festival tour this summer – trek over to their website for tickets and to see when they’ll be near you!
Walking into a sweltering venue usually isn’t a problem for me, but I forgot I was going to a show filled with rabid kids going nuts over every act that’s on a bill. My choice of wearing a sweater was poor tactic indeed. Wednesday March 14thThe Wonder Years took the Annex Wreckroom’s stage by storm! Singalongs and chants were heard often from the crowd as they screamed the bands lyrics back at them, which I do have a weak spot for. It really shows you how well a band interacts with their fans and how they take the relationship to a personal level.
These Lansdale, Pennsylvania natives have been working hard since 2005 building a name for themselves from the ashes of former bands in their area to finally get a group together that is making waves in the Pop-Punk scene. The Wonder Years were headlining the “Glamour Kills Tour” to a sold out crowd on seasonably warm March evening, I cannot say I was too impressed with the whole set. I was once in the audience’s shoes, a post puberty mess of emotions who latched onto bands with an emotional connection like “The Used”, “Story Of The Year”, and “Brand New” to name a few. I just don’t think The Wonder Years had as much substance as the aforementioned musicians. Power-Pop acts seem to blend themselves together; they all end up being on the same level music wise but I so wish some bands took a different approach to their craft and made it a little more unique.
Kicking off their set with “Local Man Ruins Everything” and then
playing thirteen plus songs really made their die-hards go bonkers. A few of the crowd favourites that I noticed are “Don’t Let Me Cave In” and “Melrose Diner” they were going over well, the fans undoubtedly loved every moment. Vocalist Dan Campbell had great crowd control, making sure he interacted with the band throughout the set commenting on how he was “getting too old for this shit”. That was funny coming from a man who preaches to young people, yet his receding hairline made it slightly comical. The guitar work was done well with Casey, Nick and Matt trading off a few lines but Casey was the guitar hero of the night, ripping through the set with ease! The backend kept a low profile minus bassists Josh Martin’s large stature and grizzly look, which stood out on stage. Drummer Mike Kennedy kept a steady rhythm that the band followed, well…Him and Josh kept the thud thumping going as the crowd followed along. Highlight of the set was a male patron of the event who hung upside down from the rafters of the Wreckroom. The only thing that he didn’t take into account was that the foam was sprayed for fire protection and he must of taken off a bunch of it because singer Dan was complaining he was breathing in some bad air and having troubles singing…The fan was promptly escorted out to applause.
All in all, I believe this is a scene with great ability to support their fellow peers and the night seemed to be a success to the max. The Wonder Years are not leaders of a movement and I don’t think they’re trying to be, they are the hot band of the moment and hopefully these lads can lead a new slew of bands into the foray and usher in a new conglomerate of bands to keep the push going. I give the Wonder Years 3 Bear Paws out of 5.
An infamous quote can sum up this record in a sentence, if you really wanted it to. But to get to know Enter Shikari’s “A Flash Flood Of Colour” you need to really pay attention to all the elements that are thrown at you by a band that is ushering in a new unique sound with each passing album, that finally resulted in a LP that takes the cake thus far.
After dissecting “AFFOC” the influences that seem to charge this foursome can be heard in each song. Combining Post-Hardcore with Metal breakdowns and electronic music ranging from drum and bass to dubstep, they blend everything so tastefully it doesn’t come across as trying to be the “it” band of the moment, but something trailblazing to keep an ear and eye out for. Lead singer Rou Reynolds delivers a force in his lyrical spewing, with songs about change, a sense of uncertainty with a collage of banter that would make Rage Against The Machine’s Zak De La Rocha proud. Reynolds’ vocals range from clean to a haunting scream and at times can be reminiscent of fellow UK brothers “The Street’s”. The first single “Sssnakepit” shows all the bands elements, it brings you in, lifts you up, throws you around, brings you even lower, then punches you in the face for good measure just as it lifts you back up higher! Stand out tracks like “Ghandi Mate, Ghandi” show the bands awareness to the worlds issues, a great message to get across in today’s turmoil filled world. “Arguing With Thermometers” explores the fight for control of the oil trade with lyrics fueled (don’t mind the pun) by a driven rant that ignites (sorry, again…) a passion for sensibility.
To really get a grasp on what these fine lads are trying to achieve, seeing them in the flesh live at a venue near you should get your blood pumping and explain everything you need to know. Rob Rolfe’s drumming is impeccable at times, coming in transiently and then unleashing a fury which not even hell hath no answer for. Bassist Chris Battan and guitarist Liam Clewlow at times seem perfectly in sync, giving way to Rou’s electronic influence which takes over at points, yet the chemistry is heard track after track. An unrelenting message about mankind paints a picture of it dooming itself into oblivion, pushing the fact that it’s now or never for us to turn the course and try to steer the ship into a better direction. You can catch them on their North American tour in Toronto on Sunday April 8th at The Annex Wreckroom to witness it for yourself. Must hear tracks are: “Ghandi, Mate Ghandi”, “Sssnakepit”, “…Meltdown” you can purchase the record here.