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A7X’s “Waking the Fallen: Resurrected” Debuts At No. 10 On Billboard 200

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JUNE 24: M. Shadows and Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold perform during the 2012 Orion Music + More Festival at Bader Field on June 24, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The second time is a charm for Avenged Sevenfold's second album.

The group's new reissue, "Waking the Fallen: Resurrected," debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 22,000 copies -- considerably better than the 3,000 it sold during its first week of release in 2000. The new set has been expanded to 23 tracks, including 11 previously unreleased demos and live tracks, and features a 30-minute DVD documentary.

Guitarist Zacky Vengeance tells us that A7X is still proud of what it accomplished on the original album:

"It truly encompasses everything that Avenged Sevenfold was. It was us being fearless, us showing our roots in heavy metal, punk rock, rock 'n' roll and not being afraid to try everything under the sun when it comes to writing music...We had a real producer. We wanted to take it to a different level rather than keep it in the garage. We really tried to make the album sound good. We tried to learn to play our instruments better. We wanted to be professional. We sat there, we learned that bands learn how to play in time, they learn how to play in tune, they learn how to sing in key, and we had to work our asses off."

"Waking the Fallen" was the first A7X album to feature guitarist Synyster Gates and bassist Johnny Christ and featured the signature tune "Unholy Confessions." A7X is currently off the road after headlining this year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.