Avenged Sevenfold’s beginnings were entrenched in the hardcore scene in their native California. The whole reason why they took on stage names at the start of their career was to set them apart from their hardcore peers, and pissing a lot of them off in the process.
The Rev always held on to a little bit of the DIY aesthetic though, and M Shadows remembers Jimmy taking that mentality into the studio.
When recording their debut Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, Shadows actually mentioned Jimmy performing the entire album in one uninterrupted take, saying that:
“We just knew Jimmy [could do it]. By the end, there would be mistakes and he wouldn’t redo them because he wanted it to be one take.”
Nobody’s perfect though, and Shadows also mentioned that some of the songs do sound a little bit cleaner than others, saying:
“As you hear the record progress, the songs at the end of the record were recorded later, you could just see it getting sloppier and sloppier. No click track obviously, but he just wanted to do it like that.”
For a guy who was going for the one unbroken take, The Rev is an absolute beast behind the kit on this record, never letting up in the intensity for a second.
There’s always going to be pressure to get the perfect take, but The Rev played like he’s had to prove on Sounding the Seventh Trumpet. Even after the first few songs, it still sounds like he’s just getting started every time the next song kicks in.
Every band might be looking to give their all when they first walk into a studio, but The Rev had a much higher standard for himself than most drummers would in those early days. His contributions to heavy metal and Avenged Sevenfold will never be forgotten.