"Unholy Confessions"
Single by Avenged Sevenfold
from the album Waking the Fallen
ReleasedAugust 2, 2004
RecordedApril – June 2003
Songwriter(s)Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold singles chronology
"Warmness on the Soul"
"Unholy Confessions"
"Burn It Down"

"Unholy Confessions" is a song by Avenged Sevenfold, released as the single from their second album, Waking the Fallen. It was the first single by the band to receive mainstream exposure and was heavily rotated on MTV2's Headbangers Ball.[2]


The song made its live debut on February 25, 2003, and has remained a permanent staple of the band's live set (though there have been a few occasions where it was omitted). As of June 2018, it has been performed live a total of 804 times, and is Avenged Sevenfold's most played song live, ahead of the runner-up "Bat Country", which has been played a total of 730 times.[3] It is also the only song from Waking the Fallen to have remained a staple of their live set. The song is about two people, who are a couple, who find out they are both cheating on each other. This song was one of Avenged Sevenfold's last songs in which lead singer Matt Shadows used a raspy, screaming voice, and since their follow-up album, has switched to gritty, scream-absent vocals.

Music videos

The band, along with director Thomas Mignone, filmed the song's concept video in December 2003,[4] where the band performs the single at an abandoned warehouse. After a few months, they posted on the website's blog about their discomfort with the video, and the decision to re-shoot the video. The concept video eventually got released on YouTube, along with the 2014 re-release of Waking the Fallen.

In February 2004, the band shared the plan to film the new video, this time being a live performance, recruiting as many fans with Avenged Sevenfold tattoos and a few protagonists to film at their homes getting ready for the show, whether by promoting, driving to the concert, among other things. The performance was shot on March 6, 2004, at the Henry Fonda Theatre.

Track listing

12" single
Side A
1."Unholy Confessions"4:43
2."Eternal Rest"5:12
Side B
1."Eternal Rest" (Live at the Ventura Theatre; recorded January 2004)5:16
1."Unholy Confessions" (Music Video)4:50
Promo single
1."Unholy Confessions"4:43



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[5] Gold 500,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold — Waking the Fallen". sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 2017-10-25.
  2. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold — Unholy Confessions". discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-02-23.
  3. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold Tour Statistics". www.setlist.fm. Retrieved 2021-10-01.
  4. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold website". web.archive.org. 2004-01-02. Retrieved 2021-09-29.
  5. ^ "American single certifications – Avenged Sevenfold – Unholy Confessions". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 19, 2021.