Band Photo: Avenged Sevenfold (?)
Last Known Status: Active
The five piece hails from Orange County, California, influenced by everyone from Pantera, Metallica and Iron Maiden to Bad Religion, Misfits, Guns N Roses and NOFX. In addition, guitarist Synyster Gates (an attendee of the Musicians Institute of Technology) and the rest of A7X confess a fondness for prog-metal musos Dream Theater and experimental rock group Mr. Bungle.
Avenged Sevenfold formed when its members were still in high school. As M. Shadows explains, "We made our first record ["Sounding The Seventh Trumpet"] when we were 18 years old." Since then, they’ve made the road their home, hooking up with metal acts such as Shadows Fall and Mushroomhead and leaving their impression on the 2003 Vans Warped Tour. Charles Cross of Rolling Stone (August 7, 2003) anointed Avenged Sevenfold the Warped Tour 2003 "Second-stage must-see," going on to call them "…a Goth-metal band with a singer who looks like Elvis and sounds like Axl Rose."
As befits the drama and darkness inherent in their songs, Avenged Sevenfold name is based on the philosophy "what comes around goes around," originating with the Biblical story of God’s wrath upon Cain for killing his brother Abel. According to the book of Genesis, "And the Lord said until him, 'Therefore whoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold'." Despite the spiritual connotations of their name, Avenged Sevenfold music does not hinge on religion. At the same time, they are converting many with their unique sound.
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Avenged Sevenfold just released a behind-the-scenes clip for the "God Damn" video, which can be seen below, and the band also comments:
"The 'God Damn' music video was charged with energy from our fans. Before it arrives, we're taking you on set to see how it was made. Go behind the scenes below.
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A full listing of upcoming Avenged Sevenfold 2017 tour dates can be found after the video clip. More...
Just For Fun
Avenged Sevenfold took some rest at Hard Rock Café in Helsinki, Finland during a day off of the band's "The Stage Tour". After some alcohol consumptions they got the brilliant idea of performing "Nightmare" on the bar's instruments. You can watch the results below and see if the win over the "crowd"...
Avenged Sevenfold will return to the U.S. for some more headline shows, with pre-sales coming up this Friday. The newly announced headlining dates are as follows:
JUN 19 - Mt. Pleasant, MI
JUL 10 - Cincinnati, OH
JUL 18 - Gilford, NH
JUL 31 - Sacramento, CA
AUG 03 - Albuquerque, NM
AUG 11 - Salt Lake City, UT
AUG 12 - Nampa (Boise), ID
You can also catch these previously announced Avenged Sevenfold 2017 festival appearances and tour dates: More...
Sin City’s new two-day music festival, Las Rageous, is coming to the heart of downtown Las Vegas on Friday, April 21st and Saturday, April 22nd. Featuring some of the biggest names in hard rock and metal, the festival has launched a national flyaway sweepstakes for the inaugural event.
One lucky winner will receive two VIP Gold tickets to Las Rageous, roundtrip airfare, and three-night stay at The D Hotel. The deadline to enter is Monday, March 20th at Noon PT. Participants must be 21 or older and live within the Continental U.S. to enter. More...
Currently out on tour in Europe, Avenged Sevenfold just issued this announcement about one person dying and another being seriously injured during last night's German show:
"We have some very sad news to report. Last night after our show in Stuttgart, Germany, a 26 year-old stagehand fell from the rafters while breaking down our stage. He fell a very far distance onto a 19 year-old man on the local crew. Tragically, the 19 year-old died from his injuries. The other man is now in critical condition at the hospital.
"This is beyond heartbreaking to everyone in the band and on our crew. We all send our thoughts and prayers to the man in the hospital, both families involved, all of the local Live Nation crew and everyone else whose lives have been affected by this terrible accident.
"We love our crew so much as well as the many local staff who are essential to our show every night wherever we are around the world. This is such a stark reminder of how quickly an accident can happen and lives shattered in the process. When we hear more we will update you." More...
Metallica today announces the "WorldWired" 2017 North American tour in support of latest album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct."
The tour is produced by Live Nation and kicks off on May 10th in Baltimore, MD at M&T Bank Stadium. The tour will crisscross its way across North America into the summer, marking the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy Award winning band's first proper North American tour since 2009.
Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will be the main support acts for the tour run. See below for a list of all confirmed dates.
Every ticket purchased through official outlets includes your choice of a standard physical or standard digital copy of "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct." Fans should expect to receive information from Warner Music Artist Services on how to redeem the album within 14 business days after purchase. More...
This year marks the debut of Las Rageous, a two day music festival taking over two square blocks in downtown Las Vegas on Friday, April 21st and Saturday, April 22nd.
Created by Live Nation, Las Rageous will feature performances from Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Anthrax, Coheed and Cambria, Killswitch Engage, Breaking Benjamin, and more with two stages in the heart of iconic downtown Las Vegas.
Charlie Benante of Anthrax stated, “We are looking forward to playing the Las Rageous festival, planning on making this first-time festival memorable.”
Benjamin Burnley of Breaking Benjamin said, “We’re really excited to be a part of Las Rageous in April. We love playing Vegas and are looking forward to being a part of this new festival.”
Amanda Moore of Live Nation explained, “Bringing an annual rock festival to this city has been a dream ever since we opened the Live Nation Las Vegas office. Rock and metal music have a rich history here in Sin City; from the bands it has fostered, to its wild and loyal fans, to KOMP - one of the oldest and most respected rock stations in the country.” More...
Soundgarden (Friday), Def Leppard (Saturday) and Avenged Sevenfold (Sunday) will headline the 7th annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion May 5, 6 and 7 at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC.
Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion presale tickets and layaway packages, as well as hotel, camping and VIP packages, are on sale now at this location. In 2016, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion had another record breaking year with over 90,000 fans in attendance, so fans are encouraged to buy early and save and to be sure to secure a ticket for 2017.
The lineup for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is as follows: Soundgarden, Def Leppard and Avenged Sevenfold, A Perfect Circle, Korn, The Offspring, The Cult, Volbeat, Mastodon, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Seether, Chevelle, Alter Bridge, Tesla, Pierce The Veil, The Pretty Reckless, Eagles of Death Metal, Highly Suspect, Coheed and Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Opeth, Amon Amarth, Sum 41, Skillet, Machine Gun Kelly, Gojira, In Flames, In This Moment, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Falling In Reverse, Motionless In White, Nothing More, Beartooth, Starset, Rival Sons, Every Time I Die, Fozzy, All That Remains, The Amity Affliction, I Prevail, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Kyng, Crobot, Radkey, Volumes, Dorothy, As Lions, Fire From The Gods, Goodbye June, Sylar, Wage War, Badflower, DED, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Charm The Fury, Royal Republic, Mother Feather, Cover Your Tracks, and Citizen Zero. More...
Avenged Sevenfold just issued this update about live streaming a California performance tonight via various online outlets:
"Tonight, we are performing live from Hollywood upon a very grand stage. All details are below on how to watch this MUST SEE live streamed event for fans across the world. You won't want to miss this!"
Avenged Sevenfold debuts a new song and music video entitled "The Stage", taken from the band's upcoming seventh studio album "Voltaic Oceans", which will be out in stores December 9 via Capitol Records.
Check out now "The Stage" below.
Avenged Sevenfold also played its new song "The Stage" live for the first time past Saturday night at Knotfest Mexico, in Toluca: More...
Band performance times, onsite experiences, and the Friday night pre-party have been revealed for Revolution Rock Festival that is fueled by Monster Energy and set for Saturday, September 17th outdoors at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT.
Produced by AEG Live, Revolution Rock Festival will feature a powerful rock lineup with Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, Volbeat, Chevelle, Of Mice & Men, Anthrax, Ghost, Killswitch Engage, Sevendust, and more.
For those with Revolution Rock festival hotel packages, the weekend kicks off with the Friday pre-party at the Grand Ballroom at Foxwoods Resort Casino, featuring performances from Thunderstruck and Strutter.
On Saturday, festival doors open at 11:00 AM. The current performance schedule for Revolution Rock Festival is as follows (subject to change): More...
Following a 2015 sellout with 50,000 in attendance, Louder Than Life returns to Champions Park near downtown Louisville October 1st & 2nd, 2016 for the third annual destination festival celebrating the region’s culture and cuisine.
The festival features award-winning bourbons and spirits, Gourmet Man Food, craft beer and some of the biggest names in rock music. Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold top a music lineup of over 35 bands on three stages, with performances from Disturbed, Korn, Slayer, The Cult, Ghost, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick and many more.
Louder Than Life founder and producer Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents declares: “Louisville: The home of bourbon. Great people. Great food. How can those ingredients not make a perfect place to have a festival? This is a place you have to visit if you’re a lover of bourbon, a lover of food…a lover of life. I asked my team how we could top last year’s Louder Than Life sellout. The easy answer? Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold." More...
AEG Live - producers of a string of rock and metal festivals in the U.S., including Rock On The Range, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Rocklahoma and River City Rockfest - just announced the first annual Texas Mutiny festival, to be held Saturday, September 24th on the outer grounds at Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.
The newest rock and camping festival to hit the Lone Star State promises a day of absolute music mutiny with over 12 hours of nonstop music on three stages from Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones, Chevelle, Pierce The Veil, Hellyeah, Of Mice & Men, Ghost, Candlebox, Nothing More, Starset, The Amity Affliction, Skindred, KYNG, Neck Deep, Shaman’s Harvest, Avatar, Twelve Foot Ninja, September Mourning, and more.
“Considering the ongoing success we’ve had in Dallas for years with Edgefest and the new success story this year with Off The Rails, the DFW market is one that is primed and ready for a top-notch hard rock festival,” commented Joe Litvag, Executive Producer of Texas Mutiny for AEG Live. “We’re taking successful components from several of our other similar rock festivals to create an experience for music fans that is uniquely Texas. Our hope is that this is the first step toward establishing a long legacy that rock artists and rock fans in the Lone Star State can call their own!”
“AEG Live is one of the premier producers of rock festivals in the U.S., and we’re pleased to partner with them on one that reaches the hard rock audience,” Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. “Charlotte Motor Speedway, our sister venue in the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. family, has partnered with AEG Live for the Carolina Rebellion music festival since 2013 and we’re looking forward to hosting an equally successful event in the inaugural Texas Mutiny.”
Metallica's recently announced headlining concert at Minneapolis' brand new U.S. Bank Stadium on August 20th has completely SOLD OUT.
Pre-sale fan club tickets were made available earlier this week, followed by this morning's public on-sale, which sold out in less than 10 minutes.
Metallica's show in Minneapolis will be the first rock concert at U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings, as part of the opening weekend festivities.
Avenged Sevenfold will provide direct support, marking one of only a few shows the hard rock band will play in the country this year. Volbeat will open the show with a unique blend of rock, metal, and rockabilly. More...
Avenged Sevenfold premieres a new instrumental song entitled "Jade Helm", taken from the newly released video game, "Call Of Duty: Black Ops III".
Check out now "Jade Helm" below.
After parting ways with drummer Arin Ilejay, Avenged Sevenfold has now issued the following statement about having recruited a new member who has not yet been formally announced:
"It has been brought to our attention that a lot of videos have been posted online from some pretty amazing drummers who want to try out for Avenged Sevenfold. While we appreciate the overwhelming interest and support we thought it would be the right thing to do to let everyone know that we already have someone.
"In fact, we have been working with this person for over a year now to make sure that it was a correct fit before making any sudden changes. When we have more to share we will be sure to do that. As for Mr. Chris Hawkins, you rule brother. We look forward to hearing about any future musical endeavors you may have. We appreciate the video and your service to our country. We will reach out and would love to meet with you when our paths cross next." More...
Avenged Sevenfold just issued this statement to fans about parting ways with the band's drummer Arin:
"We are writing this to inform you all that we will be moving forward without Arin Ilejay as our drummer.
"Arin has been nothing but a positive energy and monster drummer for us over the past 4 years. We love the guy and always will. We are and will always be grateful to him for helping us to move forward through some very dark times.
"Creatively though, we felt we needed to move in a different direction. While we can’t say more at this time, we are excited for the future and looking forward to sharing our plans soon with the greatest fans in the world. As always we appreciate your understanding and unwavering support."
Avenged Sevenfold just wrapped up a trio of shows billed as the band's only live activity for the year. The group will also be contributing tracks to the impending Rock Band 4 release roster - with details available here.
It's almost time to pull out the bar stools, pour out the shots, and dust off the plastic guitars, as Rock Band 4 will make its triumphant arrival October 6th for both the Xbox One and PS4.
Developer Harmonix previously announced all DLC you might have from the previous games (which eventually reached a truly staggering number of tracks) will carry forward and work with the new version, so you don't have to re-buy all those songs.
Details have been sparse up until now on the new tracks that will be available at launch. Today 22 songs were announced. The full list can be found here, but the entries most of interest to rock and metal fans will be "Toys in the Attic" by Aerosmith, "Hail to the King" by Avenged Sevenfold, "Metropolis - Part 1 The Miracle And The Sleeper" from Dream Theater, "The Feast and the Famine" by Foo Fighters, "Halls Of Valhalla" by Judas Priest, and Ozzy's "Miracle Man."
Avenged Sevenfold is streaming a first teaser for their upcoming new DVD release "This Is Bat Country". More updates to come on the band's new website HERE.
Check it out now below.
Renman Music & Business, the music industry mentoring website founded by longtime industry veteran Steve Rennie (aka "Renman"), will broadcast the next episode of the Renman Live web show on Wednesday, October 22nd at 10:00 a.m. PDT / 1:00 p.m. EDT.
This episode will feature special guest M. Shadows, vocalist for multi-platinum group Avenged Sevenfold.
M. Shadows will join Renman to talk about Avenged Sevenfold, the band's new video game project "Hail To the King-Deathbat" and his life in music. Tune in live at this location to join the conversation.
"People ask me all the time how you learn the music biz," said Rennie. "Simple. Hang out with smart people. On my web show, Renman Live, I've been lucky to have had some of the smartest, most talented people in the music biz join me to share their stories, insights and advice with aspiring artists and music pros who are dreaming of doing something big on their own and need some inspiration and direction. If you are interested in the music biz, watching an episode of Renman Live is the next best thing to sitting on the couch with me and my guests."