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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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."
Fans can relive their Rockstar Energry Drink Mayhem Festival memories with the "Mayhem: 2008-2013" book, a collection of dynamic and bold photos spanning the first six years of the festival. The following press release was also issued:
"Created by Los Angeles-based photographer Strati Hovartos, this book gives an inside view of the fearless, behind-the-scenes look at the art, the rebellion and the grit that, in all of its glory… is Mayhem! As the official tour photographer, Strati’s body of work has documented the festival since its inception.
"Striking and bold, his images have captured epic performances of Metal greats, such as Rob Zombie, Slayer, Slipknot, Korn, and Avenged Sevenfold. With the turn of every page, your mind will be dominated and transported to the timelessness of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
"'Mayhem: 2008-2013' features special forewords by Rockstar Festival co-creators Kevin Lyman and John Reese, as well as Slipknot and Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor and Rockstar Energy Drink’s Jason May.
"'Mayhem: 2008-2013' is available now as a 2014 ticket buyer exclusive in select markets, so make sure to add 'Mayhem: 2008-2013' to your Ticketmaster ticket purchase at check out! If you purchase a VIP package, 'Mayhem: 2008-2013' automatically comes with your purchase. If you’ve already purchased your ticket or 'Mayhem: 2008-2013' isn’t available in your market, standby – more details on how to get the book are coming soon, including details on how to obtain it via the upcoming Rockstar Festival online store. More...
Following the release of second album, "Men of Honor," Adrenaline Mob announces today that the band will be supporting Avenged Sevenfold and Hellyeah on 12 shows in the U.S and Canada in April and May.
Adrenaline Mob will be doing headline shows on the off days as well as supporting Hellyeah during and after the dates with Avenged Sevenfold. Adrenaline Mob will be touring throughout 2014/2015 with further dates to be announced. Currently scheduled dates with Hellyeah and Adrenaline Mob are as follows:
April 16th - Moose Jaw, SK Mosaic Place
April 17th - Edmonton, AB Shaw Conference Centre
April 19th - Winnipeg, MB MTS Center
April 21st - Minneapolis, MN Target Center
April 23rd - Huntsville, AL Von Braun Center
April 28th - Lafayette, LA Cajundome
April 30th - Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Live
May 6th - Knoxville, TN Knoxville Civic Coliseum
May 8th - Hershey PA Giant Center
May 12th - Quebec City, QC Colisee Pepsi Arena
May 13th - Montreal, QC Bell Centre
May 15th - Syracuse, NY Oncenter Complex
2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Austrian Nova Rock festival, an annual event that saw some of the greatest names of the scene performing on its previous nine iterations.
For the jubilee tenth edition organizers are preparing a special event, with headliners Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and The Prodigy.
The event takes place in the Nickeldorf’s Pannonia Fields II from June 13th to June 15th. The line-up for the upcoming edition is not final, as organizers say that there will be more acts added with the event getting closer. See the currently announced lineup in the poster below. More...
Monster Energy's Welcome To Rockville triumphantly returns to Jacksonville, Florida's scenic Metropolitan Park along the St. Johns River April 26th and 27th.
Full details can be found at the festival's website, and the initial daily band lineup for Monster Energy's Welcome To Rockville is as follows (with more to be announced):
Saturday, April 26
Memphis May Fire
We Came As Romans
Middle Class Rut
Devour The Day
We As Human
Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner More...
The Rock On The Range festival will bring the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock and many more to Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH on May 16, 17 & 18.
To guarantee that festival-goers will experience true, blistering heavy metal during this monumental weekend, Bay Area thrash legends Exodus are also confirmed to bring on the brutality, Saturday, May 17th!
Gary Holt states, “Exodus is super fired up to announce our participation in the year’s Rock On The Range! It’s our honor to share the stage with so many amazing artists and we will do our best to see to it that shit hits the proverbial fan when we take the stage!”
The full lineup consists of: More...
“THAT’S NOT METAL!”
One of the most oft-hurled accusations among metalheads, to a point where people waste inordinate amounts of time bickering over this crucial distinction on which one’s very identity seems to depend, usually online.
Why? What’s hanging in the balance here? For let’s face it: at the end of the day, this is music we’re talking about – an art form, subjective by definition, and utterly dependent on individual taste. While arguments over politics and religion can get pretty silly, the importance attached to such views is still far more understandable than the absurd fervor with which many fans defend metal’s imagined gates of purity.
For all the fun metal has to offer – heck, I wouldn’t be writing about it were I not an avid fan – its overall fanbase is popular music’s most self-loathing and self-destructive, collectively and metaphorically speaking. In fact, many metalheads may take issue with my inclusion of metal in the “popular music” category, which itself is, I believe, the root of the problem.
Examining the sometimes-bizarre pathology of metal’s less-than-savory fanhood has long been an interest of mine, and while I don’t have the space (and you certainly don’t have the time) to unravel all my thoughts here, I will submit this: “That’s Not Metal,” quite often, is a smokescreen, a self-deluding attempt to marginalize an album, band, or entire subgenre one doesn’t like or doesn’t feel represents him.
It is a cultural form of denial. For when one identifies himself as Metal – and it’s a strong, dominant form of expression – all it takes is a ladle of insecurity to send him scurrying to defend the uniqueness and purity of his very identity.
I will now evaluate a pivotal development in metal history that may help explain the origins of this splintering trend within the genre. More...
Written by Avenged Sevenfold and directed by Metalocalypse's Jon Schnepp, "Hail to the King" tells the origin story of the Deathbat, and serves as the prologue to an upcoming Hail to the King mobile game in 2014.
Check out six episodes of the animated series in the YouTube playlist available below, courtesy of Machinima.
Avatar will support Avenged Sevenfold and Five Finger Death Punch on an upcoming European tour. The arena trek will hit nineteen cities in thirteen countries with an all ready sold out Wembley Arena.
Avatar is currently working on a new album in Thailand together with producer Tobias Lindell (Europe, Hardcore Superstar), which will follow previous album “Black Waltz." Catch the band live:
6/11 - Hartwall Arena, Helsinki (Finland)
8/11 - Hovet, Stockholm (Sweden)
9/11 - Oslo Spektrum (Norway)
11/11 - Falconer Salen, Frederiksberg (Denmark)
12/11 - Sporthalle, Hamburg (Germany)
14/11 - Zenith, Munich (Germany)
15/11 - Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt (Germany)
17/11 - Ruhrkongress, Bochum (Germany)
19/11 - Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
20/11 - Zenith, Paris (France)
22/11 - Stadthalle, Vienna (Austria)
23/11 - Forum, Milan (Italy)
25/11 - Pavelo Olimpic, Barcelona (Spain)
26/11 - Palacio Vistalegre, Madrid (Spain)
27/11 - Campo Pequeno, Lisboa (Portugal)
30/11 - Manchester Arena, Manchester (UK)
1/12 - Wembley Arena, London (UK)
3/12 - The O2, Dublin (Ireland)
5/12 - LG Arena, Birmingham (UK) More...
The full song list for Rocksmith 2014 Edition, which just came out yesterday, has been revealed. Rocksmith lets you plug any electric guitar or bass directly into your Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, or MAC, and teaches you to play while playing the game. Here's the latest video about Rocksmith 2014:
The full song list for Rocksmith 2014 is as follows (with even more available as downloadable content): More...
Performances by Iron Maiden and Slayer on Sunday, September 22nd at the ongoing Rock In Rio Festival will stream live via the player below. In addition, the live stream will also broadcast Avenged Sevenfold's set.
The schedule is:
Slayer - 8:30pm EST
Avenged Sevenfold - 10:10pm EST
Iron Maiden - 12:05am EST (Sept 23)
To view the festival this coming Sunday, bookmark this page and check back in then:
Avenged Sevenfold released a new music video for the title track of the forthcoming release "Hail to the King." The album drops on August 27th via Warner Music.
Check out the video here:
The first annual Ernie Ball Aftershock Battle Of The Bands will be held from August 12th -September 6th, 2013. Bands can enter the competition--and fans can vote for their favorite band--at this location.
The grand prize winner of this unsigned band competition will have the opportunity to perform on the Ernie Ball Stage on Sunday, September 15th at Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival held September 14th and 15th at Discovery Park near downtown Sacramento, CA.
The top 100 “Buzz Rated” bands that sign up for the Ernie Ball Aftershock Battle Of The Bands will be eligible to win. A panel of judges will choose the winner of this global search for the best undiscovered rock band. The winning band will be announced on Monday, September 9th, 2013.
Ernie Ball will provide the winning band with an all-expense paid trip to the festival in Sacramento, CA and an Ernie Ball Music Man endorsement.
To enter the Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands, bands must complete a short informational profile and upload at least one MP3 to the Battle Of The Bands website. Entrants should use the Band Promotional Toolkit provided in their profile after logging in to promote their entry on the web and drive fans to vote.
"Buzz Rating" is a proprietary system developed by Ernie Ball that gives a real time snap shot of each band's overall exposure level. The system takes into account both viral reach and real world factors that produce a 1-100 rating system giving a reading on each band's relevance within the industry. “Buzz Rating” also calculates fan votes as an overall percentage of each band’s rating. In order to boost “Buzz Rating,” bands should be sure their profile is complete with a valid link to their public Facebook profile.
The daily band performance lineup for Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival is as follows: More...
Avenged Sevenfold has teamed up with Scuf Gaming to release a new Xbox 360 controller, which can be seen below. You can order one at this location, and the following press release was also issued about the controller:
"Scuf Gaming is delighted to release the 'SCUF Avenged' in partnership with famous American rock band from Huntington Beach, California - Avenged Sevenfold! The SCUF Avenged boasts a repeating print of the bands logo; a skull with bat wings (Death Bat), Death Bat on the guide button and SCUF Avenged paddles on the reverse of the controller.
"The band's lead vocalist, Matthew Shadows, is an avid gamer who has been using a SCUF controller for over 1 year has recently been competing at Major League Gaming’s last event at Anaheim, California with his Call Of Duty Team. Included with the SCUF Avenged will be a signed certificate from the band!"
Avenged Sevenfold's new album "Hail to the King" is set to drop on August 27th, 2013. More...
The masked ghouls in Ghost have checked in with the following update about new tour dates later this year: "We wish to inform you that Ghost will continue touring throughout the United States this fall, with a string of dates in October together with Avenged Sevenfold and Deftones."
Currently announced details for the trek are as follows:
10/5: INDIANAPOLIS, IN
10/6: CINCINNATI, OH
10/8: BALTIMORE, MD
10/9: BOSTON, MA
10/12: BLOOMINGTON, IL
10/13: DETROIT, MI
10/15: ATLANTA, GA
10/16: ORLANDO, FL
10/18: HOUSTON, TX
10/19: DALLAS, TX
10/20: SAN ANTONIO, TX
10/22: OMAHA, NE
10/23: OKLAHOMA, OK
10/26: LAS VEGAS, NV More...
Avenged Sevenfold is streaming the title track to the upcoming new release "Hail to the King." The band's sixth studio album is set to drop on August 27th, 2013.
Check it out here: