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Avenged Sevenfold

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From: Orange County, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

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.

Latest Avenged Sevenfold News

Below is our complete Avenged Sevenfold news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Avenged Sevenfold Premiere New Music Video

Avenged Sevenfold‘s latest single “Mad Hatter” soundtracks the below recently released clip for the zombies mode featured in the forthcoming ‘Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4‘ video game. The group wrote the track for the forthcoming game and will be compiling their various songs for the video game series over the years for a new EP entitled “Black Reign“, due out today, September 21st.


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Avenged Sevenfold Premiere New Song “Mad Hatter”

Avenged Sevenfold premiere their new track “Mad Hatter“, which they wrote for the forthcoming ‘Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4‘ video game that is due out on October 12th. The track will also be featured on their upcoming new EP , “Black Reign“, which will compile the various songs (“Jade Helm“, etc.) Avenged Sevenfold have contributed to the aforementioned video game series over the years. That EP will arrive in stores this Friday, September 21st.


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Avenged Sevenfold Cancels North American Tour

Avenged Sevenfold has announced that they have been forced to cancel their planned tour North America with supergroup Prophets Of Rage as a result of vocalist M Shadows suffering from a vocal chord injury. This includes their planned headlining spot at the Heavy MTL festival, where their place will be taken by Limp Bizkit. A statement from M Shadows reads as follows:

"There is no good way to start out a note containing bad news but here it is.

“After Europe I came down with a terrible viral infection that rendered me voiceless.

“I tried my best to take care of the situation with voice rest, medication and doctor visits but the voice was only getting worse.

“After a week of steroids, the swelling went down enough to see the cause of the problem. A blood blister has formed on my vocal folds and is preventing them from vibrating properly. In short, I can’t sing anything at the moment and the more I attempt to, the more damage is being done. Luckily, as of now the doctors feel that 3 months of no singing and voice rest should get my chords back on track. More...

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Metal World Pays Tribute To Vinnie Paul

The family of Vinnie Paul have confirmed that he passed away in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas, NV. A medical examiner will set out to determine his cause of death after which, his body will be transferred back to Texas to be buried alongside his mother and his brother, the late Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott.

Members of Metallica, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold etc. pay tribute to Late Pantera and HELLYEAH Drummer Vinnie Paul. Below's what they have to say:


Very sad news this evening. This man always treated me & the guys in my band like family, from the very first time we ever met him with his brother at a Damageplan gig in Texas– whether backstage at a show, on his crazy tour bus, at his club, at his house, he was always a gracious host to us. He just wanted people around him to be happy. I didn’t see Vinnie much the last time we played a gig together because I heard he was in a very foul mood– this was highly unusual for him. Why was he in a foul mood? Because we were playing a big festival in Chicago, he had bought a TON OF FOOD to grill in the parking lot for everyone (as usual), & the fire marshall came and shut him down before he could start the bar-b-que. That’s the type of dude he was– he just wanted to make sure people were having a good time, & he took steps to make that happen. He also did me a very solid favor when I was in some very serious legal trouble a while back by writing a detailed letter to a judge explaining what had happened to his brother & the need for good stage security– that wasn’t an easy thing for him to do, but he did it anyway because he was a true friend and knew I needed some help– I’ll never forget that, & I made sure he knew I appreciated it. He also never minded when I got in his face with my camera– I took this photo with a 50mm fixed lens at a festival we were playing with Hellyeah in Iowa in 2016– that means I was basically inside his drum kit. When he saw me poking my head in there, he just turned, flashed me this grin, & kept on rocking. I love this photo– Big Vin smiling and doing what he did best. Rest In Peace, Vinnie Paul. You’ll be missed. BIG LOVE.

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Avenged Sevenfold Announce Summer Tour

Avenged Sevenfold will be heading out on their ‘End Of The World Tour‘ this summer with the below dates booked. Prophets Of Rage will join as support with Three Days Grace and Ho99o9 performing on select dates.

07/22 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
07/25 Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach Theater
07/26 Hartford, CY – Xfinity Theatre
07/28 Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion (‘Impact Music Festival‘)
07/31 Holmdel, NJ – P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
08/01 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
08/03 Pittsburgh, PA – Keybank Pavilion
08/04 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
08/06 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
08/07 Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/09 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
08/11 Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/12 Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
08/16 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
08/17 Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
08/19 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
08/21 San Diego, CA – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
08/22 Los Angeles, LA – The Forum
08/28 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
08/30 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
09/01 Dallas, TX – Starplex Pavilion
09/02 Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

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Avenged Sevenfold Post “Hail To The King" Clip

Avenged Sevenfold share live footage of their acoustic performance of their song “Hail The To King“. The set in question was filmed October 19th, 2017 at the Clive Davis Theater at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Audio of it was lately released as “Live At The Grammy Museum“.

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"Hellfest Open Air" 2018 Full Lineup Revealed

The full lineup is in for the 2018 ‘Hellfest Open Air‘, which will be held from June 22nd-24th in Clisson, France. Check out the billing below:

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Tool Set For 2018 "Northern Invasion"

Bands have been announced for the fourth annual edition of the "Northern Invasion" festival. The 2018 edition will return to the Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, WI on May 12th and 13th and features the below acts:

Tool
Avenged Sevenfold
A Perfect Circle
Alice In Chains
Breaking Benjamin
Stone Temple Pilots
The Used
Black Veil Brides
Asking Alexandria
I Prevail
Parkway Drive
Black Stone Cherry
Red Sun Rising
Andrew W.K.
Atreyu
Anti-Flag
10 Years
We Came As Romans
The Bronx
Dance Gavin Dance
Butcher Babies
Hawthorne Heights
New Years Day
Senses Fail
Stick To Your Guns
Miss May I
Like A Storm
The Fever 333
I See Stars
Wilson
Mutoid Man
Cane Hill
Black Foxxes
Counterfeit
The Blue Stones
Joyous Wolf
Spirit Animal
Stitched Up Heart
Big Story

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BFMV, Marilyn Manson Added To UK "Download Fest"

New additions have been announced for the 2018 edition of the "Download Festival" which is held annually in the UK. Newly added to the event are the following acts:

Bullet For My Valentine
Marilyn Manson
Parkway Drive
Rise Against
BABYMETAL
Alexisonfire
Black Veil Brides
Asking Alexandria
Neck Deep
Meshuggah
In This Moment
The Hives
Body Count
Mayday Parade
Dream State
The Pink Slips

Headlining artists already revealed for the festival include Guns N’ Roses, Ozzy Osbourne and Avenged Sevenfold. Further artists announcements are still pending. The festival will be held at Donington Park from June 08th-10th.

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More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2018

The organisers of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting festival has announced a string of new names for next year's edition of the event, which will be held over four days from June 21st to June 24th. In addition to the previously announced acts, Guns N Roses, Ozzy Osbourne and Iron Maiden, the festival will also host such big names as British heavy metal icons Judas Priest, thrash metal legends Megadeth, Kreator and Exodus, nu metal giants Limp Bizkit and the Ice-T fronted, Body Count, amongst many others.

The lineup so far is as follows:

Guns N Roses
Iron Maiden
Ozzy Osbourne
Judas Priest
Avenged Sevenfold
Bullet For My Valentine
A Perfect Circle
Limp Bizkit
Parkway Drive
Megadeth
Kreator
Body Count
Exodus
Anti Flag
P.O.D.
Killswitch Engage
Watain
Asking Alexandria
At The Gates
Less Than Jake
The Darkness
Iced Earth
Underoath
Amaranthe
Thy Art Is Murder
Powerwolf
Emmure
Marduk
Tesseract
Powerflo
Vader
Miss May I
Stray From The Path
Tyr
Knocked Loose
Arkona
Carnivore A.D.
Pist*On
Modern Life Is War
Asphyx
Planet Of Zeus
Akercocke
Blessthefall
Silverstein
Zeal & Ardor
Bolzer
Monuments
Stone Broken

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Avenged Sevenfold Debuts New Song "Dose"

Avenged Sevenfold debuts a new song entitled "Dose". The song is featured as the soundtrack during a special level in the video game"‘Dungeon Hunter 5", in which the player faces off against a boss inspired by the artwork for the band’s latest release, "The Stage".

Check out now "Dose" below.

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Metallica Kicking Off North American Tour

Metallica will kick off the WorldWired 2017 North American tour in support of latest album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" tonight 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 inductee 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 and visit this location for complete ticket info.

"Hardwired...To Self Destruct" was released on November 18th via Metallica's own Blackened Recordings record label and debuted at No. 1 around the world, selling over 800,000 copies worldwide in its first week. The album was produced by Greg Fidelman with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. More...

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Avenged Sevenfold Releases New Video

Avenged Sevenfold just released a new music video for "God Damn,” taken from the band's latest album "The Stage."

This official video, available below, was directed by Anders Rostad and produced by Lauren Solie. If you haven't heard "The Stage" yet, its available in various formats and up for streaming here.

Avenged Sevenfold is also gearing up for extensive spring / summer touring. A full listing of upcoming dates is available after the jump. More...

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Avenged Sevenfold Posts Behind The Scenes Video

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.

"Want to be the first to see this kind of content? Join Deathbat Nation to get exclusive first looks, specially designed merchandise, tour pre-sales and more! Don't miss Avenged Sevenfold on tour this summer!"

A full listing of upcoming Avenged Sevenfold 2017 tour dates can be found after the video clip. More...

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Just For Fun

Watch A7X Jamming To A Nearly Empty Hard Rock Cafe

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"...

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Avenged Sevenfold Adds More Headlining U.S. Shows

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...

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Las Rageous Dates And Lineup Announced

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...

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Avenged Sevenfold Stagehand Dies After Show

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...

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Metallica Announces Tour With Avenged Sevenfold

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...

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Las Rageous Festival 2017 Announced

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...

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