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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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It comes as little surprise that Avenged Sevenfold have been officially confirmed as the mystery band on the main stage for Ozzfest 2006. The real surprise announcement is that power metal band Dragonforce, recently signed to Roadrunner Records in North America and rumored to be joining Gigantour 2006, has been added as the main stage opener as well.
Ozzy Osbourne is now slated to headline the second stage on three dates (replacing some dates that he was previously thought to be headlining the main stage):
July 8 - San Bernardino, CA's Hyundai Pavilion of Glen Helen
July 11 - San Antonio, TX at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 22 - East Troy, WI at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre
OZZY says, "After 10 years of headlining Ozzfest's main-stage I think it's time for a change. I haven't had a chance to play this close to an audience in years and I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to it."
Also announced is that Ozzfest emcee Big Dave and professional Ozzfest party guy, Eddie, have begun their nationwide search visiting 19 of the festival's 26 cities to find the first-ever Miss Ozzfest. The duo will be accepting entries and taking photographs of Miss Ozzfest candidates in each city. Throughout the summer the Ozzfest fans can vote for your favorites at Ozzfest.com. All entries collected from Big Dave and Eddie will be posted for you to vote on. The top three in each city will be awarded FREE tickets to the show in their city, where at some point during the evening's festivities, the three contestants will be presented on stage to the fans who will vote on a winner. Photos of each winning contestant, including the top vote getters from Raleigh and West Palm Beach, will be posted once again on Ozzfest.com, where fans can pick their Miss Ozzfest 2006. Final voting will be held at Ozzfest.com on August 7 and 8. The winning beauty will be awarded the grand prize and receive round trip airfare and accommodations for her and a guest to attend the year's final show August 13 in West Palm Beach where she'll be crowned Miss Ozzfest 2006.
Here's a recap of the complete official Ozzfest 2006 lineup and tour dates: More...
According to the web site of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, AVENGED SEVENFOLD will be joining SYSTEM OF A DOWN, HATEBREED and BAD ACID TRIP for an Ozzfest "off date" on July 12 at The Woodlands, Texas venue.
Although AVENGED SEVENFOLD have not yet been officially confirmed for this year's Ozzfest, they are widely expected to be announced on May 23 as the tour's main-stage "mystery band."
AVENGED SEVENFOLD are currently finishing up a co-headlining U.S. tour with COHEED AND CAMBRIA. The trek is scheduled to wrap up this Saturday (May 20) in New York City.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD are supporting their 2005 album, "City of Evil", and current single, "Beast and the Harlot". The group next heads overseas for some European festivals.
"Kerrang! Magazine" will be celebrating their 25th birthday with a new compilation CD that will be given away with its June 06th issue (in UK stores on May 31st). Entitled "High Voltage", the CD will see various contemporary bands cover classic rock and metal songs, 10 of which were recorded exclusively for the CD. The track listing for the outing is as follows:
01 - Fall Out Boy - "Start Today" (Gorilla Biscuits cover)
02 - Aiden - "Die, Die My Darling" (The Misfits cover) (exclusive)
03 - Avenged Sevenfold - "Walk" (Pantera cover) (exclusive)
04 - Killswitch Engage - "Holy Diver" (Dio cover) (exclusive)
05 - Biffy Clyro - "Buddy Holly" (Weezer cover) (exclusive)
06 - Fightstar - "My Own Summer (Shove It)" (Deftones cover) (exclusive)
07 - The Dillinger Escape Plan - "Jesus Christ Pose" (Soundgarden cover) (exclusive)
08 - Still Remains - "Head Like A Hole" (Nine Inch Nails cover) (exclusive)
09 - Deftones - "Simple Man" (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)
10 - The Answer - "Sweet Emotion" (Aerosmith cover) (exclusive)
11 - Bullet For My Valentine - "Crazy Train" (Ozzy Osbourne cover) (exclusive)
12 - 36 Crazyfists - "Digging The Grave" (Faith No More cover) (exclusive)
13 - Arch Enemy - "Symphony Of Destruction" (Megadeth cover)
14 - Atreyu - "You Give Love A Bad Name" (Bon Jovi cover)
15 - NOFX - "Straight Edge" (Minor Threat cover)
In case you missed the quiet announcement (like we did), California metallers Bad Acid Trip have been added to the second stage for this summer's Ozzfest. The band, which has toured with System of a Down, released their debut, Lynch the Weirdo, on System frontman Serj Tankian's Serjical Strike label in 2004. The album was produced by System guitarist Daron Malakian. This year's Ozzfest begins June 29 in Auburn, Washington, and will run through August 13 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
To recap, the Ozzfest 2006 tour dates and lineup are as follows: More...
The nominations for the fourth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards — which this year takes place on Monday, June 12 at Koko in Camden, North London — were recently announced. In keeping with the "Valhalla" theme of this year's awards, Metal Hammer magazine have teamed up with the crew of the "Hammer of the Gods", an authentic full-size replica Viking longboat, to launch both the awards on June 12 and the team's cross channel row, which takes place on the weekend of June 3 to raise money for charity Task Brazil.
Leading the field for nominations are longstanding rock and metal purveyors Roadrunner Records, with a staggering total of 14 nominations for the label that is home to acts as diverse as SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD and award-nominated DRAGONFORCE. Coming in a very close second for overall nominations is major label powerhouse Warner Music with an impressive 11 awards for their roster of breakthrough U.S. rock bands MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE and AVENGED SEVENFOLD (a favourite of Radio 1's Jo Whiley), as well as Valley boys FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND and Finnish rockers H.I.M. In a complete whitewash of the category, Warner Music have secured four of the five nominations in the "Best Video" category, with the fifth and final nomination going to Roadrunner.
Going head-to-head with a joint total of four nominations are Sony and Universal, while EMI have secured two nominations for metal stalwarts and British institution IRON MAIDEN. Coming on strong is independent challenger to the rock throne Visible Noise marginally trails Sony and Universal with three nominations including "Best UK Band" and "Album of the Year", both for BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE. U.S. alternative rockers COHEED & CAMBRIA have surprised many with 3 nominations including appearances in the prestigious "Best Album" and "Best International Band" categories.
The full nominations list for the fourth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2006 is as follows: More...
MTV.com reports: M. Shadows wants to set the record straight so there's no confusion: Avenged Sevenfold are a heavy metal band.
The platinum-grilled frontman said that although topping the "TRL" countdown drove sales of the band's 2005 album, City of Evil, past the 560,000-sold mark, he wants to make sure "the perception of Avenged Sevenfold doesn't get twisted in the wrong light."
"When you go to our live show, it's a full-on heavy metal show, and we don't need — I mean, no offense to 10-year-old and 11-year-old little girls, [but] they're not going to understand the experience," he said.
The clip for the first single, "Bat Country," spent more than a week as the "TRL" audience's top pick. "We want our shows to be respectable heavy metal shows. We're a rock and roll band, and we want kids to know that."
So when it came time to release the record's second single, the band went with the more acerbic "Beast and the Harlot" to separate the wheat from the chafe.
"With 'Beast and the Harlot,' we wanted kids to know that this record isn't driven towards 'TRL,' " Shadows said. "It's a rock record. This is what Avenged Sevenfold is about. It's not a radio-driven band. This next single's more for the fans, more for the kids that get the record, and get the whole record — not just the poppy chorus and the Hunter S. Thompson thing, and that's all we care about this band for. The quicker you can get rid of those people, the better. I think going with 'Beast' was more of us trying to solidify our career and not throw it down the drain by being in a bunch of teeny magazines. We don't belong there. That kind of scared us a bit, and I think it's smart to push back and deliver a real rock single next."
Avenged, who launched a 26-date co-headlining tour with Coheed and Cambria on Friday night in Poughkeepsie, New York, will look to augment their metal cred this summer with a little help from Metallica and Guns N' Roses.
On opening for Metallica and Guns N' Roses, M. Shadows commented: "I'm not nervous at all [about opening for both bands]. I feel we're the ones that are going to come up and take those bands' place when they're not doing it anymore. I'm so confident with our live show that I think it's going to be great. I don't expect all those fans to be like, 'Oh my God! We love this.' I know what happens when you open for bands like this. If you open for a band like Slayer, everyone's going to chant 'Slayer, Slayer' during your set."
Read the full article at MTV.com.
"MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge" is now available for streaming in its entirety on AOL Music. The low priced, double-disc came out in stores on April 11, 2006 via Roadrunner Records. The double CD contains more than 2 1/2 hours of music. Disc one represents the strongest tracks from today's biggest rock bands, and disc two brings together the strongest up-and-comers from the underground rock scene.
Here is the full track listing: More...
MTV.com reports: Two weeks after joining the surviving members of Alice in Chains onstage at a tribute to Heart for VH1 Classic's "Decades Rock Live!," Phil Anselmo hooked up with Alice guitarist Jerry Cantrell, Avenged Sevenfold drummer the Rev and cover band Metal Skool to perform Pantera's "Walk" Monday night at Hollywood's Key Club. Cantrell also joined the band for Alice's "Man in the Box."
Avenged Sevenfold were reportedly locked away in the studio over the weekend recording a song with producer, Terry Date. You can expect the new track to surface this summer.
As previously reported, A7x are co-headlining a North American tour with Coheed and Cambria with support by Head Automatica and Eighteen Visions (one or the other). They are also going to be playing a number or dates and festivals alongside Metallica and Guns N Roses this summer. Here are the confirmed tour dates:
June 3 GER, Nurburgring, Rock Am Ring Festival, Main Stage
June 4 GER, Bavaria Nurnburg, Rock Im Park Festival, Main Stage
June 6 GER, Berlin Waldebuhne, Main Support to Metallica
June 8 HOL, Arnhem Gelredome, Main Support to Metallica
June 10 ENG, Donington Park, Download Festival, Main Stage
June 11 IRE, Dublin RDS, Download Festival, Main Stage
June 13 CZE, Prague Sazka Arena, Main Support to Guns N' Roses
June 15 AUT, Nickelsdorf (nr Vienna) Novarock, Main Stage
June 17 ITA, San Marino Imola, Heineken Festival, Main Stage
June 20 FRA, Paris Palais Omnisport de Bercy, Main Support to Guns N' Roses
June 24 BEL, Dessel Graspop Metal Meeting, Main Stage
June 26 SWE, Stockholm
Globen, Main Support to Guns N' Roses
Here are the previously announced North American Tour Dates with Coheed and Cambria: More...
Coheed, Avenged Sevenfold, 18 Visions, etc. tour
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The schedule has been finalized for the upcoming Coheed And Cambria and Avenged Sevenfold tour, which also features support stints from Head Automatica and Eighteen Visions. Here you go:
dates w/ Head Automatica
4/7 Poughkeepsie, NY @ Mid Hudson Civic Center
4/8 Providence, RI @ Dunkin Donuts Arena
4/9 Asbury Park, NJ @ Convention Hall
4/11 Norfolk, VA @ Convocation Center @ ODU
4/13 Louisville, KY @ Louisville Gardens
4/14 Atlanta, GA @ HiFi Buys Ampitheatre
4/15 Orlando, FL @ UCF Arena
4/17 Houston , TX @ Verizon Wireless Amp.
4/18 San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
4/19 Dallas, TX @ Nokia Live
4/21 Denver, CO @ Magness Auditorium
4/22 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Salt Air
4/24 Sacramento, CA @ Memorial Hall
4/25 Reno, NV @ Lawler Events Center
4/27 San Jose, CA @ SJSU Events Center
dates w/ Eighteen Visions
4/28 San Diego, CA @ San Diego Sports Arena
5/1 Bakersfield . CA @ Rabobank Convention Center
5/2 Phoenix, AZ @ Mesa Ampitheatre
5/3 Albuquerque, NM @ Albuquerque Convention Center
5/5 Kansas City, MO @ City Market
5/8 Minneapolis, MN @ Myth
5/9 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
5/10 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
5/12 Detroit, MI @ Cobo Arena
5/14 Pittsburgh, PA @ Chevy Ampitheatre
5/16 Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Arena
5/18 Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier at Penn's Landing
5/19 New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
5/20 New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
According to VirtualFestivals.com, Orange County, California's AVENGED SEVENFOLD have been added to the lineup of this year's Download festival, joining headliners TOOL, METALLICA, and GUNS 'N ROSES, plus dozens more.
The three-day rock festival takes place at Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England over the weekend of June 9-11 June.
Discussing the prospect of the band's Download debut, AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows said: "Sharing the stage with such legends is an honour beyond our words, especially when it's as massive as Download."
Now in its fourth year, Download 2006 boasts one of its best lineups to date with three massive headliners, plus TRIVIUM, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, THE PRODIGY, KORN, DEFTONES, ALICE IN CHAINS, ARCH ENEMY, INME, and many, many more.
More bands are expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks, all playing over three main arenas, plus a few in the infamous skate bowl.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD have revealed to Kerrang! magazine that their days of shit-talking about other bands are over. The California-based group, who had a run-in with ATREYU last year, put their new attitude down to being more mature. "We don’t slag off any bands anymore because we’re more mature and we're over it now," confessed frontman M. Shadows. "Some of the things we said looked worse than we meant them," added guitarist Zacky Vengeance. They're also determined not to rise to public fall-outs when other bands bait them. "Ninety percent of the bands who have talked shit about us in magazines have asked to be on tour with us," laughed Shadows. "One band who we talked shit about was told by their record company to talk shit back about us just so they could make a story and get some press out of it. It's all politics and bullshit and we're not going to mention other bands' names anymore because we don't want them to get the free publicity."
AVENGED SEVENFOLD's Warner Bros. debut, "City of Evil", was certified gold in January by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for shipments in excess of 500,000 copies. The group's third album, "City Of Evil" is the follow-up to 2003's "Waking the Fallen", which was issued through Hopeless Records.
METALLICA and SYSTEM OF A DOWN are strongly rumored to have secured the "headliner" and "special guest" slots at this year's Ozzfest, according to BLABBERMOUTH.NET, citing "industry insiders."
Although no bands have been officially announced for this year's festival, DISTURBED frontman David Draiman revealed during an appearance on the Seattle station 99.9 KISW in January that his band will be appearing on this summer's Ozzfest. Meanwhile, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's booking agent recently told Billboard magazine that Zakk Wylde and Co. have also been confirmed for this year's trek. UNEARTH guitarist Ken Susi told the Alternative Press on Feb. 14 that his band will be one of the rotating headliners on the second stage of Ozzfest 2006, while Jesse Hayes of the Cleveland radio station WMMS 100.7 FM announced last month during his daily "Buzzard Rock Report" segment that BODY COUNT — the heavy metal band fronted by rapper/actor Ice T — will be performing at this year's traveling festival. BLEEDING THROUGH frontman Brandon Schieppati reportedly revealed at the conclusion of the band's performance at Neumo's in Seattle, Washington Sunday night (Feb. 19) that they will be taking part in Ozzfest 2006. Additional offers to play the tour have been extended to AVENGED SEVENFOLD and ATREYU, according to recently published interviews with both artists.
The Ozzfest organizers are expected to announce the official lineup for this year's festival sometime in March.
MTV2 and Roadrunner Records have announced the release of the third installment in the successful series – MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL: THE REVENGE. The low priced, double-disc is due in stores on April 11, 2006.
On the heels of the Gold certification of the first installment, MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL, VOLUME 1 and the success with MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL, VOLUME 2, MTV2 and Roadrunner Records once again set out to gather the very best in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. The result is more than 2 1/2 hours of music on 2 CDs: disc one represents the strongest tracks from today's biggest rock bands, and disc two brings together the strongest up-and-comers from the underground rock scene.
In addition to the genre-defining anthems that represent the best of the show, there are enough rare and unreleased tracks to satisfy tastemaker metal fans as well. Packed with a total of 38 hard-charging tracks, this collection has 7 exclusive offerings. They include the Terry Date mix of Slipknot's "Before I Forget", and the live recording of Killswitch Engage's "A Bid Farewell", which both see their first CD release on this compilation. Other exclusives are brand new tracks from Hatebreed and Walls Of Jericho, both of which were written especially for this release (Hatebreed's lead vocalist, Jamey Jasta, is the host of the Headbangers Ball program on MTV2). A video for the Hatebreed track, entitled "To The Threshold", will air on video channels in March. A side project of Jasta's, Kingdom of Sorrow (which also includes members of Down, Crowbar and Seemless), also throws a brand new track into the ring. The compilation beat Dragonforce and 36 Crazyfists' record releases to the punch with fresh new tracks from these up-and-comers.
DOUBLE DISC TRACK LISTING More...
Avenged Sevenfold and Coheed and Cambria are hitting the road together for a 31-date US co-headlining tour.
A7x guitarist Synyster Gates comments on the odd pairing of the two bands:
"We're the same kind of band," he reasoned. "You either love us or hate us, so we definitely have that in common. And we believe there will be a crossover there between both our fans. It's not the same genre of music, but the same kids listen to us and them. You know, anything can completely flop and some things can work out perfectly. We're big fans of their music, and I think, from what we hear, they're into us. So, it just felt right. We'll have to see what happens."
The trek was originally conceived as a triple threat: Avenged, Coheed and H.I.M. all sharing the rotating co-headlining bill. But that plan "just didn't work out," Gates said without further elaboration. There's no word yet on who'll be recruited to warm up the crowds on this forthcoming Avenged/ Coheed trek. Gates said the bands are considering going with a comedian or a circus act of some kind as the opener for all of the tour's dates, "because we don't want another band that sounds like us [on the bill]," which, the guitarist added, is "impossible these days."
Avenged Sevenfold/ Coheed and Cambria dates: More...
The world premiere of Avenged Sevelfold's "Beast And The Harlot" video took place today. You can watch the video on MTV2.com or check out MTV and MTV2 for the premiere of "Beast and the Harlot" all day.
The Making of "Beast and the Harlot" will also be airing today on MTV2 starting at 8:30AM EST and repeating at 12:00PM EST and 4:00PM EST. Following the 4:00PM EST Making of "Beast and the Harlot" MTV2 is airing a special repeat of Avenged Sevenfold "Live In San Diego".
FUSE is also showing Avenged Sevenfold "Live In San Diego" today at 9 PM EST with repeats: February 7th @ 1 AM, February 8th @ 2:30 PM, and February 12th @ 12:30 AM. Watch for Beast and the Harlot premiering on FUSE and The Rock Countdown this Tuesday.
Avenged Sevenfold will be stopping by Bolling BX Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, where they'll be doing a signing for U.S. military personnel. The band's latest album, City of Evil, features a song supporting the nation's troops titled "M.I.A."
As previously reported, Avenged Sevenfold have been offered a slot on Ozzfest 2006. However, the band has not yet confirmed whether they will accept the invitation.
Guitarist Lisa Marx (ex-Kittie/Scars Of Tomorrow) has officially joined Day Of Contempt.
Day Of Contempt is on tour now with Avenged Sevenfold and CKY in support of their "The Will To Live" EP on Pulse/ Epitaph. Marx is featured in the current issue of Revolver magazine as part of their "sexiest women of metal" cover story.
Day Of Contempt has caused quite a stir since relocating from Australia to Orange County, California. The band has toured with The Used, Good Charlotte and Bleeding Through, played several dates on last year's "Warped Tour," as was featured on MSNBC's "Entertainment Hot List" TV show. They also supported Atreyu at their 2005 Los Angeles Halloween show.
More recently, Day Of Contempt has been in the process of writing new material for a full-length album to be released on an as-yet undetermined record label.
"The Will To Live" was produced by Josh Abraham (Velvet Revolver, Linkin Park).
According to Billboard.com, Avenged Sevenfold have been offered a slot on Ozzfest 2006. Frontman M. Shadows comments: "We're probably going to go to Europe but there are a lot of tours going on. We're not really sure what's going on with Ozzfest. They've been offering stuff but we're not really sure who is headlining. They won't tell us and they want us to commit now but we won't do that until we know who is headlining. We might just get out of the country and do a [U.S.] tour after the summer."
Read the full article at Billboard.com.
Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie, Avenged Sevenfold, Coheed and Cambria, Rise Against and Shinedown are among the acts slated to play the Global Gathering 2006 music festival at Bicentennial Park in Miami on March 18. The show isnot exclusively metal, however, as the event's web site also promises three techno/dance-oriented stages, with sets by Sasha & Digweed, Deep Dish, Überzone and Freq Nasty.