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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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A7X Planned To Use "Sung" Vocals All Along

According To Headbanger's Blog, there’s a scene in Avenged Sevenfold’s “All Excess” DVD where producer Mudrock talks about reports that frontman M. Shadows decided to sing on the group’s last album City of Evil because years of screaming had injured his vocal chords, rendering him unable to howl. While the origins of the tale came from Shadows himself, Mudrock claims it’s just not true.

Before Avenged entered the studio with him to record their second album, 2003’s Waking the Fallen, Shadows told Mudrock he was tired of screaming, but that he wanted the Waking record to be half screamed, half sung. Then, for the follow-up, he wanted only to sing. So, claims Mudrock, Shadows knew what direction he wanted to take Avenged two years before the band started working on 2005’s City of Evil.

Read the full article at Headbanger's Blog.

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A7X Post Early Touring Clip From "All Excess" DVD

With three days to go before the official release of Avenged Sevenfold's brand new DVD "ALL EXCESS," the band has posted an early touring clip from the DVD.

The all-region DVD features a 110 minute documentary, live footage, music video commentary and tons of bonus features.

This Monday, July 16th, Avenged Sevenfold will make their big screen debut in theaters in seven cities across the US one day before its official release. Those cities include Huntington Beach, Los Angeles, San Diego, St. Louis, Detroit, Phoenix, and New York. You can find out more information about the theatrical release and tickets here. More...

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Avenged Sevenfold Offer Fans Chance To Be Producer

Launch Radio Networks reports: Avenged Sevenfold is offering a chance for a fan to become a "producer for a day" on the band's new album, according to Absolute Punk. Interested parties must upload a short video, less than two minutes long, to either YouTube, DailyMotion or another sponsoring web site explaining why they would be the best pick to get into the studio and produce the group for one day. Entries must also be sent to a7xproducerforaday@yahoo.com. The winner will be chosen on July 2 and technical know-how in the recording studio is not required.

The grand prize winner will receive airfare to Los Angeles and hotel accommodations. He or she will spend a day with the band in the studio and receive a special fan producer credit on Avenged Sevenfold's new album, which is due out later this year.

More info and contest rules can be found at AvengedSevenfold.com.

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M. Shadows Talks About Upcomming DVD

Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows recently had the following to say regarding the bands forthcoming DVD outing "All Excess":
"This DVD has been 8 years in the making. We didn't want to cheat the fans by putting out a standard live DVD. Instead we wanted to focus on giving back to our fans by showing them what makes 5 best friends from Huntington Beach eat, sleep and breathe the Avenged Sevenfold lifestyle. This DVD shows everything from life backstage on the bus to some of the first shows in our hometown. We didn't leave anything off that fans have been asking about for all these years. Unlike cookie-cutter concert DVD's this is a documentary you can watch again and again for years to come."

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Avenged Sevenfold Posts DVD Teaser Online

Avenged Sevenfold has posted a teaser/promo video for their upcoming DVD "All Excess." They have set and official release date of July 17th 2007 for the disc. The band commented:

"For you die hard fans we know you've been looking forward to this DVD for a long time and we promise you it will live up to all your expectations. There's so much content in this fucking thing that we've had to chop up hundreds of the best bits and pieces and put it together in this trailer."

You can watch the video on YouTube. More...

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Avenged Sevenfold To Return To Japan In 2007

Avenged Sevenfold is returning to Japan for this year’s Summersonic Festival. "Going to Japan last year was one of the most amazing times we have ever had on tour and we are absolutely psyched to get back over there and play for all you crazy fuckers again," the band commented in their newsletter.

Here are the first Avenged Sevenfold tour dates for 2007:

8/11 Osaka, JPN Maeshima
8/12 Tokyo, JPN Marine Stadium

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Avenged Sevenfold Give Album and DVD Update

Avenged Sevenfold have posted the following short update on their upcoming album/DVD progress:

"It's been a while since we've dropped you guys a line, so here's what's new in the Avenged Sevenfold camp. Writing for our record has been going amazing. We've got a bunch of great songs for you guys to hear and we can't wait to get into the studio and lay it down. The DVD is also making its way through the final stages and soon into your arms. It's gonna be a great year for Avenged Sevenfold and its fans!"

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YouTube Phenom Blows Up Interpreting Metal Hits

Dave Marcovecchio doesn't care much for Avenged Sevenfold, and he's not all that jazzed about As I Lay Dying, Slipknot, From First to Last or Bullet for My Valentine, for that matter.

But the band Marcovecchio loves to hate more than any other is Florida metalcore outfit Trivium. And it's his Trivium odium that's helped the 18-year-old Brit become a YouTube phenomenon.

When Marcovecchio isn't in class studying music technology or working with his own band, Wargazm, the metalhead can usually be found at the nearest watering hole, rewriting the lyrics to songs by some of the bands he just can't stomach. When he's done, he turns to Windows Movie Maker and Photoshop to work on hilarious interpretive video creations that pair his made-up lyrics with images depicting them (like boats, coats and kids on bicycles).

"Me and my friend Ryan, we'd go down to the pub, get a bit wasted, and then come back and look up funny stuff on YouTube. There are lots of interpretations on there and we always found them funny," Marcovecchio explained. "But there were lots of ones that sucked, and they're all about emo songs. So we thought, 'We'll do one — a metal one — and show them how it's done.' "

The first song to get the Marcovecchio treatment was melodic death-metal outfit Kalmah's "Man of the King." Marcovecchio is a Kalmah fan, so the video was an homage to the band more than anything else. But it dawned on Marcovecchio that frontman Pekka Kokko's garbled growls were difficult to make out without a lyrics sheet. So Marcovecchio just wrote down what he heard.

"It was fun to do, and it got reasonably successful," he recalled. "So I made the Trivium one, and I didn't quite know what [image] to put over one bit of the song, so I said, 'Ah, these guys suck.' And more than 400,000 views later, here I am. It's sort of weird."

Marcovecchio's interpretation of Trivium's "Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr" has been viewed nearly half a million times, and has become the third-most-watched Trivium video on all of YouTube. In fact, if you type the band's name into the site's search engine, the first result is "Interpretation of Trivium" — Marcovecchio's clip. (Click here to watch Paranoidave's Trivium spoof.)

But while some people are impressed and amused by his work, Marcovecchio has also received death threats. "It's hilarious," he said. "They usually fall into one of three categories: There's the 'I agree with Paranoidave, this is fantastic,' or, 'I'm a Trivium fan, but I like this anyway' or 'I'm a Trivium fan, and I'm going to f---ing kill you.'

"Allegedly, the band are big fans of it," he continued. "There's even a picture of all four of them holding signs that say 'Boat,' 'Rudder,' 'Strange' and 'Mountain' " — the lyrics Marcovecchio created for the song. "I have no idea what some of these bands are saying. To this day, I have no clue what the lyrics for From First to Last's 'Ride the Wings of Pestilence' are, and I don't want to know."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Avenged Sevenfold Prepare DVD

AVENGED SEVENFOLD has issued the following update:

"I'm sure you've heard the rumor that an AVENGED SEVENFOLD DVD is in the works and will be released some time this year. Well, I'm here to set the record straight and let you know there IS DEFINITELY going to be an AVENGED SEVENFOLD DVD out THIS SPRING, but we can't say much more other than filming just wrapped here in Huntington Beach and we're super pumped for you to see it. So stay tuned as the weeks go on for all the details and release info."

AVENGED SEVENFOLD frontman M. Shadows recently told MTV.com that the band plans to take its time writing the follow-up to 2005's "City of Evil". While the boys have been working on new material for a couple of months now, Shadows doesn't see the band hitting the studio until at least May. And when AVENGED do, the singer said they'll track the disc without the benefit of a seasoned producer. "We're 90 percent sure we're going to produce it ourselves," said Shadows, who recently helped produce THE CONFESSION's new LP. "We want to do it ourselves because we know what we want." He said fans can expect the album's tracks to be bigger and longer, and added that he hopes to have the disc out by the fall.

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Avenged Sevenfold To Take Their Time On New Album

Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows says the band plans to take its time writing the follow-up to 2005's City of Evil. While the boys have been working on new material for a few weeks now, Shadows doesn't see the band hitting the studio until at least May. And when Avenged do, the singer said they'll track the disc without the benefit of a seasoned producer. "We're 90 percent sure we're going to produce it ourselves," said Shadows, who recently helped produce the Confession's new LP. "We want to do it ourselves because we know what we want." He said fans can expect the album's tracks to be bigger and longer, and added that he hopes to have the disc out by the fall.

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Final Guitar Hero II Tracklisting Revealed

According to IGN, the final track listing has been revealed for the upcoming PS2/Xbox 360 video game "Guitar Hero II". The track list will run as follows (sorted by their in-game categories):

Opening Licks:
Motley Crue - "Shout At The Devil"
Danzig - "Mother"
Cheap Trick - "Surrender"
Wolfmother - "Woman"
Spinal Tap - "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight"

Amp-Warmers:
Kiss - "Strutter"
Nirvana - "Heart-Shaped Box"
Police - "Message In A Bottle"
Van Halen - "You Really Got Me"
Kansas - "Carry On Wayward Son"

String-Snappers:
Foo Fighters - "Monkey Wrench"
Alice In Chains - "Them Bones"
Iggy Pop And The Stooges - "Search And Destroy"
The Pretenders - "Tattooed Love Boys"
Black Sabbath - "War Pigs"

Thrash And Burn:
Warrant - "Cherry Pie"
The Butthole Surfers - "Who Was In My Room Last Night"
Mathew Sweet - "Girlfriend"
Rolling Stones - "Can't You Hear Me Knockin'"
Guns N' Roses - "Sweet Child O' Mine"

Return Of The Shred:
Rage Against The Machine - "Killing In The Name"
Primus - "John The Fisherman"
The Sword - "Freya"
Thin Lizzy - "Bad Reputation"
Aerosmtih - "Last Child"

Relentless Riffs:
Heart - "Crazy On You"
Stone Temple Pilots - "Tripping On A Hole In A Paper Heart"
Stray Cats - "Rock This Town"
Allman Brothers - "Jessica"
Jane's Addiction - "Stop"

Furious Fretwork:
Anthrax - "Madhouse"
The Living End - "Carry Me Home"
Lamb Of God - "Laid To Rest"
Reverend Horton Heat - "Psychobilly Freakout"
Rush - "YYZ"

Face-Melters:
Avenged Sevenfold - "Beast And The Harlot"
Suicidal Tendencies - "Institutionalized"
Dick Dale - "Misirlou"
Megadeth - "Hangar 18"
Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Free Bird"

Around 15 or more unlockable bonus tracks will also be included in the game, with Every Time I Die, Drist, The Last Vegas, Valient Thorr and The Breaking Wheel rumored to be among them. "Guitar Hero II" will see a November 7th release date on the Playstation 2 while a spring release on the Xbox 360 is currently pending.

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Final Saw III Soundtrack Tracklisting Revealed

The current reigning champ of all of the horror film franchises – Saw – will have the third and most psychologically intense installment of the series – Saw III hit theaters on October 27th. Fans of the series will be excited to hear that the Saw III Soundtrack (Artists' Addiction Records) will feature twenty tracks from of some of the hardest, bone crushing rock bands on the planet including: Blue October, Slayer, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Ministry, and many others. Brand new exclusive tracks from Static X "No Submission," and Drowning Pool "No More," are stand out songs on the Saw III Soundtrack.

Saw III (Twisted Pictures & Lionsgate) stars Shawnee Smith and Tobin Bell. Jigsaw has disappeared. With his new apprentice Amanda (Shawnee Smith), the puppet-master behind the cruel, intricate games that have terrified a community and baffled police has once again eluded capture and vanished. While city detectives scramble to locate him, Doctor Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh) and Jeff (Angus Macfayden) are unaware that they are about to become the latest pawns on his vicious chessboard.

Saw star Shawnee Smith makes a cameo singing backup vocals on Hydrovibe's track "Killer Inside" on the Saw III Soundtrack.

"I've am a huge fan of this band Hydrovibe!," commented Shawnee. "Heather St. Marie has a breathtakingly beautiful voice as powerful as my character in the Saw films: Amanda. I'm thrilled our female fan base has a movie and a soundtrack to sink our patent leather stilettos into."

Here is the final track listing for the Saw III soundtrack (as well as a couple of audio streams): More...

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Avenged Sevenfold Talk About New Album

Avenged Sevenfold recently spoke to MTV about the work on their next album. The band recently cancelled their UK tour to concentrate on the record.

As for the cancellation, frontman M.Shadows explained:

"We've been touring on this record for 16 months now, and we're like, 'Enough's enough.' We were kind of going through the motions for a while, playing the same songs, so we were like, 'We need to write some new stuff."

Shadows has high aspirations for the record as well:

"The last thing we're going to do is write City of Evil part 2 or Waking the Fallen part 2, It's not going to be a thrash record or old-school or anything like that. I know it's going to be a sound that no one's heard — kind of like when Korn came out, they were the first ones to start that whole scene and they sounded different than everybody. We want to do that for our own generation. [...] It's just going to be gritty, We want it to be a cool record, not some polished crap just 'cause we've got a couple songs on the radio now."

The band released two albums on indie Hopeless Records before releasing City Of Evil on Warner.

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Avenged Sevenfold Cancel Tour To Record New Album

Huntington Beach, CA quintet Avenged Sevenfold have announced cancellation of tour dates. The band will not be playing scheduled UK fall dates, and have postponed plans for a winter U.S. tour in favor of entering the recording studio.

Avenged Sevenfold hopes fans will not be let down, but rather will look forward to seeing them back on the road with new songs to share. The band have been writing songs for their forthcoming album, and are eager to work on a forthcoming album.

Singer M. Shadows explains the band's decision, "We love our loyal fans and want to continue giving them the freshest, most awesome show and material possible. We've been playing songs from City of Evil around the world for 15 months and now feel it's time to bring them something new. We're honored by the growing audiences wanting to see our show, but feel an obligation to our fans to always give them the best we have to offer. We've started writing and can't wait for our fans to hear what we're working on."

Avenged Sevenfold have spent the last year touring non-stop behind City of Evil, which also spawned the adrenalized hits "Bat Country" and "Beast and the Harlot." They completed a spring U.S. arena tour and several European dates with personal heroes Guns N' Roses and Metallica. M. Shadows currently graces the cover of Revolver Magazine alongside James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich of Metallica. The band most recently finished up a run as a mainstage headliner on Ozzfest.

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All-Star List Of Bands Sign On For Guitar Hero II

A slew of songs on the playable list for the upcoming new interactive Playstation 2 video game "Guitar Hero II" have been revealed. Check them out below:

Lamb Of God - "Laid To Rest"
Avenged Sevenfold - "Beast And The Harlot"
Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Freebird"
Alice In Chains - "Them Bones"
Nirvana - "Heart Shaped Box"
Guns N' Roses - "Sweet Child O' Mine"
Motley Crue - "Shout At The Devil"
Black Sabbath - "War Pigs"
The Police - "Message In A Bottle"
The Pretenders - "Tattooed Love Boys"
Cheap Trick - "Surrender"
Spinal Tap - "Tonight I'm Going to Rock You Tonight"
Heart - "Crazy On You"
Allman Brothers Band - "Jessica"
Dick Dale - "Misirlou"
The Rolling Stones - "Can't You Hear Me Knocking"
Anthrax - "Madhouse"
Stone Temple Pilots - "Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart"
Primus - "John The Fisherman"
Kiss - "Strutter"
Rush - "YYZ"
Van Halen - "You Really Got Me"
Reverend Horton Heat - "Psychobilly Freakout"
Drist - "Arterial Black"
Every Time I Die - "The New Black"
Butthole Surfers - "Who The Hell Was In My Room Last Night"

"Guitar Hero II" is due in stores on November 7th.

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A7x and Bleeding Through UK Tour Dates

Avenged Sevenfold and Bleeding Through will tour the UK together this fall. In related news, due to scheduling conflicts Bleeding Through will no longer appear on their previously announced tour with Bullet For My Valentine. Here are the Avenged Sevenfold and Bleeding Through tour dates:

10/20 Manchester @ Apollo
10/22 Newcastle @ Carling Academy Newcastle
10/23 Glasgow @ Barrowland
10/25 Wolverhampton @ The Civic Hall
10/26 London @ Carling Academy Brixton
10/27 Wales @ Cardiff University
10/29 Norfolk @ Norwich U.E.A.
10/30 Southampton @ Southampton Guildhall
10/31 Nottingham @ Rock City
11/2 Leeds @ Leeds University Union
11/3 Dublin @ Ambassador Theater

In related news, Tunelab Music is reporting that Avenged Sevenfold will team up with Killswitch Engage and Bleeding Through for a tour which is expected to begin in November and that the tour dates will be announced shortly.

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Alice In Chains, A7X, Stonesour In Houston Fest

ALICE IN CHAINS, STONE SOUR and AVENGED SEVENFOLD are among the confirmed bands for BuzzFest XVIII, set to take place Sunday, October 8 at the Woodlands Pavilion in Houston, Texas. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

Main Stage:

ALICE IN CHAINS
STONE SOUR
BREAKING BENJAMIN
AVENGED SEVENFOLD
EVERCLEAR
CROSSFADE
HURT

Side Stage:

EVANS BLUE
LOSTPROPHETS
THE PANIC CHANNEL
RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS
OK GO
EIGHTEEN VISIONS
BOYS LIKE GIRLS

Tickets go on sale Saturday, August 26 at 10:00 a.m. through Ticketmaster or LiveNation.com.

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AIC, A7X, and More On Inland Invasion 2006

ALICE IN CHAINS, PAPA ROACH, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and BUCKCHERRY have been confirmed for KROQ's Inland Invasion 2006, set to take place September 23 at the Hyundai Pavillion at Glen Helen in Devore, California. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

GUNS N' ROSES
ALICE IN CHAINS
MUSE
PAPA ROACH
AVENGED SEVENFOLD
30 SECONDS TO MARS
RISE AGAINST
ATREYU
BUCKCHERRY

Tickets go on sale this Saturday, August 19 at 10:00 a.m. at all Ticketmaster locations, including Tower Records, Ritmo Latino, Robinsons May and select Wherehouse locations. The Hyundai box office will also be selling tickets that day. No ticket limits. Seats are $75 for pit and orchestra, $55 for loge and $35 lawn.

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More News On Avenged Sevenfold's UK Tour

Avenged Sevenfold will be heading overseas for a UK run in October, dates include:
October 20th Manchester, UK - Apollo
October 22nd Newcastle, UK - Carling Academy
October 23rd Glasgow, UK - Barrowlands
October 25th Wolverhampton, UK - The Civic Hall
October 26th London, UK - Brixton Academy
October 27th Cardiff, UK - University
October 29th Norwich, UK - U.E.A.
October 30th Southampton, UK - Guildhall
November 02nd Leeds, UK - University Union

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See Avenged Sevenfold Cover Pantera's "Walk"

Blender.com recently spoke to AVENGED SEVENFOLD about their cover version of PANTERA's "Walk" and their participation in this year's Ozzfest. Watch the four-minute interview at Blender.com.

When asked about their version of "Walk", AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows said, "Kerrang! magazine came to us and they asked if we wanted to cover one of our favorite bands' classic songs. [And we went], 'Well, we know 'Walk'. Can we do that?' So we had Terry Date [PANTERA producer] record it for us and Vinnie Paul [PANTERA drummer] give us his blessings on it, so we went and did it. And from then on, we kind of like… you know, playing festivals in Europe with METALLICA and stuff, it kind of brings back… Dime, to us, was one of the greatest guitar players ever to live, and to us, it's like a tribute to him. It kind of lets his spirit live on at Ozzfest. PANTERA was, for a few years, tearing it up at Ozzfest, you know, and now they're not a band anymore, and I think… To us, it's a song we can play, we know we do it well, and we're just going out there and letting the spirit live on a little bit."

Check out a video clip of AVENGED SEVENFOLD performing "Walk" at Ozzfest 2006 on July 1 at at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in San Francisco, CA at YouTube.com. More...

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