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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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.
Cancelled A7X tour dates: More...
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.
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.
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:
ALICE IN CHAINS
THE PANIC CHANNEL
RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS
BOYS LIKE GIRLS
Tickets go on sale Saturday, August 26 at 10:00 a.m. through Ticketmaster or LiveNation.com.
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
30 SECONDS TO MARS
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.
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
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."
Another year, another Ozzfest. After a star-studded lineup for its ten year anniversary last year, Ozzfest was faced with the challenge of putting together yet another great lineup for its eleventh year. When I went to Bristow, VA on Sunday, August 6, 2006, I was wondering just how good a lineup they managed to scrape together. I knew the bands that were playing, but the real question remained whether the main stage bands could hold their own with primarily younger, nu-metal bands on it and Ozzy closing out the second stage.
The temperatures had fortunately dropped from the 105F degree humid days of only a few days earlier, but the sky was crystal clear for most of the day and the intense sun beating down on you in the 90F degree temperatures was still enough to take a lot out of you and require constant re-hydration. More...
Protest The Hero and 3 Inches Of Blood have been selected to support Avenged Sevenfold on their previously announced and predominantly Canadian September 10th - September 21st run of dates.
Avenged Sevenfold will be touring both Japan and Australia this month, here's the dates:
August 12th Tokyo, JAP - Summersonic
August 13th Osaka, JAP - Summersonic
August 17th Brisbane, AUS - The Tivoli
August 19th Sydney, AUS - UNSW Roundhouse
August 20th Melbourne, AUS - The Palace
On Sunday, July 23, the annual metal-gods tour known as Ozzfest, minus Ozzy, of course, rolled through Indianapolis, and the event passed without much out of the ordinary. The day saw a couple of fights, a lot of marijuana, a whole lot of ignorant people who harassed event staff at every turn, and a lot of people waiting to see the last three bands of the night without any knowledge of who played the second and early main stages—a typical Ozzfest. More...
In a recent interview with Avenged Sevenfold bassist, Johnny Christ, he was asked about the power outage at the San Bernadino, CA Ozzfest. Johnny Replied:
"When it happened I figured I'd just grab a beer and wait it out. But once we heard the "A7X" chants and fires breaking out we thought it might be a good idea to head to the back. Security thought a riot might happen and told us to grab our shit and wait on the bus. We said "Fuck that!" we're going to wait this out like every audience member. So we kicked it in the back for a while and once the power came back on we torn that bitch down."
Read the full article at The Guantlet.
The only notable "heavy" bands nominated for 2006's MTV Video Music Awards are Avenged Sevenfold and 10 Years. Avenged Sevenfold was nominated for Best New Artist In A Video for their video for "Bat Country". 10 Years was nominated for Best Direction In A Video and Best Art Direction In A Video for their "Wasteland" video, directed by Kevin Kerslake.
You can read about all the rest of the mainstream nominations in the full MTV.com article.
Steve Knopper of Newsday.com eports that AVENGED SEVENFOLD wants to warn liberals about something. The metal band's song "Blinded In Chains", which begins with the line "And we're at it again — I turn around another -- war, man," has absolutely nothing to do with the war in Iraq. Or any other war involving guns and bombs. "If I read it, I'd probably get that interpretation, too. I could probably have done a better job," says singer and lyricist M. Shadows, sheepishly. "I've definitely looked at that song and seen where people are coming from."
In fact, "Blinded In Chains" is about the philosophical war between Republicans and Democrats. The former are excessively closed-minded, says Shadows, 24, and the latter are "a bunch of -- idiots where everyone looks at Michael Moore and does what he says." If from that statement you can't glean the band's politics, consider that AVENGED SEVENFOLD sells American-flag T-shirts proclaiming, "Love It Or Die".
"Most people know we're kind of one of the only bands around right now that will admit that we're Republican," says Shadows, who performs at Saturday's Ozzfest on Randall's Island. "When we went on the [punk-rock] Warped Tour last year — all of those bands, they're not only anti-war, they're anti-everything our country stands for. We were like, ' -- this.' We're going to wear our America shirts.
"Kids would eat it up. They loved it," adds Shadows, born Matt Sanders. He acknowledges he's not especially pro-war. "Ninety percent of those bands are talking -- about [President] Bush to 16-year-old kids who can't vote and are just ranting because it's the cool thing to do. It's one of those things where we went out there and did the complete opposite."
Avenged Sevenfold have announced a number of new dates, they are as follows:
September 07th Anchorage, AK - Egan Civic Center
September 09th Calgary, AB - Stampede Corral
September 10th Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Center
September 12th Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Convention Center
September 13th Fargo, ND - Playmakers Pavilion
September 15th Des Monies, IA - Val Air Ballroom
September 19th Ottawa, ON - Civic Centre Theatre
September 20th London, ON - John Labatt Centre
September 21st Quebec City, QC - Centre de Foire
Launch Radio Networks reports: When KORN singer Jonathan Davis was hospitalized in London last month with a rare blood disorder, the rest of his band still played at England's Download Festival, performing a 30-minute set with guest frontmen from 10 YEARS, SLIPKNOT, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and others. Davis told Launch that he couldn't have been more grateful to everyone involved. "I was very thankful that they did that and it was overwhelming to get, you know, that respect, to have those guys go up and do that, and then that the crowd responded to it well," he said. "You know, all we wanted to do was try and play some kind of show for those fans that paid to come see us. I know I wasn't there, but we tried to do what we could do, and I think it worked out great. Everybody did their best to pull off what I do, so I was stoked."
The singer added that he thought Corey Taylor of SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR did the best job.
Davis is currently recovering at home in Los Angeles from the infection, called Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), which sent his blood platelet count plummeting to dangerously low levels.
KORN will be joined by DEFTONES, STONE SOUR, 10 YEARS and other acts on the Family Values tour, which begins on July 27 in Virginia Beach.
KORN have cancelled their June 11 appearance in Dublin, Ireland for the Download Festival 2006, promoters Aiken Promotions have announced.
The cancellation comes after KORN singer Jonathan Davis was admitted to a hospital in London for undisclosed reasons, forcing him to miss the band's appearance at U.K.'s Download Festival, taking place today at Donington Park.
KORN were scheduled to play at the RDS Arena in Dublin before headliners METALLICA.
KORN performed a shortened 30-minute set on the main stage of Day 2 of the U.K.'s Download Festival today (June 10) with a variety of guests helping out on vocals, including singers from SLIPKNOT, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, DEVILDRIVER and TRIVIUM. The group's setlist was as follows:
01. It's On! (with Jesse Hasek from 10 YEARS)
02. Falling Away from Me (with M Shadows from AVENGED SEVENFOLD)
03. Somebody Someone (with Dez Fafara from DEVILDRIVER)
04. Coming Undone (with Dez Fafara from DEVILDRIVER)
05. A.D.I.D.A.S. (with Benji Webbe from SKINDRED)
06. Clown (with Corey Taylor from SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR)
07. Freak on a Leash (with Corey Taylor from SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR)
08. Blind (with Matt Heafy from TRIVIUM)
Check out pictures of KORN from Day 2 of the Download Festival on June 10, 2006 in Castle Donington, England (courtesy of Getty Images):
Audience recorded sound and video clips of METALLICA performing an as-yet-untitled new song during their headlining appearance Tuesday, June 6 at Waldbuhne in Berlin, Germany have been posted online. You can check out the links to an MP3 and video segments here and another video at YouTube.com.
As on the first two dates on the band's current "Escape From The Studio '06" tour, METALLICA played their entire 1986 album, "Master of Puppets", at the Berlin show, including rarely performed tracks such as "Orion" and "Disposable Heroes". The concert's second encore also featured a rendition of the RAMONES classic "Commando", with members of support band AVENGED SEVENFOLD joining in on vocals.
METALLICA will head back into the studio to resume work on their ninth studio effort after completing this summer's festival run.
"Seize The Day" will be the next single from Avenged Sevenfold's latest album City of Evil. Click any of of the links below to stream the track:
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A video for "Seize The Day" is forthcoming.