Band Photo: Avenged Sevenfold (?)
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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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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.
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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."
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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.
The first leg of the band's U.S. tour ends Friday (12/2) in Las Vegas, but the Warped Tour veterans will jump right back into the swing of things after taking a break for the holidays, kicking off the tour's second leg in January, and eventually hitting around 20 mid-size venues.
Avenged Sevenfold--which got support from Saosin and Death by Stereo for its fall dates--will be joined by CKY on the next leg of its tour.
Before the start of the January/February swing, the band will make an appearance at the Dec. 10 KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show in Universal City, CA, sharing a bill with System of a Down, Nine Inch Nails, Korn and other acts.
Avenged Sevenfold--vocalist M. Shadows, lead guitarist Synyster Gates, guitarist Zachy Vengeance, bassist Johnny Christ and drummer The Rev--released "City of Evil" in June. Producer Mudrock, who also worked on the band's previous album, 2003's "Waking the Fallen," was again behind the dials for the band.
The video for the "City of Evil" single "Bat Country" is in rotation on the music cable channel Fuse, and the song "Beast and the Harlot" appears on the soundtrack of EA's video game "Burnout Revenge."
[Note: The following tour itinerary has been provided by artist and/or tour sources, who verify its accuracy as of the publication time of this story. Changes may occur before tickets go on sale. Check with official artist websites, ticketing sources and venues for late updates.] More...
Read the full article at Live Daily.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD will be hitting the road early next year for a headlining tour with CKY and EIGHTEEN VISISIONS. Confirmed dates as of now are as follows:
January 20 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
January 22 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
January 27 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
January 31 - Portland, ME @ State Theater
February 3 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
February 4 - Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues
February 6 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
February 8 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
NINE INCH NAILS, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, KORN, THRICE, FALLOUT BOY, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and RISE AGAINST have been confirmed for KROQ/106.7 FM's annual Almost Acoustic Christmas, set to take place at Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk, California on Dec. 10. Tickets go on sale at 6 p.m. Monday. Check kroq.com for updates and more information.
Avenged Sevenfold have announced even more dates for their forthcoming Cities of Evil 2005 Tour. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Fri-10-7-05 San Diego, CA Soma
Sat-10-8-05 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
Mon-10-10-05 Lubbock, TX South Beach
Thu-10-13-05 San Antonio, TX Graham Central Station
Fri-10-14-05 Houston, TX Meridian
Sun-10-16-05 Tampa, FL Jannus Landing
Mon-10-17-05 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
Wed-10-19-05 Norfolk, VA Norva
Thu-10-20-05 Atlanta, GA Earthlink Live
Sat-10-22-05 Orlando, FL House Of Blues
Sun-10-23-05 Dallas, TX Smirnoff (KDGE Show)
Tue-10-25-05 Worcester, MA Palladium
Thu-10-27-05 New York, NY Webster Hall
Sat-10-29-05 Cleveland, OH Odeon
Mon-10-31-05 Baltimore, MD Sonar
Tue-11-1-05 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
Thu-11-3-05 Montreal, QC Spectrum
Fri-11-4-05 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Hall
Sun-11-6-05 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre
Mon-11-7-05 St. Louis, MO Pop's
Wed-11-9-05 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
Thu-11-10-05 Milwaukee, WI Rave
Sat-11-12-05 Minneapolis, MN Quest
Sun-11-13-05 Kansas City, MO Beaumont
Tue-11-15-05 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
Wed-11-16-05 Salt Lake City, UT Salt Air
Fri-11-18-05 Seattle, WA Showbox
Sat-11-19-05 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Mon-11-21-05 Edmonton, AB Red's
Tue-11-22-05 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall
Fri-11-25-05 Portland, OR Roseland Ballroom
Sat-11-26-05 Boise, ID Big Easy
Mon-11-28-05 Reno, NV New Oasis
Tue-11-29-05 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
Thu-12-1-05 Irvine, CA Bren Center
Fri-12-2-05 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues
AVENGED SEVENFOLD will be making an appearance this Tuesday, September 27 on BBC Radio 1's "The Lock Up" between 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. GMT. The band will be playing an exclusive session consisting of tracks from their latest album, "City of Evil", and being interviewed by Mike Davies. You will be able to listen to the show live, or on demand for a whole week after it has aired at www.bbc.co.uk/radio1.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD's "City of Evil" (Warner Bros.) has sold 152,000 copies in the United States since its June 7 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
On October 18th, Immortal Records will release the Masters Of Horror soundtrack featuring brand new (previously unreleased) tracks from Mudvayne, Shadows Fall, Norma Jean, and Buckethead featuring Serj Tankian. The final track listing is as follows:
1. Mudvayne - "Small Silhouette"
2. Norma Jean - "ShaunLuu"
3. It Dies Today -"Enjoy The Silence"
4. Funeral For A Friend - "Lazarus (In The Wilderness)"
5. Andrew WK - "You Will Remember Tonight"
6. Armor For Sleep - "Very Invisible"
7. Scary Kids Scaring Kids - "What's Up Now"
8. Shadowsfall - "This Is My Own"
9. The Bled - "Nervous Breakdown"
10. Murder By Death - "End Of The Road"
11. Thursday - "Division St" (acoustic)
12. Bloodsimple - "Overload"
13. Mastodon - "Megalodon" (live)
14. Death By Stereo - "Bottled Up"
15. Fall River - "At Least You Bought Her Flowers"
1. Buckethead feat. Serj Tankian - "We Are One"
2. Rise Against - "Obstructed"
3. The Bronx - "Bats!"
4. From Autumn To Ashes - "Betwixt Her Getaway Sticks"
5. Every Time I Die - "Keith The Music"
6. Matchbook Romance - "In Transit (For You)"
7. Bedlight For Blue Eyes - "Hindsight"
8. Alkaline Trio - "We Can Never Break Up"
9. Avenged Sevenfold - "Beast and the Harlot" (live)
10. In Flames - "Discover Me Like Emptiness"
11. A Change Of Pace - "The Thin Red Line"
12. Bear Vs Shark - "Victoria Iceberg"
13. Gratitude - "If Ever" (acoustic)
14. Fear Before The March Of Flames - "237"
15. Yesterday's Rising - "Contrast of Light and Dark"
For more information and to hear some of the tracks from the soundtrack, you can check out the new Masters Of Horror ecard here.
Avenged Sevenfold have announced more dates for their forthcoming Cities of Evil 2005 Tour. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Oct 07 San Diego, CA Soma
Oct 08 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
Oct 10 Lubbock, TX South Beach
Oct 13 San Antonio, TX Graham Central Station
Oct 14 Houston, TX Meridian
Oct 16 Tampa, FL Jannus Landing
Oct 17 Lauderdale, FL Revolution
Oct 19 Norfolk, VA Norva
Oct 20 Atlanta, GA Earthlink Live
Oct 22 Orlando, FL House Of Blues
Oct 23 Dallas, TX Smirnoff (KDGE Show)
Oct 25 Worcester, MA Palladium
Oct 27 New York, NY Webster Hall
Oct 31 Baltimore, MD Sonar
Nov 01 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
Nov 03 Montreal, QC Spectrum
Nov 04 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Hall
Nov 06 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre
Nov 07 St. Louis, MO Pop's
Nov 09 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
Nov 10 Milwaukee, WI Rave
Nov 12 Minneapolis, MN Quest
Nov 13 Kansas City, MO Beaumont
Avenged Sevenfold has posted the following message on their website regarding the cancelled European tour this fall:
As you may have heard, we have been forced to cancel our September European tour. Things have been insane for us lately and with City of Evil exploding stateside, our commitments here in the US have made it impossible for us to head overseas right now.
To apologize, we’ll be flying into London for a special one-time show on September 27th at the Astoria. This will be the world premier of our brand new, headlining stage show that’s going to absolutely blow you away. This is the same show we’re bringing to the States, but we’re gonna debut it for you guys in London. All tickets for the Brixton Academy show will be valid for the new Astoria date. Again, we apologize for canceling, and we can't wait to see you on the 27th.
Now that the Vans Warped Tour 2005 is over, Avenged Sevenfold are embarking on a headlining tour, entitled "City of Evil 2005" tour, with Saosin, Death By Stereo, Opiate for the Masses (first half) and Bullets and Octane (second half).
The band comments: "Because nothing we do is ever small, WE'RE BRINGING OUT THE BIGGEST STAGE PRODUCTION WE'VE EVER HAD. We're making all our other stage shows look like rehearsals! It's gonna be absolutely off the hook and we can't wait to finally play a long set filled with old and new shit for you guys."
Tour dates are as follows:
Oct 07 San Diego, CA - Soma
Oct 08 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Oct 10 Lubbock, TX - South Beach
Oct 13 San Antonio, TX - Graham Central Station
Oct 14 Houston, TX - Meridian
Oct 16 Tampa, FL - Jannus Landing
Oct 17 Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
Oct 19 Norfolk, VA - Norva
Oct 22 Orlando, FL - House Of Blues
Oct 27 New York, NY - Webster Hall
Oct 31 Baltimore, MD - Sonar
Nov 06 Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
Nov 07 St. Louis, MO - Pop's
Nov 09 Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Nov 10 Milwaukee, WI - Rave
Nov 13 Kansas City, MO - Beaumont
More tour dates will be announced soon.
Avenged Sevenfold will be featured on the Headbangers Ball this Saturday at 10:00 pm EST on MTV2.
The 2005 Kerrang Awards nominations have been announced at this year's Day Of Rock. In the middle of sets by Bullet For My Valentine, InMe, Nine Black Alps, Towers Of London and The Mascara Story, Kerrang! editor Paul Brannigan named Green Day and System Of A Down as leaders of the pack, with five nominations apiece. Coming a close second were My Chemical Romance with four nominations, including Best Band. The winners will be announced at the Kerrang! Awards on August 25 - to vote for your favourites, head for www.kerrangawards.com.
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Avenged Sevenfold are out with the video to their new single 'Bat Country', from the album 'City Of Evil'. You can watch it online at Yahoo! Music.