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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AVENGED SEVENFOLD's "City of Evil" has sold 32,974 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 30 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart.
The group's third album, "City of Evil" (Warner Bros.) is the follow-up to 2003's "Waking the Fallen" (Hopeless Records), which has shifted 172,253 units to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD are scheduled to take part in this summer's Vans Warped Tour beginning on June 18 in Columbus, Ohio.
Before Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and Hot Topic made metalcore a semi-mainstream commodity, Huntington Beach, California, quintet Avenged Sevenfold were combining caustic riffs and hardcore howls with the type of tuneful vocal passages that would
"I never got to meet Dimebag, but he and Slash are my two greatest guitar heroes." — Avenged Sevenfold's M. Shadowsbecome an identifying characteristic of the genre.
Avenged's 2001 debut, "Sounding the Seventh Trumpet," was a bracing, freewheeling introduction that paved the way for 2003's more focused and aggressive "Waking the Fallen." The album attracted extreme-metal and punk kids in equal measure and led to a major-label deal. As they entered the studio to work on their third LP, "City of Evil," Avenged Sevenfold seemed destined to ascend to the top of the metalcore heap. But now that's not going to happen.
"City of Evil" isn't metalcore, sharing little with extreme metal and nothing with hardcore. Instead, the band has written a jaw-droppingly schizophrenic, meandering and undeniably tuneful album that sounds like a collision of Metallica, Faith No More, CKY, Guns N' Roses and Queen.
"When we started working on this record, we said, 'You know what? None of our favorite bands are super extreme, they just write really good melodic songs that are still heavy,' " frontman M. Shadows said. "So we decided we didn't want to scream anymore. Instead, we wanted to make a rock record for the new ages — something with a lot of singing, textures and vocal harmonies, and we couldn't do any of that with all the screaming."
Read the full article at MTV.com.
You can now listen to Avenged Sevenfold's new album, "City of Evil," in its entirety at this location. "City of Evil" hits stores next Tuesday (June 7).
Avenged Sevenfold, who have just finished working on their new album, have put up an MP3 of their new song. The song is entitled "Beast and the Harlot" click here to download the song and also take a look at their cover artwork on their upcoming cd, City of Evil, due on June 6th, on Warner Brothers Records.
The Offspring, The Transplants, My Chemical Romance, Atreyu, Avenged Sevenfold and Thrice head the list of bands announced for this Summer's VANS Warped tour of America. Also on the bill are Dropkick Murphys, Fall Out Boy, Hawthorne Heights, Motion City Soundtrack, MxPx, Senses Fail, Strung Out, The Bled, The Explosion, The Matches, The Starting Line, Tsunami Bomb and Underoath. There will be a number of different stages and other attractions. Tickets go on sale via www.warpedtour.com from March 15.
Avenged Sevenfold have officially begun recording their upcoming Warner debut with producer Mudrock (Godsmack, Chimaira). You can read a short update on their progress over at www.avengedsevenfold.com.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD have started pre-productions for their next album. According to the band, they "...go in and show the songs to Mudrock and we get everyting finalized for the studio."
Avenged Sevenfold have chosen producer Mudrock (Godsmack, Chimaira) to helm their new album which they will begin recording on January 01st. Andy Wallace (Faith No More, At The Drive-In) has been tapped to mix while a late spring/early summer release date through Warner is expected. More on the new effort can be found over at the bands official website, www.avengedsevenfold.com.
NationalNoise magazine is asking you who your favorite artist of 2004 is. The list of artists you can vote for include Avenged Sevenfold, Atreyu, Mastodon, Lamb of God, Shadows Fall and Killswitch Engage. Go here and cast your vote.
Roadrunner Records is releasing the long-awaited MTV2 Headbangers Ball Volume 2 Compilation this Tuesday. 40 tracks from 40 of the hottest acts in mainstream heavy metal and in the underground, for one low price. Who needs the radio, when you have this awesome play list to pop in the CD player. MTV has put up a full preview of the album, which you can access by clicking here
MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball and Revolver magazine are teaming up to bring you the Best Metal Videos of the New Millennium (so far) picked by you. So put your pedal to the metal and vote for your favorite video here. Then, catch the two-hour premiere Saturday, August 21 at 10 PM during Headbanger’s Ball, on MTV2. Plus check out the final list in the October issue of Revolver.
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When talking with Electricbasement.com recently, AVENGED SEVENFOLD vocalist M. SHADOWS scoffed at one ridiculous internet rumor suggesting their guitar players stole a riff and used it one of their songs, "...The new rumor about [us] is that Synyster and Zack went to Guitar Center and heard this kid playing a riff, and they had this tape recorder that they had turned on. That riff the kid played is supposed to be the basis for 'Unholy Confessions.'All these kids on this thread were like, 'I can't believe they did that, that's fucked up. Dude post your version.' The dude's like, 'Oh man, I don't have it anymore.' They still believe him. You've got like thirty or forty kids going, 'fuck Avenged, they steal riffs!'"
Shadows also explained how the band's diverse style, which incorporates metal, punk and classic rock, gets a rather jaded response from certain segments of the hardcore scene, "I know there is a lot of hate out there, but sometimes we go on the road and do a show, and someone will say 'I didn't like you guys before until we saw you guys live and actually listened to your album.' The hardcore scene isn't always too receptive mostly because we're doing pretty well, but we don't give a fuck about what they think, and we don't really give a fuck about their ideals, so they don't like us. All we want to do is play music."
He elaborates, "I used to go to hardcore shows when I was a freshman or in the eighth grade, and there would be guys there like eighteen or so going, 'I really like this fucking band, they bring the fucking mosh.' The problem was, if they were watching a band that could actually sing or bring other things to the table, then they were just like, 'fuck them.' It's just one of those things you don't fight or worry about because it doesn't matter."
Read the full article at Electric Basement.
The tracklisting for the forthcoming Headbangers Ball Vol. II, which will be making it's way onto store shelves in late September: More...
AVENGED SEVENFOLD are planning a return to the UK for 5 spot of shows that include festival appearances (at Reading and Leeds) as well as a few headlining gigs. Dates are as follows:
August 25 - London @ Highbury Garage
August 27 - Manchester @ Hop & Grape
August 28 - Reading @ Reading Festival
August 29 - Leeds @ Leeds Festival
August 31 - Birmingham @ Carling Academy II