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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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Metallica To Host Its Own Festival In June

Following several cryptic announcements on its Facebook page, Metallica went on live stream today to say that the band will be hosting its very own music fest this year in New Jersey. "Orion Fest," the name of the new music festival, will be hosted in Atlantic City on June 23rd and 24th.

The event will feature 22 artists, comedy and lifestyle elements. More than just music, the festival will also showcase the band's individual interests - and allow fans to interact directly with each of the band members. Orion Fest will be held at the decomissioned airstrip Bader Field and was chosen because of the equidistant nature of it from L.A. and Europe, and the proximity to Atlantic City lodging. Metallica plans to headline both nights, confirming the following acts for the festival already:

Arctic Monkeys
Avenged Sevenfold
Modest Mouse
The Gaslight Anthem
Cage the Elephant
Fucked Up
Best Coast
Hot Snakes
Titus Andronicus
Gary Clark Jr.
Lucero
Roky Erickson
The Black Angels
The Sword
A Place to Bury Strangers
Liturgy

Metallica will be playing the "Black" album in full one night and "Ride The Lightning" in full the next night. Visit the Orion Music site for more information.

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48 Hours Festival Band Lineup Announced

The daily performance times have been revealed for the inaugural 48 Hours Festival Powered by Rockstar Energy Drink, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th at the Luxor Festival Grounds on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. Band performance times are as follows:

Saturday, October 15 (doors open at 2:00 PM)

Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage

9:10 PM Avenged Sevenfold
7:40 PM Five Finger Death Punch
6:20 PM Hollywood Undead
5:00 PM Bullet For My Valentine
4:00 PM Escape The Fate
3:00 PM Adelitas Way

Second Stage

5:40 PM Hatebreed
4:30 PM Rev Theory
3:30 PM Black Tide
2:35 PM Hell Or Highwater
2:00 PM Orange Blossom Special More...

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A7X Announces Headlining "Buried Alive" Tour

After wrapping up their fall dates on The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival, Avenged Sevenfold will hit the road for their own headlining "Buried Alive" tour, which launches in Ft. Meyers, Florida, on November 23rd. Hollywood Undead, Asking Alexandria, and Black Veil Brides are also on the bill. Ticket prices range from $35-45 including special family four pack offers in particular markets.

VIP bundles will be available for all tour dates on September 20th. For more information, visit AvengedSevenfold.com. Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday, September 23rd, except for shows in Minneapolis and Yakima, WA, which go on sale Saturday, September 24th.

The tour takes its name from "Buried Alive," the fourth single from the Huntington Beach, CA, band's gold album "Nightmare." All three previous singles from "Nightmare" - the title track, "Welcome to the Family," and "So Far Away" - have peaked at No. 1 on the Active Rock chart. Released worldwide in July 2010, "Nightmare" earned Avenged Sevenfold its highest-ever debut on the Billboard album chart when it bowed at No. 1 and topped Billboard's Rock, Hard Rock, and Digital charts. The title track was the most played song at Media Base Active Rock for 2010.

Here are the latest Avenged Sevenfold "Buried Alive" tour dates:

11/23 - Ft. Meyers, FL @ Germain Arena
12/25 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
11/26 - Augusta, GA @ James Brown Arena
11/28 - Huntsville, AL @ Von Braun Center
11/29 - Pikeville, KY @ East Kentucky Expo Center
11/30 - Ft. Wayne, IN @ Allen County War Memorial
12/02 - Madison, WI @ Alliant Energy Center (without Hollywood Undead)
12/03 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center (on sale 9/24)
12/06 - Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center
12/07 - Duluth, MN @ Amsoil Arena
12/09 - Grand Forks, ND @ Alerus Center
12/10 - Bismarck, ND @ Bismarck Civic Center
12/12 - Billings, MT @ Metra Park Arena
12/13 - Missoula, MT @ Adams Center
12/14 - Yakima, WA @ Sun Dome (on sale 9/24)

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Boston Uproar Fest Rescheduled Due to Hurricane

Hurricane Irene is roaring up the east coast of the U.S. and has caused organizers of the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival to reschedule a Sunday date in suburban Boston.
The show, slated for the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Mass., is right in the projected path of the massive storm, which is expected to slam into the Massachusetts coastline sometime Sunday afternoon - just as Avenged Sevenfold, Seether, Bullet for My Valentine, Black Tide and the rest of the bill would be on the venue's outdoor stages.

“Safety first…We don’t want any of our fans to get hurt,” said M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold. “We decided to move the show from Sunday to Tuesday so all of you crazy fucks can make it and stay safe.”

"We apologize for any inconvenience to the fans, but safety is our first concern. We want everyone to be able to enjoy a full afternoon and evening of rock at UPROAR,” said Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival co-producer John Oakes. “After the Category 3 storm blows through New England on Sunday, UPROAR promises to bring a Category 5 rock storm on Tuesday.”

The tour starts in Camden, N.J. Friday and hits Scranton, Penn. on Saturday before taking the storm hiatus until Tuesday's Boston show.

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Five Finger Death Punch To Play 48 Hours Fest

The 48 Hours Festival, powered by Rockstar Energy Drink, will take place on Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16 2011 in Las Vegas. A trailer for the upcoming festival can be viewed below.

The show will include live sets by Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine, Hollywood Undead, Sick Puppies, Escape The Fate, Sevendust, Hatebreed, Adelitas Way, Rev Theory, 10 Years, Black Tide, Art of Dying, Eyes, Set to Kill, Butcher Babies, Valora, Hell or Highwater, Orange Blossom Special and more.

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Sevendust Cancels Australian Shows

Although no reason has been revealed as of yet, Atlanta, Georgia based hard rock outfit Sevendust has announced that the band has been forced to pull out of its proposed Australian tour with Avenged Sevenfold. A statement posted on the group's official Facebook reads as follows:

"Unfortunately we will not be making the trip to Australia this time with A7X. We will be making plans to come back soon. So sorry for any inconvenience and look forward to our next tour there."

More details will be revealed as and when they become available.

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Avenged Sevenfold Live Footage Available

New Avenged Sevenfold live footage has made its way online. The footage was taken during the group's appearance at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium on June 26, 2011. The group is set to headline the forthcoming Rockstar Uproar Festival Tour in North America beginning in August. You can view the dates for the Uproar tour at this location.

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Uproar Festival 2011 Tour Dates Revealed

The full list of dates have been released for the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. The tour features the following lineup:

Main Stage:
Avenged Sevenfold
Three Days Grace
Bullet For My Valentine
Seether
Escape The Fate

Best Buy Music Gear Stage:
Sevendust
Black Tide
Art Of Dying
The Black Cloud Collective

The dates for the tour are as follows:
08/26 Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
08/27 Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion
08/28 Boston, MA – Comcast Center
08/31 Washington, DC – Jiffy Lube Live
09/03 Tampa, FL – 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
09/04 Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
09/05 Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
09/10 Buffalo, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
09/11 Hartford, CT – Comcast Theatre
09/14 Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
09/16 Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
09/17 Indianapolis, IN – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
09/21 Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
09/23 Omaha, NE – WestFair Amphitheater
09/24 Kansas City, MO – Sandstone Amphitheater
10/09 San Diego, CA – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

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Rockstar Energy Tour Announces Bands

The organisers of the touring Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar tour have confirmed which bands will be taking part in this year's edition of the trek. Headlining the run will be Orange County, California based Avenged Sevenfold, who will be joined by Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine and Escape The Fate. There will also be a second stage which will feature Sevendust as it's headlining act, along with Black Tide, Art Of Dying and The Black Cloud Collective.

"When we started hearing from our fans they wanted to see us back on Uproar this year, we thought, last year was a blast so let's do it again. The fans are crazy and the bands kick ass,” says Avenged Sevenfold's frontman M. Shadows. “We're spending the first half of summer playing some big European festivals so we're going to be ready to get back home and play America's top rock festival."

"We're thrilled to have Avenged Sevenfold back as headliners,” adds tour producers John Reese and John Oakes. “Their epic stage show helped elevate Uproar 2010 far beyond the standard outdoor festival. The fans wanted more, and we listened." More...

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Revolver's "Fallen Heroes" Video Tribute Posted

The "Fallen Heroes" video tribute which was played during the 2011 Revolver Golden Gods Awards has been posted online. The video pays tribute to Ronnie James Dio, Slipknot's Paul Gray, Avenged Sevenfold's The Rev, Type O Negative's Peter Steele and Alice In Chains' Mike Starr. You can view the video in the player below.

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Avenged Sevenfold Posts "So Far Away" Video

Avenged Sevenfold, which recently released a new single online, has posted a music video for "So Far Away." You can check out the clip below, and a press release from the band states:

"This video is a raw and emotional tribute to Avenged Sevenfold's late drummer Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan and celebrates the long-time friendship the band members have shared since forming A7X in Huntington Beach, CA, in 1999. The video was directed by Wayne Isham, who has directed videos for such artists as Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Megadeth, and Def Leppard, among many others. The heartfelt quality of the video is in keeping with the emotional resonance of the song, a very personal goodbye to Sullivan that appears on the band's album Nightmare."

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A7x Releases New Single, "Not Ready to Die"

Avenged Sevenfold, in collaboration with Treyarch, has created an original music track titled “Not Ready to Die” for the “Call of the Dead - Escalation” zombie experience that assembles a zombie-carnage dream team to fight against a new and undefeatable zombie horde menace.

“Not Ready to Die,” the new single by Avenged Sevenfold, is now available for download on the iTunes store.

"Being able to collaborate with such talented artists and musicians was an absolute honor and thrill for everyone involved," said Treyarch Studio Head, Mark Lamia. "We think the fans are going to go crazy over it!”

“We're all huge fans of each other's work and have been talking with Mark and his team at Treyarch about creating something special,” said Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows. “So when the opportunity came together to do ‘Not Ready to Die,' it was a natural fit. We're stoked to be part of 'Call of the Dead'.”

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Forty Three More Bands Confirmed For Download

The organisers of Britain's largest hard rock and heavy metal festival, Download, has confirmed a further forty three names for this year's event, including such big names as Children of Bodom and Biohazard. The festival will be held at the legendary Donington Castle in Leicestershire from June 10th-12th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Alice Cooper
All That Remains
Alter Bridge
Anti-Flag
Asking Alexandria
Avenged Sevenfold
Baptized In Blood
Bellligerence
Biohazard
Black Stone Cherry
Black Veil Brides
Blitz Kids
Bosshoss
Bowling For Soup
Bring Me The Horizon
Buckcherry
Bullet For My Valentine
Cheap Trick
Children Of Bodom
Chthonic
CKY
Clutch
Dan Reed
Danzig
Deaf Havana
Def Leppard
Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows
Devil Wears Prada
Dio Disciples
Disturbed
Down
Duff McKagan's Loaded
Envy Of The State
Escape The Fate
FM
Framing Hanley
Frank Turner
Funeral For A Friend
Gaslight Anthem
Ghost
Gwar
Heights
Hollywood Undead
Hyro Da Hero
Illuminatus
Jameson Raid
Karma To Burn
Kellermench
Korn
Kverlatak
Letlive
Linkin Park
Lower Than Atlantis
Madina Lake
Malefice
Mr. Big
My Darkest Days
Oaf
October File
Pendulum
Plain White T’S,
Puddle Of Mudd
Rise To Remain
Rob Zombie
Rock Sugar
Royal Republic
Sacred Mother Tongue
Sevendust
Silverstein
Skeletal Damage
Skunk Anansie
Starseed
Straight Line Stitch
Suicide Silence
System Of A Down
T-34
The Cult
The Damned Things
The Dangerous Summer
The Darkness
The Dead Lay Waiting
The King Blues
The Morning After
The Pretty Reckless
The Rods
Thin Lizzy
Times Of Grace
Trash Talk
Trc
Turisas
Twisted Sister
Versamerge
Wayne Static
Yashin
Young Guns
Your Demise

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Avenged Sevenfold Announced Italian Tour Dates

Avenged Sevenfold has announced two Italian shows this summer following their May tour with Bullet For My Valentine. Here are the newly announced Italian tour dates:

June 07 - Treviso Palaverde, Codroipo, Italy
June 21 - Fiesta Ippodromo Capannelle, Rome, Italy

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Six More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's largest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that six more bands have been confirmed for this year's edition of the event. Atlanta based metal outfit Mastodon will be performing, as will Gwar, Moonsorrow, Kylesa, Protest The Hero and the recently reunited Corrosion Of Conformity. The festival will be held in the town of Dessel from June 24th - 26th and now features the following lineup: More...

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BFMV And A7x Announce May Tour Dates

Bullet For My Valentine will return to the U.S. in May. The foursome will hit the road with Avenged Sevenfold and label mates Three Days Grace on a 18-date trek that kicks off on May 3 in Springfield, MA at the Mass Mutual Center (dates listed below). Halestorm will also be supporting on a few select dates at the end of the tour.

Recently Bullet For My Valentine delivered a deluxe CD/DVD edition of their third full-length album "Fever" titled "Fever Tour Edition," which was released February 15th on Jive Records.

"Fever Tour Edition" features three new songs recorded live at XFM radio in the UK ("Fever," "The Last Fight" and "Bittersweet Memories") and a DVD of "Your Betrayal," "Fever" and "Waking the Demon" recorded live from Graspop Metal Meeting 2010 in Dessel, Belgium. The DVD also includes videos for "Your Betrayal," "The Last Fight" and "The Making of The Last Fight" as well as a Bullet For My Valentine track-by-track commentary of "Fever."

Here are the upcoming Bullet For My Valentine tour dates:

May 3 - Springfield, MA @ Mass Mutual Center
May 4 - Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
May 6 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
May 7 - Charlotte, NC @ Metrolina Trade Show Expo
May 9 - Orlando, FL @ UCF Arena
May 10 - Pensacola, FL @ Pensacola Civic Center
May 11 - Lafayette, LA @ Cajundome
May 13 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheatre
May 14 - Wichita, KS @ Intrust Bank Arena
May 15 - Indianola, IA @ National Balloon Classic Field
May 17 - Lubbock, TX @ LoneStar Amphitheatre
May 18 - San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome
May 19 - Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre @ Grand Prairie
May 21 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE (Indoor Stage) (without A7x and Three Days Grace)
May 22 - Columbus, OH @ Columbus Crew Stadium (Rock on the Range) (without A7x and Three Days Grace)
May 24 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club (without A7x and Three Days Grace - Halestorm supporting)
May 25 Providence, RI Lupo's (without A7x and Three Days Grace - Halestorm supporting)
May 26 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (without A7x and Three Days Grace - Halestorm supporting)

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Three More Bands Confirmed For Download 2011

The organizers of Britain's Download Festival has announced that three more bands have been confirmed for this year's event. The biggest announcement comes in the form of The Darkness, who have recently reunited and are expected to be releasing a new album by the end of the year.

Also confirmed for festival are Funeral For A Friend and Kverlatak. The event takes place at Donington Castle from June 10th - 12th and will feature the following lineup: More...

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2011 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Nominees Revealed

The nominees have been revealed for the forthcoming edition of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. The 2011 event is set to take place on Monday, June 13 in London, England. The list of nominees and the award categories can be viewed below. You can vote for the award nominees at this location.

Best International Band:
1. AVENGED SEVENFOLD
2. DIMMU BORGIR
3. STONE SOUR
4. CHILDREN OF BODOM
5. DOWN

Best U.K. Band:
1. IRON MAIDEN
2. BRING ME THE HORIZON
3. SKINDRED
4. ARCHITECTS
5. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

Best Live Band:
1. CANCER BATS
2. DEVILDRIVER
3. ROB ZOMBIE
4. SKINDRED
5. MACHINE HEAD

Best New Band:
1. THE DEFILED
2. KVELERTAK
3. TESSERACT
4. THE DAMNED THINGS
5. LETLIVE

Best Underground:
1. WATAIN
2. KYLESA
3. PRIMORDIAL
4. THE DEAD LAY WAITING
5. CLUTCH

Best Breakthrough:
1. PARKWAY DRIVE
2. A DAY TO REMEMBER
3. SYLOSIS
4. SABATON
5. VOLBEAT

Shredder(s):
1. Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE)
2. Mark Tremonti (ALTER BRIDGE)
3. Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM)
4. Marc Rizzo (CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SOULFLY)
5. Synyster Gates (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)

Metal As Fuck:
1. SLAYER
2. BEHEMOTH
3. SLIPKNOT
4. Zakk Wylde
6. DEFTONES

Event Of The Year:
1. Rob Zombie's return
2. Manowar's return
3. System of a Down reforming
4. The "Big Four" U.K. announcement
5. "Beavis And Butthead"'s resurrection

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Avenged Sevenfold To Headline Golden Gods Show

Orange County, California based hard rockers Avenged Sevenfold have been confirmed as the headliners for this year's edition of the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which will take place on April 20th at the Nokia Centre in Los Angeles, California and will be televised by VH1 on May 28th.

Also performing at the show will be the original lineup of the Alice Cooper band, as well as Duff McKagen's Loaded, Devildriver, Asking Alexandria, Volbeat and Fozzy, who's lead singer Chris Jericho will also be hosting the event. Alice Cooper is also set to receive the eponymous Golden God award, while Motley Crue will be picking up the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. The list of other nominees for the awards are as follows: More...

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Three More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's premier heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced three more names for this year's edition of the festival. Thrash metal super group Dublin Death Patrol, which features Testament frontman Chuck Billy and Hatriot/former Exodus vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza, will be performing at the event, as will Rise To Remain, which includes Austin Dickinson, the son o iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, as well as All Shall Perish. The festival will take place in the toen of Dessel from June 24th-26th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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