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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“THAT’S NOT METAL!”
One of the most oft-hurled accusations among metalheads, to a point where people waste inordinate amounts of time bickering over this crucial distinction on which one’s very identity seems to depend, usually online.
Why? What’s hanging in the balance here? For let’s face it: at the end of the day, this is music we’re talking about – an art form, subjective by definition, and utterly dependent on individual taste. While arguments over politics and religion can get pretty silly, the importance attached to such views is still far more understandable than the absurd fervor with which many fans defend metal’s imagined gates of purity.
For all the fun metal has to offer – heck, I wouldn’t be writing about it were I not an avid fan – its overall fanbase is popular music’s most self-loathing and self-destructive, collectively and metaphorically speaking. In fact, many metalheads may take issue with my inclusion of metal in the “popular music” category, which itself is, I believe, the root of the problem.
Examining the sometimes-bizarre pathology of metal’s less-than-savory fanhood has long been an interest of mine, and while I don’t have the space (and you certainly don’t have the time) to unravel all my thoughts here, I will submit this: “That’s Not Metal,” quite often, is a smokescreen, a self-deluding attempt to marginalize an album, band, or entire subgenre one doesn’t like or doesn’t feel represents him.
It is a cultural form of denial. For when one identifies himself as Metal – and it’s a strong, dominant form of expression – all it takes is a ladle of insecurity to send him scurrying to defend the uniqueness and purity of his very identity.
I will now evaluate a pivotal development in metal history that may help explain the origins of this splintering trend within the genre. More...
Written by Avenged Sevenfold and directed by Metalocalypse's Jon Schnepp, "Hail to the King" tells the origin story of the Deathbat, and serves as the prologue to an upcoming Hail to the King mobile game in 2014.
Check out six episodes of the animated series in the YouTube playlist available below, courtesy of Machinima.
Avatar will support Avenged Sevenfold and Five Finger Death Punch on an upcoming European tour. The arena trek will hit nineteen cities in thirteen countries with an all ready sold out Wembley Arena.
Avatar is currently working on a new album in Thailand together with producer Tobias Lindell (Europe, Hardcore Superstar), which will follow previous album “Black Waltz." Catch the band live:
6/11 - Hartwall Arena, Helsinki (Finland)
8/11 - Hovet, Stockholm (Sweden)
9/11 - Oslo Spektrum (Norway)
11/11 - Falconer Salen, Frederiksberg (Denmark)
12/11 - Sporthalle, Hamburg (Germany)
14/11 - Zenith, Munich (Germany)
15/11 - Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt (Germany)
17/11 - Ruhrkongress, Bochum (Germany)
19/11 - Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
20/11 - Zenith, Paris (France)
22/11 - Stadthalle, Vienna (Austria)
23/11 - Forum, Milan (Italy)
25/11 - Pavelo Olimpic, Barcelona (Spain)
26/11 - Palacio Vistalegre, Madrid (Spain)
27/11 - Campo Pequeno, Lisboa (Portugal)
30/11 - Manchester Arena, Manchester (UK)
1/12 - Wembley Arena, London (UK)
3/12 - The O2, Dublin (Ireland)
5/12 - LG Arena, Birmingham (UK) More...
The full song list for Rocksmith 2014 Edition, which just came out yesterday, has been revealed. Rocksmith lets you plug any electric guitar or bass directly into your Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, or MAC, and teaches you to play while playing the game. Here's the latest video about Rocksmith 2014:
The full song list for Rocksmith 2014 is as follows (with even more available as downloadable content): More...
Performances by Iron Maiden and Slayer on Sunday, September 22nd at the ongoing Rock In Rio Festival will stream live via the player below. In addition, the live stream will also broadcast Avenged Sevenfold's set.
The schedule is:
Slayer - 8:30pm EST
Avenged Sevenfold - 10:10pm EST
Iron Maiden - 12:05am EST (Sept 23)
To view the festival this coming Sunday, bookmark this page and check back in then:
Avenged Sevenfold released a new music video for the title track of the forthcoming release "Hail to the King." The album drops on August 27th via Warner Music.
Check out the video here:
The first annual Ernie Ball Aftershock Battle Of The Bands will be held from August 12th -September 6th, 2013. Bands can enter the competition--and fans can vote for their favorite band--at this location.
The grand prize winner of this unsigned band competition will have the opportunity to perform on the Ernie Ball Stage on Sunday, September 15th at Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival held September 14th and 15th at Discovery Park near downtown Sacramento, CA.
The top 100 “Buzz Rated” bands that sign up for the Ernie Ball Aftershock Battle Of The Bands will be eligible to win. A panel of judges will choose the winner of this global search for the best undiscovered rock band. The winning band will be announced on Monday, September 9th, 2013.
Ernie Ball will provide the winning band with an all-expense paid trip to the festival in Sacramento, CA and an Ernie Ball Music Man endorsement.
To enter the Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands, bands must complete a short informational profile and upload at least one MP3 to the Battle Of The Bands website. Entrants should use the Band Promotional Toolkit provided in their profile after logging in to promote their entry on the web and drive fans to vote.
"Buzz Rating" is a proprietary system developed by Ernie Ball that gives a real time snap shot of each band's overall exposure level. The system takes into account both viral reach and real world factors that produce a 1-100 rating system giving a reading on each band's relevance within the industry. “Buzz Rating” also calculates fan votes as an overall percentage of each band’s rating. In order to boost “Buzz Rating,” bands should be sure their profile is complete with a valid link to their public Facebook profile.
The daily band performance lineup for Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival is as follows: More...
Avenged Sevenfold has teamed up with Scuf Gaming to release a new Xbox 360 controller, which can be seen below. You can order one at this location, and the following press release was also issued about the controller:
"Scuf Gaming is delighted to release the 'SCUF Avenged' in partnership with famous American rock band from Huntington Beach, California - Avenged Sevenfold! The SCUF Avenged boasts a repeating print of the bands logo; a skull with bat wings (Death Bat), Death Bat on the guide button and SCUF Avenged paddles on the reverse of the controller.
"The band's lead vocalist, Matthew Shadows, is an avid gamer who has been using a SCUF controller for over 1 year has recently been competing at Major League Gaming’s last event at Anaheim, California with his Call Of Duty Team. Included with the SCUF Avenged will be a signed certificate from the band!"
Avenged Sevenfold's new album "Hail to the King" is set to drop on August 27th, 2013. More...
The masked ghouls in Ghost have checked in with the following update about new tour dates later this year: "We wish to inform you that Ghost will continue touring throughout the United States this fall, with a string of dates in October together with Avenged Sevenfold and Deftones."
Currently announced details for the trek are as follows:
10/5: INDIANAPOLIS, IN
10/6: CINCINNATI, OH
10/8: BALTIMORE, MD
10/9: BOSTON, MA
10/12: BLOOMINGTON, IL
10/13: DETROIT, MI
10/15: ATLANTA, GA
10/16: ORLANDO, FL
10/18: HOUSTON, TX
10/19: DALLAS, TX
10/20: SAN ANTONIO, TX
10/22: OMAHA, NE
10/23: OKLAHOMA, OK
10/26: LAS VEGAS, NV More...
Avenged Sevenfold is streaming the title track to the upcoming new release "Hail to the King." The band's sixth studio album is set to drop on August 27th, 2013.
Check it out here:
An expanded band lineup has been announced for the second annual Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival.
Additions to the Northern California summer rock festival - September 14 and 15 at Discovery Park near downtown Sacramento - include Sunday co-headliner Five Finger Death Punch, along with Testament, Filter, Miss May I, Thousand Foot Krutch, Love And Death, We As Human, Eye Empire, Gemini Syndrome, Girl On Fire, and Butcher Babies.
"We're excited to take the new albums out on the road so fans can hear some of the new music live,” says Five Finger Death Punch vocalist Ivan Moody. “And what better way to kick off our fall tour than with a massive festival like Aftershock?"
The updated daily band performance lineup for Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival is as follows:
Saturday, September 14
Korn, Megadeth, Shinedown, Papa Roach, Skillet, Buckcherry, Testament, In This Moment, Steel Panther, P.O.D., Pop Evil, Thousand Foot Krutch, Otherwise, Love And Death, We As Human, Heaven’s Basement, Girl On Fire, Nothing More
Sunday, September 15:
Avenged Sevenfold, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, A Day To Remember, Asking Alexandria, Halestorm, HIM, Falling In Reverse, All That Remains, Filter, Device, Miss May I, SOiL, Airbourne, Eye Empire, Gemini Syndrome, Butcher Babies, Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands Winner TBA
Bands will perform one of the festival’s three stages: Monster Energy Main Stage East, Monster Energy Main Stage West and the Ernie Ball Stage. Details and ticket info can be found at this location.
Unfortunately being announced after our forum is already back online, Avenged Sevenfold today reveals Warner Bros. Records will release "Hail To The King," the band's sixth studio album, on August 27th, 2013.
Produced by Mike Elizondo, "Hail To The King" is the follow up to the band's 2010 release, "Nightmare," which debuted at Number One on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, Hard Rock Chart, and Digital Chart.
On August 26th, one day before the release of "Hail To The King," Avenged Sevenfold will play a free show for at the Hollywood Palladium. The show is a special thank you to for fans to celebrate the release of the new album - stay tuned for entry details, which will be revealed in the coming weeks. More...
The second annual Monster Energy Aftershock Festival has expanded to a full weekend in 2013. The fest will take place September 14th and 15th at Discovery Park near downtown Sacramento, CA.
The Aftershock Festival will feature two main stages, with headlining appearances from Avenged Sevenfold and Korn, as well as a special additional headliner to be announced on July 1st.
The lineup also includes Shinedown, Megadeth, Papa Roach, Volbeat, A Day To Remember, HIM, Skillet, Buckcherry, Halestorm, Asking Alexandria, In This Moment, All That Remains, Falling In Reverse, Device, Steel Panther, P.O.D., Pop Evil, Otherwise, Airbourne, SOiL, Heaven's Basement, Nothing More, and many others.
A video clip has been posted online for Avenged Sevenfold's new song "Carry On," which can be viewed below and is available now on iTunes at this location.
This track is also featured on the newly released "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" game, which is out now. For more info on the game, head over to this location.
Avenged Sevenfold's new original song "Carry On" will be featured in the upcoming new video game "Call of Duty: Black Ops II," available on all major platforms this coming November 13th. The track is also now available for digital download over at iTunes here.
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:
The Gaslight Anthem
Cage the Elephant
Gary Clark Jr.
The Black Angels
A Place to Bury Strangers
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.
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
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...
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)
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.
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.