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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Drummer Mike Portnoy, who has been working with Avenged Sevenfold since the death of drummer James "The Rev" Sullivan, has now issued the following announcement about parting ways with Dream Theater:
"I am about to write something I never imagined I'd ever write: After 25 years, I have decided to leave Dream Theater....the band I founded, led and truly loved for a quarter of a century. To many people this will come as a complete shock, and will also likely be misunderstood by some, but please believe me that it is not a hasty decision...it is something I have struggled with for the last year or so....
"After having had such amazing experiences playing with Hail, Transatlantic and Avenged Sevenfold this past year, I have sadly come to the conclusion that I have recently had more fun and better personal relations with these other projects than I have for a while now in Dream Theater... Please don't misinterpret me, I love the DT guys dearly and have a long history, friendship and bond that runs incredibly deep with them...it's just that I think we are in serious need of a little break...
"Dream Theater was always my baby...and I nurtured that baby every single day and waking moment of my life since 1985...24/7, 365...never taking time off from DT's never-ending responsibilites (even when the band was 'off' between cycles)...working overtime and way beyond the call of duty that most sane people ever would do for a band...
"But I've come to the conclusion that the DT machine was starting to burn me out...and I really needed a break from the band in order to save my relationship with the other members and keep my DT spirit hungry and inspired. More...
Avenged Sevenfold has issued the following announcement about a headlining tour in Europe: "Avenged Sevenfold is excited to bring their #1 record Nightmare to their fans across the Atlantic as they announce their first headline tour in Europe. Spread the word and tell your friends that their Nightmare has begun.?" The currently announced dates are as follows:
10/20 Barcelona, Spain Razzmatazz 2
10/21 Milan, Italy Alcatraz
10/23 Munich, Germany Theaterfabrik
10/24 Brussels, Belgium Ancienne Belgique
11/8 Dublin, Ireland Olympia
11/11 Cologne, Germany Live Music Hall
11/12 Luxembourg Rockhal Box
11/14 Paris, France Elysee-Montmartre
11/15 Amsterdam, NL Melkweg
11/16 Hamburg, Germany Markthalle
11/18 Copenhagen, Denmark Amager Bio
11/19 Malmo, Sweden KB
11/20 Stockholm, Sweden Arenan
11/22 Helsinki, Finland Ice Hall
11/24 Oslo, Norway Sentrum Scene
Harmonix and MTV Games today announced the complete lineup for the upcoming Rock Band 3 video game, which includes several metal tracks. Rock Band 3 will be released October 26th in North America and October 29th in the rest of the world. The complete list of songs on the game, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:
Amy Winehouse, "Rehab"
Anthrax, "Caught in a Mosh"
At the Drive-In, "One Armed Scissor"
Avenged Sevenfold, "The Beast & the Harlot"
Beach Boys, "Good Vibrations (Live)"
Big Country, "In a Big Country"
Blondie, "Heart of Glass"
Bob Marley, "Get Up, Stand Up"
Chicago, "25 or 6 to 4"
David Bowie, "Space Oddity"
Deep Purple, "Smoke on the Water"
Def Leppard, "Foolin’"
Devo, "Whip It"
Dio, "Rainbow in the Dark"
Dire Straits, "Walk of Life"
Doobie Brothers, "China Grove"
Dover, "King George"
Echo & the Bunnymen, "The Killing Moon"
Elton John, "Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting"
Faith No More, "Midlife Crisis" More...
The Columbus, Ohio date for the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival has seen a venue change for the August 24, 2010 concert. The concert has been moved from the LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheater which had a capacity of 4,500 to the Nationwide Arena, home of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets, which has a concert capacity of 21,000. The change was done to accomodate the high demand in concert tickets for that city. All previously purchased tickets will be honored.
The 2010 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival features performances from Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, HellYeah and many more.
British heavy metal icons Iron Maiden have been confirmed as the headlining act for next year's edition of Australia's Soundwave festival. Also on the bill will be American thrash metal legends Slayer, shock rocker Rob Zombie, hardcore outfit Terror and former Guns N Roses guitarist Slash amongst others. Iron Maiden will also perform two arena shows in February.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
Avenged Sevenfold debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and also on Billboard's Hard Music, Digital, Internet and Alternative Album Charts with their new album, "Nightmare." The band's fifth studio album, "Nightmare," acored the band's highest first-week chart position ever, selling over 162,500 units in its first.
Produced by Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Eminem) and mixed by noted engineer Andy Wallace, "Nightmare" was in the works when the band's beloved drummer, Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, passed away.
On August 17th, Avenged Sevenfold will set out to co-headline the first annual Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival with Disturbed. Also on the bill are Stone Sour, Halestorm, and Hell Yeah. Mike Portnoy from Dream Theatre plays drums on "Nightmare" and will also tour with the band for UPROAR.
Avenged Sevenfold vocalist M. Shadows is set to take over the Sirius XM Radio Octane Channel on Saturday, July 31st starting at 6:00PM EST. You can find more information on the Octane Channel at this location. You can also check out the music video for Avenged Sevenfold's new song "Nightmare" below. More...
Avenged Sevenfold has checked in with the following announcement about hosting a live chat with fans in celebration of the release of "Nightmare," the band's new album:
"Avenged Sevenfold want to hear from you. After you’ve bought a copy of the new album Nightmare join the band LIVE tomorrow, 7/29 at 2pm PDT / 5pm EDT to discuss the new record, ask questions and tell them what you think of Nightmare at this location."
Avenged Sevenfold will also be streaming a live concert online on July 31st, at 7 PM EST from Syracuse, NY via the same location.
Avenged Sevenfold, which just released the new "Nightmare" album, has checked in with the following update about streaming an upcoming concert live online:
"In honor of all the fans around the world who have supported us during this difficult year, and throughout our career, we are excited to announce we are broadcasting a special live concert webcast this Saturday, July 31, at 7 PM EST from Syracuse, NY. The webcast can be seen at USTREAM, MYSPACE, FACEBOOK and AVENGEDSEVENFOLD.com
"This week's webcast is timed to coincide with the release of our new album, Nightmare, available in stores starting tonight at Midnight E.S.T. Thank you to all the amazing fans from the bottom of our heart for all the love and support you have always shown us. Enjoy the show."
Only days after premiering their new music video for "Nightmare," Avenged Sevenfold has just premiered the song "Welcome to the Family" with video footage from the upcoming video game, Call of Duty: Black Ops. "Welcome to the Family" comes off of the highly anticipated new album, Nightmare, which in-stores on July 27th.
Avenged Sevenfold and Machinima has also teamed up to launch an "Ask A7X" contest. Ask the band a question and the best responses will receive an Avenged Sevenfold/Machinima prize pack.
Check out the "Welcome to the Family" COD: Black Ops clip below:
Avenged Sevenfold has now posted the unedited version online of the new "Nightmare" music video. The video clip can be viewed below.
Avenged Sevenfold has now posted an edited version of the "Nightmare" music video online, with an unedited version of the video expected to be available in the coming days. You can check out the clip below.
Avenged Sevenfold has posted a fifth teaser trailer online for the upcoming "Nightmare" music video, which can be viewed below.
Avenged Sevenfold has posted a fourth teaser trailer online for the upcoming "Nightmare" music video. The new teaser can be viewed below.
Avenged Sevenfold has announced a series of upcoming U.K. tour dates alongside Stone Sour, which kick off on October 26th and run through November 7th. The promotional poster for the U.K. tour can be found at this location. The currently announced dates are as follows:
10/26 Glasgow SECC
10/27 Manchester Academy
10/28 Birmingham NIA
10/30 London HMV Hammersmith Apollo
11/02 Newcastle 02 Academy
11/03 Leeds 02 Academy
11/04 Manchester Academy
11/06 Plymouth Pavilion
11/07 Brighton Center
Avenged Sevenfold has posted a third teaser trailer online for the upcoming "Nightmare" music video, which can be viewed below. The first two teasers can also be found at this location.
Avenged Sevenfold has posted the second teaser trailer online for the upcoming "Nightmare" music video, which can be viewed below. The first teaser can also be found after the jump.
Hopeless Records is releasing a limited-edition vinyl pressing of "Nightmare," the new Avenged Sevenfold album that hits the street July 27. The Deluxe Edition of the set contains two blood red discs on 180g-vinyl in a double-gatefold package. Only 2,500 of the Deluxe Edition will be produced, and the sets will be numbered. A Standard Edition containing two discs on standard-weight vinyl will also be available.
The vinyl editions will arrive in late September. The pre-order packages can be viewed at Hopeless Records.
"Nightmare" is Avenged Sevenfold's fifth album, and its last one to contain material from drummer James "the Rev" Sullivan, who died of an accidental drug overdose Dec. 28. Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy stepped in to complete the material Sullivan had written for the album. Avenged Sevenfold is co-headlining the inaugural Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar tour, which runs Aug. 17-Oct.
Avenged Sevenfold has posted a brief teaser trailer online for the upcoming "Nightmare" music video, which can be viewed below.