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 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.
Avenged Sevenfold has announced the new album "Nightmare" will be released on July 27th, 2010. The band has now posted a widget online, which can be found below, that includes audio samples from the new album. More...
Avenged Sevenfold has announced the new album "Nightmare" will be released on July 27th, 2010. The cover artwork for the album can be viewed at this location. The "Nightmare" track listing will be as follows:
2. Welcome To The Family
3. Danger Line
4. Buried Alive
5. Natural Born Killer
6. So Far Away
7. God Hates Us
9. Tonight The World Dies
11. Save Me
Six months after Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan's death, the cause of death has been determined as an accidental overdose of prescription drugs and alcohol, Orange County Deputy Coroner Mitchell Sigal told Rolling Stone. Toxicology reports indicate that Sullivan suffered "acute polydrug intoxication due to combined effects of Oxycodone, Oxymorphone, Diazepam/Nordiazepam and ethanol." Sigal added that Sullivan also had cardiomegaly (an enlarged heart), which was marked in the coroner's report as a "significant condition" that may have played a role in the drummer's death. The Coroner's Department conducted "five or six" different tests to verify the cause of death, Sigal added.
Oxycodone is painkiller that substitutes for Codeine, Oxymorphone is a painkiller similar to Morphine, Diazepam/Nordiazepam are anxiety medications and ethanol is the intoxicant in alcohol. Actor Heath Ledger similarly died from acute polydrug intoxication on January 22, 2008.
Sullivan, 28, died at his home in Huntington Beach, California. He was buried in a private ceremony on January 6th. Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates delivered a eulogy at the cemetery in front of the band, Sullivan's wife and family, ex-Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul, Bullet For My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck and members of Buckcherry and My Chemical Romance.
Since The Rev's death, Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy stepped in behind the kit to finish recording the new album, and then later to help out tour.
Read the full article at Rolling Stone.
Activision has announced some of the details for their next installment in the popular Guitar Hero video game franchise, including several bands. The new game will be called Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock and will be much more story based than the previous games. Players will begin their careers at the legendary CBGBs venue and continue to the molten lava fields of rock treachery as eight Guitar Hero characters transform into rock warriors that must join together to use their unique, game-changing powers to help the Demi-God of Rock take down "The Beast" and save rock n’ roll.
"Guitar Hero has set the standard for music based gaming and with Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock’s all-new Quest Mode, robust and authentic set list, over-the-top challenges and rock-inspired new hardware, we are once again bringing the soul and energy of rock n’ roll to fans around the world,” said David Haddad, Chief Operating Officer, Guitar Hero.
"The world is a boring place. Come with me, and enter a world populated of Demi-Gods and Beasts. Transform from an everyday person and become the savior of rock and roll,” said Gene Simmons of KISS. “It was an honor and privilege to narrate Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock, even more so, to voice the Demi God. From the God of Thunder to the Demi-God, how cool is that..." More...
Orange County, California based hard rock outfit Avenged Sevenfold has revealed that the name of their forthcoming new studio album will be, "Nightmare." The title track from the album is also scheduled to be the first single from the record. The single will be released on May 18th with an album release date of July 27th to follow. The album will be dedicated to the bands previous drummer, Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, who passed away last December.
Avenged Sevenfold has posted a preview online of their new single "Nightmare." The preview track can be heard below. Avenged Sevenfold also recently announced that Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy would be joining them on their remaining tour dates this year to fill in after the death of drummer James "The Rev" Sullivan.
Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy recently announced he would be joining Avenged Sevenfold on their upcoming tour dates to sit in for the band's recently deceased drummer James Sullivan. Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Zacky Vengeance has now checked in with the following comments about the touring arrangement:
"After being so kind and caring to help us in the studio, the rumors are in fact true and Mike Portnoy will indeed be helping us on the upcoming Uproar tour later this year. We hope to see you all out on the road. We are very grateful to Mike for dedicating his time and talent to help us get back on the road so we can be where we need to be the most which is with our fans. Much Love and Respect."
Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, who filled in on Avenged Sevenfold's new album after the death of James "The Rev" Sullivan, has issued the following statement about performing live with Avenged Sevenfold for their 2010 tour dates:
"After having had such an amazing experience recording my drum tracks for the new Avenged Sevenfold album, we all knew it would be awesome if I'd be able to do some touring with the band after its release.
"I am happy to say that the timing worked out perfectly that my touring cycle with Dream Theater (and Transatlantic) was coming to an end just as A7X's was scheduled begin! (well, perfect for everyone except my poor family!) Although I wish I could stay on board with A7X in a more permanent capacity, the reality is that I am committed to Dream Theater as my main priority (that is my baby after all!), and I will need to resume work with DT to start a new album at some point in 2011. However, I will be able to join my brothers in Avenged Sevenfold for at least the duration of their touring throughout 2010...and hopefully this will give them the time to continue to heal and get comfortable back on the road....
"You can look at me like the band's 'rebound drummer' to buy them some time until they are comfortable and ready to make a commitment to somebody new for full-time relationship in their future! In the meantime, I am real excited to hit the road with the boys...to bring my drumming from their new album to life on stage and to honor The Rev with all of their older material.... Hey, do I get to have a cool, bad-ass stage name now?"