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Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold (often abbreviated to A7X) are a rock band which formed in 1999 in HuntingtonBeach,California,United States. The bandconsists of M. Shadows (vocals), Synyster Gates (guitar), Zacky Vengeance(guitar) andJohnnyChrist (bass). The band’s drummer James “TheRev” Sullivan died in 2009, the band has since named ArinIlejay thereplacement drummer.

The band has released five albums since their formation: Sounding the Seventh Trumpet (2001), Waking the Fallen(2003), Cityof Evil (2005), Avenged Sevenfold (2007) and Nightmare (2010 more

Avenged Sevenfold (often abbreviated to A7X) are a rock band which formed in 1999 in HuntingtonBeach,California,United States. The bandconsists of M. Shadows (vocals), Synyster Gates (guitar), Zacky Vengeance(guitar) andJohnnyChrist (bass). The band’s drummer James “TheRev” Sullivan died in 2009, the band has since named ArinIlejay thereplacement drummer.

The band has released five albums since their formation: Sounding the Seventh Trumpet (2001), Waking the Fallen(2003), Cityof Evil (2005), Avenged Sevenfold (2007) and Nightmare (2010).

The band was formed in 1999. Avenged Sevenfold’s first album, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, was recorded whentheband memberswere eighteen years old. It was originally released on their first label, Good Life Recordings. After leadguitaristSynyster Gates (also known byBrian Haner Jr.) joined the band, the introductory track 'To End The Rapture' was re-recordedwith Gates playing, and the album was re-released on Hopeless Records. Their follow-up album, entitled WakingtheFallen,was also released on Hopeless Records and wasawarded a positive rating in Rolling Stone magazine. Shortlyafter its release,Avenged Sevenfold were signed to Warner Bros. Records.

City of Evil, the third album which was released on June 7 2005, strayed from metalcore, and instead headedmoretowards heavy metaland adds a harder rock sound with influences ranging from various bands. During the recording ofCityofEvil, M. Shadows’ vocal stylingchanged to focus more on melodic singing rather than hardcore screaming. Somecite thechange in vocal style as consequence of vocal chorddamage (that resulted in subsequent surgery) during a toursupportingWaking the Fallen. Shadows denies the injury as being the reason.In the All Excess DVD, producerMudrock clarifiesthis subject and affirms this is not the reason why the band changed style. He says "One thing I see onthe Internet, and thatI just want to set the record straight on is, when I met the band, before they recordedWakingTheFallen, Matt handed methe CD [Sounding The Seventh Trumpet] and said “this record is screaming, the record wewannamake is half screamingand half singing. I don’t wanna scream anymore, but I’m going to make a record that’s halfsinging and halfscreaming, and arecord after that is going to be only singing”. The already knew they wanted to make asinging record right by the timeCityOf Evil came out, that was two years before it came out, that’s what the bandwanted to do as artists".

The band’s name is a reference to the book of Genesis in the Bible where Cain is sentenced to live in exile for the crimeofmurdering hisbrother. God marked him so that none would kill him on account of his sin; the man who dared to kill Cainwouldhave “vengeance taken uponhim sevenfold.” The title of Avenged Sevenfold’s song 'Chapter Four' references Genesis4:15,thechapter of the Bible in which the story ofCain and Abel takes place. The song’s subject also appears to be thisstory.'Beast andthe Harlot', yet another song derived from the Bible,comes from the book of Revelation only it is written inthe first person andrefers to the punishment of Babylon the Great, world empire andseat of false religion. Another Biblereference occurs in thesong 'The Wicked End'. In the song, several times it is said "dust the apple off,savor each bite, anddeep inside you know Adamwas right", making reference to Eve eating the forbidden fruit. Although the band’s titleandmembers’ stage names makereferences to religion, Shadows stated in an interview that they are "not really religious at all.Anyone thatread the lyrics andreally knew anything about us, they would know we’re not promoting either", he said. "That’s one thing about thisbandthat I love is that we never really shove any kind of, like, political or religious beliefs onpeople. We just, the music’s there toentertainand maybe thought-provoking on both sides, but we don’t try to, like, reallyshove anything down anyone’s throat.There’s too many bands thatdo that nowadays, I think".

The song 'Bat Country' is a reference to the book/movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The song is dedicated to the Authorofthe book, thelate Hunter S. Thompson. Their song 'Blinded In Chains' was used in the soundtrack for the video gamesNeedforSpeed: Most Wanted andArena Football. 'Bat Country' was used in the soundtracks for SSX on Tour, NHL 06 andMadden06,following in the footsteps of 'Chapter Four'which had also been on the soundtrack for NHL 2004, Madden 2004andNASCARThunder 2004. The song 'Beast and the Harlot' was in thesoundtrack for Burnout Revenge. All the abovegames,notcoincidentally, are produced by various divisions of Electronic Arts. 'Beast and theHarlot' also appears inRedOctane’sGuitarHero II, released in November 7, 2006. The song 'Burn it Down' is featured on the October 24, 2006releaseof the SawIIIsoundtrack.

During recent tours (Spring 2006 and Ozzfest 2006 tours) Avenged Sevenfold have been performing the song 'Walk',originallyby Pantera, aspart of a tribute to the late Dimebag Darrell Lance Abbott.

At the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, Avenged Sevenfold received the award for best new artist. They took the awardoverseveral otherartists like Angels & Airwaves and James Blunt. After canceling fall and winter 2006 tour dates, the bandisplanning their unnamed fourthstudio album. M. Shadows has stated that it will not be a City of Evil Part 2 or WakingtheFallen Part 2, because they want tochange their sound once more. They say it will be somewhat of a surprise to theirfans.Some people are rejecting their new sounds, as someare embracing it.

The band released their first DVD, Avenged Sevenfold: All Excess on July 17, 2007.

Avenged Sevenfold, the band’s fourth album, was released on October 30, 2007, debuting at No.4 on the Billboard200withover 90,000copies sold. Two singles, 'Critical Acclaim' and 'Almost Easy' were released prior to the album’s debut.InDecember2007, an animated videowas made for 'A Little Piece of Heaven'. Due to the song’s controversial subjectmatter,however,Warner Brothers only released it to registeredMVI users over the internet. The third single, 'Afterlife' and itsvideo was releasedin January 2008. Their fourth single, 'Dear God', wasreleased on June 15, 2008. Although critical receptionwas generally mixedthe self-titled album went on to sell over 500,000 copies and wasawarded Album of the Year at theKerrang!Awards.

Avenged Sevenfold headlined the 2008 Taste of Chaos tour with Atreyu, Bullet for My Valentine, Blessthefall and IdiotPilot.Theyused thefootage from their last show in Long Beach for Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough, a two-discB-sides CDand live DVD which wasreleased on September 16, 2008. They also recorded numerous covers, includingPantera’s'Walk', IronMaiden’s 'Flash of the Blade' and BlackSabbath’s 'Paranoid'.

In January 2009, M. Shadows confirmed that the band was writing the follow-up to their self-titled fourth album withintheupcoming months.They also announced that they will be playing at Rock on the Range, from May 16–17, 2009. On April16,theyperformed a version of Guns N’Roses’ 'It's So Easy' onstage with Slash, at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

On December 28, 2009, drummer James "The Rev" Sullivan was found dead at his home at the age of 28. Autopsy resultswereinconclusive,but on June 9, 2010, the cause of death was revealed to have been an "acute polydrug intoxicationduetocombined effects of Oxycodone,Oxymorphone, Diazepam/Nordiazepam and ethanol". In a statement by the band,theyexpressed their grief over the passing of The Rev andlater posted a message from Sullivan’s family which expressedtheirgratitude to his fans for their support.

The band members admitted in a number of interviews that they considered disbanding at this point of time.However,onFebruary 17, 2010,Avenged Sevenfold stated that they had entered the studio, along with now-former DreamTheaterdrummer Mike Portnoy, to drum for therecord, in place of the Rev.

The single 'Nightmare' was digitally released on May 18, 2010. A preview for the song was released on May 6,, but wasremoved soon after for unknown reasons. Mixing for the album had been completed in NewYorkCity,and Nightmare was finally releasedworldwide on July 27, 2010. It met with mixed to positive reviews frommusiccritics but was well received by the fans. Nightmare beatsales projections easily, debuting at number one on theBillboard200with sales of 163,000 units in its first week. After finishing recording, inDecember, Portnoy and the bandpostedsimultaneous statements on their websites stating that he will not be their replacement for The Rev.However, Portnoydid travelwith the band overseas in December 2010 for three shows in Iraq and Kuwait sponsored by the USO. Theyplayedfor USSoldiers atCamp Adder, Camp Beuhring, and Balad Air Base. On January 20, 2011, Avenged Sevenfold announcedviaFacebookthat former Confide drummer Arin Ilejay will tour with them starting this year.

Avenged Sevenfold performed at the Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festivals on June 3–5, 2011 alongside other bandssuchasAlter Bridge,System of a Down, and In Flames. On April 2011, the band headlined the Golden God Awards heldbyMetalHammer. The same night the bandwon three awards for Best Vocalist (M. Shadows), Epiphone Best Guitarist(s)(SynysterGates and Zacky Vengeance) and Affliction’s Album ofThe Year for Nightmare, while Mike Portnoy won theaward forDrumWorkshop’s Best Drummer for his work on the album.

In May 2011, it was confirmed that the band had written a new song to be included in the Escalation DLC pack for CallofDuty:Black Ops. Thesong is the first time developers Treyarch have commissioned an outside band to contribute a songsince thefranchise began. The song, titled'Not Ready to Die', was released on iTunes on May 2, 2011.

Avenged Sevenfold headlined the 2011 Uproar Festival with supporting acts Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet ForMyValentine,Escape TheFate, among others. In August 2011, vocalist M. Shadows stated the band would finish theUproarFestival, then gohome to take a break for sixto seven months before starting a new record. He also roughly statedthat Arin Ilejay and the bandare getting along great, but that they haveto make sure he’s comfortable writing music withthem, but also that he hopeseverything works out.

In November and December, 2011, the band went on their Buried Alive tour with supporting acts HollywoodUndead,AskingAlexandria, andBlack Veil Brides.

The band will be touring through Asia into April and early May, and are scheduled play the Orion Music + More FestivalonJune23 and 24 inAtlantic City, New Jersey alongside Metallica and Cage the Elephant among many others. « hide

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