Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold, A7X
Waking the fallen Artwork
Label*Good Life Recordings (2001-2002)
  • Hopeless Records (2002-2004)
  • Warner Bros. Records (2004-now)
Years active1999- Now
Members*M. Shadows (1999) (Matthew Charles Sanders) — Lead Vocals
  • Synyster Gates (2001) (Brian Elwin Haner, Jr.) — Lead Guitars, Backing Vocals
  • Zacky Vengeance (1999) (Zachary Johnathan Baker) — Rhythm Guitars, Backing Vocals
  • Johnny Christ (2002) (Johnathan Lewis Seward) — Bass Guitar (not to be confused with John Christ of Danzig)
  • The Rev "The Reverend Tholomew Plague" (1999) (James Owen Sullivan) — Drums, Backing Vocals
  • [edit] Summary

    Avenged Sevenfold is a popular Heavy metal/rock band based in california, They have 5 Albums; Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, Waking the Fallen, City of Evil, Avenged Sevenfold, and Nightmare with there single tour Buried Alive.

    [edit] Biography

    The band formed when the members were in high school. Their first album was titled Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, and was recorded when the band members were eighteen years old. Their follow-up album was entitled Waking the Fallen, which received a positive rating in Rolling Stone magazine.

    City of Evil, released on June 7, 2005, strays from metalcore, and adds a more "hard rock" sound with obvious influences ranging from Pantera and Metallica to Misfits and Guns N' Roses. Although the band have been labeled metal, metalcore and hard rock in many publications, the band themselves claim that they are a metal band and have no musical similarities to metalcore in any way although this is heavily debated by their peers. During the recording of City of Evil, M. Shadows' vocal stylings have changed more to focus on melodic singing than on hardcore screaming, because the band decided to pursue a different musical career, and leave a genre that they said was "dying". Shadows also had throat surgery, however, this had nothing to do with the band's decision to stray away from metalcore.

    The band's name is an alleged reference to the book of Genesis in the Bible and the story of Cain and Abel, where Cain is punished to live in exile, alone and miserable. Anyone who relieved Cain of his misery by killing him would be "avenged in sevenfold," or punished in a way that is seven times worse than Cain's punishment. The title of Avenged Sevenfold's song "Chapter Four" references Genesis IV, the chapter of the Bible in which the story of Cain and Abel takes place. The song's subject also appears to be this story. Beast and the Harlot, yet another song derived from the Bible, comes from the book of Revelation and refers to the punishment of Babylon and the destruction of Pagan nations. Although the band's title and members' stage names make obvious references to religion, Shadows stated in an interview that they are "not really religious at all."

    Avenged Sevenfold logo, titled the "Deathbat"Their song "Blinded in Chains" was used in the soundtrack for the video game Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Another song, "Bat Country," was used in the soundtracks for SSX on Tour, NHL 06 and Madden 06, following in the footsteps of "Chapter Four" which had also been on the soundtrack for NHL 2004, Madden 2004 and NASCAR Thunder 2004. The song "Beast and the Harlot" was in the soundtrack for Burnout Revenge. All the above games, not coincidentally, are produced by various divisions of Electronic Arts.

    During recent tours (Coheed and Cambria spring 2006 tour and Ozzfest 2006), Avenged Sevenfold have been performing the song "Walk", originally by Pantera as part of a tribute to the late "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

    [edit] Their Role In Guitar Hero

    Avenged Sevenfold has a small role in the game Guitar Hero. They have a song in the hit game, Guitar Hero II. Their hit song "Beast and the Harlot" was in the 8th tier, called "Face-Metlers". This song also appeared in Guitar Hero: Smash Hits.

    "Almost Easy", the first single from their self-titled fourth album is also available as DLC as part of the "modern metal track pack"

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