Avenged Sevenfold is an American rock band from Huntington Beach, California, formed in 1999. Consisting of M. Shadows (vocals), Synyster Gates (lead guitar), Zacky Vengeance (rhythm guitar) and Johnny Christ (bass).The band achieved mainstream success with their 2005 album City of Evil, which includes singles such as "Burn It Down", "Bat Country," "Beast and the Harlot" and "Seize the Day." The band's success followed with their self-titled album, that includes singles such as "Critical Acclaim", "Almost Easy", "Afterlife", "Scream" and "Dear G
Avenged Sevenfold is an American rock band from Huntington Beach, California, formed in 1999. Consisting of M. Shadows (vocals), Synyster Gates (lead guitar), Zacky Vengeance (rhythm guitar) and Johnny Christ (bass).The band achieved mainstream success with their 2005 album City of Evil, which includes singles such as "Burn It Down", "Bat Country," "Beast and the Harlot" and "Seize the Day." The band's success followed with their self-titled album, that includes singles such as "Critical Acclaim", "Almost Easy", "Afterlife", "Scream" and "Dear God".
Avenged Sevenfold emerged with a metalcore sound on their first two albums, but later changed their musical style into a more hard rock approach with City of Evil. The band themselves have received much credit for their worldwide mainstream success and were most notably proclaimed as one of the leaders and key bands in the New Wave of American Heavy Metal and were featured as second place on Ultimate Guitar's Top Ten Bands of the Decade. In December 2009, the death of their drummer and founding member, James "The Rev" Sullivan was announced. The band chose to continue on following Sullivan's death, recruiting Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater to replace Sullivan as a "rebound" drummer for their fifth studio album, entitled Nightmare, which will be released on July 27, 2010.
Sounding the Seventh Trumpet is the debut album by Avenged Sevenfold, released in 2001 on Good Life Recordings, and subsequently re-released by Hopeless Records on March 19, 2002, featuring slightly different cover art. The reissue also added the track "To End the Rapture (Heavy Metal Version)", which was previously only found on the Warmness on the Soul EP, and featured the band's new guitarist, Synyster Gates, who would go on to appear on every other Avenged Sevenfold release. As of 2008 Sounding the Seventh Trumpet has sold 200,000 copies worldwide. The album was released when the band members were 20 years old. Avenged Sevenfold later released the "Warmness on the Soul EP", which featured a video for the single Warmness on the Soul. The video depicted the band wandering through city streets as a girl searched for them.
Waking the Fallen is the second album by Avenged Sevenfold, released on August 26, 2003 through Hopeless Records. It is the last release by the band to feature their metalcore sound, although more clean vocals are featured on the album than their debut album, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet.
Waking the Fallen was Avenged Sevenfold's first album to feature bassist Johnny Christ as well as the first to feature the full current line-up (up until The Rev's death), after Dameon Ash's Departure. The album was certified gold on July 15, 2009.
A live performance video was shot at Warped Tour 2003 for the first single from Waking the Fallen, "Second Heartbeat". A video was made for the second single "Unholy Confessions" on March 6, 2004. It was a live video with the actual track dubbed over. It featured the fans before and during an Avenged Sevenfold concert. According to vocalist M. Shadows, it was requested by their new label, Warner Bros. Records in order to publicize the band before their 2005 album City of Evil.
City of Evil is the third studio album and first major label release by American metal band Avenged Sevenfold. The album was released on June 7, 2005 under the Warner Bros. Records label. Produced by Scott Gilman, City of Evil contains a more hard rock sound than Avenged Sevenfold's previous two albums, which had been classified into the metalcore genre.
The album contains some of Avenged Sevenfold's most popular and famous songs, including "Bat Country", "Beast and the Harlot", "Burn it Down", and "Seize the Day". All four of these songs were released as singles between June 2005 and July 2006. City of Evil was very successful after its release, debuting at #30 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The album was certified as a platinum record by the Recording Industry Association of America in August 2009, and has gone onto sell over 1,500,000 copies in the United States, and 2,500,000 total worldwide. As of 2010, it remains the best-selling out of Avenged Sevenfold's discography. It is also their longest studio album tracking at over seventy-two minutes.
Avenged Sevenfold is the fourth studio album by American alternative metal band Avenged Sevenfold, released on October 30, 2007 through Warner Bros. Records. The album, originally slated for an October 16 release, was delayed by two weeks in order to provide more time to complete bonus material and production for the record, including the making of the animated music video for song "A Little Piece of Heaven". The album debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200. On September 23, 2008, the album was certified Gold by the RIAA.
During production the band had taken great freedom in exploring different genres and styles of rock and heavy metal music. A noticable difference between Avenged Sevenfold and City of Evil is that some of the songs take a slower pace and tempo to suit a more hard rock approach. Examples include Critical Acclaim and Scream.
Almost Easy is the second song on the album and features a hard rock style reminiscent of City of Evil. The song also contains a keyboard overdub played by Greg Kusten. Other songs on the album contained overdubs for extra detail such as Unbound (The Wild Ride) which featured a background choir and even string quardret orchestras in Afterlife and Brompton Cocktail. Scream also contained overdubs in its bass line. Lost made use of auto-tuned vocals.
Nightmare is the fifth studio album by American rock band Avenged Sevenfold, which is due to be released on July 27, 2010 through Warner Bros. Records; it was produced by Mike Elizondo and mixed in New York City by noted engineer Andy Wallace. Nightmare is the first Avenged Sevenfold record without James "The Rev" Sullivan performing drums because of his death in December 2009, although he wrote some of the songs before that time; as a tribute, The Rev's vocals are still on the album. Mike Portnoy, from Dream Theater, who performed as the drummer for the album in his place, will also play with the band for all the upcoming tours through the end of 2010. Avenged Sevenfold, along with Disturbed, will co-headline the first annual Uproar Festival.
The first single, "Nightmare", was released digitally on May 18, 2010. A preview for the song was released on May 6, 2010 on Amazon.com, but was removed soon after for unknown reasons; However, on May 10, 2010, a 30-second audio uncensored sample was again revealed, but this time at SoundCloud and on the band's official website.
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