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Avenged Sevenfold

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Avenged Sevenfold (often abbreviated to A7X) are a heavy metal/hard rock band which formed in 1999 in Huntington Beach, California, United States. The band consists of vocalist M. Shadows, lead guitarist Synyster Gates, rhythm guitarist Zacky Vengeance, bassist Johnny Christ, and former Bad Religion and Suicidal Tendencies drummer Brooks Wackerman. Heartbreakingly, the band's best friend and original drummer James "The Rev" Sullivan passed away in 2009. Read more on Last.fm

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The future of British rock and metal festivals

April 1st, 2014

With Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motörhead and Soulfly (and Wolfmother…) set to fill the main stage of a day at British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park this July, it struck Raziq Rauf that the same bill could easily have been announced in 2000 to the same fanfare. What has (or has not) happened in the last 14 years for this to be the case and what does the future have in store?

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What is the future of music festivals? I’m not talking 2015 (because 2014’s summer season lineup is just about fully lined up), I’m talking about something more like 2025. What is going to happen to our music festivals in the next ten years? Will Metallica still be headlining on a rota with Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Linkin Park? The classic rockers like Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Black Sabbath have a shelf-life. Are Avenged Sevenfold or Rammstein the answer? While they sell out arenas in London and that simply translates to headlining Donington or Knebworth, neither have ever had quite the same impact as those first mentioned few and they likely never will.

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Avenged Sevenfold topping the UK album charts is good for Metal

September 1st, 2013

It’s not the first time that a metal band has reached #1 in the UK Albums Chart, but it feels like a rarer and rare occasion, so Raz talks about why we should all celebrate Avenged Sevenfold doing so with Hail To The King.

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Avenged Sevenfold have reached #1 in the UK Album Charts with Hail To The King and that’s a great thing for Heavy Metal because, like it or not, it is a subculture. Sure, it’s a subculture that sells out Wembley Stadium and fills Donington Park every year, but metal is a niche genre nonetheless.

It requires effort to keep up with and only the very dedicated (me and you) ever know what’s going on in the metal world on a daily basis. That’s why Avenged Sevenfold appearing in such a high-profile position in non-metal media is important. It reminds “them” that “we” are still here.

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Avenged Sevenfold talk Hail To The King and Download Festival 2014

August 20th, 2013

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Avenged Sevenfold are releasing their sixth album, Hail To The King on 27 August 2013 and they’re headlining Wembley Arena in December as part of a nationwide arena tour. The chances are that the album will head to the top of the charts in both the UK and in America. The chances are Wembley Arena will be sold out. The chances are Avenged Sevenfold won’t bother with another UK tour in 2014, in favour of headlining Download Festival 2014.

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Album: Avenged Sevenfold – Nightmare

August 5th, 2010


Avenged Sevenfold
Nightmare
Warner Bros.
27 July 2010

by Tom Dare

No one with even a passing familiarity with rock music can be unaware of the tragic death of Avenged Sevenfold’s drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan late last year. Now the Californians have returned with their fifth album Nightmare, and while not even we are big enough bastards to not have anything other than great sympathy for the band losing their friend, the record must be judged purely on the music.

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End of the Decade: bits & bobs celebrating the 2000s (Noughties?)

December 31st, 2009

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Linkin Park are the biggest selling band of this decade, nay, century. That’s a statement that really hurts, isn’t it. They’ve sold more records than Metallica, Iron Maiden or even The Beatles. Yes, feel free to weep because there doesn’t seem like much to celebrate. Right? WRONG!

There really have been some amazing bands, albums and songs that have have had an amazing effect over the past ten years and we’re going to focus on them with loads of celebratory articles about them. And this is where you can find all of them. Handy, eh?

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A to Z of the Noughties: Avenged Sevenfold to Iron Maiden

November 5th, 2009

Where were you on the night before the dawn of the New Millennium? Jon Kerr was getting a pit going in Jilly’s Rockworld, Manchester. We’ve asked him to summarise the ten years since then in all things metal in a handy A to Z

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Avenged Sevenfold
Not just any Californian metalcore outfit, this lot. A7X have produced a wide range of sounds across their four albums and have developed a global fanbase. From the release of debut Sounding the Seventh Trumpet to appearing between NIN and Metallica at the UK leg of the Sonisphere Festival, it has been Avenged Sevenfold’s decade.

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Sonisphere Festival 2009: Interviews, Photos, Setlists, Gossip – it’s all here

August 1st, 2009

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After making our first ever splash page at Download Festival 2009, we thought we’d do another with the inaugural Sonisphere Festival 2009. We’re here at Knebworth for two days and we’re going to be interviewing, photographing and generally just looking at bands all weekend. We’ll make stuff too. Come and look at it all.

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Live + Photos: Avenged Sevenfold & Year Long Disaster @ London ULU – 20 August 2008

August 28th, 2008

Avenged Sevenfold are used to playing to thousands of metallers but tonight they’re playing to just hundreds. Lynsey Wright was there to see it but she wasn’t throwing any underwear at the renowed lotharios…

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The final instalment of the Kerrang Awards’ week of shows sees LA’s Year Long Disaster playing tracks from their latest album and entertaining the ram-packed ULU as the opener for headline act Avenged Sevenfold.

Year Long Disaster have previously toured with the likes of Foo Fighters and Velvet Revolver so are well versed in warming-up crowds.

They certainly didn’t disappoint as they dose them up with their own brand of hard rock and leaving the audience sweaty and all the more ready for the headliners.

Avenged Sevenfold’s set is short and sharp but not so sweet. Bombarded with all manner of ladies undergarments from the minute they walk on stage, it’s clear this band have a reputation preceding them.

Playing two covers, one being a ferocious and long-standing favourite of theirs, Walk by Pantera, the other, a punchy version of NOFX’s Linoleum, there is something for even the most sceptical audience member.

They even get a little help from Matt Tuck of Bullet For My Valentine who comes on for a verse of Walk seemingly just to further prove their ‘rock gods’ status.

Vocalist, M. Shadows struts around the stage like he means it throughout their set and A7X exit the stage to a foray of cheers and applause from the rock-riled crowd.

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