Avenged Sevenfold formed in 1999 in Huntington Beach, California with original members M. Shadows, Zacky Vengeance, The Rev and Matt Wendt. a reference to the band name comes from the story of Cain and Abel from The Bible, however, they are not a religious band. At its formation, each member of the band using the pseudonym which is also the name of their calls from high school at Upper. Before the release of their debut album, the band recorded two demos in 1999 and 2000.
Their first album, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, was recorded when the band members were just eighteen years old and still attending high school. This album was originally released on their first label, Good Life Recordings in 2001. After lead guitarist Synyster Gates joined the band, at the end of 1999 in when he was 18 years old. The song "To End the Rapture" was re-recorded featuring a full band. The album was later re-released on Hopeless Records in 2002. The band started to receive recognition, performing with bands such as Mushroomhead and Shadows Fall and playing on the Take Action Tour.
After their fourth bassist, Johnny Christ joined permanently, they released Waking the Fallen on Hopeless Records in August 2003. The band received recognition by Billboard and The Boston Globe, and also played in the "Vans Warped Tour". In 2004, Avenged Sevenfold toured again on the "Vans Warped Tour" and recorded a video for the song "Unholy Confessions" which entered the charts at MTV2's Headbanger's Ball. Shortly after the release of Waking the Fallen, Avenged Sevenfold left Hopeless Records and signed a contract proposed by Warner Bros..
Avenged Sevenfold emerged with a metalcore genre on their debut Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, which contains vocals scream banya. The band changed their style on their third album and first major label release, City of Evil, which features melodic vocals and power ballads. To date, Avenged Sevenfold has released five studio albums, one live album / compilation / DVD, and sixteen singles. The band has received many awards for mainstream success around the world and especially those declared as one of the leaders and key bands in the New Wave of American Heavy Metal and featured as second place on Ultimate Guitar's Top Ten Bands Top Decade.
On December 28, 2009 drummer James "The Rev" Sullivan was found dead at his home at the age of 28 years. Autopsy results are inconclusive. However, on 9 June 2010 it was announced that the cause of death was poisoning due to the use of piskotropika mixed - mixed, often called polydrug use or "cross-fading". In a statement from the other band members, they share condolences over the death of The Rev and asked to respect the family's privacy:
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we tell you of the passing today of Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan. Jimmy was not only one of the world's best drummers, but more importantly he was our best friend and brother. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jimmy's family and we hope that you will respect their privacy during this difficult time. Avenged Sevenfold's official website displays a message from Sullivan's family which expressed their gratitude to the fans for their support:
"We would like to thank all of Jimmy's fans for the heartfelt comments that have been posted - it is comforting to know that his genius and antics were appreciated and that he was loved so much. Our hearts are broken he was much too young to fall. Og agus go saor deo (forever young and free) "
In addition, comments about the death of Sullivan, the band's manager Larry Jacobson expressed how Sullivan was so kind to everyone. Jacobson said in the interview: He was expressive. He'd tell you how he felt about you - you did not wonder Because he'd put his arm around you, "he said." He knew how to tell his friends he loved them. In addition there are 50 more artists Jacobson music commenting on the death of The Rev.
On January 6, 2010 bodies buried in an undisclosed location. Dated January 5, 2010, the magazine Kerrang! wrote an article about the death of The Rev.Zacky Vegeance shows his feelings about the death of The Rev
"Jimmy will always be with me in everything I do. Except sitting at home being sad, so today Im going to try to start living again. FOREVER." In addition to Jacobson, over 50 musical artists have commented upon the death of Sullivan. Kerrang! January 13, 2010 issue featured an article about the death of The Rev, in which fans and stars paid tribute to him. Simultaneously, Zacky Vengeance expressed his own feelings about the passing, stating that "Jimmy will always be with me in everything I do except sit at home forever being sad, so today I'm going to try to start living again ..."
In an interview with M. Shadows about the death of The Rev, Shadows confirmed a July release for Avenged Sevenfold's fifth album "I have a lot to talk about but can not find the words so I will wait until time can allow me to find a way to express yourself. As for the rest of us , it has become clear what we need to do We just finished recording with Jimmy .. I can not promise what the future holds because right now it's too painful to think about, but we know we need to record and put out this record in honor of Jimmy. He would call me every night to talk about songs and tell me this is going to change the world. "I agree with him, unfortunately I did not know it was going to use this term Please be patient with us as we can not imagine how difficult it would be to escape, we just knew we had to do it for his legacy .. After that, who knows? '
In a recent interview conducted by the Huntington Beach Independent newspaper, Jimmy Sullivan's parents, Babara and Joseph revealed the following information about Avenged Sevenfold's new album: "Most important to him, Jimmy had just finished writing songs for Avenged Sevenfold's new album - he even called it a masterpiece. When he writes songs, he would record, play piano and drums - then, and when he played it all for me, he would sing the orchestra or guitar that will be added later. I am thankful that I got to tell him how much I liked and admired his music . Later, Barbara commented that, "Jimmy in writing some of the songs are really good I'm very proud of him. and I know that although it would be very difficult for them, the band will do a great job getting them recorded soon. Needless to say, this record 'all Jimmy' almost impossible for me to listen to, but what a blessing to have them. "They plan to dedicate their new album to The Rev..
On February 17, 2010, Avenged Sevenfold stated that they had entered the studio, along with former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, to drum for the record, in place of the Rev. "I want our fans to know that with Jimmy in our hearts, our journey to record has officially began. Jimmy helped leave this world an amazing gift and now it's our job to make sure to deliver that gift to our fans. Drummer Jimmy favorites of all time Mike Portnoy to record on behalf of him. Mike said it would be an honor and without question that is certainly desirable Jim. Extremely comfortable to us that someone like Mike, who is undoubtedly revered as one of the best drummers in the world, giving respect and concern for the ability of the Rev's. Though not be the same without our brother by our side, his essence lives in our hearts and through the music he helped create him a legend before any of the success or any of that nonsense and. we are very pleased to lay this to our fans, and especially for Jimmy. "
On April 17, 2010, a short message from Zacky Vengeance was posted on the official Avenged Sevenfold Twitter: "Tracking is complete No words will ever describe the feeling of listening to this album while driving home alone at 4:00 .." The single "Nightmare" was digitally released 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. On May 12, 2010, M. Shadows and Synyster Gates stopped by the hard drive (radio show) where they explained details on Nightmare prior to release:
"The new album, Nightmare, is dedicated to The Rev memory and although it's not exactly a concept album, it does center around The Rev.. The eeriest thing about it is there is a song on the album called "Fiction" (a nickname The Rev gave himself) roomates started out with the title "Death". And the song was the last song The Rev wrote for the album, and when he handed it in, he said, that's it, that's the last song for this record. And then 3 days later, he winner!. "
Mixing for the album had been completed in New York City, and the album was finally released worldwide on July 27, 2010. The album received positive reviews from music critics but. Was well received by fans. Nightmare debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with sales of 163,000 units in its first week.
City of Evil (2005-2007)
City of Evil, the band's third album was released on June 7, 2005 and debuted at # 30 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling over 30,000 copies in its first week. This album is more classic metal from previous albums that have been grouped into the metalcore genre. The album is also notable for the absence of screamed and growled. M. Shadows worked with vocal coach Ron Anderson, who once had a client like Axl Rose and Chris Cornell-for months before the album's release to achieve a sound that had "grit while still having the tone". The album received steller reviews from several magazines and websites and is credited for pushing the band into international popularity.
Self-titled album (2007-2008)
Avenged Sevenfold success makes them diundangan to 2006's Ozzfest tour on the main stage, juxtaposed with the famous heavy metal bands like Dragonforce, Lacuna Coil, Hatebreed, Disturbed and System of a Down. In the same year they also completed a worldwide tour, including the United States, the United Kingdom (as well as mainland Europe), Japan, Australia and New Zealand. After the tour for sixteen months in promotion of City of Evil, the band announced that they were canceling the tour in 2006 after recording a new album. M. Shadows stated that their fourth album, self-titled and self-production would not be a "City of Evil Part 2" or "Waking the Fallen Part 2," but would incorporate a new grittier sound. For fans wave in the emergence of a new album, the band released their first DVD titled "All Excess" on July 17, 2007. All Excess, which debuted as the # 1 DVD in the USA, included live performances and backstage footage that spanned the band eight-year career. Two tribute albums, Strung Out on Avenged Sevenfold: Bat Wings and Broken Strings and Strung Out on Avenged Sevenfold: The String Tribute were also released in October 2007.
In January 2009, M. Shadows confirmed that the band was writing the follow-up self-titled, fourth album in the coming months. They also announced that they will be playing at Rock on the Range, from May 16 to 17, 2009. On April 16, they performed a version of Guns N 'Roses' "It's So Easy" onstage with Slash, at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. M. Shadows is the vocals on his solo album Slash in the song "Nothing to Say".
BIODATA / PROFILE AVENGED SEVENFOLD (A7X)
Sounding the Seventh Trumpet (2001)
Waking the Fallen (2003)
City of Evil (2005)
Avenged Sevenfold (2007)
Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough (2008)
M. Shadows - lead vocals (1999-present)
Zacky Vengeance - rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1999-present)
Synyster Gates - lead guitar, backing vocals (2000-present)
Johnny Christ - bass, backing vocals (2003-present)
The Rev - drums, vocals (1999-2009)
Matt Wendt - bass (1999-2000)
Justin Sane - bass (2000-2002)
Dameon Ash - bass (2002-2003)
Mike Portnoy - drums (2010)
Arin Ilejay - drums (2010-present)