History Music / AvengedSevenfold

14th Nov '17 1:20:20 PM Lyendith
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The band played the underground scene in America for several years, and their first album, the very HardcorePunk ''Sounding the Seventh Trumpet'', got them a small but dedicated fanbase in 2001. While the album's commercial success and reception were modest, it was enough to catch the attention of the Californian label Hopeless Record, which paved the way for their next album two years later. ''Waking the Fallen'' was a much more polished Main/{{Metalcore}} album, adding melodic elements, complex structures and more singing. It's around that time that the lineup finally stabilized after lead guitarist Synyster Gates and bassist Johnny Christ joined the band.

After the success of WTF, the band signed a deal with Warner Bros. and took a somewhat different direction with their third album ''City of Evil'' in 2005. Screamed vocals disappeared[[note]]M. Shadows actually took singing lessons prior to recording so that he could hit higher notes.[[/note]], the riffs became faster, the melody even more prominent, the solos crazier, the storytelling more epic, and more symphonic elements were introduced. While baffling many of the early fans, the album was their definitive breakthrough hit and remains their highest-selling record to date, as well as their most consistenly popular.

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The band played the underground scene in America for several years, and their first album, the very HardcorePunk ''Sounding the Seventh Trumpet'', got them a small but dedicated fanbase in 2001. While the album's commercial success and reception were modest, it was enough to catch the attention of the Californian label Hopeless Record, which paved the way for their next album two years later. ''Waking the Fallen'' was a much more polished Main/{{Metalcore}} album, adding melodic elements, complex structures and more singing. It's around that time that the lineup finally stabilized after lead guitarist Synyster Gates and bassist Johnny Christ joined the band.

After the success of WTF, the band signed a deal with Warner Bros. and took a somewhat different direction with their third album ''City of Evil'' in 2005. Screamed vocals disappeared[[note]]M. Shadows actually took singing lessons prior to recording so that he could hit higher notes.[[/note]], the riffs became faster, the melody even more prominent, the solos crazier, the storytelling more epic, and more symphonic elements were introduced. While baffling many of the early fans, the album was their definitive breakthrough hit and remains their highest-selling record to date, as well as their most consistenly popular.
4th Nov '17 9:59:20 AM kasperow
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* FridgeBrilliance: The album-title for "Hail To The King" can be seen as having two different meanings: The obvious meaning being that the album is just named after one of the songs on the album, and the less obvious being "This album is our tribute to some of the biggest bands in Rock and Metal". The fact that many of the songs sound similar to other bands' songs ("This Means War" sounds a lot like "Sad But True" by Metallica, and "Coming Home" has all the characteristics of a typical Iron Maiden song) only supports this.
1st Nov '17 1:17:16 PM Lyendith
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The band played the underground scene in America for several years, and their first album, the very punk-rock inspired ''Sounding the Seventh Trumpet'', got them a small but dedicated fanbase in 2001. While the album's commercial success and reception were modest, it was enough to catch the attention of the Californian label Hopeless Record, which paved the way for their next album two years later. ''Waking the Fallen'' was a much more polished Main/{{Metalcore}} album, adding melodic elements, complex structures and more singing, in great part thanks to a stabilized lineup after Synyster Gates and Johnny Christ joined the band (there had been three different bassists before Johnny). The album is now certified gold and remains a fan favorite to this day.

After the success of WTF, the band signed a deal with Warner Bros. and took a somewhat different direction with their third album ''City of Evil'' in 2005. Screamed vocals disappeared[[note]]M. Shadows actually took singing lessons prior to recording so that he could hit higher notes.[[/note]], the riffs became faster, the melody even more prominent, the solos crazier, the storytelling more epic, and more symphonic elements were introduced. While baffling many of the early fans, the album was their definitive breakthrough hit and remains their highest-selling record to date.

After a SelfTitledAlbum in 2007 that was somewhat more pop-ish, the band was going for a darker and more progressive release with ''Nightmare''… which got even darker when The Rev suddenly passed away on Dec. 28, 2009, just after the album's writing phase was finished, from an overdose of prescription drugs and maybe his cardiomegally (an enlarged heart from birth). The lyrics were mostly rewritten after that[[note]]it was originally going to be a concept album "sort of like ''Music/TheWall'' or ''Music/OperationMindcrime''" according to Johnny Christ[[/note]], and the last two songs "Fiction" and "Save Me" notoriously feature The Rev's last vocal recordings. [[Music/DreamTheater Mike Portnoy]] covered for his spot for the album's recording and the following tour, before the band found Arin Ilejay (of disbanded Californian metalcore band Confide) who played with them for the tours as well as a couple of tracks for the ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' games, and became a full-fledged member in 2013.

For their sixth album ''Hail to the King'' (2013), they deliberately adopted a more straight-forward and blues-based sound, closer to TraditionalHeavyMetal and reminiscent of the '90s era Music/{{Metallica}} or classic bands from the '80s (a bit ''too'' reminiscent for some). While the shift is often attributed to Arin Ilejay replacing The Rev at the drums, M. Shadows said in an interview that they would have eventually taken this direction regardless. Nevertheless, because of CreativeDifferences Arin was replaced two years later by Brooks Wackerman who had just left Music/BadReligion. The following year was a bit bumpy for the band, as around the same time they left Warner Bros. for Capitol Records, resulting in a lawsuit by the former for breach of contract. After that little incident, the next album ''The Stage'' went back to a more technical and eclectic style, albeit with a different vibe from the pre-HTTK albums, borrowing more heavily from ProgressiveMetal and ThrashMetal. Meanwhile, Arin joined [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islander_(band) Islander]].

Avenged Sevenfold's lyrics are inspired by a wide range of themes, including references to the dead/undead, biblical themes and strong themes such as assisted suicide. Also, at least one of their songs appears to be from a vampire's point of view, whilst ''A Little Piece Of Heaven'' is from the perspective of a man who killed the woman he was in love with, ''[[ILoveTheDead raped her corpse]]'' before she rose from the dead and killed him in the same way he killed her, at which point ''he'' returns from the dead and they decide to murder ''an entire wedding party and the guests'' so they can get married. ''The Stage'' is the oddball in that department, as it centers on space, man's place in the universe, and the potential and risks of scientific advances like artificial intelligence.

Avenged Sevenfold (or [=A7X=], as they are often called) are amongst the most popular alternative/heavy bands among teens and young adults the world over, and were instrumental in the creation of the new wave of Metalcore, a genre that combines hardcore punk with extreme metal. The band was in a state of turmoil after the Rev passed away, but they keep moving forward; no easy task as the five had been friends for most of their lives.

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The band played the underground scene in America for several years, and their first album, the very punk-rock inspired HardcorePunk ''Sounding the Seventh Trumpet'', got them a small but dedicated fanbase in 2001. While the album's commercial success and reception were modest, it was enough to catch the attention of the Californian label Hopeless Record, which paved the way for their next album two years later. ''Waking the Fallen'' was a much more polished Main/{{Metalcore}} album, adding melodic elements, complex structures and more singing, in great part thanks to a singing. It's around that time that the lineup finally stabilized lineup after lead guitarist Synyster Gates and bassist Johnny Christ joined the band (there had been three different bassists before Johnny). The album is now certified gold and remains a fan favorite to this day.

band.

After the success of WTF, the band signed a deal with Warner Bros. and took a somewhat different direction with their third album ''City of Evil'' in 2005. Screamed vocals disappeared[[note]]M. Shadows actually took singing lessons prior to recording so that he could hit higher notes.[[/note]], the riffs became faster, the melody even more prominent, the solos crazier, the storytelling more epic, and more symphonic elements were introduced. While baffling many of the early fans, the album was their definitive breakthrough hit and remains their highest-selling record to date.

date, as well as their most consistenly popular.

After a SelfTitledAlbum in 2007 that was somewhat more pop-ish, pop-ish and veered into various territories, from GrooveMetal to CountryMusic, the band was going for a darker and more progressive release with ''Nightmare''… which got even darker ''Nightmare'', a concept album where all the songs were gonna tie into one story… Alas, that project went down the drain when The Rev suddenly passed away on Dec. 28, 2009, just after the album's writing phase was finished, from an overdose of alcool and prescription drugs and maybe for his cardiomegally (an enlarged heart from birth). heart. The lyrics were mostly rewritten after that[[note]]it was originally going to be a concept album "sort of like ''Music/TheWall'' or ''Music/OperationMindcrime''" according to Johnny Christ[[/note]], that, and the last two songs "Fiction" and "Save Me" notoriously feature The Rev's last vocal recordings. [[Music/DreamTheater Mike Portnoy]] covered for his spot for the album's recording and the following tour, before the band found Arin Ilejay (of disbanded Californian metalcore band Confide) who played toured with them for the tours as well as a couple of tracks for the ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' games, in 2011 and 2012 and became a full-fledged member in 2013.

For their sixth album ''Hail to the King'' (2013), they deliberately adopted a more straight-forward and blues-based sound, closer to TraditionalHeavyMetal and reminiscent of the '90s era Music/{{Metallica}} or classic bands from the '80s (a bit ''too'' reminiscent for some). While the shift is often attributed to Arin Ilejay replacing The Rev at the drums, M. Shadows said in an interview that they would have eventually taken this direction regardless. Nevertheless, But because of CreativeDifferences Arin was replaced two years later by Brooks Wackerman who had just left Music/BadReligion. The following year was a bit bumpy for the band, as around the same time they left Warner Bros. for Capitol Records, resulting in a lawsuit by the former for breach of contract. contract that has yet to be resolved.

After that little incident, the next album ''The Stage'' ''Music/TheStage'' (2016) went back to a more technical and eclectic style, albeit with a different vibe from the pre-HTTK albums, borrowing more heavily from ProgressiveMetal and ThrashMetal.ThrashMetal, with Brooks bringing in some of his own ideas and stylistic influences. Meanwhile, Arin joined [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islander_(band) Islander]].

Avenged Sevenfold's Sevenfold (or [=A7X=], as they are often called) are amongst the most popular alternative/heavy bands among teens and young adults the world over, and were instrumental in the creation of the new wave of Metalcore, a genre that combines hardcore punk with extreme metal. The band was in a state of turmoil after the Rev passed away, but they keep moving forward; no easy task as the five had been friends for most of their lives. Their lyrics are inspired by a wide range of themes, including references to the dead/undead, biblical themes and strong themes such as assisted suicide.suicide. They are also very vocal in their support for American troops around the world (which includes playing a concert for the soldiers in Baghdad in 2010). Also, at least one of their songs appears to be from a vampire's point of view, whilst ''A Little Piece Of Heaven'' is from the perspective of a man who killed the woman he was in love with, ''[[ILoveTheDead raped her corpse]]'' before she rose from the dead and killed him in the same way he killed her, at which point ''he'' returns from the dead and they decide to murder ''an entire wedding party and the guests'' so they can get married. ''The Stage'' is the oddball in that department, as it centers on space, man's place in the universe, and the potential and risks of scientific advances like artificial intelligence.

Avenged Sevenfold (or [=A7X=], as they are often called) are amongst the most popular alternative/heavy bands among teens and young adults the world over, and were instrumental in the creation of the new wave of Metalcore, a genre that combines hardcore punk with extreme metal. The band was in a state of turmoil after the Rev passed away, but they keep moving forward; no easy task as the five had been friends for most of their lives.



* James O. Sullivan - The Rev/The Reverend Tholomew Plague (drums, alternate vocals) (1999-2009)

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* James O. Owen Sullivan - The Rev/The Reverend Tholomew Plague (drums, alternate vocals) (1999-2009)
1st Nov '17 7:01:22 AM Lyendith
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: "Critical Acclaim".

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: "Critical Acclaim".Acclaim" is basically a 5-minute rant about people who blame the US army and the US's foreign policy a bit too much for their tastes. Needless to say it rubbed some people the wrong way.



* SanitySlippageSong: "A Little Piece of Heaven", "This Means War".

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* %%* SanitySlippageSong: "A Little Piece of Heaven", "This Means War".
1st Nov '17 6:54:04 AM Lyendith
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* LastNoteNightmare: "And All Things Will End".
** "Nightmare" may also qualify. The song seems to end in silence for a few seconds, before an ominous echo fades in a the last moment and stops abruptly.

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* LastNoteNightmare: "And All Things Will End".
End" ends in a solo that's increasingly off-key and slows down into a nightmarish cacophony.
** "Nightmare" may also qualify. The song seems to end in silence for a few seconds, before an ominous echo fades in a the last moment and stops abruptly.
27th Oct '17 11:47:51 AM Lyendith
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* CoverVersion: The B-side album ''Diamonds in the Rough'' includes two straight covers of Music/{{Pantera}}'s "Walk" and Music/IronMaiden's "Flash of the Blade". There's also a lesser known cover of Music/BlackSabbath's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkKR7y_w0tg "Paranoid"]]. That was it until 2017, when they started to release a whole series of covers: Chigon's "Malaguena Salerosa", a metal version of Music/MrBungle's "Retrovertigo" and a punk-rock version Del Shannon's "Runaway".

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* CoverVersion: Two major instances.
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The B-side album ''Diamonds in the Rough'' includes two straight covers of Music/{{Pantera}}'s "Walk" and Music/IronMaiden's "Flash of the Blade". There's also a lesser known cover of Music/BlackSabbath's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkKR7y_w0tg "Paranoid"]]. That was it until "Paranoid"]].
** In
2017, when following up on ''The Stage'', they started to release a whole series of covers: covers, including Chigon's "Malaguena Salerosa", a metal version of Music/MrBungle's "Retrovertigo" and a ,a punk-rock version of Del Shannon's "Runaway"."Runaway", as well as rock covers of the Music/BeachBoys' "God Only Knows", Music/RollingStones' "As Tears Go By", and Music/PinkFloyd's "Wish You Were Here". They deliberatey chose non-metal songs this time to have more leeway in covering them, as they find it "boring" to cover songs that are already metal.
27th Oct '17 11:39:22 AM Lyendith
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* Justin Micheam − Justin Sane (bass guitar) (2000-2001)

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* Justin Micheam Meacham − Justin Sane (bass guitar) (2000-2001)
18th Oct '17 2:49:04 PM Lyendith
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* ''Music/TheStage'' (2016-2017) [[note]]The record was released in 2016, followed by additional tracks and finally a Deluxe Edition in 2017.[[/note]]

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* ''Music/TheStage'' (2016-2017) (2016) [[note]]The record was released in 2016, followed by additional tracks and finally a Deluxe Edition in 2017.[[/note]]
13th Oct '17 12:53:43 PM Lyendith
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* ''Music/TheStage'' (2016-2017) [[note]]The record was released in 2016, followed by additional tracks in 2017.[[/note]]

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* ''Music/TheStage'' (2016-2017) [[note]]The record was released in 2016, followed by additional tracks and finally a Deluxe Edition in 2017.[[/note]]
2nd Oct '17 3:42:14 PM Lyendith
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* AlbumIntroTrack: "To End the Rapture" and "Waking the Fallen" are only 1'30 long and open the first two albums. They stopped doing this with ''City of Evil'' for some reason.
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