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[[caption-width-right:350:L to R: Johnny Christ, Synyster Gates, M. Shadows, Zacky Vengence, and [[TooCoolToLive the Rev]]]]

Avenged Sevenfold is a HardRock / {{Metalcore}} band from Huntington Beach, UsefulNotes/{{California}}. They formed in 1999. The band comprises four members; M. Shadows, Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance, and Johny Christ, since the death of The Rev. [[Music/DreamTheater Mike Portnoy]] covered for his spot for the album Nightmare and following tour. Arin Ilejay is their current drummer.

The band played the underground scene in America for several years before achieving more widespread recognition and success with their third studio album; City of Evil (2005). Their second album, Waking the Fallen, is certified gold. Their original sound was harsher, with extensive use of double bass drums and screamed vocals. Since then, the band has changed to include more melody, but not sacrificed any of the instrumentist's Hard Rock based sound. The lead guitarist, Synyster Gates is also renowned for unleashing fast solos.

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, ''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.

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. Unfortunately, the band is currently in a state of turmoil as the Rev passed away on Dec. 28, 2009. In statements from the rest of the band they have said that they won't give up and are trying to rebuild their lives, no easy task as the five had been friends for most of their lives. The spot had gone to Mike Portnoy, as mentioned above for a few early tours, but recently the band has found Arin Ilejay of disbanded Californian metalcore band Confide.

The band members' original names are:
* Matt Sanders - M. Shadows
* Zachary Baker - Zacky Vengeance
* Brian Haner (Jr.) - Synyster Gates
* Johnny Seward - Johnny Christ
* Jimmy (or James) O. Sullivan - The Rev/The Reverend Tholomew Plague. (1981-2009)

The band's discography is:

* Sounding the Seventh Trumpet (2001)
* Waking the Fallen (2003)
* City of Evil (2005)
* Avenged Sevenfold (2007)
* Nightmare (2010)
* Hail to the King (2013)

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'''They have shown examples of some Tropes:'''

* AerithAndBob: M. Shadows, Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance, Johnny Christ and...Arin Ilejay.
* AlbumTitleDrop: City of Evil is dropped in "Beast and the Harlot".
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: The Rev was the resident {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. Watch him in any video.
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Michelle Dibenedetto-Haner and Valary Dibenedetto-Sanders, who are Brian and Matt's respective wives.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: The band's name is lifted from Genesis 4:15, when God curses Cain not to be killed after he kills Abel by saying: "Shall Cain be killed, he shall be avenged sevenfold". The Cain and Abel story also serves as the basis for the lyrics of "[[MeaningfulName Chapter Four]]" off ''Waking the Fallen''.
** "Beast and the Harlot" lifts many passages from Revelations 17 and 18.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Their stage names.
* BerserkButton: Don't make jokes about Jimmy's death around a fan. [[UnacceptableTargets Just don't]].
** If "Critical Acclaim" is any indication, bashing on soldiers is this for the band.
* BloodyHilarious: "A Little Piece of Heaven"
* BowtiesAreCool: Zacky has a thing for this.[[note]]Zacky's younger brother, Matt, makes bowties.[[/note]]
* BuriedAlive: They have a song called Buried Alive.
* ButtMonkey: Johnny Christ seems to be this for the rest of the band.
-->'''Zacky Vengeance''': You can't spell bass without ass.
* CallBack: The video for "Nightmare" has two, both referencing "Afterlife". One has a tarantula crawling on The Rev's drum kit, a Call Back to the tarantula on The Rev's face. The other is Zacky dancing with a skeleton, where he was dancing with his girlfriend in "Afterlife".
** The Rev wrote "Fiction", which has the line, "Promise me you'll never feel afraid." After [[AuthorExistenceFailure his passing]], Syn wrote "So Far Away", which has the line, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments "Sleep tight; I'm not afraid."]]
** The video for "Shepherd of Fire" can only be described as Bat Country meets the [[WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory Willy Wonka demon tunnel.]]
* CarefulWithThatAxe: "Bat Country," "A Little Piece Of Heaven," "Beast And The Harlot," "Trashed And Scattered," "Crossroads," "Almost Easy" (Especially in the CLA Mix), Most tracks on Waking The Fallen and Sounding The Seventh Trumpet, and about two-thirds of The Rev's vocals. Usually a MetalScream, and when M. Shadows does it, [[LargeHam expect it to be accompanied by an]] EvilLaugh.
* CoolShades: M. Shadows is rarely seen on stage without them.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: The Rev.
-->'''The Rev''': There's one tattoo on my body that I can't show, that...[[NonSequitur Sometimes at night I feel like demons are attacking me]], and I claw at it and try to get it off me. I might get it covered up. But I don't know, I don't even know why I brought it up. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNyi5fmcQNk Next.]]
* ClusterFBomb: Trashed and Scattered from City Of Evil.
* TheDeadCanDance: The song "Dancing Dead", of course.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The video for "Hail to the King".
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: "Sounding The Seventh Trumpet" is mostly a HardcorePunk album. Johnny isn't in the band yet, Synyster Gates' guitar solos are nowhere to be found (besides "To End The Rapture" on the re-release) since he joined the band just after finishing recording, The Rev is pretty much doing fills constantly for the whole album, M. Shadows barely sings (And when he does, [[{{Yarling}} well...]]), and "Streets" is a leftover punk song from one of M. Shadows' first bands.
* EasterEgg: Watching certain parts of All Excess, the DVD, will unlock a number of [[http://viaheadphones.wordpress.com/2007/07/18/avenged-sevenfold-all-excess-easter-eggs/ hidden videos]].
** Especially "Unholy Confessions".
* EpicRocking: They are known to do this on occasion, but most notably on the album City of Evil, on which only one song is under five minutes and four are over seven, and most recently with "Save Me" from ''Nightmare'' at almost eleven minutes.
** You have to consider, they were working with [[Music/DreamTheater Mike Portnoy]], and Dream Theater are known for having Epic Rocking songs.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: M. Shadows has this reputation.
* EveryEpisodeEnding: The closer for their sets is almost always "Unholy Confessions".
* EvilLaugh: Matt seems fond of these. Also The Rev throws in a few during A Little Piece Of Heaven and Afterlife.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: "Beast and the Harlot" ends with a little bit of guitar violence (if it can be termed as such), which then takes a backseat for the drum opening of "Burn It Down".
* FamousLastWords: The Rev's last appearances and writing credits were on "Fiction", written three days before his death, and come off eerily as this [[HarsherInHindsight (The song is specifically written about accepting death and saying goodbye and is named after one of his old nicknames)]]. His last recording ever was the ''"Skull!"'' in the intro to "Save Me". Nobody's really sure why he recorded it or what it was for.
* FilkSong: [[FearAndLoathingInLasVegas "Bat Country"]].
* GenreShift: [[SelfTitledAlbum Avenged Sevenfold]] does this thrice, with "A Little Piece Of Heaven" suddenly being composed mostly of brass and showtune instruments and is composed in a style more similar to {{Danny Elfman}} than any of their previous songs, then immediately. Another one includes "Dear God", which has more in common with a country song than a metal one. Then there's also "Gunslinger" -- which can best be described as a blend of country, blues, and rock. They also do this a few times on the "Nightmare" album: particularly with the strictly piano-based ballad "Fiction" (which was the last song Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan wrote, and the one song on the album to feature his vocals) and the heavily blues-based "Tonight the World Dies" (with slide guitar to boot). Then, on "Hail to the King", the album ends with the blues ballad "Acid Rain".
* GriefSong: So Far Away, which was written for Syn's grandfather. When Jimmy died, the lyrics changed to being about him. Fiction is also about Jimmy, [[MindScrew despite being written and]] [[HarsherInHindsight sang by him]]....
* {{Guyliner}}: A few of them have used it, but Brian uses it consistently.
* HarshVocals: On earlier releases, and on "God Hates Us" from ''Nightmare.''
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: "Strength of the World"
* HeterosexualLifePartners: The group as a whole has this relationship with eachother, but special mention goes to Brian, Matt, and Jimmy, and within that trio, Jimmy and Brian. [[AuthorExistenceFailure Bit of a]] DownerEnding [[TearJerker there]].
** They have stated that even if they stopped being a ''band'', they would still be just as close with eachother.
* ILoveTheDead: "A Little Piece of Heaven"
* ImAHumanitarian: Again, "A Little Piece of Heaven".
* IntercourseWithYou: "Girl I Know."
* LargeHam: M. Shadows and The Rev, though with M. Shadows it's only when he's performing or singing, [[FunnyCharacterBoringActor in person he's pretty calm, nice, and down-to-earth.]] The Rev on the other hand, was just like this always.
* LastNoteNightmare: "And All Things Will End".
** "Nightmare" may also qualify.
* LoudnessWar: Every album is brickwalled, though ''Nightmare'' and ''Waking The Fallen'' have the most obvious clipping.
** Hail To The King inexplicably averts this.
* MetalScream: Quite a few songs start with or have these. The Beast And The Harlot, Bat Country, Natural Born Killer, to name a few. He also does this quite often with the first two albums.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: ''Sounding the Seventh Trumpet'' and ''Waking the Fallen'' were in the 8 range, with their later material usually bordering on 7, sometimes going down to 6. "Nightmare" (the song) teeters somewhere between a 7 and an 8. While a couple other songs, like "God Hates Us", are a pretty solid 8. The ''Hail to the King'' album lowers the hardness down significantly. "This Means War", the heaviest song on the album is only about a 5 (or maybe a 6, if you want to be generous). The power ballad "Crimson Day" dips down to 2 - while the blues-heavy ballad "Acid Rain" drops all the way down the one. The rest would be about a 4 or 5.
* MoodWhiplash: God Hates Us, an angry metal song that brought back their former metalcore sound comes between [[TearJerker So Far Away and Victim]] on the album.
** Buried Alive starts out as a slower song and changes into a metal song after the guitar solo.
* MurderBallad: Again, "A Little Piece of Heaven"
* NamesTheSame: Neither Music/LinkinPark nor Music/{{AWOLNATION}} didn't cover "Burn It Down". Also, Music/BlackVeilBrides didn't cover "Lost It All". Likewise, "This Means War" is not a cover of the Music/{{Nickelback}} song.
* NewSoundAlbum: Music/AvengedSevenfold started as a pure {{Metalcore}} on "Sounding the Seventh Trumpet" before adding more clean vocals on their sophomore album "Waking the Fallen". But their biggest change came on "city of Evil" which contained only clean vocals and musically mixed old school {{Thrash metal}} with the melodic ferocity, breakdowns, and {{pop punk}}/{{post-hardcore}} elements of modern day {{Metalcore}}. Their self titled album continued with this, although it was much more polished which rankled some fans, as well as having many examples of an {{out of genre experience}} such as the Danny Elfman style "A little piece of Heaven" and the country ballad "Dear god". "Nightmare" was released after the death of their drummer "The Rev" and so was more sad and reflective, as well as featuring a piano ballad called 'Fiction" and full on return to pure Metalcore (screamed lyrics and all) on "God Hates Us". Finally, there's "Hail to the King" - which has been described by lead singer M Shadows as "more {{blues rock}}-influenced and more like classic rock and classic metal in the vein of Music/BlackSabbath and Music/LedZeppelin"
* TheNicknamer: When the band formed, Matt, Brian, Zack, and [[ThePeteBest Justin]] all had to come up with cheesy stage names that they thought would piss people off. [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} The Rev was already just "The Rev."]] Or Fiction, or Rat Head, or The Reverend Tholomue Plague,
* NightmareFace: Made by multiple people in the video for "Bat Country". Also, when [[spoiler:the girl comes back as a zombie and that...one face in the background of hell]] in "A Little Piece of Heaven".
** Not to mention the videos for Almost Easy and Nightmare. Hell, you can just about expect every other video to have at least one of these.
* NobodyLovesTheBassist: The band torments Johnny over this all the time (all in good fun, of course), but averted by the fandom for the most part.
* PowerBallad: Many.
* PreOrderBonus: The track "Lost It All" can only be acquired through pre-ordering the Nightmare album on iTunes.
* RatedMForManly: Surprisingly averted, given the style of music they play. Which is probably why the band [[PeripheryDemographic has an unusually large female fanbase.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: "Critical Acclaim."
* RefugeInAudacity: "A Little Piece of Heaven"
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxsFtCSOJyc "Strength of the World"]]
* SanitySlippageSong: "A Little Piece of Heaven", "This Means War"
* ScullyBox: Johnny Christ had to stand on one for the video of Nightmare.
* SopranoAndGravel: They tend to work with female guest singers to achieve this effect.
** Subverted in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cG5LNNUGs40 The Art of Subconcious Illusion]], which has Matt's wife Valary doing screaming vocals.
* ShoutOut: Many:
** [[Music/{{Pantera}} The idea of a two-part suicide song with the first part being told in a soft, ballad-like song followed by an intensely heavy part 2 told from the point of view of a surviving friend should sound a bit familiar to any 90's thrash metal fan]].
** The music video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94bGzWyHbu0 Nightmare]] is told from the point of view of [[Film/JacobsLadder an amnesiac person being strapped in to a hospital bed and carried through the halls of a hospital with nightmarish things happening around him.]]
** The song and video for "Bat Country" are both [[WordOfGod confirmed]] to be based on FearAndLoathingInLasVegas. This should be obvious to anyone who's seen the movie or read the book, even if the title of the song didn't give it away.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cG5LNNUGs40 The Art Of Subconscious Illusion]]"
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Quite a few. "To End The Rapture", "The Wicked End", and "Acid Rain" to name a few.
* TitleDrop: "The Beast And the Harlot" features this ''as well as'' an AlbumTitleDrop. And that's just one example.
* TogetherInDeath: "A Little Piece Of Heaven". Kind Of. [[spoiler:The guy kills the girl at the beginning and [[{{Squick}} does]] [[ILoveTheDead things]] with her corpse. She Then comes back as a zombie and [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill murders the living hell out of him]], after which they are both in hell, and he begs her to forgive him. She does, and they come back as zombies. Then they decide to [[CrossesTheLineTwice murder an entire church full of people with chainsaws and whatnot during a REAL wedding and force the priest to wed them]]. They then live happily ever after as a murderous evil zombie couple.]]
* TruckDriversGearChange: "Beast and the Harlot".
* VocalEvolution: M.Shadow's screams and singing sound differently from album to album. Just compare [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEMahsSLirU Art of Subconscious Illusion]] to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv_go1xUyks Chapter Four.]] And listen to his singing on their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3plt6wMQyQE first album]] to their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7ry4cx6HfY latest album.]]
* VocalTagTeam: M. Shadows and The Rev on the SelfTitledAlbum, and on "Fiction." [[WhatCouldHaveBeen This probably would have continued]] [[AuthorExistenceFailure had The Rev lived.]]
* WarIsHell: The song MIA.
* WarOnTerror: "Critical Acclaim" is an attack on peoples' tendency to blame the soldiers, which [[BerserkButton hits a little close for the band.]]
* WitchHunt: "Heretic".
* XtremeKoolLetterz: Synyster Gates
* {{Yandere}}: The guy in 'A Little Piece of Heaven'.