Music: Avenged Sevenfold

L to R: Johnny Christ, Synyster Gates, M. Shadows, Zacky Vengence, and the Rev

Avenged Sevenfold is a Hard Rock / Metalcore band from Huntington Beach, 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. 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)

They have shown examples of some Tropes: