Music / Avenged Sevenfold
L to R: Johnny Christ, Synyster Gates, M. Shadows, Zacky Vengence, and the Rev
Avenged Sevenfold is a Hard Rock / Heavy Metal band from Huntington Beach, California. They formed in 1999. The band comprises five members: M. Shadows, Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance, Johnny Christ, and Brooks Wackerman. Following the death of The Rev, Mike Portnoy covered for his spot for the album Nightmare and following tour, with Arin Ilejay eventually taking the spot full-time until his own departure in 2015.

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. Their songs nonetheless include a lot of Power Ballads.

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. Their latest album 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 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, then the band found Arin Ilejay of disbanded Californian metalcore band Confide. Arin then left in 2015 (apparently because of artistic disagreements), being replaced by Brooks Wackerman who had just left Bad Religion.

Current members:
  • Matt Sanders - M. Shadows (vocals) (1999-present)
  • Zachary Baker - Zacky Vengeance (rhythm guitar) (1999-present)
  • Brian Haner (Jr.) - Synyster Gates (lead guitar) (2001-present)
  • Johnny Seward - Johnny Christ (bass guitar) (2002-present)
  • Brooks Wackerman - (drums) (2015-present)

Former members:
  • Matt Wendt (bass guitar) (1999-2000)
  • Justin Sane (bass guitar) (2000-2001)
  • Dameon Ash (bass guitar) (2001-2002)
  • Jimmy (or James) O. Sullivan - The Rev/The Reverend Tholomew Plague (drums)(1999-2009)
  • Mike Portnoy (drums) (temporarily filled in for the late Sullivan in 2010)
  • Arin Ilejay (drums) (2011-2015)

The band's discography is:

  • Sounding the Seventh Trumpet (2001)
  • Waking the Fallen (2003)
  • City of Evil (2005)
  • Avenged Sevenfold (2007) (sometimes called "The White Album")
  • Nightmare (2010)
  • Hail to the King (2013)
  • The Stage (2016)

They have shown examples of some Tropes: