[[caption-width-right:350:Left to Right: [[TheSmartGuy Zacky Vengeance]], [[TheQuietOne Brooks Wackerman]], [[TheLeader M. Shadows]], [[TheLancer Synyster Gates]] and [[ThePrankster Johnny Christ]]. Watching them from above: [[TooCoolToLive The Rev.]]]]

Influenced by:
+ Music/{{Pantera}}, Music/{{Metallica}}, Music/{{Megadeth}}, Music/BadReligion, Music/BlackSabbath, Music/IronMaiden, Music/DreamTheater, Music/LedZeppelin, Music/GunsNRoses, Music/{{Queen}}

Avenged Sevenfold is a HardRock / HeavyMetal band from Huntington Beach, UsefulNotes/{{California}}. They formed in 1999 while still in high school, with singer M. Shadows, guitarist Zacky Vengeance, drummer The Rev[[note]]Short for "The Reverend Tholomew Plague"[[/note]] and [[ThePeteBest bassist Matt Wendt]].

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, ''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.[[note]]Justin Sane, the bassist of the first album, had to retire after a suicide attempt that left him with brain damage.[[/note]]

After the success of WTF, the band 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. As a result, most of the album has a strong SpeedMetal flavor. 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.

After a SelfTitledAlbum in 2007 that was somewhat more pop-ish and veered into various territories, from GrooveMetal to CountryMusic, the band was going for a darker and more progressive release with ''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 for his enlarged heart. The lyrics were mostly rewritten after that, and the last two songs "Fiction" and "Save Me" 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 toured with them 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 fans and non-fans). But because of CreativeDifferences Arin was replaced two years later by Brooks Wackerman who had just left Music/BadReligion[[note]]The band had actually been jamming with Brooks for a year to make sure that their styles meshed well enough this time[[/note]]. 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 that has yet to be resolved.

After that little incident, the next album ''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, 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 (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. 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 the BloodyHilarious story of [[UnholyMatrimony a couple of murderous zombies.]] ''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.

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

Former members and fill-ins:
* Matt Wendt (bass guitar) (1999-2000)
* Justin Meacham − Justin Sane (bass guitar) (2000-2001)
* Dameon Ash (bass guitar) (2001-2002)
* James Owen Sullivan - The Rev (drums, piano, alternate vocals) (1999-2009, died 2009)
* Mike Portnoy (drums) (2010)
* Arin Ilejay (drums) (2011-2015)

The band's discography is:

* ''Sounding the Seventh Trumpet'' (2001) [[note]]Re-released in 2002 with a new intro, after Synyster Gates joined the band.[[/note]]
* ''Waking the Fallen'' (2003) [[note]]Got an UpdatedRerelease with bonus content called ''Waking the Fallen: Resurrected'' in 2014.[[/note]]
* ''City of Evil'' (2005)
* ''Avenged Sevenfold'' (2007)[[note]]sometimes called "The White Album"[[/note]]
** ''Diamonds in the Rough'' (2008) [[note]]bonus CD including 2 remixes, 2 covers and 7 tracks that weren't kept for the White Album, released with the concert DVD ''Live in LBC''.[[/note]]
* ''Nightmare'' (2010)
* ''Hail to the King'' (2013)
* ''Music/TheStage'' (2016) [[note]]Followed by additional tracks and finally a Deluxe Edition in 2017.[[/note]]

!! Their music contains examples of:
* AerithAndBob: M. Shadows, Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance, Johnny Christ... Arin Ilejay and... Brooks.
* AIIsACrapshoot: "Creating God" is about how men are starting to be dominated by their own inventions.
-->''Never held a high regard for Darwin, selection takes too long.''
-->''[[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong A little kick in the pool shouldn't do us wrong.]]''
* 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.
* AlbumTitleDrop: City of Evil is dropped in "Beast and the Harlot".
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: The Rev was the resident {{cloudcuckoolander}}. Watch him in any video. [[https://youtu.be/_lio9FF6GU4?t=3m54s Arin could get pretty bestial too on stage.]]
* 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.
* BestFriendsInLaw: M. Shadows and Synyster Gates are respectively married to Valary and Michelle [=DiBenedetto=], who are twin sisters, thus making them both friends and in-laws.
* BloodyHilarious: "A Little Piece of Heaven"
* BookEnds: Three instances.
** ''Sounding the Seventh Trumpet'' starts and ends with the sound of rain and distant thunder.
** "Beast and the Harlot" on ''City of Evil'' opens and closes with the same slow and epic melody reminiscent of a bell ringing, in contrast with the speed of the rest of the song.
** "God Hates Us" on ''Nightmare'' does this with a quiet clean guitar melody, while the song itself is heavy and dark.
* 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."]]
** Similarly, "Fiction" has the Rev singing "I know you'll find your own way when I'm not with you." The final track "Save Me" has M. Shadows sing "Help me find my way."
** The video for "Shepherd of Fire" can only be described as Bat Country meets the [[Film/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.
** "Gunslinger" starts off as a soft country ballad, before abruptly shifting to hard rock after the first chorus.
-->''Cause with all the things we do… It don't matter when I'm coming home to yo'''''''YEAAAAAAAAAAAH YEAAAAAH!!'''''
* {{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'' has a pretty… colorful language in the chorus. It's actually censored in some copies of the album.
* ConceptAlbum:
** ''Nightmare'' started out as one before it largely became a tribute album to The Rev. You can nevertheless make out general themes in the songs that aren't directly about him (mostly in the first half): they all feature someone dying one way or another and revolve around madness and/or retribution. Though according to M. Shadows, "Nightmare" and "Danger Line" were the only two songs left untouched.
** ''The Stage'' is one about artificial intelligence and the self-destruction of society.
* CoolShades: M. Shadows is rarely seen on stage without them.
* ConspicuousCG: "Buried Alive"'s music video uses rather cheap 3D animation [[{{Hell}} representing squelettons in hellish caves above a sea of flame.]]
* CoverVersion: Two major instances.
** 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"]].
** In 2017, following up on ''The Stage'', they started to release a whole series of covers, including Chingon's "Malaguena Salerosa", a metal version of Music/MrBungle's "Retrovertigo" ,a punk-rock version of Del Shannon's "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.
* CrowdSong: Many of their singles, but "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jgk3u44W2i4 This Means War]]" warrants this mention as it's actually used for the music video. The entire ''Hail to the King'' album was explicitly written with this in mind.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Arguably with ''Nightmare'', being an entire album about Jimmy's passing, with pretty ''heavy'' songs like "God Hates Us" and the very depressing "Victim" and "Tonight the World Dies". Similarly, ''Hail to the King'' is surprisingly grim-faced and straightforward compared to the theatrical, over-the-top productions that came before it, with only "Planets" breaking up an otherwise solid lineup of completely serious metal songs.
* TheDeadCanDance: The song "Dancing Dead", of course, on ''Diamonds in the Rough''.
* 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".
* EmoMusic: Started out as one of the first {{metalcore}} bands (or maybe metal bands in general) to take influence from emo bands like AFI and Thursday. In fact even when they were a metalcore band on their first two records they sounded more like a heavier, more metal influenced version of the darker emo bands at the time like Music/{{Thursday}}, Music/{{Thrice}}, and early Music/MyChemicalRomance rather than other metalcore contemporaries like Music/KillswitchEngage or Shadows Fall. Even after they changed to pure heavy metal elements of emo were still clearly influential on their sound. As of "Hail to The King" these influences have been almost completely dropped (YMMV on whether this is a good thing or not).
* 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, "Save Me" from ''Nightmare'' which is almost eleven minutes, and "Exist" from 2016's ''The Stage'' which is almost ''sixteen'' minutes, making it the longest [=A7X=] song to date.
* 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: [[Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas "Bat Country"]].
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: M.Shadows, the voice and main businessman of the band.
** TheLancer: Synyster, the melodic heart of their music and main backing vocalist.
** TheSmartGuy: Zacky, well-read and self-proclaimed "nitpicking guy" in the studio.
** TheBigGuy: Brooks, the tallest member and drummer.
** TheHeart: Johnny, the prankster-in-chief who's always laughing.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: A musical foreshadowing. While ''Waking the Fallen'' was mostly pure melodic metalcore, the last track "And All Things Will End" featured an intro, rhythmic parts and even some vocal parts that were already pretty close to what the next album ''City of Evil'' would sound like, especially in the first half.
* 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 Music/DannyElfman than any of their previous songs, then immediately. Another one includes "Dear God", which has more in common with a country blues 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".
* GreatestHitsAlbum: A bit of a controversial one, as Warner Brothers released the compilation in december 2016, without the band's kowledge, well after they left the label and around the same time they released their new album ''Music/TheStage''. Needless to say, they were not too amused and interpreted it as an act of spite from WB.
* 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 sung by him]]....
** It's safe to say ''Nightmare'' is ''all of this''.
** "I Won't See You Tonight, Parts I and II", written for former bassist Justin Sane, who left the band after a failed suicide attempt (and medicines prescribed to prevent another) left him psychologically unfit to tour.
* {{Guyliner}}: A few of them have used it, but especially Brian during their pre-White Album era.
* HarshVocals: On earlier releases, and on "God Hates Us" from ''Nightmare.''
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: "Strength of the World"
* HeelRealization: After his girlfriend came back from the dead to kill him in "A Little Piece of Heaven".
-->''Now that it's done I realize the error of my ways // I must venture back to apologize from somewhere far beyond the grave. // I gotta make up for what I've done // 'Cause I was all up in a piece of heaven // While you burned in hell, no peace forever''
* {{Hellfire}}: The whole ''Hail to the King'' album has a recurring evil fire motif, be it [[DealWithTheDevil "Shepherd of Fire]]", everything burning down in in "Requiem", the theme of [[BurnTheWitch "Heretic"]], or the "gates of fire" in "Coming Home"., among other things. Since the album is largely an homage to the TraditionalHeavyMetal of the 70's and 80's, you could say this is par for the course.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: The group as a whole has this relationship with each other, 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 each other.
* ILoveTheDead: "A Little Piece of Heaven"
* IMeantToDoThat: For Brooks' first concert with the band in 2016, he got on stage a bit late and missed the first beats of "Nightmare", creating some confusion. M. Shadows tried to pass it as a "warmup show" and they started over.
* ImAHumanitarian: Again, "A Little Piece of Heaven".
* IntercourseWithYou: "Girl I Know" on ''Diamonds in the Rough''.
* 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" ends in a solo that's increasingly off-key and slows down into a nightmarish cacophony.
** "Nightmare" seems to end in silence for a few seconds, before an ominous echo fades in a the last moment and stops abruptly.
* LongRunnerLineup: Ever since Johnny Christ joined in 2002, the band's lineup has remained exactly the same… or would have if not for The Rev's untimely passing. After which Mike Portnoy temporarily filled in, Arin Ilejay took the seat for a few years before CreativeDifferences kicked in, and now they seem to have found a stable replacement with Brooks Wackerman. Time will tell.
* LoudnessWar: Many albums are brickwalled, though ''Nightmare'' and ''Waking The Fallen'' have the most obvious clipping. ''Hail to the King'' and ''The Stage'' inexplicably avert this.
* MeaningfulName: Justin Sane, their second bassist, who attempted suicide via drinking cough syrup, and ended up in a mental institution for a long time, with it becoming apparent that he'd suffered brain damage.
* 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.
* MinisculeRocking: "To End the Rapture" and "Waking the Fallen", which serve as {{Album Intro Track}}s, are only 1'40 long. [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness The band stopped doing those after their second album, though.]]
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: They've pretty much covered the whole scale, save for the highest levels. ''Sounding the Seventh Trumpet'' and ''Waking the Fallen'' were in the 8 range (with "I Won't See You Tonight Part 2" bordering on 9), and their later material usually borders 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" and "Planet", the heaviest songs on the album are 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 to one. The rest would be about a 4 or 5. The songs in ''The Stage'' go back and forth between 5 and 7, sometimes 8 (except for the power ballad "Angels" and the orchestral ballad "Roman Sky").
* MoodWhiplash:
** ''Sounding the Seventh Trumpet'', an album with dirty heavy guitars and screamed vocals, screeches to a halt when comes "Warmness on the Soul", a sweet love ballad, before going back to the screaming. You might think a song from another band accidentally ended up on the album.
** On the contrary, God Hates Us, an angry metal song that brought back their former metalcore sound comes between So Far Away and Victim (two power ballads) on the album ''Nightmare''.
** Buried Alive starts out as a power balad but gets more hardcore after the guitar solo.
* MurderBallad: Again, "A Little Piece of Heaven"
* NewSoundAlbum: Pretty much every album adopts a different style, though some more drastically than others.
** They started as 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 PopPunk[=/=]PostHardcore 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".
** Then 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".
** Finally, ''The Stage'' is a ConceptAlbum that takes a more progressive approach, with more elaborate drums, a somewhat "colder" atmosphere than HTTK, a more extensive use of violins, horns and synthesizers, lyrics about space and technology, and a 70% instrumental, [[EpicRocking 15 minute long]] closing track ("Exist") that's probably their most experimental song to date.
* 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.
* NoPronunciationGuide: Nobody's sure how Arin Ilejay's last name is supposed to be pronounced. Syn pronounces it the Spanish way in an interview ('Ee-leh-high') but can also hear 'Eel-jay' or 'Ile-jay' depending on the person.
* 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: Every album features at least one, though the love song "Warmness on the Soul" is notable for seeming [[MoodWhiplash completely out of place]] in the middle of ''Sounding the Seventh Trumpet''. ''Nightmare'', being a TributeAlbum, is the most ballad-oriented album with "Buried Alive" (first half), "So Far Away", "Victim", "Tonight the World Dies" and "Fiction".
* PreOrderBonus: The track "Lost It All" can only be acquired through pre-ordering the Nightmare album on iTunes.
* TheQuietOne: Compared to [[CloudCuckooLander The Rev]] and his goofy antics, Brooks is more the composed and no-nonsense type. Even on stage, he's much less of a showman than The Rev or Arin.
* RatedMForManly: Surprisingly averted, given the style of music they play. Which is probably why the band [[PeripheryDemographic has an unusually large female fanbase.]]
* RealSongThemeTune: "Carry On", as part of ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'' They even get to [[EveryoneComesBackFantasyPartyEnding rock with some of the cast in the epilogue.]] Later, they returned to ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps3'' to provide a musical score for the game's multiplayer mode, called ''Jade Helm''.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: "Critical 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.
* 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".
* SequelSong: Two instances.
** "I won't see you tonight" part 1 and part 2 on ''Waking the Fallen'' (see ShoutOut below).
** More subtly on ''Hail to the King'', "Acid Rain" is from the point of view of humans facing the destruction of Earth described in "Planets".
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: They gave this vibe during their ''City of Evil'' and White Album period (though it was pretty tongue-in-cheek), especially in the music videos. Full with scantily clad ladies dancing on the stage in the 2008 LBC concert. From ''Nightmare'' on though, they adopted a more serious tone, both in their albums and in concerts, partly due to the Rev's death.
* 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 Subconscious 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 confirmed to be based on Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas. This should be obvious to anyone who's seen the movie, read the book, or both, even if the title of the song didn't give it away.
* SnakesAreSinister: "Sidewinder" from ''City of Evil'' is written from the point of view of a poisonous snake hunting its prey.
* TheSouthpaw: Zacky Vengeance plays left-handed, which is used for a symetric effect when he plays next to Synyster, especially on stage.
* SunglassesAtNight: Even in a pitch black concert hall at night, M. Shadows won't let go of his sunglasses.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cG5LNNUGs40 The Art Of Subconscious Illusion]]"
* SymphonicMetal: Not their main characteristic by any means, but a number of their songs use violins, pianos, horns or choirs. The middle part of "The Wicked End" and some parts of "Strength of the World" (on ''City of Evil''), "Afterlife" and "A Little Piece of Heaven" (on ''Avenged Sevenfold'') and "Roman Sky" (on ''Music/TheStage'') are the most notable examples.
* 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", of all songs, has a pitch rise in the last chorus.
* UnholyMatrimony: The couple in "A Little Piece of Heaven" [[spoiler:who, upon both turning into zombies, ravage an actual wedding and get themselves married.]]
* 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.]]
** The cover of Rolling Stones' "As Tears Go By" is sung in a duet by M. Shadows and Synyster Gates.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Both The Rev and Arin usually performed shirtless. Brooks on the other hand, sticks with a plain t-shirt.
* WarIsHell: Several of their songs are about soldiers experiencing the horrors of the battlefield. "M.I.A" on ''City of Evil'', "Gunslinger" on ''Avenged Sevenfold'', "Danger Line" on ''Nightmare'', and "Angels" on ''The Stage''.
* 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" brutally murders his girlfriend and keeps her corpse to be sure they'd never break up.
-->''Our love had been so strong for far too long.''\\
''I was weak with the fear that something would go wrong.''\\
''Before the possibilities came true...''\\
''I took all possibilities from you.''