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Broken Base: The Avenged Sevenfold fandom comes in about four camps:
Those who listen primarily to metalcore/post-hardcore tend to gravitate towards the band's first two albums, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet and Waking the Fallen.
Those who don't care much for metalcore/post-hardcore, but are fans of straightforward hard rock bordering on heavy metal would prefer the band's output from City of Evil and thereafter. Although, some may enjoy a handful of the less -core sounding songs from Waking the Fallen (in particular, Unholy Confessions). However, this group is divided further into two groups.
The band's latest album, Hail to the King, is not only the first album to be recorded without any input whatsoever from the late Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan - but also takes on a significantly different direction from the previous three albums (although probably not quite as drastically as City of Evil was from Waking the Fallen). According to lead singer M Shadows, the album can be described as "more blues rock-influenced and more like classic rock and classic metal in the vein of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin". Quite naturally, this album would be even more disdained by those who prefer the band's STST/WTF-era style. But even a significant portion of those who have enjoyed the past three albums find the style to be too much of a departure for them.
Last, but not least, there are those who enjoy the entire body of the band's output. Even if the band may have modified their style a few times, the "Avenged Sevenfold flavour" was a constant in everything they did.
Also, arguments abound over who is the better drummer: Arin or Jimmy.
It's a little unsettling to hear The Rev say "You'll never see me again" in this interview. Also, the song "Fiction" definitely counts even though it was released after his death, as it was the last song he wrote and the song is told from the point of view of someone recently deceased saying goodbye to their loved ones. To add to the eeriness, it contains the very last vocal and piano tracks he ever recorded and is the only song on the album that features his voice and playing. Well that, and this quote:
It's often agreed that Waking The Fallen was the point where the band truly began to realize their potential as songwriters, which would later be expanded (in a different direction) on their works after leaving the field of metalcore.
Nightmare had much deeper lyrics than their previous albums, due mostly to the band's Author Existence Failure making the other band members more emotional.
This quote from Revolver's Avenged Sevenfold collector's edition:
Synyster Gates: "Yeah, he fucking planned it all, that crazy fuck. Knew he was gonna be gone before 30. He told my dad that he was fucking out. He said, "I know two things: I'm gonna be in a famous rock band, and I'm gonna die before I'm 30." He told my dad that at 15."
The song Brompton Cocktail. For those unaware, it was written by The Rev about a man who will die due to something wrong with him and is given a Brompton cocktail (a mix of morphine or heroin, cocaine, and alcohol) to relieve the pain. The Rev was found with OxyContin, Valium, and alcohol in his system when he died; his enlarged heart was either considered part of the reason why he died, or he used them to make sure he wouldn't die suddenly from the aforementioned heart defect.
It's often said of him that he had a "huge heart", like a kind heart. He also had an enlarged heart, which partially lead to his death.
Their 2010 album, Nightmare features numerous tributes to the Rev.
The video for Nightmare never shows the band performing together (Only Zacky & Syn playing together in the guitar solo), and ends with a single shot of The Rev's final drum kit, bathed in a white light - And this is the only shot of the drums in the entire video.
Technically there is a shot of The Rev's kit from City of Evil, smashed, broken, and crawling with spiders, (a reference to the Afterlife video, which has spiders crawling on The Revs face.) near the beginning.
Also, the video opens with a shot of a tattoo of The Rev's deathbat on Matt's hand
Mike Portnoy stepping in to fill in for The Rev on the album Nightmare and following tours. He was The Rev's favorite drummer and biggest influence.
The original version of "To End The Rapture" on Sounding The Seventh Trumpet recorded before Synyster Gates joined the band is probably one of the accidentally funniest songs you'll ever hear. Instead of the explosive metal intro, it's a Lonely Piano Piece, but with Matt's really...er.... bad vocals utter seriousness it's very silly sounding.
The line "IT'S YOUR FUCKIN' NIGHTMAAAAAARE, HA HA HA" is very clichéd and cheesy, but nobody seems to care besides a few critics. "A Little Piece Of Heaven" is full of narm as well, but it's all tongue-in-cheek.
Their stage names fall under this.
Warmness On The Soul is a sweet song, but some think that Matt's voice ruins it.
"Not Ready to Die," the song written for Black Ops Zombies, is sung from the point of view of Richtofen / the zombies...
Older Than They Think: Overkill's mascot Chaly has been around longer than A7X's Deathbat. The former band has even sent the members of the latter band shirts telling them to "get your own fuckin' mascot!" for "stealing" the design. However, the symbol of the skull with wings is older than Overkill themselves.
Periphery Demographic: The band has a surprisingly large female fanbase, given the kind of music they play.
Ship Mates: The bandslash fans do this a lot, most often with Synacky and Jimohnny.
Signature Song: "Bat Country," "The Beast And The Harlot," "Unholy Confessions," "Nightmare"
Signature Style: Expect poppy chord progressions and catchy Ear Worm hooks and Choruses, against metal backgrounds, references to The Bible, melodramatic and theatrical Large Ham lyrics, and a lot of harmonic minor keys.