Origin: Huntington Beach, California, USA  
Genres: Metalcore
Official Site
Page online: June 8, 2007
Last update/review: January 5, 2019

Avenged Sevenfold

Hailing from Orange County in southern California, Avenged Sevenfold have become quite the mainstream metal sensation. They released two metalcore albums on indie labels before being signed to Warner Brothers for their third album, City Of Evil. By that time vocalist M. Shadows, apparently at the request of doctors, switched his singing voice away from hardcore screams and toward a melodic, nasally tone that several have likened to Axl Rose of all people. Musically, the band still retains some of their metalcore edge, with hook-laden songs blended with breakdowns and such, and the band is tight musicianship-wise. Much of the music, while heavy, is surprisingly upbeat, almost too melodic, though not in the same way that some German power metal bands that end up sounding, for want of a better word, happy. City Of Evil has gotten some great reviews and the band certainly is trendy, though curiously the underground metal press don't seem to have much time for them. Flash-in-the-pan media darlings, or a young band on the road to superstardom? Too soon to tell.

Current Members

M. Shadows (Matt Sanders)

vocals

Synyster Gates (Brian Haner)

guitars

Zachy Vengeance (Zachary Baker)

guitars

Johnny Christ (John Seward)

bass

Brooks Wackerman

drums (ex-Suicidal Tendencies)

Former Members/Guests

Justin Sane

bass

Daemon Ash

bass

The Rev (James Sullivan)

drums RIP: December 28, 2009, drug overdose, age 28

Mike Portnoy (guest)

drums (ex-Adrenaline Mob, guest for Bigelf, ex-Dream Theater, Metal Allegiance, guest for O.S.I., Sons Of Apollo)

Arin Ilejay

drums



Discography



Warmness On The Soul  EP
2001 Good Life
  1. Warmness On The Soul
  2. Darkness Surrounding
  3. We Come Out At Night
  4. To End The Rapture
  • M. Shadows
  • Zachy Vengeance
  • Justin Sane
  • The Rev



Sounding The Seventh Trumpet  
2002 Hopeless
  1. To End The Rapture
  2. Turn The Other Way
  3. Darkness Surrounding
  4. The Art Of Subconscious Illusion
  5. We Come Out At Night
  6. Lips Of Deceit
  7. Warmness On The Soul
  8. An Epic Of Time Wasted
  9. Breaking Their Hold
  10. Forgotten Faces
  11. Thick And Thin
  12. Streets
  13. Shattered By Broken Dreams
  • M. Shadows
  • Synyster Gates
  • Zachy Vengeance
  • Daemon Ash
  • The Rev



Waking The Fallen  
2003 Hopeless
  1. Waking The Fallen
  2. Unholy Confessions
  3. Chapter Four
  4. Remenissions
  5. Desperate Through Reverence
  6. Eternal Rest
  7. Second Heartbeat
  8. Radiant Eclipse
  9. I Won't See You Tonight Part 1
  10. I Won't See You Tonight Part 2
  11. Clairvoyant Disease
  12. And All Things Will End
  • M. Shadows
  • Synyster Gates
  • Zachy Vengeance
  • Johnny Christ
  • The Rev



City Of Evil  
2005 Warner Bros.
  1. Beast and the Harlot
  2. Burn It Down
  3. Blinded in Chains
  4. Bat Country
  5. Trashed and Scattered
  6. Seize the Day
  7. Sidewinder
  8. Wicked End
  9. Strength of the World
  10. Betrayed
  11. M.I.A.
  • M. Shadows
  • Synyster Gates
  • Zachy Vengeance
  • Johnny Christ
  • The Rev
2005 Readers' Album #80




Avenged Sevenfold  
2007 Warner Bros.
  1. Critical Acclaim
  2. Almost Easy
  3. Scream
  4. Afterlife
  5. Gunslinger
  6. Unbound (The Wild Ride)
  7. Brompton Cocktail
  8. Lost
  9. A Little Piece Of Heaven
  10. Dear God
  • M. Shadows
  • Synyster Gates
  • Zachy Vengeance
  • Johnny Christ
  • The Rev
2007 Readers' Album #71




Live In The LBC & Diamonds In The Rough (DVD+CD)  
2008 Warner Bros.
  1. Demons
  2. Girl I Know
  3. Crossroads
  4. Flash Of The Blade
  5. Until The End
  6. Tension
  7. Walk
  8. The Fight
  9. Dancing Dead
  10. Almost Easy
CD of unreleased tracks (above) + DVD.



Nightmare  
2010 Warner Bros.
  1. Nightmare
  2. Welcome To The Family
  3. Danger Line
  4. Buried Alive
  5. Natural Born Killer
  6. So Far Away
  7. God Hates Us
  8. Victim
  9. Tonight The World Dies
  10. Fiction
  11. Save Me
  12. Nightmare
  13. Welcome to the Family
  14. Danger Line
  15. Buried Alive
  16. Natural Born Killer
  17. So Far Away
  18. God Hates Us
  19. Victim
  20. Tonight the World Dies
  21. Fiction
  22. Save Me
  • M. Shadows
  • Synyster Gates
  • Zachy Vengeance
  • Johnny Christ
  • Mike Portnoy
2010 Readers' Album #65




Hail To The King  
2013 Warner Bros.
  1. Shepherd of Fire
  2. Hail to the King
  3. Doing Time
  4. This Means War
  5. Requiem
  6. Crimson Day
  7. Heretic
  8. Coming Home
  9. Planets
  10. Acid Rain
  • M. Shadows
  • Synyster Gates
  • Zachy Vengeance
  • Johnny Christ
  • Arin Ilejay
2013 Readers' Album #35




The Stage  
2016 Capitol
  1. The Stage ()
  2. Paradigm ()
  3. Sunny Disposition ()
  4. God Damn ()
  5. Creating God ()
  6. Angels ()
  7. Simulation ()
  8. Higher ()
  9. Roman Sky ()
  10. Fermi Paradox ()
  11. Exist ()



Best Of 2005 - 2013  COMPILATION
2016 Warner Bros.
  1. Bat Country (radio edit)
  2. Beast and the Harlot (radio edit)
  3. Seize the Day (radio edit)
  4. Critical Acclaim
  5. Almost Easy
  6. Afterlife
  7. Dear God
  8. A Little Piece of Heaven
  9. Nightmare (radio edit)
  10. Welcome to the Family
  11. So Far Away (radio edit)
  12. Hail to the King (radio edit)
  13. Shepherd of Fire (radio edit)
  14. Walk (Pantera cover)
  15. Flash of the Blade (Iron Maiden cover)
  16. Paranoid (Black Sabbath cover)
  17. Carry On
  18. Not Ready to Die



Live At The Grammy Museum  LIVE
2018 Warner Bros.
  1. Opening
  2. Introduction To 'As Tears Go By'
  3. As Tears Go By
  4. Introduction To 'Hail To The King'
  5. Hail To The King
  6. Introduction To 'Roman Sky'
  7. Roman Sky
  8. Introduction To 'Exist'
  9. Exist
  10. Introduction To 'So Far Away'
  11. So Far Away




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