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Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold are one of the most successful American heavy metal bands of the third millennium, with an estimated 8 million copies sold of their six studio albums. First formed in 1999, in the Orange County town of Huntington Beach, California, A7X, for short, released a pair of independent albums, inspired primarily by the period’s metalcore trends, before moving to a major label for their breakthrough third album, ‘City of Evil,’ released in 2005. This saw the band, consisting of singer M. Shadows, guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, bassist Johnny Christ and drummer James “The Rev” Sullivan, embracing a more traditional hard rock and metal sound that persists on subsequent releases. Sullivan died from a drug overdose in 2009, prompting the temporary recruitment of Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy for the recording of 2010’s ‘Nightmare.’ Another blockbuster album, 2013’s Billboard number one, ‘Hail to the King, followed in 2013 and introduced new drummer Arin Ilejay.

 
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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Avenged Sevenfold Perform First Gig With New Drummer Brooks Wackerman

As a warm-up for their opening slot for Metallica on Aug. 20, Avenged Sevenfold played a free show at Minneapolis’ First Avenue venue.

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M Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold)
Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Avenged Sevenfold to Play Free Club Show Ahead of Minneapolis Stadium Gig

Avenged Sevenfold will play a free show for at Minneapolis' First Avenue Thursday night (Aug. 18) ahead of their weekend U.S. Bank Stadium show.

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com / Chad Childers, Loudwire
Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com / Chad Childers, Loudwire

Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones, Slayer + More To Play Knotfest Mexico 2016

The lineup for this year's Knotfest Mexico is stacked, with Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones, Slayer and more.

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Good Life / Hopeless Records

15 Years Ago: Avenged Sevenfold Introduce Themselves With ‘Sounding the Seventh Trumpet’

On July 24, 2001, Avenged Sevenfold released their debut disc, 'Sounding the Seventh Trumpet'

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Avenged Sevenfold Announce Midwest Mini-Tour With Volbeat, Killswitch Engage + Avatar

Avenged Sevenfold will play a brief mini-tour of the Midwest in September with support from Volbeat, Avatar and Killswitch Engage on select dates.

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Micah Gummel

Arin Ilejay: I Was ‘Shocked and Scared’ When Synyster Gates Called to Let Me Go From Avenged Sevenfold

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Arin Ilejay reveals he felt 'shocked and scared' after being fired from Avenged Sevenfold by Synyster Gates.

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Charles Epting, Loudwire / Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Tool + Avenged Sevenfold Lead 2016 Monster Energy Aftershock Festival

Tool and Avenged Sevenfold lead the lineup of hard rocking acts heading to Sacramento for the 2016 Monster Energy Aftershock Festival.

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Theo Wargo, Getty Images / Ethan Miller, Getty Images / Morten Rygaard for Loudwire
Theo Wargo, Getty Images / Ethan Miller, Getty Images / Morten Rygaard for Loudwire

Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer + Volbeat Lead 2016 Revolution Rock Festival

Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer and Volbeat and more have been announced for the inaugural 2016 Revolution Rock Festival.

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Warner Bros.

11 Years Ago: Avenged Sevenfold Unleash Their Breakthrough Album ‘City of Evil’

Avenged Sevenfold abandoned their metalcore formula and left their former peers in the dust with their third album, City of Evil, which came out June 6, 2005.

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com / Chad Childers, Loudwire
Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com / Chad Childers, Loudwire

Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot Lead 2016 Louder Than Life Festival

Avenged Sevenfold and Slipknot will serve as the headliners of the third annual Louder Than Life Festival in Louisville.

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