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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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Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Avenged Sevenfold’s Zacky Vengeance on ‘The Stage’ Evolution, ‘Malaguena Salerosa,’ Touring With Metallica + More

We spoke with Avenged Sevenfold's Zacky Vengeance about the evolution of 'The Stage' album, their song 'Malaguena Salerosa,' touring with Metallica and more.

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Photo By: Jeff Forney
Photo By: Jeff Forney

Avenged Sevenfold Make ‘The Stage’ an Evolving Album, Unleash Spanish-Language Cover of ‘Malaguena Salerosa’

Avenged Sevenfold revealed the plan to make 'The Stage' an evolving album with new music and unveiled their Spanish-language cover of 'Malaguena Salerosa.'

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Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

12 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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YouTube: Avenged Sevenfold
YouTube: Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold’s Synyster Gates Has Voice Transformed in Wild Onstage Prank in Sweden

After pranking each other throughout their European tour, Johnny Christ may have had the last laugh against Synyster Gates.

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Caroline / Photo by Jeff Forney
Caroline / Photo by Jeff Forney

Alter Bridge vs. Avenged Sevenfold – Cage Match

Vote for either Alter Bridge's 'My Champion' or Avenged Sevenfold's 'God Damn' in this Loudwire Cage Match.

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Raphael Dias / Ethan Miller, Getty Images
Raphael Dias / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Slipknot / Stone Sour / Avenged Sevenfold Front-of-House Engineer Dave ‘Big Shirt’ Nicholls Passes Away

A behind-the-scenes legend who worked for Slipknot, Stone Sour, Avenged Sevenfold and many others has passed away.

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Kevin RC Wilson, Loudwire
Kevin RC Wilson, Loudwire

Exclusive Photos: Metallica Rock New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium With Avenged Sevenfold + Volbeat

Check out our exclusive photos of Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat performing at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium on May 14, 2017.

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Kevin RC Wilson, Loudwire
Kevin RC Wilson, Loudwire

Avenged Sevenfold’s Synyster Gates on Newborn Son: I Didn’t Cry When He Came Out, I Cried When I Had to F—king Leave

The shredder just welcomed a baby boy into the world, but had to leave right after to make Avenged Sevenfold's New Jersey performance opening for Metallica.

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Avenged Sevenfold to Miss Metallica Show as Synyster Gates Welcomes Birth of First Child [Update]

Avenged Sevenfold will reconnect with the Metallica tour on May 14, missing the May 12 date as their guitarist and his wife welcome their first child.

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Photo By: Jeff Forney
Photo By: Jeff Forney

Avenged Sevenfold Unleash Raucous, Pit-Stirring Video for ‘God Damn’

Watch the new high energy video for Avenged Sevenfold's 'God Damn.'

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