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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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Vote for the Best Guitarist(s) – 2017 Loudwire Music Awards

A number of rock and metal's finest axemen battle it out for Best Guitarist in the 2017 Loudwire Music Awards.

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Photo By: Jeff Forney
Photo By: Jeff Forney

Avenged Sevenfold Release Cover of ‘Runaway’ With Zacky Vengeance on Vocals

Also featuring Warren Fitzgerald from The Vandals on guitar.

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Synyster Gates (Avenged Sevenfold)
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Avenged Sevenfold’s Synyster Gates Calls ‘Nightmare’ an ‘Absolute Masterpiece,’ Critical of ‘City of Evil’ Choruses

In a chat with Talk Is Jericho host Chris Jericho, Avenged Sevenfold's Synyster Gates gave a frank assessment of the band's albums.

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Good Life / Hopeless
Good Life / Hopeless

16 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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Photo By: Jeff Forney
Photo By: Jeff Forney

Avenged Sevenfold Join 2017 Houston Open Air Festival Lineup

Avenged Sevenfold will headline the second day of the 2017 Monster Energy Houston Open Air festival.

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Kevin RC Wilson, Loudwire

Avenged Sevenfold Unleash New Song ‘Dose’ for ‘Dungeon Hunter 5′

Hear the group's new song that soundtracks a new level in the mobile game themed around the band.

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Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows Names His Top 10 Metal Albums

Check out what the A7X frontman sees as the genre's best, including Iron Maiden, Pantera and more.

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Kevin RC Wilson, Loudwire

Avenged Sevenfold’s Synyster Gates: ‘It Seems Pretty Obvious’ Newborn Will Be a Rocker

The Avenged Sevenfold guitarist has no doubts that his newborn son will follow in his footsteps.

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Kevin RC Wilson, Loudwire
Kevin RC Wilson, Loudwire

Avenged Sevenfold Cover Mr. Bungle’s ‘Retrovertigo’ to Add to Evolving Album ‘The Stage’

Hear Avenged Sevenfold's take on the Mr. Bungle song, the latest addition to the band's album 'The Stage.'

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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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