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Avenged Sevenfold Win Multiple Honors in the 3rd Annual Loudwire Music Awards

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It was a huge year for Avenged Sevenfold and that's reflected by the voting in the 3rd Annual Loudwire Music Awards, where there group earned three honors. The band walked away with Best Rock Song of 2013 for 'Hail to the King,' while Synyster Gates won Best Guitarist of 2013 and the group as a whole won the Best Rock Band of 2013 trophy.

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Synyster Gates vs. Jeff Hanneman – Greatest Metal Guitarist, Quarterfinals

Synyster Gates vs. Jeff Hanneman
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In what has likely been the biggest upset so far in this competition, Black Sabbath legend Tony Iommi was defeated by Avenged Sevenfold's Synyster Gates. The Avenged strummer has pulled off two insane wins already; also

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Tony Iommi vs. Synyster Gates – Greatest Metal Guitarist, Round 2

Tony Iommi / Synyster Gates
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Black Sabbath guitarist and master of the riff Tony Iommi ran away with his victory against Morbid Angel's Trey Azagthoth in Round 1 of our Greatest Metal Guitarist competition. Iommi has continued his legacy as a metal god with Sabbath's newest album, '13,' proving that despite

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Steve Vai vs. Synyster Gates – Greatest Metal Guitarist, Round 1

Steve Vai vs. Synyster Gates
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Steve Vai has played with a number of bands, but what’s most impressive is that the first major band he was in was with the ultra-talented Frank Zappa, who demanded perfection from his musicians

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Avenged Sevenfold Members – Stage Name Origins

Avenged Sevenfold
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Avenged Sevenfold all acquired their own from nicknames they possessed from high school. Frontman M. Shadows (born Matthew Charles Sanders), chose the alias because he thought of himself as "the darker character in the group" and did not like the way the name Matthew sounded. Guitarist Zacky Vengeance (b. Zachary James Baker) wanted to get back at those who doubted his potential growing up. He also gifted bassist Johnny Christ (b. Jonathan Lewis Seward) with his nickname, saying that it suited him well.

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