Avenged Sevenfold – Inception

Avenged Sevenfold was formed in 1999 in Huntington Beach, California with original members M. Shadows, Zacky Vengeance, The Rev and Matt Wendt. M Shadows came up with the name as a reference to the story of Cain and Abel from The Bible, although they are not a religious band. Before release Avenged Sevenfold debut album, the band recorded two demos in 1999 and 2000. Avenged Sevenfold’s debut album, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, was recorded when Avenged Sevenfold members were just eighteen years old and in high school.

It was originally released on Avenged Sevenfold first label, Good Life Recordings in 2001. After lead guitarist Synyster Gates joined the Avenged Sevenfold, at the end of 1999 when he was 18 at the introductory track “To End the Rapture” was re-recorded featuring a full band element. The album was subsequently re-released on Hopeless Records in 2002.

Avenged Sevenfold started to receive recognition, performing with bands such as Mushroomhead and Shadows Fall and playing on the Take Action Tour. Having settled on their fourth bassist, Johnny Christ, Avenged Sevenfold released Waking the Fallen on Hopeless Records in August 2003. The album featured a more refined and mature sound production in comparison to their previous album. Avenged Sevenfold received profiles in Billboard and The Boston Globe, and played in the Vans Warped Tour.

In 2004, Avenged Sevenfold toured again on the Vans Warped Tour and recorded a video for their song “Unholy Confessions” which went into rotation on MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball. Shortly after the release of Waking the Fallen, Avenged Sevenfold left Hopeless Records and were signed to Warner Bros. Records.

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