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15
Jul
10

Avenged Sevenfold – Band Logo (The Deathbat)


Avenged Sevenfold band sports a logo known as the “Deathbat”. It was originally designed by an artistic high school friend of Avenged Sevenfold, Micah Montague, as seen on the Avenged Sevenfold first DVD, All Excess.

The Deathbat has appeared on all of the band’s album covers, many of which were done by Cameron Rackam, a close friend of the band. The Deathbat has developed from just being a skull with bat wings, to sometimes appear as a full “man size” skeleton with bat wings, as it can be seen at the cover of City of Evil.

On Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, there are pictures of two people (in which appear to be Cain and Abel), another angel-like human and a semi-opaque Deathbat below it, several Deathbats appear on the back cover of the album as well. The Deathbat also appears on covers of number of singles such as “Bat Country”, “Warmness on the Soul” and “Critical Acclaim”.

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Jul
10

Avenged Sevenfold – Band Name

Avenged Sevenfold band’s name is a reference to the Book of Genesis in the Bible – specifically Genesis 4:24, where Cain is sentenced to life in exile for murdering his brother. God marked him so that none would kill him on account of his sin; the man who dared to kill Cain would suffer “vengeance seven times over” (KJV).

The abbreviation “A7X” for Avenged Sevenfold band name was the idea of guitarist Zacky Vengeance. The title of Avenged Sevenfold’s song “Chapter Four” refers to the fourth chapter of Genesis, in which the story of Cain and Abel takes place. The song’s subject also appears to be this story. “Beast and the Harlot”, yet another song derived from the Bible, comes from the Book of Revelation only it is written in the first person and refers to the punishment of Babylon the Great, world empire and seat of false religion.

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10

Avenged Sevenfold – Discography

The discography of Avenged Sevenfold consists of five studio albums, two live albums, seventeen compilation albums, three extended play, fifteen singles, two videos albums, thirteen music videos, and sighteen sound tracks.

Studio Albums

  • Sounding the Seventh Trumpet(2001)
  • Waking the Fallen (2003)
  • City of Evil (2005)
  • Avenged Sevenfold (2007)
  • Nightmare (2010)

Video Albums

  • All Excess (2007)
  • Live in the LBC (2008)

EPs

  • Warmness on the Soul (2001)

Singles

  • Warmness on the Soul (2001)
  • Second Heartbeat (2003)
  • Unholy Confessions (2004)
  • Burn It Down (2005)
  • Bat Country (2005)
  • Beast and the Harlot (2006)
  • Seize the Day (2006)
  • Walk (2007)
  • Critical Acclaim (2007)
  • Almost Easy (2007)
  • Afterlife (2008)
  • Dear God (2008)
  • Scream (2008)
  • Crossroads (2008)
  • Nightmare (2010)

Music Videos

  • Warmness on the Soul (2001)
  • Second Heartbeat (2003)
  • Unholy Confessions (2004)
  • Burn It Down (2005)
  • Bat Country (2005)
  • Beast and the Harlot (2006)
  • Seize the Day (2006)
  • Almost Easy (2007)
  • A Little Piece of Heaven (2008)
  • Afterlife (2008)
  • Dear God (2008)
  • Nightmare (2010)

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10

Avenged Sevenfold – Genre


Avenged Sevenfold’s material spans multiple genres and has evolved over Avenged Sevenfold ten year career. Initially, Avenged Sevenfold debut album Sounding the Seventh Trumpet consisted almost entirely of metalcore sound; however, Avenged Sevenfold were several deviations to this genre, most notably in “Streets” which adopts a punk style and “Warmness on the Soul,” which is a piano-oriented ballad.

On Waking The Fallen, Avenged Sevenfold displayed the contemporary metalcore style once more, but added more clean vocals as well as more mature and intricate musical elements. In Avenged Sevenfold DVD All Excess, producer Andrew Mudrock explained this transition: “When I met Avenged Sevenfold after Sounding the Seventh Trumpet had come out before Avenged Sevenfold had recorded Waking the Fallen, M. Shadows said to me ‘This record is screaming. The record we want to make is going to be half-screaming half-singing. I don’t want to scream anymore. And the record after that is going to be all singing.'”

On City of Evil, Avenged Sevenfold’s third album, Avenged Sevenfold chose to abandon the metalcore genre, developing a more hard rock style. Avenged Sevenfold’s self-titled album, again, consists of several deviations to less consistent genres and styles from the album’s main hard rock and heavy metal songs, most notably in “Dear God”, which adopts a country style and “A Little Piece of Heaven”, which is circled within the influence of Broadway show tunes, using primarily brass instruments and stringed orchestra to take over most of the role of the lead and rhythm guitar.

Avenged Sevenfold has changed considerably since their first album, in which during that time they have been characterized as a heavy band with a screamed and growled vocal style combined with clean vocals, chugging guitar riffs and breakdowns that one can expect from the metalcore genre.

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10

Avenged Sevenfold – Band Members

Avenged Sevenfold members occasionally play instruments other than their primary instruments listed below.

Current Members

  • M. Shadows – lead vocals (1999–present)
  • Zacky Vengeance – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1999–present)
  • Synyster Gates – lead guitar, backing vocals (2000–present)
  • Johnny Christ – bass, backing vocals (2002–present)

Former Members

  • The Rev – drums, backing vocals (1999–2009)
  • Matt Wendt – bass (1999–2000)
  • Justin Sane – bass (2000–2001)
  • Dameon Ash – bass (2001–2002)

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10

Avenged Sevenfold – The death of The Rev (Drummer)


On December 28, 2009, Avenged Sevenfold’s drummer James “The Rev” Sullivan was found dead at his home at the age of 28. Autopsy results were inconclusive, but on June 9, 2010, the cause of death was revealed to have been an “acute polydrug intoxication due to combined effects of Oxycodone, Oxymorphone, Diazepam/Nordiazepam and ethanol”.

In a statement by the Avenged Sevenfold, they expressed their grief over the passing of The Rev and asked that his family’s privacy to be respected:
“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we tell you of the passing today of Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. Jimmy was not only one of the world’s best drummers, but more importantly he was our best friend and brother. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jimmy’s family and we hope that you will respect their privacy during this difficult time”.

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10

Avenged Sevenfold – Nightmare

In January 2009, M. Shadows confirmed that Avenged Sevenfold is writing the follow-up to their self-titled fourth album within the upcoming months. Avenged Sevenfold also announced that they will be playing at Rock on the Range. In April 16, Avenged Sevenfold performed a version of Guns N’ Roses’ “It’s So Easy” onstage with Slash, at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. M. Shadows was featured on Slash’s debut solo album Slash in the song “Nothing to Say”.
M. Shadows and the rest of the Avenged Sevenfold has expressed interest in making a follow-up to their self-titled record. They announced that they plan to start writing in June 2009 and recording in October 2009. On July 15, 2009, Avenged Sevenfold website and MySpace profile were updated with a statement from M. Shadows implying that work on the next album has started, but they are still “throwing around ideas”.

On December 24, 2009 it was announced that Avenged Sevenfold had come in second place on Ultimate Guitar’s Top Ten Bands of the Decade, losing the top spot to Metallica.

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