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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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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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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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Avenged Sevenfold – Live in the LBC Diamonds in the Rough

Avenged Sevenfold headlined the 2008 Taste of Chaos tour with Atreyu, Bullet for My Valentine, Blessthefall and Idiot Pilot. Avenged Sevenfold used the footage from their last show in Long Beach for Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough, a two-disc B-sides CD and live DVD which was released on September 16, 2008.

Avenged Sevenfold also recorded numerous covers, including Pantera’s “Walk,” Iron Maiden’s “Flash of the Blade” and Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” (the first two of which were included on “Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough”). Avenged Sevenfold will also be releasing a Guitar Tutorial DVD, which include the five tracks, Afterlife, Almost Easy, Bat Country, Beast and the Harlot and Trashed And Scattered, breaking down the guitar solos and riffs in each song.

During a sold-out festival performance in Leeds and Reading, Avenged Sevenfold were forced to shorten their Leeds performance and cancel their Reading performance due to a vocal strain sustained by M. Shadows. A few days later, Avenged Sevenfold was forced to announce the cancellation of the remaining September shows, with the tour set to resume again on October 15.

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Avenged Sevenfold – Self-titled album


Avenged Sevenfold’s mainstream success got them an invitation to 2006’s Ozzfest tour on the main stage, alongside other well known hard rock and heavy metal acts DragonForce, Lacuna Coil, Hatebreed, Disturbed and System of a Down. After being on tour for sixteen months in promotion of City of Evil, Avenged Sevenfold announced that they were cancelling their Fall 2006 tour in favor of recording new music. M. Shadows stated that their fourth studio album—which the Avenged Sevenfold self-titled and self-produced—would not be a “City of Evil Part 2” or “Waking the Fallen Part 2,” but would incorporate a new, grittier sound.

To tide the fans over in between albums, Avenged Sevenfold released their first DVD titled All Excess on July 17, 2007. All Excess, which debuted as the #1 DVD in the USA, included live performances and backstage footage that spanned the Avenged Sevenfold eight year career. Two tribute albums, Strung Out on Avenged Sevenfold: Bat Wings and Broken Strings and Strung Out on Avenged Sevenfold: The String Tribute were also released in October 2007.

Avenged Sevenfold, the band’s fourth album, was released on October 30, 2007, debuting at #4 on the Billboard 200 with over 90,000 copies sold. Two singles, “Critical Acclaim” and “Almost Easy” were released prior to the album’s debut. In December 2007, an animated video was made for “A Little Piece of Heaven.” Due to the song’s controversial subject matter, however, Warner Brothers only released it to registered MVI users over the internet. The third single, “Afterlife” and its video was released in January 2008. Avenged Sevenfold fourth single, “Dear God”, was released on September 30, 2008. Although critical reception was generally mixed the self-titled album went onto sell over 500,000 copies and was awarded “Album of the Year” at the Kerrang! Awards

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Avenged Sevenfold – City of Evil

City of Evil, Avenged Sevenfold third album and major label debut, was released on June 7, 2005 and debuted at #30 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling over 30,000 copies in its first week of release. It utilized a more epic, classic metal sound than Avenged Sevenfold’s previous albums, which had been grouped into the metalcore genre.
The album is also notable for the absence of screamed and growled vocals; M. Shadows worked with vocal coach Ron Anderson—whose clients have included Axl Rose and Chris Cornell—for months before the album’s release to achieve a sound that had “grit while still having the tone”. The album received steller reviews from several magazines and websites and is credited for propelling the band into international popularity.

After playing Ozzfest in 2006, Avenged Sevenfold memorably beat out R&B Singers Rihanna and Chris Brown, Panic! at the Disco, Angels and Airwaves and James Blunt for the title of Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards, thanks in part to their Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas-inspired song “Bat Country.”

Avenged Sevenfold returned to the Vans Warped Tour, this time headlining and then continued on their own “Cities of Evil Tour.” In addition, their lead single “Bat Country” reached #2 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Charts, #6 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Charts and the accompanying video made it to #1 on MTV’s Total Request Live. Propelled by this success, the album sold well and became Avenged Sevenfold’s first gold record. It was later certified platinum in August 2009.

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