So one whole alphabet later and we’re back to A in out A-Z bands feature and this time round we’re leaving Europe for the states and more specifically, the sunny state of California.
Hailing from Huntington Beach, Avenged Sevenfold have gone from a “hardcore” band (although they were never truly that) to one of the biggest metal bands on the planet.
The band initially formed in 1999 whilst at high school and went through a host of line-up changes at the bass role, before settling with what would become a permanent line up for almost a decade, which included adding Synyster Gates at the lead guitar position.
Their debut album, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, has a much more hardcore sound and subsequent albums lose that sound for a much more settled mix of metal and groove.
Waking the Fallen is the band’s second album released in 2003, but that first album with the band’s solid line-up and really the first album that band consider themselves writing really good material on. It was the album that led to them being signed to a major label for their next release.
2005 saw the release of City of Evil on Warner Brothers Records. It also saw the band transition into a mainstream, household name in the metal community. This album led the band to international notoriety and gave Avenged Sevenfold their first gold record, later also certified platinum.
It was in 2007 that A7X release their first produced album and took everything to a higher level musically. Their self-titled release also gave the band their second certified gold release.
Sadly in December 2009, just before the band were to begin recording their next album, their drummer Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan was found dead at his home, aged just 28.
The band decided to use their grief in their next album, some of which features The Rev from earlier pre-recorded demos. The result was 2010’s Nightmare, which gave Avenged Sevenfold their first US number 1.
The band’s latest release is Hail to the King which has again seen the band experiment with their sound and strip everything back, going for a more classic and simplistic metal sound. This album is the first to feature the band’s new permeant drummer, Arin Illejay and gave the band their first worldwide number 1 record.
Avenged Sevenfold have grown up with their music, as have their fans and are now one of the biggest bands on the planet. Every album brings something new and a bit different and we now wait to see where the band will head next.
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