Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band from Huntington Beach, California. The group has long been a mainstay of the Californian underground scene before evolving to a more melodic music that has allowed the group to be successful with the album City of Evil and the album Avenged Sevenfold. Founded by Mr. Shadows, Zacky Vengeance, The Rev, and Matt Wendt in the late 1990s, the band's current makeup is: Mr. Shadows on vocals, Synyster Gates on lead guitar, Zacky Vengeance on rhythm guitar, Johnny Christ on bass and Brooks Wackerman on drums.
The band emerges in a metalcore sound in the first two albums Sounding the Seventh Trumpet (2001) and Waking the Fallen (2003) and thus participating in the popularization of this genre, then evolves towards a more hard rock and heavy metal sound with "City of Evil" (2005) and Avenged Sevenfold (2007). Nightmare appears after the death of The Rev in 2010. As of today, Avenged Sevenfold lists nine studio albums, a live album, a compilation, a DVD, and nineteen singles, and more than eight million albums sold worldwide >>>>>.
The group formed in 1999 in Huntington Beach, California, and initially consists of Mr. Shadows, Zacky Vengeance, The Rev and Matt Wendt. The name of the group refers to the story of Cain and Abel in the Bible, a story found in Genesis 4:24. Although the group does not declare itself pro-Christian, the name is chosen instead of Lips of Deceit, another Biblical reference. From the moment of his formation, each member of the group also took a pseudonym who were already their nicknames in their school. Matt Wendt is then replaced by Justin Sane, bassist of Suburban Legends. In 2001, former bassist Justin Sane made a suicide attempt> drinking excessive amounts of cough syrup>. However, he survives, but his suicide attempt has an impact on the Take Action Tour . He is taken to the hospital for a while; he must leave the group> and is replaced by Dameon Ash. In an interview with Mr. Shadows on this subject, he states that "he will be treated at the psychiatric hospital for a long time" and " When you have someone in your group who does that, it spoils everything around you, and it makes you want to do something to prevent it from happening again. " "
Before the release of their first album, the band recorded two demos in 1999 and 2000 >>>. The group's first album, "Sounding the Seventh Trumpet" , is recorded when the band members are eighteen and still go to high school. It is initially released on their first label, Good Life Recordings, in 2001>. After the arrival of the guitarist Synyster Gates at the end of 1999, also 18 years old, the introduction track lang = "en"> To End the Rapture is re-recorded, and the album is then reissued to the label Hopeless Records in 2002. After several changes of bassist, the group makes its choice and retains Johnny Christ.