Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Avenged Sevenfold nominated for three 2017 Loudwire Music Awards

Loudwire revealed nominees for the 2017 Loudwire Music Awards with Avenged Sevenfold having the chance to take home Metal Artist of the Year, Metal Album of the Year and Best Guitarists (Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance). Fans can vote once per hour through Oct. 2nd at 11:59pm ET. Winners will be announced at the first-ever Loudwire Music Awards concert and ceremony on Oct. 24th at The Novo in Los Angeles.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Synyster Gates criticizes 'City of Evil' and says 'Nightmare' is a masterpiece

Synyster Gates and Johnny Christ recently joined Talk Is Jericho podcast to talk about Avenged Sevenfold albums, touring with Metallica and more.

When Jericho pointed out that he felt 'City of Evil' was their best overall album, Gates admitted he does have some issues with the album: "I think the adventure on that record we did a really good job, but where we failed was a lot of the choruses. I think if you go to ‘Strength of the World,’ a song like that, the chorus isn’t that great, but you go into the bridge and other things and the catchier parts and the better melodies we were really focused on. I’m obsessed with great endings and crazy intros and stuff like that. I think we all are from what we’ve listened to and stuff, so I’ve always focused on great bridge melodies that just kind of naturally fit, or like a crazy ending at the end of ‘Seize the Day,’ something like that. But the choruses kind of blow. (laughs)”

Gates says he feels that the choruses are stronger on their current album 'The Stage', and while he looks at it as more of a bizarre album, he states that the band hasn’t tired of the music yet and that it still feels new to them.

As for his pick of the band’s best work, Gates points to the Nightmare album: “Lyrically, Nightmare is an absolute masterpiece to me. That’s when I think Shads really came into his own. Something horrible happened to him and he’s on pure emotion. Plus, like storytelling … he was always a great storyteller. City of Evil has that whole biblical thing from front to back which is his interpretation of different stories which is great, and I’m not saying there’s no soul there, but you go to a record like Nightmare and it’s pure soul, pure honesty, it’s the worst thing that could happen to you losing a person that close to you that young, that tragic, and I think it’s absolutely brilliant from start to finish.”

Avenged Sevenfold releases new song with Zacky Vengeance at the vocals

Avenged Sevenfold has released a cover of "Runaway", a 1961 song made famous by Del Shannon. "Runaway" features Zacky Vengeance at the vocals and Warren Fitzgerald at the guitar. You can watch the official video below:

Monday, July 24, 2017

Avenged Sevenfold confirmed for Houston Open Air 2017

Avenged Sevenfold will headline second night of Houston Open Air festival on October 15th. Details and tickets here.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Avenged Sevenfold pays tribute to Linkin Park's Chester Bennington

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington committed suicide. Avenged Sevenfold posted a photo on their Facebook page as a tribute:

Friday, July 14, 2017

Avenged Sevenfold released new original song 'Dose'

Avenged Sevenfold released the new original song 'Dose'. You can listen to the song below:

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Avenged Sevenfold: "We want to get in front of people and to make the non-believers believers"

In the new issue of Metal Hammer, Avenged Sevenfold talked about their mission to make the non-believers believers while out on the WorldWired Tour. You can read some excerpts below.

“You totally have to rely on the music. We haven’t had to go out there and earn it in the daylight in front of a potentially hostile crowd in a long time, and it’s kind of fun to do – it’s fun to go out there and do the things that got us here in the first place. Which is to work for it. We want to get in front of people and to make the non-believers believers, make them see that we can play and that we belong there. We definitely know we belong up there.”

Synyster Gates adds: “It’s a humbling thing and it’s a different style of energy to go out there and get the fan rather than play to your fans. But it’s completely inspiring – it makes you realise you should never get comfortable, that there’s a long fucking road ahead. But that you should be enjoying this process as well as putting 110% of your heart and soul into everything.”