Friday, June 24, 2016
Z 97.5 give you the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Avenged Sevenfold at Bridgestone Arena on September 21. For more details click here.
You can purchase a signed Synyster Gates custom that was played by him on stage and in studio from 2008 to 2015. This guitar is being sold by Synyster Gates and Schecter. More details here.
In this week issue of Kerrang!, Chris Jericho remembers Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan. You can read an excerpt below.
"The Rev was like Alex Van Halen and Vinnie Paul in one, because you’d always know his sound when you heard the song. How many other drummers can you tell instantly who it is from the sound of the drums, the vocals and songwriting? That guy, to me, was like the Cliff Burton of A7X; he gave so much to that band that they wouldn’t have had without him. That maturity, harmony, melody, uniqueness… They wouldn’t have become as huge as they have now, headlining Download and arenas, without what they learned from The Rev. There are so many similarities between The Rev and Cliff Burton in that sense – they both gave so much to their bands who made it into the big-time after losing those members. He was like this guiding hand that pushed their ship around he world, this giant Revhand pushing the A7X machine to the next level."
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Avenged Sevenfold's Nightmare and City Of Evil in Top 100 Hard Rock + Metal Albums of the 21st Century
Loudwire compiled a list of "Top 100 Hard Rock + Metal Albums of the 21st Century", including Avenged Sevenfold's Nightmare and City Of Evil. You can read some excerpts below.
84. Avenged Sevenfold, 'Nightmare'
(Warner Bros., 2010) Following the death of drummer Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan, Avenged Sevenfold were faced with possibly the most challenging task of their career. Tapping virtuoso Mike Portnoy to replace The Rev, Avenged Sevenfold regrouped and came back with one of their strongest albums in ‘Nightmare.’ Both “Buried Alive” and “Nightmare” deal with confronting and battling inner demons, helping to propel ‘Nightmare’ to No. 1 on the ‘Billboard’ 200.
45. Avenged Sevenfold, 'City of Evil'
(Warner Bros., 2005) Veering in more traditional rock and metal territories, Avenged Sevenfold began to abandon their metalcore leanings with their third album, ‘City of Evil.’ Singer M. Shadows took to a more dedicated approach of showcasing his gritty clean vocals as the infectious guitar playing from duo Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates remained in tact and as strong as ever. Anchored by leading singles “Bat Country” and “Beast and the Harlot,” this album helped cement Avenged Sevenfold’s status as leaders in the new millennium.
"We’re hitting the road with Volbeat, Killswitch Engage* and Avatar this Fall! This run will kick off on September 12th in Bonner Springs, KS and wrap up on September 21st in Nashville, TN. Get your pre-sale tickets using the password AVENGED starting June 22nd at 10am local time. Public on-sale begins June 24th at 10am** local time."
09/12 – Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
09/14 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
09/15 – Toledo, OH – Huntington Center
09/20 – Fort Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
09/21 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Arin Ilejay was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone, you can read some excerpts below.
Ilejay said that he was dismissed from Avenged Sevenfold over the phone. "I was totally shocked and scared out of my mind when Synyster Gates called me to let me go. I was like, 'Oh my God! My wife is about to have a baby. How am I going to support my family now?'"
Ilejay quickly moved on to a gig in Islander, which reached out to the drummer after learning of his departure from Avenged Sevenfold online.
Islander vocalist Mikey Carvajal said: "I used to joke around with him all the time: 'Hey, whenever we need a fill-in drummer, I'm gonna call you'. Finally, I called him and I wasn't joking at all. I said, 'You have to come play with us.'"
Although he initially faced the new milestone in his life with a sense of trepidation, Ilejay was excited about the prospect of being involved in the creative process with Islander: "I realized if I joined Islander, I would have an opportunity to help write songs and build something, instead of being on the inside but, at the same time, really be on the outside the way I was with Avenged."