Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The secret history of Avenged Sevenfold - Part One


Below you will find an excerpt from the article of Metal Hammer about the secrets of Avenged Sevenfold:

As Avenged Sevenfold's history-making Download set approaches, we take and eye-opening trip down memory lane with a band who once just wanted to...


Watch the World Burn!

You're awake. It's the dead of night. You're stood, butt-naked on your lawn, surrounded by smashed glass and pieces of roof, shaking your fist at the sky and screaming at the heavens as the shape of a bicycle disappears in to the night, to shrieks of adolescent laughter drawing a rage from your belly fierce enough to level a skyscraper.
Not this. Not again.

"Those god damn kids!" you bellow into the darkness as the throes of slumber slowly dissipate from around you. "Fucking hooligans! Irresponsible brats! Future architects of the biggest metal band of the 21st century!" Wait, what?!

"What can I say? We got ourselves in a lot of trouble!" laughs M.Shadows, frontman of globe-conquering metal mega-weights, Avenged Sevenfold.

That'd be the Avenged Sevenfold that landed a rare number one metal album on both sides of the Atlantic with last year's opinion-splitting Hail to the King, and as Metal Hammer discovers, the Avenged Sevenfold that used to get up to the kinds of shenanigans you'd expect to see in The Beano when they were growning up together in Huntington Beach, California in the late 90s.

"I hope it gets printed that I don't condone any of this," stresses Shadows with a chuckle, "but when Christmas would come around, and everybody would put up lights on their houses, we would go around and try to rip off every light from every house. We'd grab one light and say, "Go"!, and we'd ride our bikes off and rip the whole thing off the whole house. Eventually, the cops would come, and we'd have to take off. We had escape routes to get away from the cops: A, B and C. We'd just call it out and get away on our bikes."

"We were the kids who were sneaking into stores, stealing booze, getting into fights," smirks Zacky Vengeance.

"There were a handful of pretty good dust-ups. Matt was a trouble-maker and had a reputation around the entire city of being trouble."
"Ha!" comes the response from his singer. "Well, you know, I think that's part of growing up."

The secret history of Avenged Sevenfold - Part Two

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