Founded in 1999, Avenged Sevenfold broke into the metal scene in a big way with its third album, City of Evil. Originally a metalcore group, by the time of City, the band had settled into a hybrid hard rock/heavy metal sound. The group's founding drummer, The Rev, died in 2009, but the band pressed on. Stay tuned for future tour information and opportunities to get Avenged Sevenfold tickets.
|Current Tour:||Hail to the King|
|First Album:||Sounding the Seventh Trumpet (2001)|
The members of Avenged Sevenfold first came together while they were still in high school. The band started off with members M. Shadows, Zacky Vengeance, The Rev, and Matt Wendt, with Synyster Gates and Johnny Christ joining after the recording of the first album. Their debut album, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, was released in 2001. However, the band's first breakthrough came with their second album, Waking the Fallen. The album sold 370,000 copies and caught the attention of Warner Bros. Records. After the album's release, the band was signed to the label.
Avenged Sevenfold found mainstream success with their third album, City of Evil. This release also saw the beginning of a transition from the band's metalcore roots into more mainstream metal and hardcore rock music types. The new sound has not been without controversy among older fans, but it has also gained Avenged Sevenfold many new followers. City of Evil was a hit, reaching number 30 on the Billboard 200 and reaching platinum status. This pattern of success continued onto their eponymous fourth album. One of the album's songs, "Dear God," featured Avenged Sevenfold's biggest departure from their roots yet by incorporating elements of country rock. Avenged followed up with the #1 Nightmare in 2010 and Hail to the King in 2013.
Avenged Sevenfold has worked with several fellow metal bands, including Buckcherry, Atreyu, Pinkly Smooth, and Suburban Legends. In addition to performing with these bands, they were invited to perform at the 2006 Ozzfest along with Dragonforce, Lacuna Coil, Hatebreed, Disturbed, and System of a Down.