Avenged Sevenfold, sometimes abbreviated to A7X, is a band from Huntington Beach, CA, consisting of members M. Shadows, Zacky Vengeance, Synyster Gates, Johnny Christ, and The Rev. Their first album was titled "Sounding the Seventh Trumpet", and was recorded when the band members were 18 years old. Their followup album
was entitled Waking the Fallen, and received positive reference in Rolling Stone magazine.
City of Evil, released on June 7, 2005, strays away from metalcore, going back to more hard
rock with obvious influences ranging from Pantera and Metallica to Misfits and Guns N' Roses. Although the band has been labeled metal, metalcore
and hard rock in many publications, the band themselves claim they are a metal/hard rock band and have no musical similarities
to metalcore in any way. Recently M. Shadows' vocal stylings have changed more to focus on melodic singing than on hardcore
screaming, due to the band's desire to change the direction of their music. Shadows had a minor throat surgery in 2004 and
this did not affect their decision to change musical styles.
Although the band's title and members' stage names make obvious reference to religion,
Shadows stated in a recent interview that they're "not really religious at all".
The band's name is an alleged reference to the book of Genesis in the Bible and the story of Cain and Abel, where Cain is punished to live forever in exile,
alone and miserable. Anyone who relieved Cain of his misery by killing him would be "avenged sevenfold," or punished in a
way that is seven times worse than Cain's punishment. Avenged Sevenfold's song "Chapter Four" has a title reference to Genesis
IV, the chapter of the Bible in which the story of Cain and Abel takes place. The song's subject also appears to be this story.