REVIEW: Avenged Sevenfold – The O2 Arena, London, (21/01/17)

BEST GIG EVER! That is the only way I can describe how incredible Avenged Sevenfold  were. Absolutely flawless from the first note of The Stage to the final note of Unholy Confessions. They spanned all 17 years as a band as they played hits from all of their albums, Sounding The Seventh Trumpet, Waking The Fallen, City of Evil, Avenged Sevenfold, Nightmare, Hail To The King and The Stage. They took the entire crowd, of 17,000 strong on a visual journey with their new CGI graphics, and in the form of a floating cube above the stage. New drummer Brooks Wackerman was that good, you would have thought The Rev was sitting back behind the kit.

The night started with me being ill in bed, and dragging myself up and out of the house unfortunately we missed InFlames but I hear they were great! We arrived in time to catch the last 30 minutes of Disturbed who were absolutely incredible! David Draiman had the audience in the palm of his hand, and his near perfect vocals sounded absolutely beautiful, Damn, that man can sing! The audience went nuts for Stricken and then for their final hit  Down With The Sickness. I would definitely go back to seeing them again.

Then come the band the entire crowd waited for. Avenged Sevenfold, a band I’ve been lucky enough to see now on three occasions. I think this may have been the best of the lot though. An incredible performance, from an incredible band. They are quickly showing why they are going to be one of those bands who stand the test of time, I, for one, hope this band stick around for a very long time, and don’t think it will be long before they’re playing Stadium shows.

Thank you A7X  for an amazing night, M Shadows, Johnny Christ, Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance and Brooks Wackerman you all did Jimmy proud tonight!

Until next time!



Avenged Sevenfold have become the first ever rock band to drop an unannounced album as both a digital and physical release.

The band announces the release of the album immediately following their groundbreaking global virtual reality event.

The Stage, is A7X‘s seventh studio album, and their first for Capitol Records.

The Southern California-based quintet (vocalist M. Shadows, guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, bassist Johnny Christ and drummer Brooks Wackerman) revealed the news at midnight eastern, surprising the millions of fans who were watching their live-streamed performance from the rooftop of the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, CA.

The groundbreaking event saw the band give a 3D/360-degree live-streamed virtual reality performance, enabling fans around the globe to view the show on Universal Music Group’s newly released VRTGO VR platform, powered by VRLIVE’s advanced technology, and experience Avenged Sevenfold’s electrifying set as if they were there for this first-of-its-kind immersive event.

Fans attended the event in-person, flooding the streets and sidewalks around the tower to experience a concert amplified by augmented reality (AR) technology, which intensifies real-world environmental elements with computer-generated sensory input such as graphics, video and sound to enhance the live experience. VRLIVE streamed the event to 50 Samsung Gear VR headsets on the ground level of the event for fans to virtually transport themselves to the stage. Afterward, the band celebrated with fans, taking photos and sharing stories about the secretive release.

The Stage is the follow-up to Avenged Sevenfold’s 2013 release, Hail To The King, which entered The Billboard 200 at No. 1. Co-produced by the band and Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool), The Stage is a work of immense scope and ambition, featuring 11 panoramic tracks tied together by an Artificial Intelligence theme. Inspired by the writings of Carl Sagan and Elon Musk, the album is the band’s first thematic release. While the term “AI” conjures up images of robots and fantasy films, the band steers clear of a science fiction storyline. Instead, the album sees them taking a futurist’s look at the accelerated rate at which technology’s intelligence is expanding and what that means—good and bad—for the future.

The album’s epic 15-minute-plus closing track, “Exist,” features a guest appearance by award-winning astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson giving a spoken word performance he penned specifically for the album.

Working with new label Capitol Records, the band’s plans for a stealth release were months in the making, and kicked off a few weeks ago with a guerrilla campaign that saw projections of their deathbat symbol mysteriously appearing on landmarks around the world. Fans and media reported sightings and shared images from Paris, Sydney, London, Japan and Berlin, to name but a few. Anticipation and conspiracy theories reached fever pitch when rumours regarding supposed album titles and a December release date began to spread.
The album also marks the band’s first release with acclaimed drummer Brooks Wackerman, known for his work with Bad Religion and whose discography also includes albums from Tenacious D and Suicidal Tendencies.

REVIEW: Avenged Sevenfold – City of Evil – 10 Years On!


On 6th June 2005 – Avenged Sevenfold Released their third (and breakthrough) Album City Of Evil

Named after a fictional place and taken from lyrics to the opening track Beast And The Harlot – it debuted at No. 30 on the Billboard album chart. In August 2009, the album was certified platinum by the RIAA. To date, it has sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide.  – It featured their hit single Bat Country which was one of the breakout singles of 2005, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, No. 6 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks, and No. 1 on MTV’s Total Request Live. Four of the bands most popular songs – Seize The Day, Bat Country, Beast And The Harlot and Burn It Down, were released as singles between June 2005 and 2006.

If there is one thing that Avenged Sevenfold truly have excelled at over the years it’s their story telling. The stories this band tell through their music is just amazing. The tone for the album is set right from the first few notes of Beast And The Harlot, in the fact that it’s taking a more melodic route than previous releases – (2001’s Sounding The Seventh Trumpet and 2003’s Waking The Fallen) which both had a more Metalcore approach, whereas City of Evil is more of the classic heavy metal and heavy rock sounds. To a point that Matt worked on his vocals for this particular album with legendary vocal coach Ron Anderson, who worked with most notably Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses) and Chris Cornell (Soundgarden.) In a quote from Shadows he states

“Ron taught me how to have that grit to my voice while still having the tone. He brought all of that to the table and he brought that technique to my voice. I’ve worked with him for about a year and a half now, but I worked with him for nine months before the record, I told him that I want my voice to sound different from everybody else, but I wanted those characteristics in my voice…It was one of those things that we just wanted to go all the way with it.”

After the release of the album rumours spread that Shadows had lost his ability to scream due to throat surgery he had needed after Warped Tour 2003 (I for one can vouch that he hasn’t having seen him perform twice! amazingly I might add!). Producer Andrew Murdock put down these rumours by saying

“When I met the band after Sounding the Seventh Trumpet…Matt handed me the CD, and he said to me, ‘This record’s screaming. The record we want to make…is going to be half-screaming and half-singing. I don’t want to scream anymore…the record after that is going to be all singing.'”

The route the album took, with the more heavy metal and heavy rock approach is what the band decided on for all their future releases Avenged Sevenfold (2007), Nightmare (2010) and Hail To The King (2013).

In fact what we get is an absolutely amazing album – It’s an album with 4 of my personal favourite A7X songs on too! (Beast and The Harlot, Bat Country, Trashed and Scattered and my all time favourite… Seize The Day)– As someone who got into this band through a friend in 2008, while I was still finding my way and deciding for myself what sort of music I liked, this band for me just made it click, and I put it down to the four songs I mentioned earlier. Just listening to some of the stuff the guys made their instruments do just astonished me. The drumming Speed of The Rev was just incredible, a task which (current drummer) Arin Ilejay is now trying his absolute best to replicate and to do justice in his own way. Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance just totally knock it out of the park with some of the guitar riffs and solo’s, while Johnny Christ holds his own with some really catchy bass lines. 

Part of me is sad that I never got to experience the hype of this album when it was being released or in full flow, but I’m so grateful that I got to hear it in full and absolutely fall in love with some of the songs, and be able to relate to some.

Thank You Avenged Sevenfold for leaving such a great legacy with this album 10 years on! and I look forward to the release of the new album (currently tentatively pencilled in for a 2016 release)





Avenged Sevenfold release teaser for upcoming ‘This Is Bat Country’ DVD release

Avenged Sevenfold have released a teaser for their upcoming DVD ‘This Is Bat Country’ 

Although there has been no date teased or any further information, all we have to go on is this teaser video posted on the bands website.

There is a poignant statement from A7X Frontman M Shadows who says in the actual video

 “Music is a journey, and a journey takes you places that you never thought you’d go, and sometimes it brings you right back to square one. I think it keeps life exciting. And if you’re favourite band can’t be exciting, then what can be?

I for one am most definitely excited about this much anticipated release! Check out the teaser video below

REVIEW: Avenged Sevenfold – Waking The Fallen: Resurrected

It’s the album which defined the band, and some will say the album which made them arguably the biggest Rock band in the world right now!

10 years on from the original release, Avenged Sevenfold have re-released the album which defined them as a band, and the sound which is distinctive of them now.

‘Waking The Fallen was my favourite album to write because there was no thought or care in the world it just allowed for this breathing ground of creativity from us which was uncohibited’ Synyster Gates

‘Waking The Fallen, to me is a record that sounds 10 years old, but I like that, there’s a lot of records where people try to mess with, remix and master and it ruins them. I think the record is what it is, and it’s as big as it because of all the different flavours and all the different nuances of it.’ M Shadows

With the re-release of this album, comes a 30-minute documentary from the band.
This documentary runs us through the first few years of A7X as a band, and how they came to be a band and briefly about where they are now.

This album was a defined sound, with strong melodies and interesting arrangements. The fans though is really what helped it to grow, and as the band themselves said ‘This album perpetuates the cult following of the fans, into somewhat of an underground psychotic fanbase.’

It begins with Zacky and Matt starting out sending demos to punk and hardcore labels from all over the world, and eventually got signed to ‘Good Life Recordings’ based in Belgium, who paid for Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, The band’s First album. But they were only given $2,500 and had to put the same amount in out of their own pocket to use a specific studio they wanted. They eventually met Larry Jacobson, who became their manager due to loving To End The Rapture (First song on Sounding The Seventh Trumpet).

Matt and Zacky talk about how they and Jimmy knew they were in the band until the end! And that Syn (who they always refer to using his real name of Brian) joined them just after hearing Sounding The Seventh Trumpet, as he was in a band at the time called Pinkly Smooth with Jimmy.

They talk about their luck with bassists and how they just couldn’t seem to find one. Their original one (Matt Wendt) decided that he wanted to go to college instead of continuing with the band. After going through two more (Justin Sane and Dameon Ash) They finally decided to let Johnny in! Johnny had been bugging the guys knocking on the garage door at Matt’s parents house while they were practising, he was always hanging around and jamming with the guys, so they got him in eventually for the final tour of Sounding The Seventh Trumpet and Johnny quit high school – he didn’t need asking twice!

They kept playing shows all over California, even to 20-30 people a night. It was during this time that Hopeless Records kept seeing their name on flyers all over the city which drew their attention to the band, and eventually they bought the rights to Sounding The Seventh Trumpet. The owner of Hopeless Records absoloutely loved it, with the pink rock elements and screaming elements. He saw something in the band which at times others maybe didn’t.
So, coming to the time of Waking The Fallen, the guys were still writing in Matt’s parents garage. They wrote anything at any time. It was, as Synyster Gates Described it – Haphazard Chaos.

The album was heavily influenced by Punk Rock, Thrash and Heavy Metal and the band at the time were listening to a lot of Pantera, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth etc. While writing the record, but were also huge fans of Misfits, NOFX and Dead Kennedys.
The Goal was for them to become the Heaviest and most melodic band at that time. They didn’t want heavy breakdowns and screams all the time, Matt’s voice leant itself to being heard on the record.

The band ‘took the sub-genre to a hew height at a time there was no word of mouth via the internet, no YouTube, no Google Searching bands. It was just handing out flyers, playing the breakfast slot at Warped Tour, then standing around in the sun for the next 10 hours handing out demos and flyers, then packing up and driving to the next show.’ – Zacky Vengeance

They returned from that tour then ended up selling the famous Henry Fonda Theater, which at the time to them was huge, and it’s where they ended up filming the video for Unholy Confessions. A song which ironically they played twice at the gig and once before anyone got there, when they played it the second time at the show, they told the crowd and they went even more crazy!

The band signed a deal with Warner Bros and it was then the idea of shooting a video arose, there was a video made for the song which the band weren’t happy with so it didn’t do out, they said it was a great video but they always pride themselves on integrity, from artwork to songs to videos. And they wouldn’t let anything go out they weren’t 100% happy with. So they just used the raw gig footage which is the video you would see on TV today. (You can see the alternative video on the DVD)

In conclusion to this the band wrap things up by saying that anytime they go back to playing anything from Waking The Fallen the fans love it. Eternal Rest still seems fast as fuck and they played it at their last South American Dates, their fans loved it.

‘Unholy Confessions is STILL a crowd favourite. It’s crazy after all this time we’re playing a few songs from Waking The Fallen on the biggest stage of all (When they headlined Download Festival 2014.)

Avenged Sevenfold to re-release ‘Waking The Fallen’ as special edition

The eagerly anticipated release of ‘Waking The Fallen: Resurrected’ is just around the corner, and I for one am hugely excited about this.
That’s right, Avenged Sevenfold have announced that they will be re-releasing their fan-favourite, genre defining, breakthrough album Waking The Fallen on August 25th 2014. It’s not just simply a re-release though. There will be 11 never before heard tracks too bringing the total to 23. The album will also feature new artwork, the original, first cut of the music video for ‘Unholy Confessions’ and a 30 minute film featuring the present day band. This is a must own album for any A7X fan.
The 30 minute documentary features brand new, never before seen interviews from the band looking back on the lead up, demoing, recording and touring the album. It also includes personal behind the scenes home movies and photos from the band’s early days.
You can pre-order the album now, including special packages and items, including a deluxe version of the CD including a further two bonus tracks, limited edition 4 disc vinyl LP box sex with exclusive 7-inch, Deathbat T-Shirts and more. You can check all the packages, view the album trailer and order the album at

Waking The Fallen: Resurrected Track Listing
CD 1:
1. Waking The Fallen
2. Unholy Confessions
3. Chapter Four
4. Remenissions
5. Desecrate Through Reverence
6. Eternal Rest
7. Second Heartbeat
8. Radiant Eclipse
9. I Won’t See You Tonight Part 1
10. I Won’t See You Tonight Part 2
11. Clairvoyant Disease
12. And All Things Will End
CD 2:
1. Waking The Fallen: Resurrected
2. Second Heartbeat (Alternate Version)
3. Chapter Four (Demo)
4. Remenissions (Demo)
5. I Won’t See You Tonight Part 1 (Demo)
6. I Won’t See You Tonight Part 2 (Demo)
7. Intro/Chapter Four (Live In Ventura)
8 Desecrate Through Reverence (Live In Pomona)
9. Eternal Rest (Live In Pomona)
10. Unholy Confessions (Live In Ventura)
11. Second Heartbeat (Live In Ventura)
12. I Won’t See You Tonight Pt. 1 (Live In Ventura)*
13. I Won’t See You Tonight Pt. 2 (Live In Ventura)*