Deathbat News

VII: The End Of Deathbat News.

After 7 years, it’s time for Deathbat News to come to an end. When I created this website I never imagined it would become what it did. The love and support from fans over the years has been incredible. Because of you, Deathbat News had a worldwide audience to spread the word about Avenged Sevenfold to and our community turned into a family. A family I will always be a part of. I can’t express my sincere thanks enough to you all. I truly cherish the friendships, memories and experiences that have come from this.

I also owe great thanks to M. Shadows, Zacky Vengeance, Synyster Gates, Johnny Christ, Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, Arin Ilejay, Larry Jacobson, Alex Reese, Kazy Brown, everyone on Avenged Sevenfold’s team at Warner Brothers Records, Mr and Mrs Sullivan, Diony, Marvin, Bruce, Za, Dave and the rest of Avenged Sevenfold’s tour crew, Jodi, Francis, Brian Haner Sr, Chris Epting and family, Cam Rackam, John Reese, John Oakes, Jessica, Danielle, Cheryl, Elizabeth, Brandon Geist and Revolver Magazine, Josh Bernstein at Alternative Press, Alexander Milas and Metal Hammer, Kerrang!, Hopeless Records, MTV, Active Rock Radio and everyone else who helped me and supported me over the years.

Regarding the website: You will be able to access it using for the foreseeable future. If that’s to change, you can use If needed, I can still be contacted at

UPDATE: Avenged Sevenfold on Deathbat News’ closing:

After 7 years of being the number one source for Avenged Sevenfold news we are sad to let you know that the owner of has decided to move on and no longer update the website. The person responsible for the website has never revealed her identity so we won’t do that here, but we truly want to thank her for her dedication and hard work over the years. In a world where websites and media make a living off of “click bait”, stirring the pot and misleading headlines, Deathbatnews was always run with facts and integrity. In the end, this played a big role in her deciding to close the site down. This website will be sorely missed as it was the number one source for band members and crew to become aware of news that we didn’t know about. “Deathbat Lady”, we will miss you and thank you for your years of dedication.


Chris Epting Writes About Avenged Sevenfold In “Rock ‘n’ Roll in Orange County: Music, Madness and Memories.”
November 10, 2014, 4:59 pm
Filed under: Avenged Sevenfold

Chris Epting’s “Rock ‘n’ Roll in Orange County: Music, Madness and Memories” will be released on November 18th and he shares that there’s “plenty” in it for Avenged Sevenfold fans. You can pre-order it now for $15.99 through Amazon.

The great acts–from Hendrix to Joplin and from Kiss to Korn–played to the Orange County crowd at such classic venues as Huntington Beach’s Golden Bear, the Anaheim Convention Center and Anaheim’s Doll Hut. Rock ‘n’ roll’s OC roots include Leo Fender’s electric guitar factory in Fullerton and the birthplace for the garage–band standard “Louie Louie” in Anaheim. As the music changed, iconic OC groups like Social Distortion and Avenged Sevenfold helped lead the way. Final curtains came down here, too: though killed in England, Eddie Cochran is buried in Cypress, and Bobby Hatfield, half of the Righteous Brothers, is interred at Corona del Mar. Join pop culture expert Chris Epting for the essential big hits plus idiosyncratic flip–side riffs of Orange County’s mighty rock ‘n’ roll history.

M. Shadows On Chris Jericho’s ‘Talk Is Jericho’ Podcast.
November 5, 2014, 3:22 pm
Filed under: Hail To The King: Deathbat, Interviews, M Shadows

M. Shadows was a guest on Chris Jericho‘s Talk Is Jericho podcast (14:55) to talk Hail To The King: Deathbat, its release, game merch, almost getting his legs crushed by Mike Portnoy on a jet-ski, ‘big things on the horizon’ and more.

Avenged Sevenfold & Scuf Gaming Team Up For ‘Hail To The King: Deathbat’ Contest.
October 31, 2014, 12:09 pm
Filed under: Hail To The King: Deathbat

Avenged Sevenfold has teamed up with Scuf Gaming for a  ‘Hail To The King: Deathbat’ contest. Complete the actions here to be entered to win some awesome prizes. As a bonus entry, you can post a video of yourself on Youtube with the hashtag #dbgamespeedrun playing the ‘Nightmare’ level as quick as possible using only the Rusty Blade. The fastest few to do so will get the bonus entry. Submissions have to be uploaded by 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) on November 3, 2014. 1 winner will get an iPad pre-loaded with Hail To The King: Deathbat, 3 winners will get an Avenged Sevenfold Scuf Gaming Custom Controller and 20 winners will get Hail To The King: Deathbat game download codes.


“Hail To The King: Deathbat” Discounted For Halloween + On Steam.
October 30, 2014, 10:26 pm
Filed under: Hail To The King: Deathbat

Avenged Sevenfold’s “Hail To The King: Deathbat” has been discounted for Halloween and is now available for purchase on Steam. You can get the mobile game for only $1.99 on the App Store and Google Play.

Music Industry Executive Craig Aaronson Passes Away.
October 30, 2014, 4:10 pm
Filed under: Avenged Sevenfold Family

Craig Aaronson, the longtime music industry executive, has passed away. Craig played a large roll in Avenged Sevenfold’s signing to Warner Brothers Records in 2004. In a July 2004 interview Craig spoke of the signing, “I just signed a new group that’s on an independent label called Avenged Sevenfold. I’m doing that together with Andy Olyphant. We’re going to put out the record next year, but we’re really excited. They’re doing very well and are a good example of something that’s really been built up on the underground [level]. They’re on Hopeless Records right now, and we’re hoping to market that record a little bit with Hopeless. The record will sell over 100,000 records on an independent label, which is great for us.” Avenged Sevenfold have issued the following statement. My thoughts go out to Craig’s family, friends and all of those affected by his passing.

It’s with great sadness in our hearts that we write this message to you all. An integral part of our A7X family has passed away. Craig Aaronson was one of the driving forces behind our decision to sign with Warner Brothers Records back in 2004 along with Tom Whalley and Andy Olyphant. We had heard horror stories about independent bands signing with major labels so when we first met Craig we were skeptical. We ended up trusting him and Warner Brothers Records and in the end we are glad that we did. Craig had not only been a personal friend to us through the years, but also helped spearhead many of the bands successes, including allowing us to have complete creative control throughout all of our albums. No matter what we handed into the label he would get behind it and go to work. Our manager Larry Jacobson has always said working with Craig was like working with a partner, always agreeable even when you disagreed, and because of that, A7X and WBR got so many good things done together.

A couple of years ago Craig left Warner Brothers to do other things, we were saddened by his decision but realized he needed to move on. A few months later we were informed that Craig had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. While on chemo Craig still made it out to our Hail to the King album release show in Los Angeles earlier this year. We were all blown away by his dedication and will to live. Sadly, yesterday he lost the battle against cancer. He is survived by an amazing wife and kids. We will always be grateful to Craig and everything he has done for us. He has done the same for many other countless bands and without a doubt will be sorely missed. Thank you for everything Craig.

Love A7X

P.S. Life is too short, spend some extra time with the ones you love today.

Hail To The King: Deathbat Covers Contest Winners Announced.
October 28, 2014, 2:46 pm
Filed under: Hail To The King: Deathbat

The winners for Hail To The King: Deathbat‘s cover contest have been announced. You can check out the USA winner here and the International winner here.  Congratulations!

“Thanks to all the amazing contest entries. We had a blast going through all of them and seeing how original you guys got with them. We’re thrilled to share the winners with you now.

Special shout outs to XY and Johannes Pearson for getting really creative with their entries. Check out the winning entries below. Thanks to Loudwire and Arcade Sushi for helping with this contest as well.”

Metal Hammer’s Avenged Sevenfold Cover Nominated For DMA ’14 Cover Of The Year.
October 28, 2014, 2:34 pm
Filed under: Avenged Sevenfold, M Shadows

Metal Hammer‘s Avenged Sevenfold cover (M. Shadows) from Issue 258 has been nominated for Digital Magazine Awards’ 2014 Cover Of The Year. You can vote here once per day. The winner will be announced on Tues, November 25th.

Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ In 20 Different Styles Including Avenged Sevenfold.
October 27, 2014, 5:54 pm
Filed under: Avenged Sevenfold

Anthony Vincent has put together a “Thriller” edition in his Ten Second Songs series where he chooses a song and sings it in 20 different styles. Avenged Sevenfold are featured (3:44) in this Halloween cover.

Synyster Gates And M. Shadows Talk “Hail To The King: Deathbat” Soundtrack.
October 27, 2014, 3:07 pm
Filed under: Hail To The King: Deathbat, M Shadows, Synyster Gates

Synyster Gates and M. Shadows sat down to talk about Hail To The King: Deathbat‘s soundtrack. TouchArcade has also posted some sound effects from the game.

Avenged Sevenfold’s Asia & Southeast Asia Tour Dates Announced.
October 26, 2014, 5:46 pm
Filed under: Tour Dates

Avenged Sevenfold have now posted Asia & Southeast Asia tour dates to their website with an extra date in Hawaii. As stated by M. Shadows, this is the only touring Avenged Sevenfold have planned for 2015 before possibly starting the writing process this Summer.

As most of you know we have decided to take some time off after a year straight of touring. We finished up Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and after a brief stint in Japan we wanted to shut it down for a while. There was only one problem, some of our most passionate fans in the world reside in South East Asia and we never made it over to them on this tour. In fact Indonesia hasn’t seen A7X in action in about 5 years. So we owe it to all of our friends in that part of the world to come by and say hi before we start work on other Avenged Sevenfold projects. So without further adieu, Avenged Sevenfold invades South East Asia. Hope to see you all there!

Jan 12 – TBA – Seoul, Korea, Republic Of
Jan 14 – AsiaWorld Expo Hall 10 – Hong Kong, China
Jan 16 – TPEC Gymnasium – Taipei, Taiwan
Jan 18 – Parkir Timur Senayan – Jakarta, Indonesia
Jan 20 – Impact Arena – Bangkok, Thailand
Jan 23 – Sunway Lagoon – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Jan 25 – Hard Rock Coliuseum – Singapore, Singapore
Jan 27 – Balisdell Arena – Honolulu, Hawaii

Seattle Seahawks’ Justin Britt Has Avenged Sevenfold On Pregame Playlist.
October 26, 2014, 6:50 am
Filed under: Misc. Athletes, Sports

The Seattle Seahawks have shared their Week 8 pregame playlist with rookie right tackle Justin Britt sharing what gets him ready on gameday. He threw some metal into an otherwise rap and hip-hop dominated mix by sharing Avenged Sevenfold’s “Unholy Confessions” along with Killswitch Engage’s “End Of Heartache.” Britt said, “They’ll getcha goin’.”

M. Shadows, “By The Summer [Avenged Sevenfold] Should Be Writing.”
October 26, 2014, 6:31 am
Filed under: Interviews, M Shadows

Z-98’s Shroom chatted with M. Shadows about Hail To The King: Deathbat and also found out about Avenged Sevenfold’s future writing plans.

Shroom: Have [Avenged Sevenfold] been writing?
MS: “I think the most important thing for us is to get that spark and that fire to start… to wanna start writing. We never just write on the road, we always try to get a very clear idea of of what we wanna accomplish and then we attack it and right now that idea is really coming in to place. We’ve talked a lot about it and I think after this tour we do in China coming up we will be back in the saddle and by the Summer we should be writing.

Renman Live With M. Shadows Of Avenged Sevenfold.
October 22, 2014, 3:45 pm
Filed under: Interviews, M Shadows

M. Shadows sat down with Steve Rennie for Renman Live and talked about how he get started with music, how the core group of Avenged Sevenfold came to be, how they got their first few shows, being signed to Hopeless Records and later moving on to Warner Bros, getting radio airplay, how it felt the first time he heard one of their songs on the radio, what his favorite song to play live is, memorable gifts he’s received, the connection between Avenged Sevenfold and their fans, the strangest idea that inspired a song, why Hail To The King’s touring cycle is so different than past cycles, meeting fans, if he could work with any artist dead or alive who would it be and why, the Deathbat logo and Avenged Sevenfold’s imagery, how Avenged Sevenfold’s song broke into video games, working on Call Of Duty, Hail To The King: Deathbat, how Hail To The King’s recording session and live show hinted towards Hail To The King: Deathbat, the hardest song to write and to record, his advice to young vocalists, how he deals with writers-block, future touring plans, future video games from Avenged Sevenfold, Avenged Sevenfold’s plans for 2015, the new album – from what they’ve been discussing – being ‘fresh and different’ than anything they’ve ever done before, how he got into golf and more.

M. Shadows Talks Hail To The King: Deathbat, New Avenged Sevenfold DVD & More.
October 21, 2014, 2:31 pm
Filed under: Hail To The King: Deathbat, Interviews, M Shadows

M. Shadows spoke with Mike Hsu about Hail To The King: Deathbat, the Hail To The King: Deathbat soundtrack contest, what he thinks about fans recording & taking pictures on their phones at concerts, the new Avenged Sevenfold DVD (approx release date: February 2015), touring at the beginning of 2015 and when they plan to start writing new music.


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