Deathbat News

TouchArcade Goes Hands-On With Avenged Sevenfold’s “Hail To The King: Deathbat.”
September 17, 2014, 11:55 am
Filed under: Hail To The King: Deathbat, Reviews, Video Game

TouchArcade went hands-on with Avenged Sevenfold’s “Hail To The King: Deathbat” stating, “there’s definitely more to this hack n’ slasher than just a big name” while pointing out “the perpetual challenge that seems to exist throughout the game.”

An old-school hack n’ slash title, Deathbat doesn’t seem to offer any kind of loot depth found in the likes of, perhaps, a Diablo. Rather, the really fascinating thing about Deathbat is the perpetual challenge that seems to exist throughout the game. You start out with five lives, and you’re expected to complete the whole game on those lives. Sure, you can purchase more (at a pretty steep in-game currency cost), but that prevents you from picking up potions and permanent stat upgrades, which may be more beneficial in the long haul towards saving lives. Deathbat allows you to replay missions for collectables and currency, so it’s certainly possible to grind some currency if you’re concerned about lives.

That is, assuming you can master the battle system. Deathbat’s combat is pretty simple, but not easy enough that you can simply hold down the attack button and win. Minions know how to faint and will get through your offense if you don’t know how to strategically dodge and pivot around them. Meanwhile, bosses require even more agility, as they will simply mow you down if you try and go toe to toe. There’s difficulty here that’s rarely seen in similar games and it’s amplified by the limited life system.

M. Shadows Part Of Golf Digest’s Top 100 In Music.
September 16, 2014, 2:31 pm
Filed under: M Shadows

Golf Digest included M. Shadows as part of their Top 100 In Music. He comes in at #45 and there are also two exclusive images. You can read more in the October 2014 issue.

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Avenged Sevenfold frontman loves golf’s traditions, “even the stuffy ones.”

When their manager talked rocker members of California-based Avenged Sevenfold into hitting balls at a golf-resort concert venue in 2007, lead singer M. Shadows jumped at the chance, thinking it would be easy. What has kept him coming back to the game is how hard it turned out to be.

As with music, excelling is what he’s about, and he has the hours logged with golf-pro buddy Scott Osterhout to prove it. Shadows (real name: Matt Sanders), 33, who often invites Osterhout to travel with him, says golf is factored into tour planning.

Hopeless Records Share “Chapter Four” Live Footage Video.
September 16, 2014, 1:28 pm
Filed under: Music Video, Waking The Fallen / Waking The Fallen: Resurrected

Hopeless Records have made Avenged Sevenfold’s live footage video for the Waking The Fallen track “Chapter Four” available for all fans. The video was originally only included with “Waking The Fallen: Resurrected.”

Avenged Sevenfold’s ‘Hail To The King: Deathbat’ Gets October Release Date.
September 15, 2014, 9:13 am
Filed under: Hail To The King: Deathbat

Avenged Sevenfold have announced that Hail To The King: Deathbat will be available October 16th, 2014 on iOS and Google Play.

Hail to the King: Deathbat is a brutal romp through the darkest depths of the underworld with an epic tale of redemption, devastating melee combat, towering boss fights, 7 hellish landscapes and classic Avenged Sevenfold cuts along with a new and original score composed by the band.

Guitar Planet’s The Modern Masters Of The Guitar Riff.
September 10, 2014, 2:47 pm
Filed under: Synyster Gates

Guitar Planet has put together a list of genre-spanning guitarists they believe are The Modern Masters Of The Guitar Riff, Synyster Gates included.

Synyster Gates (Avenged Sevenfold)
The reason it is so tricky to single out the modern masters of the riff is that, in the current landscape, certain acts burn white hot for a moment and then fade. Indie fans will certainly remember Franz Ferdinand’s riffs from the early-2000s, for a time they dominated Europe’s dance floors, but not so today. Equally, Metal has endured a decade of false starts with bands threatening to become the next big thing, but receding before they reached the heights Franz managed in indie.

14 years on from the turn of the millennium it is tempting to label either Daron Malakian (System Of A Down) or Mick Thompson (Slipknot) metal’s leading riff machine. However, while these guitarists are monumental, they feel like part of the furniture, rather than of the moment. The leading lights of a generation just passed. Synyster Gates and Avenged Sevenfold, on the other hand, still feel like the oncoming storm: the one band capable of escaping the metal milieu and staking their claim towards immortality.

It helps of course that their material keeps getting better and better. Having started with riffs whose theatricality made them distinctive, today Gates seems content to bowl over his audience with earth shaking heaviness. 2013’s “Hail To The King” riff is simplicity itself, but the way its rudimentary brutality contrasts with light fingered delicacy of the second guitar part is simply divine.

Gates’ Top 3 Riffs: Hail To The King, Nightmare and Eternal Rest

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble…
September 3, 2014, 9:55 am
Filed under: Hail To The King: Deathbat

Avenged Sevenfold’s “Waking The Fallen” Breaks Into Billboard 200 Top 10.
September 3, 2014, 9:03 am
Filed under: Chart News, Waking The Fallen / Waking The Fallen: Resurrected

Avenged Sevenfold’s “Waking The Fallen” broke into the Billboard 200 Top 10 this week debuting at #10. The boost is due to sales of the anniversary reissue, “Waking The Fallen: Resurrected,” moving approximately 22,000 units in its first week. Sales were projected between 20-25K.

“Waking The Fallen” didn’t previously chart on the Billboard 200. The sophomore title originally sold 3,000 copies in its first week of release, went Gold in 2009 and has sold 693,000 copies through Aug 31st.

M Shadows Shares Thoughts On Jeremy Spencer’s Death Punch’d.
September 2, 2014, 3:09 pm
Filed under: M Shadows, Misc. Bands

Five Finger Death Punch drummer Jeremy Spencer‘s book “Death Punch’d” was released today and a review of the book from M Shadows is included:

“Death Punch’d is not only an accurate account of what its like to be a struggling musician, trying to fight your way to the top, but also an entertaining one. I couldn’t put this book down. Jeremy captured the true grit, and grind of this crazy rock n roll life we live..” – M. SHADOWS

Updated “Hail To The King: Deathbat” Game & Release Information From M Shadows.
August 29, 2014, 2:49 pm
Filed under: Hail To The King: Deathbat, M Shadows

M Shadows took to the Hail To The King: Deathbat forum once again to update fans on the release of the game, the gaming experience and optimization for older devices.

Sorry guys and gals – Still waiting on approval. Its an interesting system they have over there. It’s not a huge deal because it has given us time to add a few other features. Basically they have added a few new requirements that we did not know about until this week. We have added those items and now are pending approval. Hope this helps. Trust me, we are as excited as some of you are to release this thing. Also trying to add “Twitch” to the first round of upgrades which would be cool so people can watch each other play. [...] There really is no process for Google. They don’t have any quality control. So yes we have been waiting on Apple. It may be frustrating but Apple wants to make sure that if you buy a game that it upholds a certain standard. Google Play just lets anyone put anything up at anytime. We are close though so don’t worry. It’s coming soon.


Avenged Sevenfold’s “Waking The Fallen: Resurrected” First-Week Sales Projections.
August 27, 2014, 3:05 pm
Filed under: Chart News, Waking The Fallen / Waking The Fallen: Resurrected

Hits Daily Double is reporting that Avenged Sevenfold are set to move 20-25K units of their “Waking The Fallen” reissue “Waking The Fallen: Resurrected.” “Waking The Fallen” originally sold only 3,000 copies during its first week of release and was certified Gold in 2009.

UPDATE 8/28: HDD’s now reporting sales between 23-26k.


Avenged Sevenfold’s “Waking The Fallen” To Make Top 40 Debut In UK.
August 27, 2014, 2:33 pm
Filed under: Chart News, Waking The Fallen / Waking The Fallen: Resurrected

Avenged Sevenfold’s “Waking The Fallen” will make its Top 40 debut on the UK’s Official Albums Chart this weekend due to the anniversary re-release “Waking The Fallen: Resurrected.” 

UPDATE 9/1: With the release of “Waking The Fallen: Resurrected,” Avenged Sevenfold’s “Waking The Fallen” made its Top 40 debut on the UK Official Albums Chart at #35.


Kerrang!’s The 60 Biggest Bands On The Planet Right Now.
August 27, 2014, 10:51 am
Filed under: Avenged Sevenfold

Kerrang! have compiled a list of the 60 biggest bands on the planet right now based on “album/ticket/merch sales [...] as well as social media reach” and Avenged Sevenfold come in at #14.

The Original First-Cut Music Video For Avenged Sevenfold’s “Unholy Confessions.”
August 25, 2014, 2:41 pm
Filed under: Music Video

Hopeless Records premiered the original first-cut of Avenged Sevenfold’s “Unholy Confessions” music video. The video is available on the DVD portion of Avenged Sevenfold’s “Waking The Fallen: Resurrected.” Purchase options here. Get your copy? Discuss here with your fellow fans.

Avenged Sevenfold’s “Waking The Fallen: Resurrected” Available Now.
August 25, 2014, 4:20 am
Filed under: Waking The Fallen / Waking The Fallen: Resurrected

Avenged Sevenfold’s “Waking The Fallen: Resurrected” is officially released today. “Waking The Fallen: Resurrected” includes expanded album artwork, the original ‘Waking The Fallen’ album, 11 never before heard demos & live tracks (2 bonus live tracks if purchased through Hopeless Records) and a DVD that includes a 30 minute documentary with new interviews, behind the scenes footage, exclusive “Chapter Four” live footage and two versions of the “Unholy Confessions” music video (the original first cut & the official video). Purchase options here.

It is our great pleasure to announce that Waking the Fallen: Resurrected is now available. Thank you for all the great memories and the many more to come! – A7X

DISCUSSION: Which version and/or package of the album did you buy? What do you think of the demos? What do you think about the live tracks? Did you enjoy the documentary? Which music video for “Unholy Confessions” do you like more? Feel free to discuss the entire re-release here with your fellow fans!

M Shadows Accepts The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
August 20, 2014, 5:59 pm
Filed under: Charity, M Shadows

M Shadows accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and donated $1,000 to the ALSA. He was nominated by Scuf Gaming and in return challenged Chris “Birdman” Andersen (Miami Heat), Tom Crabtree (ex-Green Bay Packers) and Chris Jericho. Learn more about ALS here.


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