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.
P.S. Life is too short, spend some extra time with the ones you love today.
Filed under: Hail To The King: Deathbat
“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 (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.
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.
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
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’.”
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.
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 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.
Watch M. Shadows take you through the first level of Hail To The King: Deathbat and share some hints, tips and tricks.
“A band like Mumford & Sons or Imagine Dragons or Coldplay — there’s no game to be made there,” Shadows says. “They’d have to come up with something completely fresh. When you look at us, or Iron Maiden, someone with a logo and a strong personality in terms of what we do image-wise onstage, we felt that the game had already written itself, at least visually.”
“We funded this 100% ourselves,” Shadows says. “Nobody owns any of this other than the five members of the band. We put our money where our mouth is. Every single penny has come from us. We put a little money aside when we go on tour, and we were excited about this.”
“We’ve been a band for 15 years, and a lot of people have the Deathbat tattooed on them,” he says. “There’s a lot of responsibility when you’re saying, ‘Now we’re giving you the Deathbat back story.’ It’s one of those things where you can completely mess it up. We had to find a balance among incorporating things our fans know while also making a very cool intergalactic story with the typical battle between good and evil.”
Although Pitch Black Forecast released the “Burning In Water… Drowning In Flame” EP containing “Landmine” featuring M. Shadows in 2012 a new version of the song is included on their newest release “As The World Burns.” Take a listen below:
M. Shadows was a guest on BJ Shea’s Geek Nation (21:57-34:45) and talked about how Hail To The King: Deathbat reflects Avenged Sevenfold’s live shows, developing the game’s storyline, Hail To The King: Deathbat, being a a serious gamer, having new songs in the game, what Deathbat needed to meet his approval and more.
Despite my critiques on the controls, health regens and continue system of Hail to the King: Deathbat, it still provides an unrivaled experience on the iOS format. The price tag might scare off a few people who are on the fence about purchasing it, but let’s get one thing clear — you do not have to be an A7X fan to enjoy the hell out of HttK. If you are a fan, you’ll find yourself catching all sorts of references to the band, whether it be song lyrics in the lore or the appearance of all the band members as paid-DLC characters. If you’re easily frustrated or are looking for an easy ride, look elsewhere. HttK’s levels are massive, varied and keep you thoroughly entertained from start to finish, just as long as you don’t mind punishment and grinding things out.