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To celebrate their headlining spot on Rockstar Mayhem Festival 2014, Avenged Sevenfold are offering the standard version of Hail To The King and their self-titled album for just $7.99 on iTunes. The offer is only available for one more week so make sure you get your copy now!
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Crave Online shared more interview highlights from Synyster Gates‘ Guitar Center Master Class. Some new topics, not found in the Infectious Magazine piece, include learning guitar and theory, knowing if Avenged Sevenfold would have such a guitar driven sound during the bands early stages, Avenged Sevenfold being a dual-guitar oriented band, how he went from studying jazz guitar at MI to Avenged Sevenfold, swapping guitar licks with guitarists from different bands and playing smaller hometown venues.
When Avenged was starting out, were there any inklings that the sound would be so guitar driven or that you and Zacky Vengeance would become such an integral part of the band?
SG: I don’t know if that type of perspective was there at that time, but definitely, it was a guitar driven band. When Matt writes a song, he’s writing on guitar. When Jimmy was alive he was writing for Avenged on the guitar, mainly. We borrowed elements from our old band Pinkly Smooth. We have songs like “Fiction” or “Little Piece of Heaven” are very much him on the piano doing his thing, but songs like “Brompton Cocktail” and “Afterlife” — those are very much Jimmy sitting down on the guitar. Everybody comes from a punk rock band, everybody’s had a guitar in their hand at a certain point [either] leading a band or their own entity. So it made sense. I knew it was going to be guitar oriented.
And you knew it was going to be a dual-guitar oriented band?
SG: Not at very first, when we started writing we all liked the dueling guitars. Everything had to be harmonized. Layers and layers. I mean, if you listen to City of Evil, it’s fucking layers and layers of harmonies at all fucking times. Whether its vocals or guitar or just strings — everything was filled to the brim with harmony. So we’ve smoothed that out and filtered it out. But yeah, we always liked it whether it was Queen doing it, or Mr. Bungle, Matt’s a big Bad Religion fan, NOFX— stuff like that. It was all harmony-based. My favorite punk rock song is “Linoleum” by NOFX. That’s pure harmony, the coolest chord changes… That type of shit was completely awe-inspiring and monumental in the development of Avenged.
Filed under: Merchandise
Avenged Sevenfold have added 2014 Tour Merch to their official online store. You can choose from a range of shirts, a hoodie, hats and miscellaneous items. All items are available for pre-order and will ship on or around April 22nd, 2014.
Avenged Sevenfold performed live in Dawson Creek, BC on April 12th, 2014. Photo galleries from the event can be found here. Please check back regularly for updates.
- Avenged Sevenfold’s crowd photo from their show in Dawson Creek, BC.
- 101.5 The Bear‘s Avenged Sevenfold live on the Shepherd Of Fire Tour photo gallery.
- Grand Prairie’s Rock 97.7 Avenged Sevenfold live on the Shepherd Of Fire Tour photo gallery.
- Erica Fisher‘s Avenged Sevenfold live on the Shepherd Of Fire Tour photo gallery.
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Avenged Sevenfold will play Lodz, Poland on June 4th and Live Nation Poland is giving one lucky fan a chance to win a Meet & Greet with the band. Head over to the Facebook app and explain in 5,000 characters or less why you should meet Avenged Sevenfold. The contest is open until Apr 27th and a winner will be announced on Apr 28th. Please read the official rules and regulations for more contest information.
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Avenged Sevenfold are nominated for Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2014‘s “Best International Band” award. Voting is open now and you must register to do so. The show takes place on Monday, June 16 at the London Indigo2, O2.
Synyster Gates was interviewed by Infectious Magazine at his Guitar Center Master Class and spoke about which guitar player he would choose to do a Master Class with, what he was looking for when choosing the winners, what he was hoping to accomplish with his Master Class, what he believes makes a great guitar player, if he ever feels like he stops learning guitar work, touring with Korn on Mayhem Festival, Avenged Sevenfold mixing up their set on the festival and headlining Download Festival. Photos by Infectious Mag be seen here. Video of Gates playing an original composition he wrote specially for the Master Class and his own improvised take on gypsy-jazz player Django Reinhardt’s “Minor Swing” can be seen here.
Avenged Sevenfold has been touring pretty extensively, how are you going to mix up your set for Mayhem?
Syn Gates: We’ll try and switch it up, as basic as that sounds. As far as the set, we’re definitely going to put out a bigger, better show so to speak. Hopefully a little bit longer because I know we get complaints about that. Longer, better, bigger.
What about Download Festival, A7X is headlining one of the days, what’s that going to be like?
Syn Gates: It’s going to be fucking awesome! From our standpoint? Fuck, it’s the coolest thing ever. We haven’t really headlined a big, overseas festival. It’s definitely the biggest festival, the biggest show that we have headlined. And to have it be such a legendary and historical sort of thing, I mean ACDC has headlined it, last time I was there and saw it, they had System of a Down, I mean – it’s legendary! Way too cool.
M Shadows called into Lafayette’s Planet 105.1 to JoBo talk to about what it’s like to tour with Vinnie Paul, taking Adrenaline Mob on the Shepherd Of Fire Tour, how their stage production on the Shepherd Of Fire Tour will be different than what they had last time they were in the area and where Avenged Sevenfold draw their lyrical content from. Have you gotten your tickets to the Shepherd Of Fire Tour yet?
Whats going to be different on this tour than the last time you guys came through Lafayette?
M Shadows: “We’re doing a bunch of headlining gigs in Europe, a bunch of festivals like Donington and Graspop over in Belgium and so we have a huge stage show that we need to test out [laughs] so this whole tour we’re basically going to be blowing everything up and all the video walls, everything we’re going to be doing at these festivals that hold 90-100,000 people we’re going to be packing into these arenas. So, without giving it all away, pretty much a ridiculous, over the top, show for arenas but I mean, it should be cool to watch. I mean, it’s going to be pretty out of control.”
Johnny Christ called into Regina’s 104.9 The Wolf to talk to about if he ever feels unsafe in cities Avenged Sevenfold stop in on tour, the live vibe of songs from ‘Hail To The King,’ how many basses he owns, what his first bass was, the number in his phone that 16 year-old Johnny Christ never thought he would have and one item he must have on tour with him.
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Synyster Gates hosted his Guitar Center Master Class at Guitar Center Hollywood’s Vintage room and played an original song he composed just for winners. One of the lucky few in attendance, Trey Quick, recorded and sent in this video. Syn also played an improvised take on gypsy-jazz player Django Reinhardt’s “Minor Swing.” Photos from the event can be found here.
Synyster Gates hosted his Guitar Center Master Class at Guitar Center Hollywood’s Vintage room. Photo galleries from the event can be found here. Please check back regularly for updates.
- Guitar Center‘s Master Class with Synyster Gates photo gallery.
- Charles Epting Rock Photography‘s Master Class with Synyster Gates photo gallery.
- Ernie Ball‘s Master Class with Synyster Gates video clip.
- Schecter Guitars‘ Master Class with Synyster Gates photo gallery.
M Shadows was interviewed by Loudwire while Avenged Sevenfold were on tour in South America and talked about the biggest challenge in putting together ‘Hail To The King’, the nicest pay off from it so far, the inspiration behind ‘Shepherd Of Fire’, people who inspire their song-writing, bringing HELLYEAH and Adrenaline Mob on the Shepherd Of Fire Tour, what reaction songs off ‘Hail To The King’ have been getting live, Avenged Sevenfold’s fourth single, how ‘This Means War’ came together, Hail To The King: Deathbat, playing the ‘Rise Above’ festival, his thoughts on Metallica’s ‘Lords of Summer’ and more.
Have to ask, ‘Shepherd of Fire’ has been out a while now. Any thoughts on what might be next?
MS: Definitely ‘This Means War’ — when we sent the record to people the song originally they wanted was that one first. We wanted ‘Hail to the King’ first then they wanted it second, then we wanted ‘Shepherd of Fire’ second, so, it’s going to be the third single. Now, as a band, do we want to go with a ballad fourth? We’re not sure between the two ballads on the record what we’re going to chose. ‘This Means War’ is definitely going to be the next single
The ‘Hail to the King: Deathbat’ game that you guys are working on — I know you’re a big fan of storytelling games. Tell me a little bit about how the game came together and your involvement in it.
MS:We were just looking for another medium on being able to be creative. Music videos, they just don’t cut it anymore. The way that bands were able to express themselves, they don’t really exist. There’s a lot of — either you’re on Facebook or Twitter just annoying everybody about what you’re eating or what country you’re in and I just hate all that stuff. So one day when we were on a bus to a show in Southeast Asia about two years ago, I saw everyone on their phones and they were all playing games.
I said, ‘Man we can make a game!’ And that’s what kind of kicked this off. Besides that I wanted to write a triple A game completely separate from the band. I was really into doing a game. So through all these meetings and things we had put together with GDD, which is a game document design, we decided to start building this game two years ago. Now we’re close on doing a very expansive mobile video game, which is big enough to where it should be on a console but we’re squeezing it into a mobile platform. Hopefully our fans dig it and mostly, I hope gamers dig it. It’s a good game, it’s not just for fans of the band.
I read in another interview about it, eight original songs, nine old tracks. Kind of a mix of things in there. Can you talk about coming up with some of the music?
MS:We’ve been trying to downplay the music part because with the way our band sounds we don’t expect even half of our fans to get it or to understand it. It’s purely throwback video game music. A lot of 8-bit sounds but a lot of instrumentals. We made songs that reminded us of our youth playing ‘Castlevania’ or ‘Mario Brothers,’ ‘Zelda.’ So we made nine songs, which are original songs that we put together. They’ll be in the game. I’m sure we’ll do some sort of packaging where you can buy those songs with ‘Hail to the King’ or whatever. Or you can just play the game and listen to them. There’s nine songs, but we’re trying to downplay it. I don’t want everyone to think nine new songs, then they hear it and it’s a bunch of digital music.
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Avenged Sevenfold have been announced as the headlining act for Rockstar Mayhem Festival 2014. They’ll appear alongside Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Suicide Silence and many more. Avenged Sevenfold add, “We’re happy to announce we’ll be playing at this summer’s Mayhem Festival. It’s an honor to headline the world’s biggest heavy music touring festival and to share the stage with our friends in Korn, Asking Alexandria, and Trivium. We’re also excited to see metal legends like Cannibal Corpse and Body Count feat. Ice-T alongside the next generation of heavy music.” Tour dates are listed below, Tickets go on sale April 4th are on sale now.
July 05 – San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater
July 06 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater
July 08 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
July 11 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Amphitheatre
July 12 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheatre
July 14 – Denver, CO – TBA
July 16 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 17 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 19 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
July 20 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 22 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
July 23 – Saratoga, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 25 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 26 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
July 27 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
July 29 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake
July 30 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon Theater at Jones Beach
Aug 01 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug 02 – Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Aug 03 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Aug 05 – Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre
Aug 07 – Oklahoma City, OK – OKC Downtown Airpark
Aug 09 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
Aug 10 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
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Loudwire posted an excerpt from a recent chat with M Shadows that touches on Avenged Sevenfold’s plans to release a ‘Waking The Fallen’ 10th anniversary pakacge and Avenged Sevenfold’s new DVD. Stay tuned to Deathbat News for the entire chat coming soon.
The first is the overdue 10th anniversary package for their 2003 effort, ‘Waking the Fallen.’ Shadows says, “We’re going to put something together for the 10 year anniversary of ‘Waking the Fallen,’ which is about 11 or 12 years now. We’ve been trying to think of something we could put together and we found some old demos that we did with Teppei [Teranishi] from Thrice before we even did that record.”
And that’s not all they found. Shadows adds, “We also found some old footage with [late drummer] Jimmy [Sullivan] playing some old shows at The Henry Fonda Theater in L.A., and the Ventura Theater. We’ll put together a cool DVD and some demo tracks and re-release ‘Waking the Fallen’ for newer fans of the band that haven’t gotten that or don’t know about the history of the band.”
Avenged are also plotting a new DVD. Shadows tells us, “It is going to encompass the whole world that we’ve been filming for the last 5 years being in all these different countries with our camera guy. That’ll be a fun thing I think we’re going to film some big shows — I think we’re filming Mexico City coming up and we have some other shows we’re going to film and kind of intertwine the live performance with this huge DVD we want to do. That will probably come out before Christmas.”
Full Metal Jackie interviewed M Shadows on Loudwire Reloaded and he spoke about what stands out most to him about ‘Hail To The King,’ how he would like to see Avenged Sevenfold/Rock/Metal as a whole evolve and develop, what he’s currently listening to, how he feels about the resurgence of older bands, Avenged Sevenfold standing the test of time, the music industry, Hail To The King: Deathbat, taking HELLYEAH and Adrenaline Mob out on the Shepherd Of Fire Tour (and what band was originally supposed to be on the bill), hanging out with other bands while on tour, golf and how he feels about where Avenged Sevenfold is today.
Do you feel that your hope for Avenged Sevenfold is to be one of those bands that stand the test of time and are still doing this 20 years from now, as well?
MS: That’s always a hope, but things have changed so much. We’re dealing with a completely different generation. Just the technology and the amount of music that’s getting thrown at everybody everyday. It’s very sporadic. With Spotify, you buy a record now and you don’t even really have to listen to it, you’re paying for a subscription a lot of the time.
Obviously, I’m a younger guy, but even when I was growing up, you went and bought a CD and you had to get into it. Those bands became massive because it was the CD to get. I remember when the first Korn record came out or when [Pantera's] ‘Far Beyond Driven’ came out, there was no way I wasn’t gonna listen to those things to death because I paid money for it. Now, with subscriptions, I see people downloading songs and they don’t even listen to it. They just listen to one song, they don’t really care about the band. It’s gonna be a lot harder for bands like us and a Five Finger Death Punch or a Bullet for My Valentine — bands that are coming up now — to become that big because people are kind of scattered with all the things that are being thrown at them.
Obviously, that would be a hope: that we could reach that point someday, but it’s gonna be tough.
MS: I’ve got to imagine too, it’s hard when you get compared to, nowadays, bands that have been around longer than Avenged has, it’s impossible to even touch the amount of album sales for the historic bands that have been around and were there when the music business was doing better.
Oh, totally. We were in right when the decline started happening. ‘City of Evil’ came out and people were like, ‘Oh, your record is only doing 30,000 a week. That’s pretty weak compared to what these records were doing.’ Now I look at 30,000 record a week and any band would die to do that, including us. It just doesn’t happen anymore. Now you’re Top 20 if you have 14,000 records a week. The whole CD-buying thing is gone. It’s a lot harder because you look at these bands who sold 200 million records and it’s like, that’s never gonna happen again. There’s not gonna be a band that does that. So we just have to make our own way. We’re not really worried about following those band’s footsteps, we’re just worried about playing to our fans and writing good songs.