Alternative Press will host their first AP Music Awards and Avenged Sevenfold have been nominated in 4 categories which are: Artist Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Most Dedicated Fans and Best Guitarist (Synyster Gates). The event will be held at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and Museum on July 21st and air live on AXS TV. Voting is open NOW (you can only vote once) and ends on July 15th.
Filed under: Arin Ilejay, Awards, Fans, Revolver Magazine, Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance
Avenged Sevenfold (and members) were crowned the winners of three 2014 Revolver Golden Gods Awards. The categories won include the previously announced Most Dedicated Fans, Best Drummer to Arin Ilejay and Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist(s) to Synyster Gates & Zacky Vengeance. Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan was also honored in the Fallen Heroes tribute.
Why Go: With Avenged Sevenfold headlinging and Korn playing directly beforehand, this one is going to get loud. It might not be very rockstar, but earplugs aren’t a bad idea for those who want to catch early acts like Suicide Silence (touring for the first time since the death – motorcycle accident – of frontman Mitch Lucker), mosh to the later ones and still be able hear their buddies scream about how awesome it all was on the drive home.
15 Must-See Acts: Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Body Count, Suicide Silence, Miss May I, Mushroomhead, Emmure, Veil of Maya, Ill Nino, Texas Hippie Coalition, Veil of Maya, Upon a Burning Body
The 2014 Revolver Golden Gods will tape and stream live on Apr 23rd but at the Minneapolis, MN stop on the Shepherd Of Fire Tour Avenged Sevenfold filmed an acceptance speech for one of the seven awards they were nominated for. It’s clear the band won “Most Dedicated Fans” and after accepting the award M Shadows handed the trophy off to a very lucky fan from the audience. Talk about an awesome souvenir.
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Avenged Sevenfold performed live in Moose Jaw, SK on April 16th, 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 Moose Jaw, SK.
- Moose Jaw Times Herald‘s Avenged Sevenfold live on the Shepherd Of Fire Tour photo gallery.
- Photography by Mike Stobbs‘ Avenged Sevenfold live on Shepherd Of Fire Tour photo gallery.
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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.
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Avenged Sevenfold are nominated for 5 Metal Hammer Germany Awards. The categories they’re included in are: Best Album, Best International Band, Best Live Band, Metal Hyme (for ‘Shepherd Of Fire’) and Aufsteiger 2013/2014. Press ‘Start’ to begin and click your choices to move through each category. Winners will be announced at the ceremony on Friday, September 14th.
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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!
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.
Filed under: Contests
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.