Avenged Sevenfold

M. ShadowsLead vocals
Zacky VengeanceGuitar
James "The Rev" SullivanDrums1999-2009
Synyster GatesGuitar2000-
Johnny ChristBass2003-
Arin IlejayDrums2011-2015
Brooks WackermanDrums2015-
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  • Avenged Sevenfold came together in Huntington Beach, California in 1999. The band took their name from a story in the book of Genesis in The Bible about the brothers Cain and Abel. ("But the Lord said to him, therefore whoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.")
  • The members of Avenged Sevenfold were still in high school when they recorded their first album Sounding the Seventh Trumpet in 1999. The album was re-released on Hopeless Records in 2002.
  • In 2006, Avenged Sevenfold upset Rihanna, Chris Brown, Panic! At the Disco, Angels & Airwaves and James Blunt to win the MTV video award for Best New Artist for their song "Bat Country."
  • In 2009, Avenged Sevenfold joined legendary guitarist Slash onstage for a cover of Guns 'N Roses' "It's So Easy" in Los Angeles. Other memorable covers by A7X include Pantera's "Walk" and Iron Maiden's "Flash of the Blade."
  • On December 28, 2009, Avenged Sevenfold drummer James "The Rev" Sullivan was found dead in his home. He died due to heart failure brought on by a combination of several prescription drugs. After his death, Avenged Sevenfold considered disbanding. In February 2010, the band announced they had decided to continue making music and that they had begun recording new material with Dream Theatre drummer Mike Portnoy.
  • Avenged Sevenfold's fifth album Nightmare debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart when it was released in July 2010. The band dedicated the record to their former drummer and friend, James "The Rev" Sullivan.
  • In September 2011, Avenged Sevenfold announced they were making a video for the single "Buried Alive." The band wanted to get acclaimed horror director and musician Rob Zombie to direct the video, but Zombie declined because he was too busy with other projects.
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  • Autumn from That One City, United KingdomYou should add that Mike Portnoy left and was replaced by Arin Ilejay.
    Most fans would have already known that but just so the information is up to date.
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