Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is the band American rock / metal from Huntington Beach, California, formed in 1999. The band consists of vocalist M. Shadows, lead guitar Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance rhythm guitar, and bassist Johnny Christ. Avenged Sevenfold came up with the genre of metalcore on their debut Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, which contains the vocal scream banya. The band changed their style on their third album and major label release, City of Evil, featuring melodic vocals and power ballads. The band continues to explore new sounds with the issue, titledAvenged Sevenfold and continued to enjoy mainstream success before their drummer, James “The Rev” Sullivan, died of heart disease and the combined effect of drugs and alcohol in his body in 2009. Despite his death, the band went on with the help of then ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy to release and toured in support of Nightmare, their fifth album in 2010 which debuted at the top, the Billboard 200 in the first place. To date, Avenged Sevenfold has released five studio albums, one live album / compilation / DVD, and sixteen singles. The band has received many awards for mainstream success around the world and especially those declared as one of the leaders and key bands in the New Wave of American Heavy Metal and appeared as second place in the Top Ten Ultimate Guitar’s Top Band Decade. The band was formed in 1999 in Huntington Beach, California with original members M. Shadows, Zacky Vengeance, The Rev. and Matt Wendt. provide a reference band name comes from the story of Cain and Abel from the Bible, however, they are not a religious band. At its formation, each band member was wearing a pseudonym which is also the name of their calls while in school at Upper Medium School. Before releasing their debut album, the band recorded two demos in 1999 and 2000. Their first album, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, was recorded when the band members are still eighteen years old and still attending high school. This album was originally released by the company their first label, Good Life Records in 2001. After lead guitarist Synyster Gates joined the band, signed in late 1999 when he was 18 years old. The track “To End the Rapture” featuring re-recorded with full band members. The album was later re-released on Hopeless Records in 2002. The band then began to receive recognition, they played with bands such as Mushroomhead and Shadows Fall and play in the Take Action Tour. After their fourth bassist, Johnny Christ joined permanently, they released the album Waking the Fallen on Hopeless Records in August 2003. Band received recognition by Billboard and The Boston Globe, and also played in the “Vans Warped Tour”. In 2004, Avenged Sevenfold tour back in the “Vans Warped Tour” and record a video for the song “Unholy Confessions” which entered the charts at MTV2′s Headbanger’s Ball. Shortly after the release of Waking the Fallen, Avenged Sevenfold leave Hopeless Records and signed a contract proposed by Warner Bros..