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Updated on August 27, 2015
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Kim has many hubs on entertainment especially on movies, and actors she wrote for Squidoo and now has her own blog

Welcome to the City of Evil

Avenged Sevenfold is a Punk/Metal band from Huntington Beach California, (USA) and was formed in 1999 with original members

M. Shadows, Zacky Vengeance, The Rev and Matt Wendt. Later Synyster Gates joined the group along with Johnny Crist (replacing Wendt). The Members of A7X (as they are called for short by the fans) have been friends for quite a long time, if not since High School then Jr. High & in High school they met each other. Some of the guys have met each other through family & friends, So the memebers in the band truely are like brothers.

Syn Met Johnny Through Johnny's Older Brother, & 'Rev' met him through a friends' younger brother. Syn goes on to say they used to torture Johnny incessiently especially earlier on. Rev mentions that John said he may have picked on him while he (Johnny) was in Kindergarden.

Before Avenged' Syn & The Rev were in a band together called Pinkly Smooth, while Zach was in MPA or long form Mad Porno Action- I think he came up with that name) M. Shadows who was previously in a band called Susccessful Failure, recruited them. Shadows jokes on the All Excess Dvd That Drummer 'The Rev' & Guitarist Synyster Gates thought they were too good for the band, & that The Rev said he'd do it, only because they were friends. However 'Rev mentions about a 'Rumor' going around because he thought he was too good, he thought he was being recruited for Shadows' other band. (if I can find them I plan on posting the members former bands video or audio)

The Band includes

Vocals - M. Shadows

Lead Guitar - Synyster Gates (a flixter bio is available besides what I have found so far)

rhythm guitarist- Zacky Vengeance

Bassist- Johnny Crist

Drummer R.I.P.

Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan who passed away Dec 28 2009 (always & FoREVer)

though The Rev cannot be replaced The Guys felt it was only fitting for The Rev's favorite drummer to help the band record the album & recruited

Mike Portnoy formerly of Dream Theater agreeed and said he "was honrored to play on in The Rev's absense" However he was released sometime in Dec 2010

Arin Ilejay is currently the Drummer

The band announced january 2011 Arin formerly of the band Confide, would be the new drummer after being impressed with his Technical skills, attitude & work ethic. The first song Arin has recorded as a member of A7X is the Black Ops game track "Not ready to Die"

In 2011 the guys were on Billboards Hot Tours list and claimed the #1 spot with the "Welcome To The Family" tour with a $3,666,256 total gross and a 99,725 attendance, I think this also included the Rockstar Uproar tour with them as the headliners. They were also on Guitar World List of Top Summer Metal Tours of 2011

M. Shadows came up with the name, having told the guys to come up with some names for the band. Only Shadows met up with them prepared. I've heard the name is a reference to the story of Cain & Abel from the Bible however they are not a religious band. Upon its formation, each member of the band also took on a pseudonym from which they had in school or came up with (Like Zachy Vengence... who was pretty much picked on all the time so now he's getting his payback....planning on posting vid here of Zach/The guys talking about their names if I can find it again)

in 2013 the band with new drummer Aren, released the album Hail to the King which became their 2nd #1 single to hit the Billboard 200

Hail to the King

Hail to the King
Hail to the King

ALL HAIL A7X - Avenged Sevenfold Animated series & video game in works

Shadz on Up A7x's Zelda like game

Revolver Excerpt June(?) 2014)

-----Previous News-------

M.Shadows on 2014 season premire of VH1's THAT METAL SHOW

an A7X Video Game in the works

Animated series available on Their You Tube Channel

a fan asked if there was a general theme to the album (Hail to the King) that influenced it overall, & the guys (via twitter) replies a Blues and groove feel.

Avenged Sevenfold Discography

Warmness on the Soul (ep)

Warmness on the Soul

Darkness Sourrounding

We Come out at Night

To end the Rapture

Sounding the Seventh Trumpet (2001)

1 To End the Rapture 1:24

2 Turn the Other Way 5:39

3. Darkness Surrounding 4:51

4. The Art of Subconscious Illusion 3:48

5. We Come Out at Night 4:45

6. Lips of Deceit 4:10

7. Warmness on the Soul 4:20

8. An Epic of Time Wasted 4:22

9. Breaking Their Hold 1:12

10. Forgotten Faces 3:29

11. Thick and Thin 4:15

12. Streets 3:06

13. Shattered by Broken Dreams 7:07

Waking the Fallen (2003)

1. Waking the Fallen 1:42

2. Unholy Confessions 4:44

3. Chapter Four 5:43

4. Remenissions 6:07

5. Desecrate Through Reverence 5:38

6. Eternal Rest 5:13

7. Second Heartbeat 7:00

8. Radiant Eclipse 6:10

9.I Won't See You Tonight, Pt. 1 8:58

10. "I Won't See You Tonight, Pt. 2 4:45

11. Clairvoyant Disease 5:00

12."And All Things Will End" 7:41

Total length: 68:40

City of Evil (2005)

1."Beast and the Harlot"5:41

2."Burn It Down" 4:58

3."Blinded in Chains" 6:35

4."Bat Country" 5:13

5."Trashed and Scattered" 5:55

6."Seize the Day"5:32

7."Sidewinder" 7:01

8."The Wicked End 7:11

9. Strength of the World 9:14

10. Betrayed 6:47

11. M.I.A. 8:46

Total length:72:52

Avenged Sevenfold (2007)

1. Critical Acclaim 5:15

2. Almost Easy 3:54

3. "Scream" 4:48

4. "Afterlife" 5:53

5. "Gunslinger" 4:11

6. Unbound (The Wild Ride) 5:11

7. Brompton Cocktail 4:13

8. Lost 5:02

9. A Little Piece of Heaven 8:00

10. Dear God 6:37

Live @ the LBC/Diamonds in the rough combo 2008

Live @ the LBC Dvd

1."Critical Acclaim"

2."Second Heartbeat"

3."Afterlife"

4."Beast and the Harlot"

5."Scream"

6."Seize the Day"(abridged)

7."Walk" (abridged) (Pantera cover)

8."Bat Country"

9."Almost Easy"

10."Gunslinger"

11."Unholy Confessions"

12."A Little Piece of Heaven"

Diamonds inthe Rough Cd

1. Demons 6:17

2. Girl I Know" 4:26

3. "Crossroads" 4:33

4. "Flash of the Blade (Iron Maiden cover)" 4:05

5."Until the End"4:46

6. Tension" 4:51

7. "Walk (Pantera cover)"5:24

8."The Fight"4:09

9."Dancing Dead"5:54

10."Almost Easy" (CLA Mix)"3:57

11."Afterlife (Alternate version)"5:55

Total length:52:17

Catalog Continued - or Discography

Nightmare (2010)

1."Nightmare"6:14

2."Welcome to the Family"4:05

3."Danger Line"5:28

4."Buried Alive"6:44

5."Natural Born Killer"5:15

6."So Far Away"5:27

7."God Hates Us"5:19

8."Victim"7:30

9."Tonight the World Dies"4:41

10."Fiction"5:13

11."Save Me"10:56

Total length:66:46

Hail to the King August 27 2013

Album preview

1.Sheapard of Fire

2. Hail to the King

3. Doing Time

4. This Means War

5. Requem

6. Crimson Day

7. Heretic

8. Coming Home

9 Planets

10 Acid Rain

Misc.

Black Sabbath cover PARANOID

4:00 AM (new song 2011 )

on Call of Duty: Black Ops video game (2011) Listen for the phrase "Sounds like music to kill zombies to".

This phrase signifies you have unlocked A7X's single "Not Ready to Die" created for the game's new zombie maps

New Song Carry-On see videos section

AfterLife foREVer

2013 Currently working on a new album see below

Disclaimers My favorite parts of the Songs are quoted and links have been included with the albums for full lyrics. I am in no way responsible for wrong lyrics as I've used Metrolyrics for my choice of links.

© all lyrics herein is the sole work of Avenged Sevenfold. I take no credit and is only here (if at all) for reference for new fans

Nightmare
Nightmare

I do love this album, but thining that Rev is no longer with the band on this (other than the 2 tracks he had already finsihed) is kind of depressing. I LOVE The Songs Nightmare, and Buried alive especially and So far away no matter who you are may make you cry.

 

Sounding The Seventh Trumpet Lyrics

2001

I've included snippets of the lyrics which are my favorite parts of the songs if you want the Full lyrics for this album

To End the Rapture

The wind of life and air from above smells of death.

Angels sing of the end.

Nothing you say and nothing you try will change time.

Human race prepares to die...

Turn the Other Way

Darkness Surrounding

Darkness coats us.

The smell of fall.

Changing season.

The graveyard is alive, black cat across my path,

the chill of cold wind, the breath of the dead.

Imprisoned souls.

Trapped for eternity.

Black crows break the silence.

The garden of the dead is alive tonight and you can't stop it.

Just enjoy it.

Art of Subconscious Illusion

A living nightmare, asleep but still aware.

The endless torture.

The painless pleasure.

I grasp myself.

Trying to regain control.

I experience and learn.

In another faction of my mind.

So confused.

But everything makes perfect sense.

Can't feel the pain.

Emotional pain s so much deadlier.

We Come out at Night

Black and gray clouds willow in the balance as the sun falls.

Rain plays a heart warming tune, on the pavement.

Emotions stir.

A feeling of warmness, compassion, fullness, I feel at home.

Disguised by surroundings.

As the torn and left in the gutter seek vengeance on their mistreated lives.

As the torn and left in the cold, seek vengeance on mistreated lives.

A silhouette stands still.

A cactus on a warm summer night.

But the rain falls cold and the moon shines bright.

Black as night.

Cold as ice.

Lips of Deceit

The mark I breathe on you.

It's burning through your soul.

The breath I waste.

Losing control.

I bleed in pain.

Testing what I know.

Lips soaked in deceit.

Pull me from here.

No one s innocent.

So why do I feel bad?

But guilt keeps creeping, creeping up on me.

Guilt. Tearing me up inside.

The innocent.

An evil in disguise.

The face of beauty to fall for.

Warmness on the Soul

Your hazel green tint eyes watching every move I make.

And that feeling of doubt, it's erased.

I'll never feel alone again with you by my side.

You're the one, and in you I confide. And we have gone through good and bad times.

But your unconditional love was always on my mind.

You've been there from the start for me.

And your loves always been true as can be.

I give my heart to you.

I give my heart, cause nothing can compare in this world to you.

Epic of Time Wasted

So much time I've wasted.

I can truly say I never thought it would come to this.

Never would I doubt you, but the truth kept smacking me in the face.

Reality. You never stopped to think and you ripped us apart.

How could you? Now our time is gone but it's still breaking my heart.

Tears run down as I think of the days we've had, and the memories will last forever,

but you and I have died and gone our separate ways.

You are the one.

You are the wrong one.

Breaking the mold.

Going your own way.

All I feel, betrayal.

So much time I've wasted, and I never thought it'd come to this.

Apology.

Breaking their Hold

When you see them coming in form.

And they say they do what's best for you.

Fighting for one total control.

They are planned and organized for you.

you down, behind your back, the time has come, the end is near.

It's when you sleep, so late at night, and in the light, getting prepared.

Forgotten Faces

Forgotten faces.

Lost in yesterdays realm.

Drained with confusion.

Where did it all go?

Look into the past, look into their faces.

Never, the thought of being time fucked.

But now they're all gone and all that's left is this blank faced picture.

Ninety percent, nothing was done, nothing accomplished,

coasting through life didn't seize the day.

No one ever realized that they're already dead.

By the time you realize, you'll be dead too.

Thick and Thin

I don't want to know.

And I don't want to see you in this place.

Your kind is a disgrace as I spit in your face.

And I don't want to hear anymore.

Streets

You live your whole life staring at a wall, your mind goes blank sooner now you will fall.

You never learned the things you say to know now, but how?

There seems to be a difference, two different types of kids.

The ones who go out and the ones that are taught to live.

One groups taught how and the other group is taught why.

There's no need to tell you what's in my mind, but in the game of life I'm doing fine.

Shattered by Broken Dreams

I see you fading away from us.

I'll miss you very much.

Room with empty bottles, broken dreams, and pride still running high, always on your side.

But I wanted more for you.

You can't go on this way.

And now I see it all fall through.

We pray for better days.

Stuck alone and scared.

Throw your life away and now choking on your pride may be the only way.

Bat Country Albany april 30 2011 - Video recorded by Kim Marie Ostrowski

I finally had the chance to see the guys in Albany in 2011. The onlhy bad thing was I was going through a hard time and was not able to enjoy myself. I was amazed at their set though. its the first time since my second Godsmack Concert (which was in Saratoga Performing Arts Center in the Adirondacks of NY) that I saw a cool set, after that they were quite bland if there was any set 'decor'. Avenged Sevenfold's Welcome to the Family tour which was the show was on that I saw I guess you could say was quite fitting for my first show of theirs.

The stage was set up like a cemetery, there was something or someone hanging from the rafters. At first you didn't notice or at least not I, then it was there and I think a gasp went out of the crowd. I wish I could have seen a show before Jimmy passed on, but to no avail. The new drummer Arin was still good, if I didn't know there was a new drummer I & no disrespect to Jimbo but may have never known it was a new guy!

Disclaimermusic etc. is the sole property of Avenged Sevenfold

I just LOVED this poster! - wish I could have seen a show on this tour as well!

(I got to the "welcome to the Family tour, that ushered in Ahren as the new drummer (R.I.P. foREVer)

A7x Unholy Confessions - 4-30-2011 ALbany

This is another song I filmed I just wanted a momento other than a shirt; (sadly as I write this today April 4 2013) ALL of my photos and videos are gone other than what I posted on Facebook or you tube so I am very very sad and a bit depressed by it)

If I had not been in the state I was when I went that day, I have a friend that works the parking garage and all I wanted to do was get in the hot tub at the hotel never thought "hey wait, they'll all probably be hanging outside and maybe BBQing or whatever, and I've heard, the guys are very good with their fans and will hang around and such. I didn't even think of it after the concert that's what a sorry state I was in, besides the fact I HATED my seats. For me if I'm at a concert I like to be on the floor as close to the stage as possible weather its standing or sitting. I'm not sure if that is because one of the first concerts I remember that I went to I got to stand near the stage and it's just cool (especially when it seems the bands lead singer looks as if he's looking at you singing or just gives you a high 5!) All the energy down onthe floor (with or without a mosh pit, which now I think is the reason I don't like seats. I didn't go into a mosh pit (not purposely) but I have been pushed, elbowed in the gut and such heck I've even heaved someone twice my size and another foot or 2 taller than myself back in there.

DisclaimerVideo Filmed & Property of the maker (Rocklvr76 on Youtube) of this lens, all Music & lyrics are respectfully the sole property of Avenged Sevenfold

M. Shadows

Bio

Matthew aka M. Shadows in his youth had a reputation for disorderly misbehavior. he's saiad that "I was in between a good kid and a terrible kid - I had a good heart, but a terrible attitude." Hewas expelled from middle school in the eighth grade attended Huntington beach High. When the band was just starting out he was the darker soul so to speak and therefore the reason of his stage name. Matt used to play piano and as he got older started to play guitar. He listened to alot of punk Like the Misfits and H2O. After seeing Guns n Roses on Headbanger's ball his father boughthis Their album Appetite for Distruction.

The founding member, song writer & lead vocalist of Avenged Sevenfold while he was still in high School played in the punk band Successful Failure in which A7X drummer The Rev was slotted to play but was admittidly too good. While in Successful Failure he penned the song Streets and would later be recorded on avenged Sevenfold's first album Sounding the Seventh Trumpet which was a metalcore sound and mostly scremed vocals. THe scream singing decreaed with each Avenged Sevenfold that came out evolving as the Band matured.

Matt formed A7X in 1999 Along with High School friends, Zachy Vengeance, The Rev & Matt Wendt. Not long after that The Rev's friend and Pinkly Smooth bandmate Syn Gates joined. The band's name Avenged Sevenfold (tho' not a religious band) came from a biblical reference in the book of Genesis and was Chosen over the Lips of Deceit; yet another Biblical Reference. (I wonder what the name of the band would have been if even each of the guys brought in one name each.)

M. Shadows (or as some fans call him Shads) said in an interview he chose his stange Name M. Shadows because he thought of himself as "the darker character in the group. The M. in place of his First name Matthew; to which he did not want in his stage name because of the way it sounded. He also adds that the band chose stage names because some of the bands & musicians that influenced them were successful took stage names Like Slash (formerly of Guns -n- Roses and The Ege from U2)

Matt has mentioned that his singing influences and performing style are of classic metal like Guns -n- Roses, which is his biggest influence. He commented in an interview that "He loves that band" and are a huge reason why he's even a band and writes music himself. Metallica, Megadeath & Pantera are also big influences and the reason why Avenged Sevenfold try to include a classic metal sound. Matt having very close friends in the military strongly supports our troops over seas. Song's like M.I.A., Gunslinger (tho' it can be for anyone away from home missing their familie's) and Danger Line are all for about that. While Critcal Acclaim off the self-tited album can be interpreted as an attack to those who criticize the soldiers overseas in Iraq.

While Matt started out screaming on their first album sounding the seventh Trumpet, as evolved to just singing, which while recording Waking the Fallen told Manager Larry Jacobson it would be half scream and half singing but The next album (City of evil) will be all singing. The screaming style gradually decreased in later albums into more conventional clean singing and had been almost completely jettisoned except some screamed backing vocals. Some think Matt's admitted throat surgery is what keeps him from the old scream singing.. Where in the past he'd sing all the parts of a song during live shows, which helped with the rumors he was no longer able to scream or growl. Possibly becoming fed up with the claims, Shads has resumed the Scream tactics during live shows which can be seen on the LIVE @ the LBC DVD in which he does a 5 to 7 second long scream in almost all the songs, as wel as does some screamed vocals in Second Heartbeat and unholy Confessions. Matt needed the throat surgery because if he said he was popping the vessels in his throat each night and the doctor said if it keeps up he'woldn't even be able to talk.

M. Shadows has even made guest appearances working with other musicians.

Synyster Gates and M. Shadows worked on Good Charlotte's song and Music Video 'The River'

Syn & his Dad wrote & recorded The PIE song to the Jeff Dunham Show

The pair also worked on Bleeding Through's "Savior, Saint, Salvation" also featuring (feat. M. Shadows and Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold)

Syn has also worked on Burn Halo's Dirty Little Girl & Anejo tracks on The bands's Debut Self Titled album

M.Shadows produced The Confession's 2007 album which is a step that lead Avenged Sevenfold to produce their self-titled album .

In 2007 Shadows was also featured on the Confession's song The End is near as well as the following:

Cowboy Troy's song Buffalo Stampede Cowboy Troy's MySpace

Kisses for King's Like Always with Tony Lovato, formerly from Mest. Official KFK MySpace

Steel Panther's "Turn Out the Lights," off of the album Feel the Steel

Matt Shadows has also worked on (Former Guns n Roses Guitarist) Slash's self titled solo album on the track Nothing To say

Then the Dirty Little Head 's song Check the Level (remix) with Slash

on Hell or Highwater song Go Alone on the album Begin Again (due out August 9th 2011)

makes a guest appearance in 18 Visions video I let go (the band is not longer together)

Slash's Nothing to Say

Kisses for Kings--Like AlwaysBleeding Through--Portrait of a GoddessBlack Cloud Collective--Go Alone(single)--Begin Again(Album

Awards & accolades

chosen 7th best vocalist by Japan's Burn Magazine's 2011 readers poll.

In Kerrang's Magazine Sept '09 readers poll named M. Shadows as the #14 scariest person in rock.

Shadows won the Best Vocalist at the 2011 Revolvers Golden Gods Awards.

M. Shadows won the 2011 Flecking Records best ink with 55.53% of the vote

Rock One's 2010 Readers Poll M. Shadows was chose #4 Best Singer in the industry.

Family:

Wife- Valary DiBenedetto (twin sister of Guitarist Syn's Wife Michelle)

1 son & another mini Shadow on the way

Dog- Bella

Dad =Gary, Mom=Kim

Younger sis named Amy

Out of the Shadows

quotes from Matt

Speaking to The Pulse Of Radio, (2011) Matt said:

"I think bands burn themselves out. I mean, look what happened to Disturbed. You get caught up in the 'do a record, tour for two years, do a record, tour for two years.' We just need to make sure everybody's mentally in the right spot before we start writing and doing a new record. Right now, I think we're gonna tour, go back to Europe in February, maybe finish up with a couple of things in Europe in the summer, and then take six, seven months and just sit around. If we decide to write, we will, if we decide not to, we won't."

"The biggest band you've never heard of." Matt describing the band

'I wish I could sacrifice Justin Bieber for Jimmy back.'

"I feel guilty moving on you know? Jimmy started this band with us. Why do we have the right to move on without him? Then I think he wouldn't want us to stop. He'd want us to go on and rock out." -2010

It was amazing. I'm not a big guy on awards but I was up there with Bruce Dickinson and Corey Taylor and I said, "C'mon!" We know that Bruce is a fucking legend and Corey is still a legend-in-training (laughs) and it's one of those things that's very flattering. Do I think I'm the best vocalist? No, absolutely not! But it was nice the fans voted and I'm very grateful for it. It was a really nice moment-it was really nice to get it from Sebastian Bach 'cause that guy to me is one of the greatest singers of all time. He could sing anything and always have loved his voice. And so, it was really nice and it was really humbling and gratifying at the same time." ---Ultimate Guitar.com on The Golden Gods awards for winng best vocalist.

"[People] Don't understand that he was my fucking brother, he wasn't my fucking

We don't even want to take pictures with just the four of us, it just feels so wrong. There will always be a place for Jimmy in any pictures that we take of the band from now until we decide it's time to move on."

Censorship, telling people how to live their lives I completely disagree with.

''We definitely learned a lot about living every day to the fullest and loving the ones you have because you never know when you're going to leave this place. No matter what you do in life that's the most important thing because it could end just like that."

After I got my tattoo when I was 15 years old I went crazy from then on out. I like a tattoo more than my normal skin.When I see my own skin I get discusted at it. I immediately want to cover it up with something. That's honestly why I keep getting tattoos."-

We can never be serious.. What's wrong with us!?"

"Well, Avenged Sevenfold is going to hell for this song.

And ALL of you guys are going to hell for listening to it. Even Arin's going to hell… especially Arin."-before playing God Hates us.

We are just trying to make music, and if people like it, then that's awesome

Yeah, they're great and especially Brian's knowledge of music and the stuff he comes up with and he plays; it's really awesome. And Zack is just such a raw player-he's just all feel and he reminds me of a young James Hetfield where it's rhythm-oriented but it's solid as fuck and it's great. It is great getting to play with them and knowing that I can sing anything to them and they can play it. You know what I mean? Like I can say, "Hey, you know, can you play faster here or do this?" and Brian can just play it. Most people don't ever get to deal with that and I guess I'm very lucky to be able to write songs with those guys and be able to do that and not have to work on parts really. I can just kinda sing 'em out and have 'em go at it. on Ultimate Guitar.com Commenting on Synyster Gates and Zacky V's talents.

BE YOURSELF AND LIKE WHAT YOU LIKE, FUCK EVERYONE ELSE."

I'll live in that guys shadow the rest of my life, he's my best friend- Referencing The Rev

I think you gotta have balls to be an Avenged fan sometimes. A lot of our fans get hated on just as much as us. To me Avenged fans aren't just fans of a band, they are fans of everything that surrounds it, like a lifestyle. We live it, you live it. You go to the shows and you can feel it. It's a great experience and people that aren't involved will never understand. So they can stand on the sidelines and talk, but we will just continue to do what makes us all happy." - M. Shadows

Shadz Facts

Born July 31, 1981 6'1"

Personal interests/hobbies:mixed martial arts, jujitsu, Core Performance, classic American muscle cars

I've found on a fan page that Matt occassionally forgets or rewrites song lyrics WHILE performing and sometimes looks to Zacky & Fans for assistance

matt is not a tidy person

On April 20, 2011, Shadows won the Revolver (magazine) Golden God award for Best Vocalist.

Wrote the Guitar riffs for Beast & The harlot & Critical acclaim

Along with Syn is featured on the Good Charlotte song The River (<-- CLick for vid)

Matt's lists his (musical) influences as Guns N' Roses, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, and Pantera. With Philip Anselmo (formerly of Pantera no front man of the Band DOWN being his 'screaming' influence

R.Kelly's Trapped inth e Closet is the R & B song matt thinks 'Rocks' On Mtv Posted Video #14

His first real concert was Rancid when 'Let's Go' came out

Favorite holiday - Halloween

Owns a yellow Lab Named Bella

has said he's spent up to 8 hours a day 7 days a week writing songs

matt who does most of the lyrical writing for the band, completely wrote the lyrics for the likes of Dear God, Brompton Cocktail, Seize the Day & Gunslinger

The Piercings in his ears are 7/16 gage and wishes he could take them out, & had them the same since he was 15 years of age

member of The Freestyle Fight School or The MMA Academy

Fave song off self titled album is Critical acclaim, & with each individual member mentioning what song & why it is their fave... Matt Says "most lazy band' then after Zach mentions his./ M. says a night on stage, is a Nightmare for himself

Likes to munch on pop tarts

Extra Crispy (to Orignal)

a True City of Evil is Bangkok, Thailand

Notes that Iron Maiden puts on the most eleborate shows

Lists Angelina Jolie is his favorite actress (because she's hot)

Tv Show= South Park

jagrmeister over Tequila

Matt is one major coffee drinker. e likes it strong and even has a cup of decaf before bed.

Matt's Wife Valery back in the days was the band's tour manager & Merchandise dealer!

she'd even get up there & sing an 8 second bit of one of the songs. (see All Excess video)

He's allergic to grass

Saw a quote somewhere of Matt saying He'll play hold'em when sober but Black Jack when drunk.

Plays piano organ guitar & bass

has his first cigarette at the age of 12 with the bands long time friend The Rev

if you watch some of the making of Videos for their Self titled album, you will see that Matt has a musical ear for nuances & detail

His favorite wrestler is Triple H

Owns a '72 Chevelle Convertible which I guess should tell you he has a love of Classic cars

THe first actual cD Matt purchased was Per Jam's Ten when the format became popular

Enjoys playing Basketball &when he gets home & a fan of the L.A. Lakers

Drinks Grey Goose w/ Cranberry juice

Likes Gambling but is terrible at it He loves playing Texas hold'em

bat Country is his Fave Video of the band's

Guns n Roses Use Your Illusion as his favorite album all time & credits his day for introducing him to their music.

Matt also enjoyes playing gold & says he's a 10 hadi cap and ahve found he's said he says he's a polo wearing class act on the course

Once had 'The Final Countdown' by Europe as his ringtone

Some of matt's Work out routine consits of well aside of eating healthy runs, practices jujitsu, plays golf, and does core performance training.

His dad is in the intros in the @ the Live @ the LBC dvd

I think I mentioned it before but in case not...Matt had an opertation in 2004 to remove a ruptured blood vessel from his vocal chords

After Matt having vandelized the school, his principal had a heart attack & was then known as "the kid that killed the principal"

Vicious Circle Gang's early member Bill Bourroughs is his uncle

Notes Shawshank Redemption as his fave movie & shares that he liked the movie Black Swan. has said that he pref. to watch a movie with content not necessarily Action

Found this Juicy tidbit.. One of his favorite songs, and guiltiest pleasures, is Aqua's "Barbie Girl." Rev through the Cd out of a window of their bus Matt listened to it so much & it was 'The Rev's Cd!!

Mentioned in an interview his grill(see beast & the harlot video) was made in Atlanta Georgia @ Eddie's Gold teeth & cost $8000

was Kicked out of Christian elementary school.

Matt was in a band call Successful Failure which he wrote the song Streets at the time THe song ended up on Avenged sevenfold's first album OSunding the Seventh Trumpet

I have Heard Jason Berry (Jimmy drum tech) was Shadz best man @ his wedding

His motto is Do what You love or die unhappy

Revolver Golden Gods 2011 interview with M.Shadows

has a vocal coach Ron Anderson who has helped the likes of Axl Rose

He had his nippes pierced in his early 20s

M. Shadows said his parents kicked him out of home when he was in high school not because of any fault of theirs but because he was impossible to deal with. He went on to explain that it was good that the band came along when it did or its possible he would have ended up in jail. He feels very lucky it didn't end up that way. Matt love to pay the xbox game Black Ops he also plays Call of Duty modern warfare 2as much as he can in his spare time. Playing with fans so far on 2 occassions. He even carries around a special road case for his Xbox that looks liek a regular entertainment center which includes a 42" plasma screen & headset. He's been known to hold up the crew from loading & leaving a venue because he's in the middle of a game.

Links

http://www.revolvermag.com/news/exclusive-intervie...

Waking The Fallen Lyrics

2003

1. "Waking the Fallen" 1:42

2. "Unholy Confessions" 4:44

3. "Chapter Four" 5:43

4."Remenissions" 6:07

5."Desecrate Through Reverence" 5:38

6. "Eternal Rest" 5:13

7. "Second Heartbeat" 7:00

8. "Radiant Eclipse" 6:10

9."I Won't See You Tonight, Pt. 1" 8:58

10. "I Won't See You Tonight, Pt. 2" 4:45

11. "Clairvoyant Disease" 5:00

12. "And All Things Will End" 7:41

Total length: 68:40

Songs are in order as they appear on album Full Lyrics click here!!

Waking the Fallen

Wake the ones and Rise tonight

Fallen Souls we Shine so bright

Rise now and ever

Forgotten Memories

Rise now and ever

Forgotten Memories

None can touch us

Unholy Confessions

"I'll try," she said as she walked away, "Try not to lose you."

Two vibrante hearts could change

Nothin' tears the being more than deception,

Unmasked fear

I'll be here waiting, tested and secure

Nothing hurts my world,

Just effects the ones around me,

When sin's deep in my blood,

You'll be the one to fall!

I wish I could be the one,

The one who won't care at all,

But being the one on the stand,

I know the way to go, No one's guiding me.

When time soaked with blood turns it's back,

I know it's hard to fall,

Confided in me was your heart,

I know it's hurting you, but it's killing me

Chapter Four

Give me your hand,

Blood is spilt and man will follow

Infernal man, punishment too great to bear

[The Rev:]

Conceived and born was one of light

Rain and dark, the other born black knight

Raise your head and taste the courage

(the one of light)

Fall from grace, unholy knight

I've come here to kill you,

won't leave until you've died

Murder born of vengeance,

I closed my brothers eyes' tonight...

It's cold tonight as the clouds turn grey

and from my hands to my brothers' grave

You took his side, you took his gift,

feel the power of a fallen man, crestfallen man...

Remenissions

With this ink in our skin we've sealed our fate,

and the axe comes early

(only naturally) So what does that matter?

There's a bed of skeletons waiting for me,

on the other side

They're waiting for my next move (next fatal breath)

Human lives to me seem so unreal, can't see through the fog

(nothing past a grey wall) see past the stereotype

Belief, structure built up in you.

I'll tear you down and the one who created you

DesecrateThrough Reverence

Hard news, taken harder, don't look to me

Disappointed, we don't agree, I don't need your praise...

(don't look my way for help,

from the beginning you came to me)

Never asked you to like me,

I don't want your praise (we won't play your games)

Look down on me, spit in my face,

you're nothing to me:not to me

Darkened eyes you'll see,

there is no hope, no savior in me

(don't look this way, don't breathe this way,

don't stare this way, anymore)

Learned from years gone by, no one will care,

what happens to me

(don't look this way, don't breathe this way,

don't stare this way, anymore)

Eternal Rest

Black enchanting eyes,

cut through my heart

with no regret or sign of life

They tear apart my pride

and cold runs through my veins

I feel their stare from miles

haunting every step

and they won't stop hunting me down

I know the time will come,

when all around me's burned

and you'll still see me there

Asking where you went too

and what person brought you here

And why you left the burning children

cold out in the night

and calling for you all alone...

Second Heartbeat

Gone...

We keep writing, talking and planning, but everything's changing.

We all know what to do but know one does it.

Now this time has passed and full of regret.

Two in my heart have left me a while, I stand alone.

When they get back, it won't be the same.

My life, you've always been there.

Now you're gone and my heads spinning.

Left the childhood, left the memories, left the good times in the past.

Moving on your time has run out.

Wishing the clock would stand still, the world can wait.

Wasting away once again, once lived as friends.

As time passes by, regrets for the rest of my life.

The ones who I confide were gone in the black of the night.

Radiant Eclipse

Two nights ago I was shot

A bullet sunk straight through my skull

A friend pulled the trigger that silenced me

No pain as I awoke, but dead

Seeing the face of the man

The time as he lays down his gun

I knew this was going to take place

White silence, so peaceful, so numb

No one knows the time they're changing

No one will see through:

I won't see you Tonight Part 1

Cry alone, I've gone away

No more nights, no more pain

I've gone alone, took all my strength

But I've made the change,

I won't see you tonight

Sorrow, sank deep inside my blood

all the ones around me,

I cared for and loved

Building up, inside of me

A place so dark, so cold, I had to set me free

Don't mourn for me, you're not the one to place the blame

As bottles called my name, I won't see you tonight

Zacky Vengeance

Yet another Member Zachy Vengeance orignally the only guitarist of the band until Syn Gates joined then became the Rhythm guitarist. Zach was in a band prior to A7X called MPA..Mad Porno Action who he said was not successful. Matt says th anme came from one crazy night. He taught himself how to play when he was 13, and like Shadows and The Rev Attended Huntington High School. He came up with his stage name as a way of getting back at people who doubted his potential. Zach is also responsible for the The Avenged Sevenfold 'initials' A7X. Left handed Zach remembers learning to play guitar upside down on a right handed guitar his parents purchased for his thirteenth birthday. Practicing as much as he could, and watching his favorite bands and those he knew how to play. He'd read each issue of Guitar world cover to cover learning the tabs of the songs published within. Zach also has his own Clothing Line & Webpage

Zacky in love A7Xstatus (by @A7xfbstatus)

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Zacky in love A7Xstatus (by @A7xfbstatus)

Zack Quotes

''If Cain will be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold'' - ??

And in my opinion that's always been one of the greatest things about our band. I mean, to this day the idea of Avenged Sevenfold still makes some people so fucking irate. And that's fine. because I don't think you can truly be a rock band if you don't piss some people off. But the fact of the matter is we lve what we do. We still love writing music. We still love playing music. And we still feel that pressure to deliver something great to the fans- On why bands like Avenged Sevenfold Askin Alexadria Black Veil Brides etc. piss people off

"The Best Revenge Is Bettering Yourself"

"its 1999 upside down, That was the year we formed the band. But 6661 is cool cause its like Satan won. TO me, that's the real number of the beast"

(in an interiew with questions sent in by fans a fan asked...)

If you could have one female artist contribute to your band;Who would it be & why....?

Zack responds ... "To my band or my member..." Zach passes to Syn & he responds "Pamela Anderson.. she's contributed to many bands." Zack.."That's a good one.. I'm going to go with Gwen Stephanie" Interviewer.. Can you see Gwen Stephanie in Avenged Sevenfold? Syn...'In our Dreams"

THere was a time when Metal ruled the world, and I don't see a reason why it should be different now.

Its been like that from day one, there's no middle ground with us. One of our first reviews we got best album of the month and we got worst album of the month at the same time. Its liek maybe we are on to something here.

see pointfest 27 interview below....

"I was pretty young when Appetite for Destruction came out, but I remember watching Guns N' Roses videos around that time and seeing Axl in his white leather jacket and Slash with his top hat and bottle of Jack Daniel's, and just being mesmerized. It seemed way more edgy and badass than bands like Poison!

"The intro riff on 'Sweet Child O' Mine' is flawless. It really grabbed me, and when I started playing guitar, I sat down and learned it, just like everyone else did. Later on, when Matt [Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows] and I were writing our first album, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, Guns N' Roses were a huge influence. Our sound was more hardcore and extremely underground, but we loved Guns, because while we wanted to be fast and heavy and as extreme as possible, we also wanted to have epic guitar parts similar to 'November Rain' and 'Estranged' and 'Sweet Child.'"

"For some reason, I can instantly recall how to play a Metallica or Iron Maiden riff, but I can never go back and just start playing 'Sweet Child'; I have to sit down and work it out a little bit. It's a fairly simple thing, but it takes a certain mind to come up with something like that.I've never heard anything else quite like it." -about Guns n Roses Sweet Child o' mine getting #4 slot in Guitar World's 100 Greatest Rock guitar songs

IF it wasn't for the fans,there would not be an Avenged Sevenfold Right now. We certainly wouldn't have had the strength to get back there & basically walk through the fire at the hardest time of our life. Teh Fans sent in hundres of thousands of letters They made books begging us to keep going & thanking us for what we've done. They held vigils all over the world for Jimmy -Commenting on how the fans helped keep the guys going as a band & to record Nightmare

Tattoos can motivate in all sorts of ways"

"You can't spell bass without ass!"

One thing we take pride in is, being able to play everything we write live

We got to the point where we got sick of the screaming and didn't want to contribute to the noise pollution anymore. Tehn we realized that our favorite bands didn't scream.

Fans and friends are considered family.

Being an A7X fan isn't always easy 'cause it means you’re not only gonna laugh with us.But cry with us and defend us on occasion. If you’re part of the family it’s for life. -Zacky

a Vengeance of Facts

December 11, 1981 5'9 "

Before avenged Sevenfold Zach was in the band MPA which in the all Excess video is noted stood for Mad Porno Action.

Taught himself how to play Guitar when he was Thirteen

Recalls the 1st guitar he play was Right handed even though he's a lefty. He just learned to play upside down

Zach came up with his stage name "Zacky Vengeance" because he wanted to get back at all the people from his youth who doubted his potential, as well as Johnny Crist saying it suited him.

Zack has drank the Blood of a King Cobra while the band was in indonesia

Zach was also responsible for the A7X initialism.

Zack says his fave song is prob m.I.A. from the City of Evil Album "I think that's probbaly the most meaningful, strongest, heartfelt songs That we've ever written

Fave Candy - SOur Patch Kids

April 20, 2011, Vengeance won the Revolver Golden God award for Best Guitar along with band mate, Synyster Gates.

In 2010 Zack was named one of the 30th coolest guitarists of All-Time

Says theMost A7X song to him is "Little Piece of Heaven" as They produced the album with that song themselves & That would drive them to put out any kind of music. That and it was completely different from what people were waiting for from them at the time

Favorite 'Halloween' Movie House of a 1000 Corpses

"Anyone who knows me, knows I've long been inspired and entertained by almost all aspects of the horror world. There is no better way to kill time (no pun intended) then watching movies like "American Psycho" or reminiscing over "Return of the Living Dead" with friends. So for my fellow fans of the macabre I wanted to share my thoughts periodically with you at Bloody-Disgusting.com http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/music/1607

Stay tuned..."

Fave holiday - Christmas halloween Thanksgiving "I like to eat"

Zach's says his fave song/video is Little Piece of heaven because " I really don't play guitar at all" he pretty much doesn't have to play guitar at all

Zach did most of the editing on the band's all Excess dvd

He met M. Shadows in Grade school

Zack played with a broken finger for an entire set after he got into a fight with Johnny

Zack's like music from Rap to punkbut lists the heaver bands as his faves

In the All Excess Dvd say he thinks he was arrested for stealing all the microphones for a gig he performed at his school

Zacks 6661 logo on his guitar has 2 meanings 1. Th 'reverse' of the year A7X was created (in 1999) & the other that 666 in religious circles means the Devil and the '1' meaning the Devil won.

He was picked on in school, including from 'The Rev'

Zack's hair colors have changed throughout the years a couple were blue & another time purple

Like Syn His fave video of the band's is Bat Country

Idols? "Difficult question. I will say that the whole band: Metallica. They have had an incredibly long career despite difficulties, but they have acquitted themselves as pioneers and still make great music. I greatly admire everything they have done"

he would ahve persued a pro baseball career if not a musical one

Most fun song to Play live- Buried ALive because of how the song changes inthe middle that its very fun to play the guitar esp. at that point,where the track changes.

Green is his fave color

A Favorite international band amoung the guys are Sonata Arctica (possibly from Finland) they esp. loved them in the earlier days

Zack as with the A7X abbreviation also came up with the foREVer phrase in rememberance of Jimmy.

Zack lists Rosemary's baby & Return of the living Dead as 2 of his fave horror movies. (as if we couldn't tell with the later being he in earlier days seemed to always were living dead shirts)

He's of German & Italian Decent (tho' I've also heard irish as well)

Best gift from a fan- the book the fans made up with letters and other stuff when Jimmy Passed because the fans wanted the guys to continue as a band. " Its the greatest gift the whole band has received"

His misses his 2 dogs most when he's on tour, wishes he could bring them but...

Majesty is a big dog & Ichabod the elder 'baby' Is just too nasty he doesn't know what kind of dog ichabod is but says he's "The world's meanest dog, & miss him still" "Icky' has his own Myspace page.

Zack's endearing quality has been described as a playboyesque style with bashful boyish charm

Zack stqarted his Vengence university Clothing line in 2005

Why A7X is Great?

1. Great talented musicians who write, record & have produced their own music their own music.

2. I was recently Finally able to see for myself about their Live showwith Their "Welcome to the Family' tour (2011) The guys put on an awesome stage show.

3. They've all got a GREAT sense of Humor & a really cool guys (watch the vids)

4.Though I've unfortunately haven't had the honour yet.. I hear the guys are really down to earth,

City of Evil Lyrics

The following is only snipp[ets of my fave parts of the songs...Full lyrics here

Beast & the Harlot

This shining city built of gold, a far cry from innocence

There's more than meets the eye round here look to the waters of the deep.

A city of evil

There sat a seven-headed beast, ten horns raised from his head

Symbolic woman sits on his thrown but hatred strips her and leaves her naked.

The Beast and the Harlot.

She's a dwelling place for demons, she's a cage for every unclean spirit every filthy bird

And makes us drink the poisoned wine to fornicating with our kings.

Fallen now is Babylon the Great.

Burn it Down

This shining city built of gold, a far cry from innocence

There's more than meets the eye round here look to the waters of the deep.

A city of evil

There sat a seven-headed beast, ten horns raised from his head

Symbolic woman sits on his thrown but hatred strips her and leaves her naked.

The Beast and the Harlot.

She's a dwelling place for demons, she's a cage for every unclean spirit every filthy bird

And makes us drink the poisoned wine to fornicating with our kings.

Fallen now is Babylon the Great.

The city dressed in jewels and gold, fine linen, Myrrh and pearls

Her plagues will come all at once as her mourners watch her burn.

Destroyed in an hour

Merchants and captains of the world, sailors navigators too

Will weep and mourn this loss with her sins piled to the sky

The Beast and the Harlot.

The day has come for all us sinners, if your not a servant you'll be struck to the ground.

Flee the burning, greedy city looking back on her to see there's nothin' around.

I don't believe in fairytales and no one wants to go to Hell, but we made the wrong decision

And it's easy to see. Now if you wanna serve above or be a king below with us your

Welcome to the city where your future is set forever.

Blinded in Chains

And we're at it again, I turn around another fucking war, man

I don't know where to begin, but I'll start with the radical leaders

Their steps we're followin'

Running, don't go back and fight, too many you'll lose

(And as clowns you follow suit behind the blood between the red and white and blue but it's too deep for you to see and

Everyone eventually will take the step 'cause it's in sight you take the left, I'll take the right, I fell the hate you've built

For me and I say pay attention baby)

Bat Country

He who makes a beast out of himself

Gets rid of the pain of being a man

Caught here in a fiery blaze, won't lose my will to stay.

I tried to drive all through the night,

The heat stroke ridden weather, the barren empty sights.

No oasis here to see, the sand is singing deathless words to me.

Can't you help me as I'm startin' to burn (all alone).

Too many doses and I'm starting to get an attraction.

My confidence is leaving me on my own (all alone).

No one can save me and you know I don't want the attention.

Trashed and Scattered

Keep On writing you're just raping yourself (nothing can take my mind away from them)

Don't you ask about me, ask 'bout somebody else (Once I've fallen there's many stories to tell)

I can feel it, won't embrace it, it's overwhelming how far you take it (Stuck in a state of questioning)

And don't you tell me you know we're destined, you won't convince me, I won't listen (Resentment building, you've put our lives on hold)

Trashed and scattered again, I'm feelin' so low

You waste your breath while fuckin' with me, my blood is so cold

My destination always unknown, I'll find my way there

But goddamn motherf**** always wasting my time

The A7X Variety 'hour'

See the guys as young kids

Syn & Shadz being interviewed and Syn Mimmics Johnny

There's a show with Shadows & Johnny on (i think it was from Cinimax) they talk about the Rev, tattoos and more on tour stories)

Avenged Sevenfold Takes Over O-ROCK 105.9

AFN radio interview on you tube

Part 1

Remembering the Rev - The guys talk about what they will remember about Jimmy

part 2

Zack Talking About album art & the album itself

MAtt Talking about Buried ALive

Syn talking about writing SO FAR AWAY

Part 3 Rapid Fire

Concerts

Appears: Live @ Rock On The Range

Dates:May 21 2011

Song: So Far Away

Character connections: ROTR was the last show They played with the Rev as M. Shadows Notes during this video.

Fun facts/trivia:

M. Shadows had throat problems a few days before the show & had to keep quiet so he'd be able to sing.

Zach blog Quote: Two years ago at Rock on the Range was Jimmy's last show with us in the states. Six months after that, Jimmy passed, and it seemed the end was certain for us and A7X. Our fans carried us and got us back on our feet, so, headlining Rock on the Range in front of 35,000 fans who have been through hell and back with us was an amazing tribute to Jimmy

Appears: Mayhem Festival

Date: (uploaded on) Aug 6th 2010

Song: Nightmare

The Picture Quality is quite good but Audio wise 9at least beginning) The person is too close to the amps/speakers

Fun Facts: With MIKE PORTNOY Not 100% sure if this is the right video.. But if it is, at Some point Syn will be on screen & hear Whaaa (or something like that)

Song: Zacky V. Singing Seize the Day

Song: So Far Away

Date/Location: November 15 2010 Melkweg in Amsterdam

Syn's best

Syn Annoys Zack

Official Videos - or featured on track/ in video

Song: Bat Country Inspiration: Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas Fun facts/trivia: actually filmed in las Vegas

Song: Warmnes on the Soul Inspiration : Said to have been written for Shadows Then Girlfriend (now wife) Val

Song: Nightmare Inspiration: video inspiration Jacob's Ladder one of Jimmy The REv Sullivan's fave movies each of the guys represent a different character Fun Facts & Trivia: See the The Making of Nightmare videos

Song:Dear God

Inspiration: Our troops over seas (or just anyone) That's away from their loved ones for long length of time

You can find more on this playlist...

Find more on this playlist

until I can find others that will show up on the page

Johnny Crist

attended huntington Beach high like most of the guys in the band. Although he wasn't in the band at the time he knew the guys as he'd hear them practicing down the street and would always bug then & say your bassist sucks (or things like that) to mess with them. Johnny is the fourth bassist to be in Avenged Sevenfold since its inception when he Joined in 2002 replacing former members Matt Wendt, Dameon Ash and Justin Sane. Then times when Dameon Ash could not atend he'd help the guys out and was able to pick up on the pace of a song he didn't know quite quickly. Which proved to be very unique. The Rev has even said "I don't think any one out there could pick up a bass line as quick as Johnny" Johnny was friends with Zack's younger bro Matt. Taking a few weeks off from school his senoir year to Fill in for Dameon Ash on the bands tour Johnny would be come the permanent bassist for the band and ended up dropping out. Johnny's first recoding with Avenged sevenfold was on the Waking the Fallen, the band's 2nd album.

As mentioned in the All Excess DVD,He started out only signing 'Johnny' for autographs until Zacky came up with Johnny Crist and said "That sounds..really ballsy. Everyone's gonna hate that, so... I should definitely go with that" OVer the years johnny has changing his playing style from mostly picking to plucking the strings with his first 2 fingers.

Unholy Confessions

Johny Quotes

"The only anger I feel is that his death is irreversible. The Rev was a brilliant man who chose his life path. The guy was clairvoyant regarding his end. "Fiction," which he wrote and sang a few days before he died, had not been here otherwise. It was his goodbye."

Christ says that the deceased drummer for a long time, even before the band broke through, said he would be a star and die before he celebrated his 30th birthday.

True fans stick behind bands through thick and thin and we've been lucky enough to have some amazing fans."

"He lived life to the max and we cannot be angry or upset at him for it. In his 28 years he lived more than 90 percent of the world's population makes in a lifetime, I can guarantee that."- a magazine asked him if Johnny was mad at jimmy for how he passed..

We are cocky. I'm not going to deny that."

"Dude, I think of him every day," says Johnny Christ, "Happy thoughts, sad thoughts - he is always there. Everyone talks about him at least once per day and we laugh together at the memories. The grief will never disappear."

There are people who said what are you going to do and how are you gonna get a job now that your tattoos are visable? am not going to regret any of my tattoos."

Our fans weather they're 14 or 40 get along great. Our fans are amazine & really diverse

"We're a very diverse band and we can jump to different places. That's one thing we pride ourselves on. We want to evolve as a band. Each album is different, and we don't wanna keep making the same album. We never will."

"That's just how we've always been from album to album. The new one has always been a departure from the last one because we kinda want that What the Fuck? Reaction."

Rev-

Johnny Freakin Facts

November 18, 1984 5'4" (aka Lawn Gnome)

In May 2009 he participated in the Gumball 3000 Rally, driving coast to coast with the Fuel Girls. He lists his biggest influences as Cliff Burton (late bassist for Metallica) and Duff McKagan (the bassist from Velvet Revolver and formerly Guns N' Roses

Johnny saw his first concert when he was 12.... Metallica his favorite.

"I also love a lot of the cheesy aspects of a lot of horror movies I grew up watching. It's an influence more so in my character and my personality than in my music"

(I remember a story in one of the band's video clips on Johnny maybe in you tube)

In the early days, while Johnny was very drunk, Syn would repeatedly tell himthat he could beat Zacky up. This went on for a few months until one night things came to a head and Johnny said "let's go" (to Zack). So Zacky knocked him out with one punch. Zacky walks off & Johnny runs up behind him, puts his hands through his arms and starts punching Zacky. By this time Zacky had had enough and he started beating Johnny until he gave up. The end result however was that Zacky had to play an entire set with a broken finger. (and I think I remember a black eye)

Johnny has only performed in 3 of the 4 Warped tours A7X participated in.

Johnny can be heard singing backing Vocals on the Welcome to the Family 2011 tour, on songs such as Nightmare and Unholy ConfessionsJohnny was friend's with Zach's younger brother Matt (formerly from the band The Dear & Departed.)

Johnny's been desribed as sweet kinda boy next store charm and could easily qualify as a stellar baby bro

He's the only member to not attend Huntington Beach H.S.

While A7X was touring with Iron Maiden johnny wore a devil costume and got to participate in their stage show.

Known for his signature mohawk

Johnny's hair has been various colors over the years sometimes even multiple colors at once.

Chosen as 29th best bassist on Japan's Burn Magazine reader's poll

Johnny attended & proceeded through Marina high School until he took a leave of absence in his senior year to fill in for Avenged Sevenfold's former bassist Dameon Ash > THe gig became permanant & Johnny dropped out.

He's very afraid of horses (see about the section on his tattoos)

Youngest member of the band

Som of his fave horror movies is the original Nightmare on Elm St & Friday the 13th.

"I had two older brothers who would watch these movies and I wasn't allowed to and I'd sneak out and try to find them and watch them anyways."

Fave Holiday - (lies saying his birthday lands on) Christmas

Loves to tour because he's with his bestfriends and everyday is pretty much a party, even when he's at home ends up calling them to hang out anyway.

Johnny likes Gunslinger off the Self titled album

Johnny's playing style varies by song

Got his first tattoo at the age of 18

His nickname is 'Yeaerd gnome' because of his height.

Late bassist Cliff Burton of Metllica and Duff McKagan of Guns n roses and Velevet Revolver fame are his biggest influences.

Johnny sings backing vocals on the songs Nightmare, God Hates us, Unholy Confession, Critical Acclaim, Scream, Seize the Day, SO far away, A little Piece of Heaven and Almost Easy.

Everything is paid for tonight while at the party of the Dead dancin' in their graves

while the world that they built, Told 'em to change! Told 'em to listen! They just kept it the same and now that midnight has come I'm in a room watchin' the Dead dancin' in their graves!

Diamonds In the Rough Lyrics

1. "Demons" 6:17

2."Girl I Know"4:26

3."Crossroads"4:33

4."Flash of the Blade (Iron Maiden cover)"4:05

5."Until the End" 4:46

6."Tension"4:51

7."Walk (Pantera cover)"5:24

8."The Fight"4:09

9."Dancing Dead"5:54

10."Almost Easy" (CLA Mix)"3:57

11."Afterlife (Alternate version)"5:55

Total length:52:17

Full lyrics

Demons

I've been thinking lots about my life and

How quick I'd wash it down the drain

Past tense the future, nothing matters now

I act on my own and I'm to blame

Living's a wicked dream, when things turn out all wrong

Were all so weak, no matter how strong, yeah

[Chorus:]

I tried running away from me

Convince me that I'm wrong, but I can't

Shake so unnaturally, demons they follow me

I quit running away from me

Convinced that I am wrong, but found out

All my reasons for insanity, all a part of me

Girl I Know

Let me tell ya 'bout this girl I know

That comes alive when you take off her clothes

Theres no tell just where shes been

Ask around but no one seems to know

Late at night when your looking to sin

Call her up and she'll lay down the law

You can't trust her 'cause she'll lie to your face

But that's not why you gave her a call

Crossroads

I've been traveling for so long

So lost till I stumbled upon

Two roads in front of me

I had to take my time

To the right I could see a church

I took a step in that direction first

But to the left there was a watering hole

Where they were whiskey drunk

And now that's where I wanna pray

So far down here just holding on

Flash Of The Blade

[IRON MAIDEN cover]

As a young boy chasing Dragons with your wooden sword so mighty.

You're St. George or you're David and you always killed the beast.

Times change very quickly,

And you had to grow up early,

A house in smoking ruins and the bodies at your feet.

[Chorus:]

You'll die as you lived

In the flash of a blade,

In a corner forgotten by no-one.

You lived for the touch

For the feel of the steel,

One man, and his honor.

Until The End

Weekends on young and angry streets

We meet, drink 'till trouble found us there

Living life as without a care(without a care)

We've had our fights, been black and blue

It's true, I've even gone to jail for you my friends

Bet your life that I'd do it again.

Until the end

Tension

I wake up every morning, bright and early

Roll out of bed but I'm never quite alone

Tension is pulling me in all directions

And I'll be done once you use me as a rope

Sometimes the pressure will just drive you crazy

At any time I could explode

I need some piece of mind, it's got me tired

Don't wanna lose it, but I'm turning down that road

Walk

[PANTERA cover]

Can't you see I'm easily bothered by persistence

One step from lashing out at you...

You want in to get under my skin

And call yourself a friend

I've got more friends like you

What do I do?

Is there no standard anymore?

What it takes, who I am, where I've been

Belong

You can't be something you're not

Be yourself, by yourself

Stay away from me

A lesson learned in life

Known from the dawn of time

Respect

Walk

The Fight

The problem with society's been how do we teach

And if they'll believe.

We'll fight this battle for years to come

'til we only accept that we can stand on our own.

Grandfather used his hands, he worked them to the bone.

To provide his family with a happy home, alone.

Don't take your aggression out on me.

My own man is all I'm meant to be.

This God-damn place is so lazy old and tired

All your ideas are so --- uninspired.

Takes more than one idea

More than one person to fight the fight

How many times have you taught and not conspired?

Avenged Sevenfold

Self Titled

I've only included my favorite parts of the lyrics to the songs but you can get the Full Self Titled albumLyrics here

Critical Acclaim

Shhh... quiet, you might piss somebody off

Like me mother****, you've been at it for too long

While you feed off others' insecurities

You stand in front of me and bite the hand that feeds

(Self-righteousness is wearing thin)

Lies inside your head your best friend

(Heart bleeds but not for fellow man)

Broken glass, your fake reflection

I've had enough

It's time for something real

I don't respect the words you're speaking

Gone too far, a clone

Almost Easy

I feel insane every single time I'm asked to compromise

'cause I'm afraid, I'm stuck in my ways

And that's the way you stay

So how long did I expect love to out weigh ignorance?

Now that look on your face may force the scale to tip

I'm not insane, I'm not insane

I'm not insane, I'm not - not insane

(Mother)

Come back to me, it's almost easy.

(Set it all)

Come back again, it's almost easy.

Scream

Caught up in this madness too blind to see

Woke animal feelings in me

Took over my sense and I lost control

I'll taste your blood tonight

You know I make you wanna scream

You know I make you wanna run from me baby

but know it's too late you've wasted all your time

Relax while you're closing your eyes to me

So warm as I'm setting you free

With your arms by your side there's no struggling

Pleasure's all mine this time

You know I make you wanna scream

You know I make you wanna run from me baby

but know it's too late you've wasted all your time

Afterlife

Like walking into a dream, so unlike what you've seen

so unsure but it seems, cause we've been waiting for you

Fallen into this place, just giving you a small taste

of your afterlife here so stay, you'll be back here soon anyway

I see a distant light, but girl this can't be right

Such a surreal place to see so how did this come to be

Arrived too early

And when I think of all the places I just don't belong

I've come to grips with life and realize this is going too far

I don't belong here, we gotta move on dear escape from this afterlife

Cause this time I'm right to move on and on, far away from here

Gunslinger

Yeah, you've been alone

I've been gone for far too long

But with all that we've been through

After all this time I'm coming home to you

Never let it show

The pain I've grown to know

'Cause with all these things we do

It don't matter when I'm coming home to you

I reach towards the sky I've said my goodbyes

My heart's always with you now

I won't question why so many have died

My prayers have made it through yeah

'Cause with all these things we do

It don't matter when I'm coming home to you

Letters keep me warm

Unbound (The Wild Ride)

Somewhere life is good, and things go as they should

it's hard to find, but that's alright yeah

Searching for the way, push harder everyday

It's deep inside, that shining light yeah

But I'm scarred, by barriers placed in my path

I'm scathed

This ride that takes me through life

Leads me into darkness but emerges into light

No one can ever slow me down

I'll stay unbound

Shhh, Quiet

you might piss somebody off

Arin Ilejay

in an interview with Johnny says he thinks its pronunced iLL-hi "but we just call him Pissant" Arin was previously in the band confide and has been working as Avenged Sevenfold's concert drummer, I think he's a stick now, but in another interview Johnny wasn't sure if he's going to be permanent or if they will look further once the tour is over. He's recorded his first song with the guys The title track from the Call of Duty Black ops video game called Not Ready to Die, There's another called 4 am as well I belive.

He was born Richard Arin Ilejay to father Ric iljay & Mother Charoletter Tuttle in Ventura, California. Arin is of American, Filippino, & Mexican decent on his fathers side & American, Dutch & German on his mother's side. both his parents have musical backgrouns while his father is a professional guitar player & his mother a gospel singer.

Around the age of 9 is when Arin started to play the drums, with his dad learning jazz, funk, rock & latin jazz. Arin learned versitality by playing in top 40 bands ina christian Rock band & jazz/rock bands. The only other formal training Arin's had is with music director Tom Hixon on the Palmdale High School drumline.

Avenged Sevenfold Auditioned only 3 drummer and Arin was recommended by The band's drum tech Mike Fasano

Synyster Gates

Bio

or Syn, Born as Brian Elwin Haner Jr. on July 7, 1981 to Brian Haner, Sr. and Jan Gera. Who had one other child Brent. The couple split when he was a young age 'Papa Gates' remarried hypnotist Suzy Haner. Brian Sr. had a child, Mckenna with her who's younger than Brian. His mother had a child from her second marrige named Johnny.

Syn Who's father Brian Haner Sr. is a comedian, songwriter & guitarist,(& has a few Youtube vids of his own) and attended Mayfair (In Lakewood, Ca) & after transferring graduated from Fountain Valley High School. Brian is mainly self taught in playing guitar by watching videos and reading books.

Brian Jr. has played guitar since he was young, when he picked up a guitar totry & learn Jimmy Page's solos, ingnoring his father's warning. "papa Gates' as fans call him (& also shown on The All Excess video) is a studio muscian who's worked for bands such as Frank zappa. He studied Jazz guitar at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood which was part of the Guitar Institute of Technology. Where being he self taught himself for 10 years it was a little too late He was already playing too fast to stop & change his picking technique.

After six months of studing at the Music Insitute, Gates joined Avenged Sevenfold (A7X) when he was 18 at the end of 1999, before the recording of the band's first album, "Sounding the Seventh Trumpet". he got a call from REV asking to join his band. Syn agreed being swayed to the creative allure of Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, (the album was re-released with Syn playing 'To End the Rapture"(heavy Metal version) insted of continuing his studies and becoming a studio musician. However depending on when the call took place, it could have been Pinkly Smooth (see paragraph below) that The Rev asked him to join. (Tho the source had written Avenged Sevenfold in which Matt was a primary founder so I think P.S. is the correct assumption given they mention to being the singer)

He was featured on their EP, "Warmness on the Soul," and on the reissue of their first album. He also plays piano for the band on songs such as "Beast and the Harlot" and "Sidewinder," though a former member of the band, bassist Justin Sane, played the piano on Warmness on the Soul. In the Avenged Sevenfold DVD "All Excess," to emphasize the seemingly random placing of names, Gates stated that his name was thought of on a drunken walk through the park with The Rev. His exact words were, "I am Synyster Gates, and I am awesome!".

2009 Gibson Guitars offered them an endorsement but was already too late being as Schecter has been there since the beginning . However as far as Syn is concerned Gibson is the best playing guitar all time, & the only thing that comes close is his custom Schecter, & Les Paul lacks a whammy bar & 24 frets which he requires.

Syn joined avenged Sevenfold in 1999 before The Sounding the Seventh Trumpet recording, and after becoming the band's official lead guitarist.

His name came to be created When he and the Rev were driving through a park drunk and suddenly right then and there declared his name to be Synyster Gates not spelled Sinister because he wanted it to stand out. (There's also been bios that mention he already had the name when he was with Pinkly Smooth)

There's been a scholarship named for him at the Musciaians institute in which he attended & graduated. The scholarship is awarded to the student who demonstrates musicianship in the heavy rock and metal genre. Schecter Guitars also will give the student a new guitar to learn on.

Gates has won numerous awards including The 2006 Metal hammer Young Shredder, as well as Guitar Magazine's Guitarist of the year for the same Year. Then April of 2011 along with bandmate Zach (see below) Won The Revolver Magzine's Golden Gods award for Best Guitarist . Syn also has had his own clothing line called Syn Gates clothing. However at this time he's shut it down due to legal issues

Syn like Shadz has also had featured Guest appearances on other bands tracks & Music videos

Gates and M. Shadows worked on Good Charlotte's song and Music Video 'The River'

Syn & his Dad wrote & recorded The PIE song to the Jeff Dunham Show

The pair also worked on Bleeding Through's "Savior, Saint, Salvation" track also featuring (feat. M. Shadows and Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold)

Syn has also worked on Burn Halo's Dirty Little Girl Music Video & makaes a cameo in the video & Anejo tracks on The bands's Debut Self Titled album

Brian Haner Sr Releases "Blow-Up Doll" Video With Cameo From Syn Gates (a little after 1 minute) Watch the comedic Video here the movie was produced by his Step-mom Suzy (watch to tHe very end)

Played with Danny Elfman on the Wanted Soundtrack score

Awards & Accolades

Syn was chosed one of Guitar Hero's 50 fastest guitarists.

In "Guitar World" Magazine 2010 readers poll, Syn was chosen snappiest dresser and the best metal guitarist.

"Rock One" Magazine 2010 readers poll, voted Syn #3 best musician

2006, Syn was named guitarist of the year by "Total Guitar" Magazine.

Metal Sucks chose Syn as their #23 modern metal guitarist out of 25.

Syn won the Dimebag Darrell "Young Shredders" Award in 2006 at the "Golden Gods" Awards run by Metal Hammer.

Gibson Guitars chose Synyster Gates as their #1 favorite guitarist stage name.

Syn was voted 2008 sexiest male in the "Kerrang!" readers poll.

Syn was chosen 17th best guitarist in "Burn" Magazine 2011 readers poll.

In 2010, "Guitar World" Magazine listed Syn as one of the 30 greatest shredders of all-time as well as, one of the 30 coolest Guitarists of all-time.

Pinkly Smooth

As I previously mentioned, before Avenged Sevenfold's Syn & Rev (ne Brian & Jimmy) were in a band called Pinkly Smooth an avant-garde metal band with Jimmy as the vocalist, along with former members of ballistico & former A7X bassist Justin Sane (not to be confused with the one from Anti-Flag) The band was formed in 2001 With REv going under the name RATHEAD. The band had only recorded one album called Unfortunate Snort (which can be found on iTunes), before dispbanding so Rev & Syn could work on Avenged Sevenfold. The band's sound is a crossover of mostly punk, with ska & avant-garde. BRian calls it "Goblin metal with Danny Elfman influences" The album also includes the song McFly which follows. (see Pinkly Smooth section below)

(Rev w/ the kimono & Syn in the middle)

The song Fiction from the 2010 Avenged Sevenfold release Nightmare was initially

written while in Pinkly SMooth, however the abnd was on indefinate hiatus due to the success of Avenged Sevenfold and the Rev never finished it. Revisiting it, he finally finsihed under the title Death three days before he died. Fiction is one of two songs on A&X's Nightmare album to have the Rev's vocals thanks to being able to salvage a demo recording. In binaural magazine however Syn says the guys are thinking or remixing/remastering the album and maybe adding a few new parts as the album's quaity was similar to a demo.

Brian was married to Michelle (twin sister of M.Shadows' wife Val) on May 7, 2010 The 2 have known each other since the 8th grade. Michelle was the clothing designer for Syn Gates Clothing.

http://www.rockaaa.com/download-news/synyster-gate...

Nickname(s):Syn , Bri , Brian , Synyster, Gates

Noteable feature(s):Black/Red/White Fedora Hat Piercings (taken out) & Tattoos

Family:Dad: Brian Haner Sr. Mum: Jan Gera Step Mum: Suzy Haner Brother Brent Half Brother: Johnny (mum) Half Sister : McKenna (dad)

Resides in: Huntington Beach,CA, in Casa Del Syn, Right Off The PCH

Personal interests/hobbies:Drinking, Smoking Surfing & Ju Jitsu (I've seen a red Belt around his gi but haven't gotten more info than that)

was featured in song ''The River" by Good Charlotte along with A7X vocalist,M.Shadows

sponsored by Schecter Guitar Research with Zacky Vengeance since 2004

has a clothing line called Syn Gates Clothing

Endorsements:mainly uses Schecter Guitars, & Schecter Guitar Research has been sponsoring him.

Avenger Signature models

Schecter Synyster Gates Custom with "REV" inlays on fret board instead of "SYN" featured in the So Far Away music video

When Avenged was recording Waking the Fallen & City of Evil used ESP guitars

Schecters custom models with Rebel flag

Gibson Les Paul in arctic white, this was used in the video for Unholy Confessions

He also has some a Gibson Les Paul, Ibanez, and Parker Fly. 1957 Fender Stratocaster Deluxe (With Humbucker Pickups)

He uses a variety of Amps & Effects units. Marshall, Krank, Boss, Franton, Digitech, Dunlop, MXR, Mesa Boogie Dual Erectifier, Ernie Ball Wah Pedal, Mesa Boogie & Mashall Cabinets,

Search for A7X words - found on Facebook

DISCLAIMER: I take no credit for this.. There is credit in the image itself. However if you posted it on Facebook please let me know & I will give credit to you as well

Syn Quotes

Synyster Gates -

Brian Haner Sr.: "I wanted you to know, no rockstars were harmed in the making of this video."Synyster Gates:"Yep, just my dignity."

From papa Gates Video Blow Up Doll

It was my first time writing lyrics, I don't know what the fuck I think about them.

But they're exactly what I feel about Jimmy, who he is, and all of that kind of shit.

"Sullivan was my soul mate"

Bat country, it's not a video, it's a movie." - Synyster Gates

Pink is the new Black (in a funny clip from the All Excess DVD)

When i was growing up, Slash was the guy for sure. Teh hat, The guitar, The 'Novemeber Rain' video where he's standing on the piano ripping that solo..(mmm Is that why Syn's on the coffin in Seize the day??getting his inner Slash on?) - he the whoe package. And I still consider him the best melodic layer of all time.

I am Synyster Gates & I am AWESOME

If I had to do anything else in the world i would be a failure . I was an honro student until 4th grade, got a guitar in my hand then quickly became an educational failure. THis is all I can do now, and want to do my best

Just so you know you don't play guitar with your neck bro you play with your bum bum!

WE're just so fucking proud of what weve accomplished with his record. WE rea;y worked together as a group, as songwriters, as players. To come up with the best and most diverse stuff we have ever done. What anyone else says doesn't really matter.- interview on the self titled album

"Like most bands we're a family, family before band. If we broke up tomorrow, we'd still be friends." -Syn

'The most important part of a song is the solo. Everybody knows that, right? Everybody knows that!!'

"I think all of our personalities in the band are pretty eccentric, in a way. Just a little bit out there."

"We never go unnoticed That's for sure.

People either hate everyhing about us -THe full 10m minute songs, all the guitar solos, the singing,& the lyrics, the crazy drumming or they have absolute undying love for us. there's no middle ground.

In my experience I find there's a lot less competition than what you read abotu in guitar magazines. Guitar palyers can definately be a litte catty and egotistical and competitive, but most have been really cool people, Except for Zack.

My dad was always playing, touring. He's not the best teacher in the world. He used to

get frustrated but I pulled it out of him. Things like Black Dog, Stairway to Heaven, the stuff I first lernt, it was from him. Its cool having him on the album with us, he likes doing it, and he's pretty darn good. I'm a little better but Whatever! He's unreal & he's played with everybody and he's great in t he studio. plus with "So Far Away" I had to have my father with me on that ong obviously -Metal Hammer

Hear What syn has to say about Jimmy (Rev) & a Toast to the Rev as well (also posted on a prev. page)

'I hope they realize that music is music, and that music is not a scene, not a style.

Music is a beautiful fucking thing to listen to. It is not a thing to fucking preach to others about, it's not a fucking cause. It is what it is and that's a beautiful artform.'

I am an Intelligent drunk, becasue an intelligent Drunk Carries his liquor with him - seen on banner with Syn on someone's page.

He's a buff guy. He's a fearless leader and the best fuckin front man ever. Great singer--as creative as they come. Huge horse cock. God I love that horse cock. He's made grown men cry."--Brian Haner in reference to Matt

.I wanted a lot of tattoos but I never thought I was gonna be this rediculous

i love jazz from a metal standpoint crazy arpiggios with a ton of altered holes, but equally apalatable as the straight ahead stuff. anything to make it heaviers, goofier, funnier. I'm a big climax guy. (::Blush:: smirk)... I want every song to be a roller coaster ride, but to never forget about structure an melody You braoden fans horizons if you do it right.

Syn during the Revolver Golden Gods interview said that They heard about being introduced for their miniconcert by Lars & Robert of Metallica (it was suppose to be a surprise)

"Probably an hour before we played. It wasn't completely confirmed, it was just a rumor. And that's the thing: Anybody in our camp, if anybody gets wind of anything, they don't keep shit a secret"

2011 Revolver Golden Gods awards Syn Gates interview

"Music is pretty much in my blood and it's definitely in my environment."

Syn on Why The band doesn't do Tv Covered Events (from interview above)

Yeah, I probably sound like a douchebag, but it's more from insecurity. We never played TV-covered events. We don't play stuff like that. We don't think we sound good. And we don't want to-we're kind of an arena band. We just want to sound fucking big and gigantic and it always just thins out over TV. But because of how good you guys have been to us, and we heard of how cool this thing was going to be-a huge event-we really wanted to do it. And we're so glad that we did. It was unbelievable.

for the first two weeks after he passed we were done as a band. Just Done. Becaue of the fans, jimmy's Parents, relitives etc. They DEMANDED that we continue to spread the legacy that is , You know the Crazy james 'The REv' Sullivan. They really got our ass in gear to get out and finish the record and bring it to life you know-interview saw on youtube

Jimmy was a shooting star and those things, fucking burn out quickly.

Jimmy wasn't fucking addicted to anything, he was addicted to life.

Music is pretty much in my Blood and its definately in my envoirment

ZackAnd in my opinion that's always been one of the greatest things about our band. I mean, to this day the idea of Avenged Sevenfold still makes some people so fucking irate. And that's fine. because I don't think you can truly be a rock band if you don't piss some people off. But the fact of the matter is we lve what we do. We still love writing music. We still love playing music. And we still feel that pressure to deliver something great to the fans- On why bands like Avenged Sevenfold Askin Alexadria Black Veil Brides etc. piss people off

"The Best Revenge Is Bettering Yourself"

"its 1999 upside down, That was the year we formed the band. But 6661 is cool cause its like Satan won. TO me, that's the real number of the beast"

(in an interiew with questions sent in by fans a fan asked...)

If you could have one female artist contribute to your band;Who would it be & why....?

Zack responds ... "To my band or my member..." Zach passes to Syn & he responds "Pamela Anderson.. she's contributed to many bands." Zack.."That's a good one.. I'm going to go with Gwen Stephanie" Interviewer.. Can you see Gwen Stephanie in Avenged Sevenfold? Syn...'In our Dreams"

THere was a time when Metal ruled the world, and I don't see a reason why it should be different now.

Its been like that from day one, there's no middle ground with us. One of our first reviews we got best album of the month and we got worst album of the month at the same time. Its liek maybe we are on to something here.

see pointfest 27 interview below....

"I was pretty young when Appetite for Destruction came out, but I remember watching Guns N' Roses videos around that time and seeing Axl in his white leather jacket and Slash with his top hat and bottle of Jack Daniel's, and just being mesmerized. It seemed way more edgy and badass than bands like Poison!

"The intro riff on 'Sweet Child O' Mine' is flawless. It really grabbed me, and when I started playing guitar, I sat down and learned it, just like everyone else did. Later on, when Matt [Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows] and I were writing our first album, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, Guns N' Roses were a huge influence. Our sound was more hardcore and extremely underground, but we loved Guns, because while we wanted to be fast and heavy and as extreme as possible, we also wanted to have epic guitar parts similar to 'November Rain' and 'Estranged' and 'Sweet Child.'"

"For some reason, I can instantly recall how to play a Metallica or Iron Maiden riff, but I can never go back and just start playing 'Sweet Child'; I have to sit down and work it out a little bit. It's a fairly simple thing, but it takes a certain mind to come up with something like that.I've never heard anything else quite like it." -about Guns n Roses Sweet Child o' mine getting #4 slot in Guitar World's 100 Greatest Rock guitar songs

here's some links to interviews

Rev's Family Keeps Avenged Sevenfold together

Avenged diaries

Syn talking about Revolver Golden gods awards

Syns toasts the Rev

"I was originally writing 'So Far Away' in Honor of my Grandfather", it later on became to also honor his late bandmate The Rev

In the Revolver special issue that came out the same day as the Nightmare album, Synyster Gates stated he originally started out writing the song for his grandfather

Synyster Facts - I feel a Syn coming on

5'10"

Syn writes left handed

Met The Rev when he was in 8th grade

Brian says he got into a fight with Jimmy that they were standing in line in woodshop and he was doing something & he hit'em

played in an avant-garde metal band named Pinkly Smooth The band has released one album, Unfortunate Snort on Bucktan Records, which features a crossover sound of mostly punk, ska and avant-garde

Sonata Artica, Syn lists as 'probably' one of his all time favorite bands. (there they go again, I heard Zacky mention them before I have to check them out)

Inherited a gun collection from his grandfather including a .50 calibur a hand cannon revolver by smith & Wesson which has the stopping power 3x that of a .44 magnum. Brian says Teh .50 "is the loudest craziest thing. He ever shot or heard in his life" he also has a .45. The 2 guns are his faves out of the "tons' in the collection

studied at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood as part of the Guitar Institute of Technology program, studying jazz guitar. He was there six months when The Rev rang him up to Join A7X

'Papa Gates' is a comedian, songwriter, and guitarist and can be seen in the Concert intros on the Live @ the LBC DVD as well as plays guitar on a couple of the songs on Nightmare

plays piano for the band on songs such as "Beast and the Harlot" and "Sidewinder,"

Syn says he plays 'a little bit of Drums' 2011 Revolver Golden Gods awards Syn Gates interview

http://www.revolvermag.com/news/exclusive-intervie...

In the Avenged Sevenfold DVD "All Excess," to emphasize the seemingly random placing of names, Gates stated that his name was thought of on a drunken walk through the park with The Rev. (menwhile other sources note he already had the name when he was in Pinkly Smooth)

Along with Shadows was featured on the Good Charlotte song 'The River'

His favorite color is purple

Favorite Holiday - Christmas (but once the Rev mentions New years Eve, Syn says he'll go with that)

Syn started to play guitar around 9 but didn't get serious about it until a few years later

"I think we're alone now" by Tiffany a very pop song... is the first song Brian learned how to play

has a dog named Pinkly she's of the maltese breed and she's syn's 'baby girl' Brian also has a larger type of dog (but I have yet to hear what type and its name)

has a specially designed box to hold all his hats, & the that box used to steal the Rev's seat when the band was traveling.

Syn competed in Ju Jitsu competitions. as far as I've seen in pics he's a red belt. (not sure if he went any further)

Syn's fave song to play live off the self titled album is Almost easy & says that he "can play most of it with one hand, & drink a coke (band laughs) & wave to the audience most of it is played with his right hand & so its 'almost easy' For me

If you've seen (I think its) the All Excess video,otherwise is might be one from the MVi someone posted to you Tube. Syn hates to re-string his guitars & just sends them back to Schecter to do it, Sometimes delaying album recordings. (I remember one vid it sounded like he said he doesn't know how.

the beatles as the best composers ever

Had his own clothing like for I think 7 years but was closed due to legal issues but hopes to reopen it someday

He has won numerous awards, including the 2006 Metal Hammer "Young Shredder" award and the 2006 Total Guitar Magazine "Guitarist of the Year April 20, 2011, Gates won the Revolver Golden God award for Best Guitar along with band mate, Zacky Vengeance

"Songs that changed my Life' (from mag article)

Novemeber Rain by Guns n Roses

Take the TIme -Dream Theater

Regular People (Conceit) -Pantera

Piece of my Heart - Big Brotehr & the Holding Company

Union of the Snake- Duran Duran (Guilty Pleasure)

When I'm Sixty-Four by THe Beatles

Stubb (A Dub) by Mr. Bungle

Black Dog by Led Zepplin

Others He loves

El Scorcho by Weezer

Last Drop Falls by Sonata Arctic

Pink Triangle -Weezer

Edward Scissorhands Theme - Danny Elfman

Tiny Dancer - Elton John

Last Goodbye -Jeff buckly

My Best Friend - Weezer

Turn that heartbeat over again- Steely Dan

Heart in a cage- The Strokes

Lives in 'Casa del Syn' off the Pacific Coast Highway

Family: Brian Haner Sr. who's a comedian, Mom Jan & Step Mother Suzy

has a brother, a half brother (mom) and a half sister (dad)

about Jimmy "He's got one of my favorite voices in the world"

Syn was chosen as one of Guitar Hero's 50 fastest guitarists.

I've seen that he has upwards of 250+ hats in his collection.. you know the same one that the guys would have to wait til they were checked in at the airport & used to steal Jimmy's seat

Brian having been around music all his life w/ 'Papa Gates' (as fans call him as well as the guys He shows up in the All Excess Dvd) being a studio muscian working withbands like Frank Zappa...Brian has played guitar since he was young, when he picked up a guitar to try & learn Jimmy Page's solos, while ingnoring his father's warnings.

Brian has noted that musicians the likes of Dhango Reinhardt, adam Aparicio, basillios, Dimebag Darrell, Slash, & Francis Canavan . Slash of Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, and John Petrucci, Dream Theater as his guitar influencesas his favortie Guitarist & major influences

Favorite band is Mr. bungle with the earlier stuff being his faves

Allergic to bees and a Bee sting is the one thing he says he truely fears. (He almost died as a child from one)

When Brian was fourteen the first couple of bands he got into was Led Zepplin and Song was Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. (see Rockaaa 2011 Download Fest Link in his bio above or on the quotes page)

in an Interview with Nate and Reevis from 92.7/98.5 inRadio show from WV Syn mentions That he's "in Awesome company' having Nightmare at #1 on the charts alongside the likes of Lady Gaga & Katy Perry and actually a fan of those artists. (see Interview with Synyster Gates (New 2011) on Quotes page for more)_

You may have seen Syn on a mostorcycle ne 'Chopper' made by Lucky Seven Choppers

Asked During TRL (see Vid in Quotes page) if he was good at Geography says "yeah' ..."I was good at all the subjects' (but see vid for HOW he says it) something tells me he wasn't

Fave Vid by the band was Bat Country (see pointfst 27 interview on Quotes page)

His first tattoo he got when he was fifteen and is the 1 located on his (right) thumb

His endearing qualities: for one Those funny faces he makes on stage and photos which bring a smile to your face and laughter to your heart. he also has a sarcastic humerous wit about him.

Syn played on the Wanted album with Danny Elfman

papa Gates & Syn wrote & recorded the theme Song for the Jeff Dunham Show

Syn notes his mom's opinion is most important

All time favorite song is Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen (sorry if I already mentioned it)

July 7 2011 Syn's birthday was one of the trending topics on Twitter.

2009 Gibson Guitars offered them an endorsement but was already too late being as Schecter ahs been there since the beginning . However as far as Syn is concerned Gibson is the best playing guitar all time, & the only thing that conmes close is his custom Schecter, & Les Paul lacks a whammy bar & 24 frets which he requires.

Syn joined avenged Sevenfold in 1999 before The Sounding the Seventh Trumpet recording, and after becoming the band's official lead guitarist.

His name came to be created When he and the Rev were driving through a park drunk and suddenly right then and there declared his name to be Synyster Gates not spelled Sinister because he wanted it to stand out. (There's also been bios that mention he already had the name when he was with Pinkly Smooth)

There's been a scholarship named for him at the Musciaians institute in which he attended & graduated. The scholarship is awarded to the student who demonstrates musicianship in the heavy rock and metal genre. Schecter Guitars also will give the student a new guitar to learn on.

Gates has won numerous awards including The 2006 Metal hammer Young Shredder, as well as Guitar Magazine's Guitarist of the year for the same Year. Then April of 2011 along with bandmate Zach (see below) Won The Revolver Magzine's Golden Gods award for Best Guitarist . Syn also has Had his own clothing line called Syn Gates clothing . However at this time he's shut it down due to legal issues

Brian is married to Michelle (twin sister of M.Shadows' wife Val) The 2 have known each other since the 8th grade. Michelle was the clothing designer for Syn Gates Clothing.

Gates cites Django Reinhardt, Adam Aparicio, Basillios, Dimebag Darrell, Slash, and Francis Canavan as his favorite guitarists and major influences. He has won numerous awards, including the "Young Shredder" award of the year in the Metal Hammer awards in 2006 and the "Guitarist of the Year" Award for Total Guitar Magazine in 2006. Synyster Gates was also a member of the "Goblin Metal" side-project Pinkly Smooth with The Rev and Justin Sane. Pinkly Smooth was disbanded because Gates and The Rev wished to focus full-time on Avenged Sevenfold, although when asked recently, they both revealed there is a new side project being planned, featuring the two playing classic Pinkly Smooth tunes.

Synful Visions - & Pinkly SMooth

*Syn doing his solo thing in Germany

*Burn Halo's Dirty Little girl video is on here because Syn had something to do with it. I forget if he's in the video or helped with the song. (If he's in the video, I can't find him)

*Avenged Sevenfold's Synyster Gates WGRD Interview at Rock On The Range 2011

Pinkly Smooth

YES! This is The Rev singing

as I previously mentioned, before Avenged Sevenfold's Syn & Rev (ne Brian & Jimmy) were in a band called Pinkly Smooth an avant-garde metal band with Jimmy as the vocalist, along with former members of ballistico & former A7X bassist Justin Sane (not to be confused with the one from Anti-Flag) The band was formed in 2001 With REv going under the name RATHEAD. The band had only recorded one album called Unfortunate Snort (which can be found on iTunes), before dispbanding so Rev & Syn could work on Avenged Sevenfold. The band's sound is a crossover of mostly punk, with ska & avant-garde. BRian calls it "Goblin metal with Danny Elfman influences" The album also includes the song McFly which follows. written while in Pinkly SMooth, however the abnd was on indefinate hiatus due to the success of Avenged Sevenfold and the Rev never finished it. Revisiting it, he finally finsihed under the title Death three days before he died. Fiction is one of two songs on A7X's Nightmare album to have the Rev's vocals thanks to being able to salvage a demo recording. In binaural magazine however Syn says the guys are thinking or remixing/remastering the album and maybe adding a few new parts as the album's quaity was similar to a demo.

'Rev' in the kimono and Syn on your right

'Rev' in the kimono and Syn on your right
'Rev' in the kimono and Syn on your right

Nightmare Lyrics

I've only included my favorite parts of the lyrics to the songs but you can get the Full Nightmare Lyrics here

Nightmare

(Now your nightmare comes to life)

Dragged ya down below,

Down to the Devil's show,

To be his guest forever,

(Peace of mind is less than never)!

Hate to twist your mind,

But God ain't on your side,

An old acquaintance severed,

(Burn the world, your last endeavor)!

Flesh is burning, you can smell it in the air,

'cause men like you have such an easy soul to steal (steal).

So stand in line while they ink numbers in your head,

You're now a slave until the end of time here,

Nothing stops the madness turning,

Haunting, yearning, pull the trigger!

You should have known, the price of evil,

And it hurts to know that you belong here, yeah

Oh, it's your fuckin' nightmare!

(While your nightmare comes to life)

Can't wake up and sweat,

'cause it ain't over yet,

Still dancing with your demons,

(Victim of your own creation)!

Beyond the will to fight,

Where all that's wrong is right,

Where hate don't need a reason,

(Loathing self-assassination)!

Welcome to the Family

Welcome To The Family

Hey kid, do I have your attention?

I know the way you've been living

(Life's so wreckless, tragedy, endless)

Welcome to the family

Hey, theres something missing

Only time will alter your vision

Never in question, lethal injection

Welcome to the family

Not long ago you'd find the answers we're so crystal clear

Within a day you find yourself living in constant fear

Can you look at yourself now?Can you look at yourself?

You can't win this fight!

Danger Line

My sixteen, locked loaded

All fear has been avoided

You say the words and my weapon is drawn

This one could be my last time

Some people call it war crime

I may be staring at a lethal sight... to die

Nothing shocks you like a bullet hole

(Leaving my fear on the danger line)

Suffering a man should never know

(Leaving my faith on the danger line)

Buried Alive

Take the time just to listen

When the voices screaming are much too loud

Take a look in the distance

Try and see it all

Chances are that you might find

That we share a common discomfort now

I feel I'm walking a fine line

Tell me only if it's real

Still I'm on my way

(On and on it goes)

Vacant hope to take

Hey I can't live in here for another day

Darkness has kept the light concealed

Grim as ever

Hold on to faith as I dig another grave

Meanwhile the mice endure the wheel

Real as ever

And it seems I've been buried alive

Take you down now

Burn it all out

Throw you all around

Get your fucking

HANDS OFF ME

Whats it feel like?

Took the wrong route

Watch it fall apart

Now your knockin'

AT THE WRONG GATE

For you to pay the toll

A price for you alone

The only deal you'll find

I'll gladly take your soul

While it seems sick

Sober up quick

Psycho lunatic

Crushing you with

HANDS OF FAITH

Shame to find out

When it's too late

But you're all the same

Trapped inside

INFERNO AWAITS

Evil thoughts can hide

I'll help release the mind

I'll peel away the skin

Release the dark within

This is now your life

Strike you from the light

This is now your life

Die buried alive

Natural Born Killer

Natural Born Killer

One snap for the dieing

One click to end the day

Another story with a mangled scene

It couldn't happen any other way

You wanna talk about it?

I'm begging you to walk in my shoes any time

Watch the clock 'til you unwind

You wanna cry about it?

It's making me consider that I lost my mind

The way I see, you must be blind

So this is the world you left behind

This is the guilt that consumes you

So die alone

This is the one thing that I won't do

So say your prayers

'Cause I ain't leaving here without you

Can't bribe me with money

Can't shower me with shame

Another killer from a broken home

Until you covered me with manic fame

You wanna know about it?

So Far Away (Rev's song)

Never feared for anything

Never shamed but never free

A light that healed a broken heart with all that it could

Lived a life so endlessly

Saw beyond what others see

I tried to heal your broken heart with all that I could

Will you stay?

Will you stay away forever?

How do I live without the ones I love?

Time still turns the pages of the book its burned

Place and time always on my mind

I have so much to say but you're so far away

Plans of what our futures hold

Foolish lies of growing old

It seems we're so invincible

The truth is so cold

A final song, a last request

A perfect chapter laid to rest

Now and then I try to find a place in my mind

Where you can stay

You can stay awake forever

How do I live without the ones I love?

Time still turns the pages of the book its burned

Place and time always on my mind

I have so much to say but you're so far away

Sleep tight, I'm not afraid

A Final Song, a Last request, a perfect chapter laid to rest

-So Far Away

Reverend Tholomew Plague February 9, 1981-December 28 2009

also known as James Owen Sullivan in a video says he "started playing drums around the age of five for fun, tried to take lessons for awhile but it didn't work out. Then again started taking lessons at 10 again." He was the youngest member of an ensemble at the age of 13 (you can see this in the end of James Owen Sullivan "Official" Tribute pt 1 & beginning Rev tribute pt. 2 (& there's also a 3rd part) A Different sorce mentions he received his first pair of drum sticks at the young age of four, and his own drum set at age 11. He's been playing drums all his life. He was kicked out of Cathoic school in the third grade and our of High school in 2001. Before high school he began playing double bass. In High school he started playing in bands one being a Ska band called Suburban Legends.(The band has an album called origin Edition) He was lead sing in the band Pinkly SMooth with Synyster Gates .while in High Shcool and with Pinkly Smooth The Rev would wear brightly colored clothing such as kimonos. At age eighteen he recorded Sounding the Seventh Trumpet with Avenged Sevenfold. He was a bit of a trouble maker, the town menace no child was really alloud to hang out with him.

Some of his earlier influences were Frank Zappa & King Crimson. Down the road Vinny Paul (Pantera) , Mike Portnoy (dream Theater), & Metallica's Lars Ulrich became his other influences with Tommy Lee as a visual influence for him.

'The Rev's full stage name I recently found out was: The Reverend Tholomew Plague. In his previous band Pinkly Smooth with fellow Avenged Sevenfold member Synyster Gates 'The Rev' was the Vocalist and known as Rat Head, and the band recorded the album Unfortunate Snort' His Fiction tattoo he got because he said "his life, if he were to tell it to someone else; would propably sound like Fiction."

Sullivan's signature ability which he called "the double-ride thing, just for lack of a better definition, because no one does it," is a technique that can be heard on tracks such as "Almost Easy", "Critical Acclaim", and "Crossroads" in which Sullivan doubles up at a fast tempo between the double bass and ride cymbals. I've read that during the 2011 Welcome to the Family tour, drummer, Arin Ilejay, has been doing the "double-ride thing" during live performances, which Mike Portnoy refused to do during his run with the band out of respect for the Rev.

The Rev besides being the drummer partook in Songwriting for the band as well as Vocals, & Playing piano Here's a list of what he did on which songs.

piano-playing on the tracks "Warmness on the Soul", "Seize The Day", "Fiction" and "Save Me".

Vocals are featured in Avenged Sevenfold's "A Little Piece of Heaven", "Brompton Cocktail", "Critical Acclaim", "Crossroads", "Gunslinger", "Lost", "Scream", "Afterlife", "Save Me", and "Fiction".

He used his knowledge of the guitar and piano to write the songs "Almost Easy", "A Little Piece of Heaven", "Afterlife", "Brompton Cocktail", "Welcome to the Family", "Save Me", and "Fiction".

He also contributed to the making of "Critical Acclaim" and "Lost".

The Rev's body was found dead on Dec 28 2009, while his death was reported as natural & the autopsy came back inconclusive Come June it was revealed an acute polydrug intoxication due to combined effects of oxycodone (OxyContin), oxymorphone (a metabolite of oxycodone), diazepam (Valium), nordiazepam (a metabolite of diazepam) and alcohol. Cardiomegaly (enlarged heart) was reported as a "significant condition" that may have played a role in the death.

Three days before The Rev's death he sang & recorded the song Fiction on the band's Nightmare album.

January 5th 2010 a private funeral was held for family & friends and a day later he was laid to rest.

Fave holiday- Halloween

Rev's fave song to play live was ittle Piece of heaven

*The Rev has been arrested in the U.K. several times, as well in Amsterdam while high for for hitting pigeons with a stick.

*He's most often times the drunk one of the group, the Rev is a musical genius, and is a very amazing writer and composer.The Rev wrote "Almost Easy", "A Little Piece of Heaven", and "Afterlife" and "Brompton Cocktail" on the new self-titled album. He also wrote parts for "Critical Acclaim" and "Lost". He also provides vocals in "A Little Piece of Heaven", "Afterlife", "Crossroads", "Critical Acclaim", and the cover of Iron Maiden's "Flash of the Blade".The Rev was able to get Steve Bartek and Marc Mann of Oingo Boingo to come in and compose as well as direct an orchestra to play on his masterpiece, "A Little Piece of Heaven".

*Even though he had spiders all over him in the "Afterlife" video, the Rev announced he is arachnophobic, but was just "doing it for the fans, doing it for the kids."

*Before 'The Rev' Jimmy was also known as Rat Head while in t he band Pinkly SMooth

*The Rev's musical influences are Vinnie Paul of Pentera, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, & Oingo Boingo & Dave Lombardo and Paul Bostaph of Slayer

*Jimmy wrote many parts and lyrics to many of the songs, and was always recognized as a great drummer, songwriter, and friend. As Shadows says in the All Excess video..

*Jimmy is always asked to be the Best man at weddings

foREVer made by Morgan Walker of DeathBat Babes foREVer

foREVer made by Morgan Walker of DeathBat Babes foREVer
foREVer made by Morgan Walker of DeathBat Babes foREVer

Rev Quotes

"The people in this band are my best friends on the planet. Some I've known longer than others and some truely are my heart and my soul".

"I like to impress Synyster with my drumming. 'cause I like him. We grew up playing music together, and I grew up with Shadows, too. So anytime we impress each other I think it's really rewarding." "A spoonful of Jimmy helps the whole world go down!"

"Record this, god damn it, I'm gonna play some drums!

"I don't blame anyone for wanting to **** us!""Spiders and ******', **** on my face. I'm not happy about it at all! There's nothin' to be happy about. Spiders on my face. But it's gonna look really cool." (about the bands AFterlife vid)

"That's the biggest ******* duck I've ever seen in my life! C'mere you .. ******* stallion duck!"

"Surprised to say that Val took care of me for many many years on tour, and is one of my best friends in the world." - about Valary DiBenedetto

My life is kinda like a story that if I told you about it you probably wouldn't believe. It would seem like fiction. That's me.

Quotes about 'The Rev'

We were just playing punk rock songs and he ruled at the drums." - M. Shadows

"The Rev was and remains the most talented musician I ever met." - Brian Haner Sr.

"The Rev is out of his mind, in the most wonderful way." - Valary DiBenedetto (as said on the All Excess vid)

I first met him when he was 14. He came to my house and played the drums exactly the way he played up 'til now - with flawless technique and reckless abandon. He was, and remains, the most talented musician I have ever met. An artist almost beyond comprehension. He was an unbelievable writer, pianist, and singer that could have made a name for himself doing just those things. But he didn't. He simply chose to be one of the best drummers on the planet. (oop Ihtink this was matt)

- 'Papa Gates' see more http://www.myspace.com/brianhaner/blog/523984757

He inspired people in different ways. He wasn't just a drummer.. he was all about creating beautiful songs, original fills, and hopefully touching people. -JULIE7X on You tube Her Avenged Sevenfold So Far Away Tribute

Basically When Jimmy Passed, The first day was jsut filled with Crazy Crazy sadness. & it was a little tough but literally into that evening we jsut started telling stories about him and literally for the next two weeks as long as we were with friends & family we didn't stop laughing cause that guy just lived a really truely legendary life & was jsut a character beyond Characters. -Syn (see Radio Recon part 1 interivew for more same for next 2)

One thing I'll never forget his laugh this abundant lke giant man but little kid inside laugh.I'm Definaltey never going to forget that laugh cause its still in my head -Johnny

He was a very affectionate & I think that's what I'll remember. He always demanded affection from his friends & returned it. -Zack

The Rev is one of the most talented guys I know and ahve ever met. No matter what band you talk about ;the biggest most famous bands of all time, he's right up there as far as I'm concerned. He's a brilliant writer, he's got one of my favorite voieces in the world, and I know this for a fact, he's the best drummer in the world. I mean put those things together and he's a pretty unstoppable dude. I fel very much like that with the rest of the guys too - Syn

Revolver Magazine Extras

Mike Portnoy

Substituted for REv

Mike Portnoy

The winner of 23 Modern Drummer awards & former drummer, backing vocalist, & co-founder of his former band Dream Theater. It was announed he left the band September 8 2010. IN February 2011 Mike announced that he'd started a new project with vocalist Russel Allen & Guitarist Mike Orlando of the band Symphony X. THe project called Adrenaline Mob also features bassist Paul DiLeo and guitarist Rich Ward. There should be an album out sometime in 2011

Temporarily sat in as drummer for Avenged Sevenfold in the studio to finish the Nightmare album and Tour in 2010,when Jimmy'THe Rev' passed on.

Mike was one of Rev's favorite drummers and one of the reasons the band asked if he'd sit in, as well as the reason he was honored to do so.

April 2010 Mike released what his status with Avenged Sevenfold is on their official site

"Although I wish I could stay on board with A7X in a more permanent capacity, the reality is that I am committed to Dream Theater as my main priority and I will need to resume work with DT to start a new album at some point in 2011.....However, I will be able to join my brothers in Avenged Sevenfold for at least the duration of their touring throughout 2010.....You can look at me like the band's "rebound drummer" to buy them some time until they are comfortable and ready to make a commitment to somebody new for full-time relationship in their future!"

December 2010 was the end of Mike's regin as Avenged Sevenfold Drummer

Can't You feel the poison rising, straight to th e heart of the venomous bite

Making of ......... - & a couple of music videos that wouldn't fit

Most of these are making of an album or video clips for the self titled album; some are Silly and think you will have a laugh others are a serious conversation

here's

Burn it down & Almost easy videos are included here as well

Sorry but the 'Selt title album' webisodes are not in order

Misc song Lyrics

Not Ready To Die..

(made for Call of Duty: Black Ops game)

Gone, cast away in time

Evil yours, now evil mine

So I robbed you blind

The voices in my head could jest a less than peaceful side

The endless possibilities

Controlling every fight

You can't break me,

Crushed the fears of yesterday

You can't change me,

Barriers our trust will fade

I've stood in the dark,

Been waiting all this time

While we damn the dead I'm trying to survive,

I'm not ready to die!

Damned, watch the masses fall

Burn it down, control 'em all

Make me crawl

To daddy's little girl to read the writings on the wall

While cast into the nothingness

The final curtain call

You can't break me,

Crushed the fears of yesterday

You can't change me,

Barriers, our trust will fade

I've stood in the dark, been waiting all this time

While we damn the dead I'm trying to survive,

I'm not ready to die!

Through the madness we find

Loyalty is no match for power

Save your body or lie,

Left to rot in your darkest hour

Friends won't help you now as long as you're mine

You can't break me,

Crushed the fears of yesterday

You can't change me,

Barriers our trust will fade.

I've stood in the dark,

Been waiting all this time

While we damn the dead I'm trying to survive

And I'll control the world,

one person at a time,

As I damn the dead I'm trying to survive,

I'm not ready to die!

Oh!

I'm not ready to die!

I'm not ready to die!

I'm not ready to die!

I'm not ready to die!

4:00 am

(on welcome to the family single)

There comes a day when we all find out for ourselves

That once we have the words to say,

There's no one left to tell

I know why you're running away.

There's a place where nothing seems to be assembled quite cohesively

It's all your mind, all your mind

Something little shouldn't feel this way,

We got a million thoughts we can't convey

It's all your life, all your life!

It's four in the morning, you got one more chance to die

Like beautiful stories the greatest chapters flew right by

There comes a day when we all find out for ourselves

That once we have the words to say, there's no one left to tell

I know why you're running away.

These things don't happen here; another fictional reality

It's all your mind; all your mind!

It's just as good as any other day,

I'm gonna teach you about mortality

Now it's not right, it's not right!

It's four in the morning, you got one more chance to die

Like beautiful stories the greatest chapters flew right by

There comes a day when we all find out for ourselves

That once we have the words to say, there's no one left to tell

I know why you're running away.

In many ways I guess I'll never let you go

I'm close behind but I'm a lot more roomier than most

I took my second chance, just enjoy the dance, and found out who we are

Let's find out what we are, never leave asking why.

It's four in the morning, you got one more chance to die

Like beautiful stories the greatest chapters flew right by

There comes a day when we all find out for ourselves

That once we have the words to say, there's no one left to tell

I know why you're running, I know why you're running away!

Carry On (leaving FULL song up temporarily being its new) as featured on Call of Duty: Black Ops II game

Some people live that selfish desire

Some choose to shout when they speak and they'll be the stars

Caught in the flame of those deep in fire

Seeking out those with a voice

One for tomorrow

They say we've lost our minds

We've just gained control

Search endlessly, fight till we're free

Fly past the edge of the sea

No bend in me, no mockery

Somehow we still carry on

(Fear, fear, fear, fear, fear, fear)

Silence your fear, we've got to move higher

High like the stars in the sky

Guiding us all

Battle the will of those who conspire

Take back the passion to live, Relish the sorrow

Destroy their perfect crime

Watch the power fold

Search endlessly, fight till we're free

Fly past the edge of the sea

No bend in me, no mockery

Somehow we still carry on

(Solo)

Search endlessly, fight till we're free

Fly past the edge of the sea

No bend in me, no mockery

Somehow we still carry on

Carry on

--------------------------------------------COVERS SECTION-----------------------------------------------

Paranoid (Black Sabbath)

Finished with my woman 'cause she couldn't help me with my mind

People think I'm insane because I am frowning all the time

All day long I think of things but nothing seems to satisfy

Think I'll lose my mind if I don't find something to pacify

Can you help me, occupy my brain?

Oh yeah

I need someone to show me the things in life that I can't find

I can't see the things that make true happiness, I must be blind

Make a joke and I will sigh and you will laugh and I will cry

Happiness I cannot feel and love to me is so unreal

And so as you hear these words telling you now of my state

I tell you to enjoy life I wish I could but it's too late

Walk (Pantera) SEE DIAMONDS In THE ROUGH Lyrics page

Zacky describes what he thinks Makes Avenged Sevenfold's music so good

I think we take a lot of pride in trying to always have as much energy as we can. Keep the songs as energetic as possible. The songs that are slower, you know, we really try and create a dynamic. The songs that are energetic are going to be the most energetic. The songs that are slower, definitely, we want to bring down the mood a lot. We have fun up there playing. We always like playing fast guitar, the drums fast, we have lots of vocals. We grew up listening to heavy metal.

Tattoo Stories - & Other Notable Features

Notable feature(s):

Shadows, Zach & Rev has some form of the band's 'Death Bat' logo tattooed on them. (If Syn & Johnny do I have yet to see it)

Most of the guys have at least in the past worn black nail polish

Piercings, Tattoos & Style descriptions

Matt Shadows-

Like no other rock singer I've seen..

Matt's got a baby face & the Dimples that go along,but somehow he can still look like the bad-ass rocker he is with the tattoos, Pilot Shades & just rocking out on stage. Granted no one should say this about anyone in a metal band but I will.. Shadz has a good blend of well I guess 'Sweet looking Bad-ass

Usually wears shirts with his fave metal bands on them, Affliction label , or the DCMA brand that his buddies the Madden Brothers & Tal Cooperman own.

ON stage: wears jeans or dress slacks with a band shirt or a black dress shirt

off stage... Basketball shorts with his shoes being some form of Vans brand

He can be seen below accessorized with a paltinum grill or diamond encrusted fangs. He likes belt & cowboy boot combo made of snakeskin as well as Big shiny belt buckles & says he believes "tells the world your a man"

Ever wondered about that scar on his chest near his Left arm. Its from a bar fight when he got stabbed by a broken bottle

piercing in each ear (Barrel type)

Lip Piercing (but don't recall seeing him wearing it lately)

previously Had some Blinging Teeth & to the right a set of fangs. (see Beast & The harlot Vid)

On right shoulder has 4 Horsemen of the apocolypse (done by Adam Barton) because he likes the biblical story of the horsemene calls it 'Sleepy hollow meets the bible" it was completed during the recording of the seltf titled album

Right Hand Rev Death bat tattoo tribute done by Kat Von D

On ? Left arm near elbow has a microphone representitive of him being a singer, skull and crossbones with the 7 for sounding the seventh trumpet on it

Left Elbow theres a spider web

across chest has a large tattoo with writing across top a couple of blue & black 'nautical' stars some blue & red birds with the cover for "Sounding the Seventh Trumpet" recreated on his chest.

a version of the band's 'deathbat' logo across his stomach commerating Waking the Fallen album

looks like matt has on his right wrist one that says 10x10

Outter left leg about 4

inside right arm near shoulder a skull with Vll on forehead

His first tattoo was for the band H2O the first punk band he liked. He got it when he was 14 and its on his lower leg. I'm sure needless to say His parents were not happy about it at the time but now they don't care

His second tattoo was at age 15 a heart with flames around it and in the middle of the heart are the words "True till death"

right arm includes a small rocket ship, heart, a rose creating a full sleeve. He also has A7X tattooed on his right wrist and praying hands on his right forearm.

I think I've seen (on his left wrist area) small Jack O'Lantern, Shamrock crowm

Portrait of Jason Berry (Rev's drum Tech) (who has a friends sleeve on his left arm which includes Matt, Val, Jimmy and Johnny just to name a few.) in 2008 Matt broke over and cut his first (hair) so Jason won but during that time Jason had almost a complete personality change. He became crazier as Matt has said so in honor of the whole deal he got Jason's portrait on his leg.

Syn Gates-

piercing in Left Nostril -removed it circa 2007or 2008

Ear Piercings

Black or red fedora hats,

His smirk (& crazy faces in photos)

Sleeveless shirt to show off his tattoos,

Fingerless gloves & black nail polish (have not noticed this lately)

Full right arm sleeve of monsters who are hooked up to a machine.

The machine is basically torchering them. The means of torcher are unknown to everyone except Brian The only reason he notes is "he likes monsters"

On his left arm is another monster scene and on both wrists is purple & green Flames (my favorite one)

He has "Haner" tattooed across his back (in my research I've found) he dislikes it because of its "amature quaility and rough design" so never takes his shirt off (or at least never see his back toward camera when it is)

Has Vll tattooed behind his left ear (rev has something the same) supposedly stands for sounding the seventh Trumpet album

His first tattoo a number 1 on his right thumb by Artist Grant Cobb

On his left pectoral muscl is written "Blue Blood"

MARLBORO is tattooed across his knuckles

bloody coffin tattooed on the inside of their left middle fingers (a friendship tattoo between A7X and Good Charlotte) both bands got it With the exception of M. Shadows

FoREVer across his upper chest(near neckline)

Left outer calf can't tell what it is but I see some roses around the tattoo

On back of right sleeve looks like a graveyard with a tree at the top of that scene

Zacky Vengeance- Greyish Blue eyes 5'9"

Has colored his hair varrying colors (besides when its been onyx black) over the years I've seen Blue, Purple

Earring in each ear

2 Piercings on his Bottom lip (Vampire Bite) Tho' word is he's taken them out

Nose piercing (middle)

NEW Skull on top of left hand

Anaheim Angels logo tattooed behind his (left ?) ear

"Brian lost a bet with Matt that the Angels couldn't make a comeback in the World Series. The Angels did come back' so he was supposed to get the tat but Zacky agreed to get the tat for him because of money issues. Zacky pretty much took one for the team & is actually proud of the tattoo

Left side of neck a script writing 'FoREVer'

across chest has a version of the band 'Deathbat' logo which was finished just before the taping of "Seize the Day

on stomach has Theater masks

Cali4nia tattooed on his knuckles

Vengeance 7 (sports lettering) tattooed on back like Jimmy's

Grim reaper head on back of left arm

Inside left arm a holy Mary ":just to piss off religious people"

Right Shoulder blueish Headless (Monster) Woman with roses

a cupid looking image below the headless woman &

a Jesus image below

a Fairy looking image near his left Elbow

a Coffin with a skull with bat wings on it with bats flying around it

Zacky has his version of the deathbat on his lower back. It is a baseball with bat wings

He also has the bloody coffin on his left middle finger

On right arm above elbow has a mickey Mouse (looking) tattoo

On Right shoulder praying looking hands with a dimond above and below a blue rose

Left sleeve has ivy, & thorns up to elbow, near wrist is a jack O'lantern, a red bat in the area of his elbow, above elbow is what loks like a $ with a switchblade The skull & roses above that

Skull on right hand and on Rt. shoulder Nightmare tattooed across

Johnny Crist- Brown eyes 5'4"

Left nostril piercing

a piercing in each ear

Has Classic horror movie 'monsters' /characters on his right arm

with Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankensteain & Vampirella on his Left Arm •Right inside upper arm inside Jekyl

a tattoo of a (cowboy) skull on left side of his neck beacuse he'd ove to be a cowboy

Beer wine across his knuckles

VARY large REv Death Bat on his chest

Johnny has a tree on his upper right arm in the theme of the Raven by Egar Allen Poe. The artist added fire to the limbs.

He has a new tattoo located on his lower leg.

Johnny also has the bloody coffin on his left middle finger

new sleeve on his Left arm .... Jason from Friday the 13th on his shoulder below that is the Halloween movies logo (the Slashed jack o'lantern, & below that is Chucky The Doll from the Child's play series. Crook of elbow is the Nightmare on Elm St. House with Freddy Kreuger in front o f that on the inner side of his arm near the Nightmare house is Jack Nickolson in The Shining.

REV- Blue eyes

Tallest member of the band at 6'3" Blue eyespierced Center of Bottom liplabret piercing and an industrial piercing in his left ear.

Hand Cuffs tatooed around his neck

In a 2006 interview, Jimmy stated they were a reminder of his arrests. In a recent interview, 06/2010 M. Shadows said the handcuffs signified to Jimmy the bounding of his soul in his body. Jimmy's parents said in the All A7X Revolver interview that they believed the handcuffs were the second tattoo he had done.•Sports jersey lettering of Sullivan across back & the number 0 below that (as seen in Header banner)

She devil/demon on left side of the Large Zero

Has the word 'FICTION' tattooed down his torso

Vll (like Syn's) tattooed behind his left ear

a $ on lower part of his right pinky finger

wife's (? or fiancee) name on his left ring finger

some other smaller tattoos on his hands

a Grim Reaper looking tattoo below neckline...across pecks

Left arm and A7X sleeve: Adaptation of their logo with blue 'sweeping' back ground , a headless horseman(couldn't understand video but something about a) Graveyard

Right forearm 1981 vertically

on back of neck has an all seeing eye/ pyramid with an eye (the apex of the pyramid is floating above the rest with reddish colored ink surrounding

Jimmy's friend Jason created his nun located on his right upper arm for free.

According to Jimmy's

parents his first tattoo was on his forearm. It is a coffin full of eggs and the Easter Bunny laying dead on top of it.

right hand there is a bottle with handcuffs on either side along with a pair of wings and the numbers "2" and "12", speculated to be a tattoo dedicated to himself for his birthday.

behind his right ear of what appears to be a bird (speculation says it might be a commemoration of the pigeon he helped to meet its end).

Arin right shoulder down to elbow a Tree growing out of aheart

Video Quotes - by & ABout A7X

My Fave.. is the Avenged Sevenfold on Q101 Chicago's Alternative WKQX 101.1 w/ Shadz & Syn..

on Tour Shananigans (ideas etc)

MTV Posted Tour Shananigans (with REV)

http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/85112/exclusive-ave...

Quote: "They make amazing music. I love every single song they have produced...the lyrics are original and deep and interesting, just as the music is engaging and intense and unique...sexy at times.I love each of the guys too, because they are amaz...ing people who actually love their fans and know how to treat us right - they connect to us and talk to us and listen to what we have to say. Almost everything they do makes me smile. They are SO FAMOUS and its like they don't even realize it. They're modest and honest and creative and each of them is a character with great talent. Not to mention the fans they have -- we are an epic group of people (a family, I should say) and whenever I go to a concert of theirs, I love the atmosphere we create. I love making friends. These guys are my heroes.♥Not to mention that they are all sexy as hell. ;) " -Rachael Gilbert

Who said/wrote it: Rachel Gilbert on I love A7X because they make amazing music and are amazing men.

Quote:"Brian (Synyster Gates) from Avenged Sevenfold, he's an amazing player. He's got very melodic tasty riffs, he flows through his mutes, since we've been able to tour with them I've been able to sit down with him and pick his brain a little bit, and he's been kinda picking my brain on how we play, and we have two totally different styles. He uses this Gambale Economy Picking, I go alternate picking which is very simple," he says demonstrating the differences before adding, "I think he's a great guitar player, and his song writing is pretty amazing, very melodic, melody is hugely important to me. Melody and having that kinda groove

Jim Root of Stone sour talks about Synyster Gates, the question appears at about the 4min and 40sec mark Then brings him up around 5min 40 sec in

Quote: Arriving to a) one of the biggest crowds of the weekend and b) a heroes reception that would make the biggest names in the game blush, Avenged Sevenfold hit the ground at 120 mph with 'Nightmare' and don't let up for a single second. Unleashing more fire than Guy Fawkes chilling with The Human Torch, the members of A7X have always had the rock star moves down to a tee, so a stage and setting such as this is nigh on perfect for the boys.Dedicating a soaring 'Afterlife' to Jimmy (and the inclusion of the tragically departed drummer's 'A Little Piece Of Heaven' was a total masterstroke), Download may have been shorter on those moments that stay with you for years than usual in 2011 but Avenged had them in spades. At least 5 circle pits kicking shit in brutal fashion during a show-stealing 'Unholy Confessions', this was Avenged's day. Quite frankly, you won't see them playing lower than headline sets at festivals for the next couple of years and by god, do they deserve it on this evidence.Who said/wrote it:Metal Hammer Magazine on A7X's 2011 Download Set

Quote: Avenged Sevenfold take to the stage and immediately claim the day as their own with at atmospheric and utterly breathtaking performance. They bring the rock with 'Beast and The Harlot', 'Nightmare' and more, before dedicating two tracks (including 'Afterlife') to the late Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan, just about bringing the place down in the process. Arin Ilejay does an impeccable job matching The Rev and Mike Portnoy's work beat for beat throughout. Future Download headliners? On this showing, most definitely.

Who said/wrote it:Rhythm magazine

Quote: This guy will be playing the most complicated lead solo you can imagine and he has this look on his face like he's so non chalant liek you have this look on your face that your so relaxed, I've done this so many times was bron doing this

Who said/wrote it: Nate or Reevis from 92.7/98.5 WV

(look for "Interview with Synyster Gates (New 2011)" above

Quote: Few bands go through the adversity that faced the mighty Avenged Sevenfold in the aftermath of the tragic passing of bandmate and brother Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan but A7X have returned to scale loftier heights than ever before. 'Nightmare' contains some of the most intricate and colossal tracks the band have ever recorded and, on the evidence of this weekend's incredible Download set, the Californian ragers are set to mix it with the biggest bands to ever enter our game.

Who said/wrote it: Metal hammer Awarding the Band The Golden Gods Award for Best International Band (wait Revolver & Metal hammer both have the same name awards?)

Quote:We're looking forward to hanging out with Avenged Sevenfold, Escape the Fate and Bullet for My Valentine. We know those guys, and they're awesome people. It's going to be like a summer camp."

Who said it:Black Tide's vocalist Gabriel Garcia (who prev. toured w/ A7X in 2007 when he was 14)

Quote:It starts with "Nightmare," the boys giving us inside an excellent performance for a song that contains well-mixed ingredients of the Avenged Sevenfold sound: classic mid-tempo riffing and the most tight, hardcore vocals alternated with more melodic and epic metal, guitar interludes for two voices (real trademark of the group) while solo parts are very fast and technical.

Who WRote it: Melodica Mante of Avenged Sevenfold's performance at Rock In Roma 2011.

Quote:Avenged Sevenfold can drink, but Bullet For My Valentine can drink more.

Who said it: Padge from Bullet for my Valentine

Quote:"I had already talked to Synyster about writing some songs, but Avenged were getting ready to go into the studio and write their self titled album at the time," Hart Explains. "Right before I left to finish up my writing process here in Oklahoma, I stopped by his place and he showed me a song he had written. I loved it and that song became Anejo, and now it's one of the staples in our set. We brougth him in to play guitar on that track and while we were in the studio we said we had this other song, Dirty Little Girl, and of course he indulged us by playing on that too."

Who said it:James Hart-Burn Halo

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Avenged Sevenfold Quotes

Individual members

Fans and friends are considered family. Being an A7X fan isn't always easy 'cause it means you're not only gonna laugh with us.

But cry with us and defend us on occasion. If you're part of the family it's for life.

-Zacky

Speaking to The Pulse Of Radio, Matt said:

"I think bands burn themselves out. I mean, look what happened to Disturbed. You get caught up in the 'do a record, tour for two years, do a record, tour for two years.' We just need to make sure everybody's mentally in the right spot before we start writing and doing a new record. Right now, I think we're gonna tour, go back to Europe in February, maybe finish up with a couple of things in Europe in the summer, and then take six, seven months and just sit around. If we decide to write, we will, if we decide not to, we won't."

Avenged Sevenfold's Famous Lines

Song Title: Warmness on the soul

Quote(s):

You've been there from the start for me. And your love's always been true as can be.I give my heart to you. I give my heart, cause nothing can compare in this world to you.

Song title: Seize the Day

Quote(s):

Seize the day or die regretting the time you lost.

It's empty and cold without you here, too many people to ache over

I see my vision burn, I feel my memories fade with time. But I'm too young to worry.A melody, a memory, or just one picture.

I'll do anything for a smile, holding you 'til our time is done.

Trials in life, questions of us existing here Don't wanna die alone without you here, please tell me what we have is real

I found you here now please just stay for a while, I can move on with you around. I hand you my mortal life, but will it be forever? I'll do anything for a smile, holding you 'til our time is done. We both know the day will come, but I don't want to leave you! (

Song title:Lost it all

Quote(s):Another day living irrational. Another day inside this dying soul.

Songtitle:Nightmare

Quote(s):

Now your Nightmare comes to Life

You should have known the price of evil, and it hurts to know that you belong here, yeah.No one to call, everybody to fear. Your tragic fate is looking so clear, yeah. Oooooh, it's your fucking nightmare!

No one to call, everybody to fear, your tragic fate is looking so clear, yeah. Oooooh, it's your fuckin' nightmare, ha-ha-ha-ha!

Still dancing with your demons, victim of your own creation!

You're now a slave until the end of time here

Song title:Dear God

Quote(s):

Dear God the only thing I ask of you is to hold her when I'm not around, when I'm much too far away!

We all need that person who can be true to you but I left her when I found her and now I wish I'd stayed! 'Cause I'm lonely and I'm tired, I'm missing you again.. Once again..

Song Title: Betrayed

Quote: In my dreams it's me and you, it's there I saw it all come true!

A smoking gun in hand now don't you realize what you've done. Put a bullet in his back, your hero since you were so young. How could you kill the man who brought salvation through your pain. He must mean everything to end it all this shameful way..

I feel it burn inside, burning me like the rising sun Lifted into the sky, took away the only thing I loved. I know after tonight all your power crumbles in my arms. So don't worry, I'll be fine, when my life ends, I'll leave this scar..

Passion in my eyes I lived it everyday, but how could you go and throw it all away? In my dreams it's me and you, it's there I saw it all come true. As time went by faith in you grew, so one thing left for me to do..

Song:Gunslinger

Quote(s):

We've proven our love over time's so strong, in all that we do.

The stars in the night, may lend me their light to bring me closer to heaven with you.

Letters keep me warm, helped me through the storm.But with all that we've been through, after all this time I'm coming home to you.

I reach towards the sky I've said my goodbyes My heart's always with you now. I won't question why so many have died. My prayers have made it through, yeah! 'Cause with all these things we do, it don't matter when I'm coming home to you

Song title: Danger Line

Quote(s):

I never meant to leave this world alone. I never meant to hurt the ones who cared.

And all this time I thought we'd just grow old.. You know, no one said it's fair. Tell my baby girl that it's alright, I've sung my last song today. Remind the Lord to leave his light on, for me: I'm free!

Now I bind myself in my own blood. The damage done is far beyond repair.

I never put my faith in up above. But now, I'm hoping someone's there...

Song title:Critical Acclaim

Quote(s):Shhh, be quiet; you might piss somebody off. Like me motherfucker you've been at it for too long.

I've had enough. It's time for something real. I don't respect the words you're speaking. Gone too far.. A CLONE.

Lies inside your head your best friend

Song title: Afterlife

Quote(s):Gave me your hand but realize I just wanna say goodbye. Please understand I have to leave and carry on my own life!

I see a distant light, but girl this can't be right. Such a surreal place to see so how did this come to be. ARRIVED TOO EARLY!

Like walking into a dream, so unlike what you've seen, so unsure but it seems, 'cause we've been waiting for you.Fallen into this place, just giving you a small taste of your afterlife here so stay, you'll be back here soon anyway.

And when i think of all the places i just don't belong, I've come to grips with life and realize this is going too far.

I don't belong here, I gotta move on dear ..escape from this afterlife! 'Cause this time I'm right to move on and on, far away from here! Got nothing against you and surely I'll miss you! This place full of peace and light, and I'd hope you might take me back inside when the time is right

Song title:Sidewinder

Quote(s): Can't you feel the poison rising, straight to the heart of the venomous bite.

Can't you feel the poison rising out of the morning and clear through the night! You can feel my strength destroy you straight to the heart from the venomous bite!

Song title: Almost Easy

Quote(s): Shame pulses through my heart from the things I've done to you. It's hard to face but the fact remains that this is nothing new.

I left you bound and tied with suicidal memories. Selfish beneath the skin but deep inside I'm not insane..

Now that I've lost you it kills me to say I've tried to hold on as you've slowly slipped away.. I'm losing the fight, I've treated you so wrong now let me make it right! I'm not insane, I'm not... not insane! (mother) Come back to me it's almost easy! (Said at all) Come back again it's almost easy!

Song title: Subconcious Illusion --> (mistaken title)

Quote(s):Art of Illusion. My razor sharp knife's edge, pierces my victim's body. But I can not take their soul.

Trying hard to figure out what's done. I scramble but now I run. The images in my head. All the problems that I've been fed.

A living nightmare,asleep but still aware. The endless torture. The painless pleasure. I grasp myself. Trying to regain control.

Song title: Unbound

Quote(s):No one can ever slow me down.. I'LL STAY UNBOUND!

This ride that takes me through life, leads me into darkness but emerges into light!

Somewhere life is good, and things go as they should, it's hard to find, but that's alright yeah-ee-yeah!Searching for the way, push harder everyday! It's deep inside, that shining light yeah-ee-yeah

Song title: So Far Away

Quote(s):

A final song, a last request. A perfect chapter laid to rest. Now and then I try to find a place in my mind. Where you can say, You can stay awake forever Place and time always on my mind. I have so much to say but you're so far away.

How do I live without the ones I love? Time still turns the pages of the book, it's burned.

I tried to heal your broken heart with all that I could. Will you stay? Will you stay away forever?

Never feared for anything. Never shamed but never free. A light that healed a broken heart with all that it could..

R.I.P. Rev

Song title: Welcome to the Family

Quote(s):Hey kid! Do I have your attention? I know the way you've been living. Life's so reckless, tragedy endless.Welcome to the family.

Song title: Beast & the harlot

Quote(s):

I don't believe in fairytales and no one wants to go to hell. You've made the wrong decision and it's easy to see.Now if you wanna serve above or be a king below with us, You're welcome to the city where your future is set forever.

Song title: Bromton Cocktail

Quote(s):And I take my life tonight 'cause I have the right to die how I wanna and leave how I arrived, so alive!

I lost my final fight to disease, I feel that this is where it ends

I need that shot to enter my vein, my Brompton Cocktail blend! 'Cause I can't feel my face, I won't struggle long in a world so cold, in a world so wrong! I'm not running away, been fighting this so long! Such a price that we pay, we gotta be so strong!.

Song title: Demons

Quote(s):Living's a wicked dream, when things turn out all wrong. We're all so weak, no matter how strong, yeah.

I'm scarred, yeah. Demons, they follow me, cause my insanity.

Song title: Victim

Quote(s): Time keeps passing by, but it seems I'm frozen still, scars are left behind, but some too deep to feel.

Remembering your life 'cause we wish that you were here.

Nothing is harder than to wake up all alone.Realize it's not okay. It's the end of all you know.

Cause we all need a reason. A reason just to stay.

Song title:Fiction

Quote(s): Now I think I understand how this world can overcome a man.

I hope you'll find your own way when I'm not with you tonight.

Song title: Bat CountryQuote(s):

'He who makes a beast of himself, gets rid of the pain of being a man!'

Can't you help me as I'm startin' to burn (all alone) Too many doses and I'm starting to get an attraction. My confidence is leaving me on my own (all alone). No one can save me and you know I don

Misc. A7X Quotes

When asked the question, "Who is the best musician in the band." would these answers surprise you?

Matt; "The Rev or Synyster Gates..."

Zacky; "Synyster Gates... he's an amazing guitarist... but The Rev.. he's just an amazing musician. He can sing real well, and play drums, the best live drummer I've ever seen, and he can play piano really well too."

Johnny; "The Rev."

Brian; "ME!"

Interveiwer; "Yeah, you don't have to say anybody else if you don't want to..."

Brian; "I'm not... Me, I'm the best." (lmfao. That does not surprise me AT ALL)

Rapid Fire

Best concert, Fave album all time, Best band to tour with, Fave town to play for, Food, What branch of Military would you join, fave beer,

Tv (True Blood or Jersey Shore

Syn On the band deciding to disband or staying together after Jimmy's passing

"Yeah, for two weeks we had pretty much thrown in the towel but our fans are the best and they said 'hey you can do it, we want to hear the music and Jimmy's spirit,' and it was like wise with his family who basically said we had no choice and had to do it for them

http://www.rockaaa.com/news/the-revs-family-kept-a...

Facts by the 7 Fold

the name Avenged Sevenfold was chosen over Lips of Deceit

IT was A7X's AWESOME fans & Jimmy's family that got the guys to push on & keep from disbanding

Wayne Isham directed (& I believe even makes an apperance in) the Nightemare video

The Video for Nightmare was inspired by the Movie Jacob's Ladder REv's favorite movie.

Shadz has been playing the Piano his whole life.

Avenged Sevenfold do not write on the road as I've heard mention in a couple interviews They focus on the tour then when they get back home and relax if an new ideas come to ahead then they start to deal.

When asked Where their best after party was They said whereever they're at The City of Evil.. But seriously Las Vegas & Australia

Welcome to the family the whole term "people lose people they love every day & you don't really understand it until it happens to you. "Lost him to early" (obviously ) refers to Jimmy" (listen to Radio Recon interview in the fan pages for that)

RAPID FIRE

- Who's the first band you ever saw live in Concert? Real Big Fish, Metallica, Beach Boys, Poison

Best concert Metallica, Beach Boys, Avenged Sevenfold Sonosphere 2009(matt),

Fave Album All Time Beatles White Album , Use your Illusion 1 & 2, Mr Bungle Mr bungle (Syn) , Racind Let's Go

Best band to Tour With Bullet for my Valentine From Matt, yep Bullet for my ...AH Let me do three Distrubed, Buckcherry, Valentine, (Syn) , & Bullet for my Valentine from Johnny & Zack, as well

Town fave to play for Tokyo Jacarta Miami

What type of food does A7X like Spicy Tai food Mexican Sushi

If you weren't the rock stars you are & you had to join the military what Branch would you join? Marines, "I Play alot of Call of Duty so I'd want to shoot the AC-130" -Matt Go wherever they take me. "My Grandfatgehr was in the Air Force -Syn

What Brew do you Drink? Lugatis honey Blond Ale & I Belive its a Firestone honey Blond-Syn Bud Sierra nevada-Matt Miller-Zack

True Blood or Jersey Shore- ALL Shore & HAS WEEKLY VIEWING PARTES

Fave 'Guido' or guidette (insult to actual ones) on the Jersey Shore.. Pauly D but like Mike The one with the helmet head.

Kerrang! Magazine have published a list of "30 Bands That Changed Your Life" and Avenged Sevenfold came in at #23

when they go to a new place to play jimmy would always get lost and to bring him back matt would start playing till jimmy came back pissed

Matt plays bass & use to switch up with johnny on the 2005 City of Evil tour during unholy confessions

Matt, Zack, Syn, & johnny all wear a necklace with a 'vial' or tube on it that holds a small piece of Rev's drum kit that is now in the hard Rock Hotel Museum

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