Update from M. Shadows

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Update from M. Shadows

First we want to thank all of our friends that we just saw in Europe. Hands down the best tour that we have ever had over there. It was an honor to play for you all every night. As we promised, we are slowly filling in summer dates so we can come play for you again. We also have been getting quite a few requests for new countries that we haven't played yet. We will use this summer as an opportunity to come to few new places. Please stay tuned for that.

As for the rest of the world, we hear you, and we will be coming soon! By now you’ve already heard announcements about Download Festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, Nova Rock Festival and Aerodome, and there will be a lot more dates announced in the coming months. Right now though, we have decided to hang out at home until we get over to Australia for Soundwave Festival in February.

Since we have a couple months off we wanted to update you on a couple things that we promised a while back.

First is our "Hail to the King" animated series that we did with Machinima and Jon Schnepp. You may know Jon from his work on Metalocalypse on Adult Swim. It's funny stuff and it was an honor to work with him. Below is the trailer for the series which will debut Dec. 15th. We hope it gives you something entertaining to watch over your Holiday break. The series also plays as a backstory to our mobile game "Hail to the King: Deathbat." We felt this was the best way to tell the story and give you all an idea about the type of game we are creating.

Check out the trailer for the “Hail to the King” animated series here:

This brings us to the game. Two years ago while touring in South East Asia I looked around the bus taking us from the airport to the hotel and noticed everyone was on their phones and iPads playing different types of games. We had a discussion and decided that it would be fun to create one of our own. The problem was that we didn't feel passionate about doing a full on typical music game. We wanted to do something different. Something inspired by some of our favorite games. So we came up with the idea of turning some of our songs and art work into a living, breathing, evil world.

We wanted to bring the story of the Deathbat to life and allow you to control its destiny. While the game stands on its own in terms of the story and game play, we still wanted to add in some extras for our fans. In the game you can unlock 16 pieces of never seen before artwork from all of our albums. There will also be 7 new Cam Rackam paintings available in the game. We also recorded 7 new songs. Now these aren't metal songs, they are theme songs for each level and are done in an old school video game fashion with a new school twist. There will also be reimagined versions of older songs. Basically, we have not only packed the game with exciting gameplay, but also a lot of things for fans that might now be interested in a video game. The trailer for the game will be released with the Machinima "Hail to the King" series on December 15th as well. Expect a release date in early 2014 as we are in the BETA process now. Remember, the game and series go hand in hand. The animated series tells the story "before" the game takes place. When the series ends, the game picks up.

We hope these things keep you entertained while your hanging out at home for the Holiday Season. Most importantly we hope you all enjoy the time with your families and we will see you on the road as soon as we can make it to you.

M Shadows

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My fiance and I were so stoked to see you guys on October 11th in St. Louis. AMAZING SHOW!!!
I see a lot of people making wishes...So here I go!
If I could have one wish it would be to have you guys sing the first dance song at our wedding and it would only be fitting since our first dance will be to "Dear God"!!!
Thank you guys so much for your music...we can't wait to see you all again!!!

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Take a rest guys, you finished this tour by awesome! Still waiting for Indonesia guys :)

It was so awesome seeing you friends afresh! It was my 6th time seeing you and you just get better and better everytime! So proud of you all!
And I can not wait for the Hail to the monarch series and game! It's going to be awesome!!!
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First is our "Hail to the monarch" animated series that we did with Machinima and Jon Schnepp. You may know Jon from his work on Metalocalypse on mature person Swim. It's funny stuff and it was an respect to work with him. underneath is the trailer for the series which will debut Dec. 15th. Latest Pakistan News

Por favor,venham mais vezes ao Brasil,nunca tive a honra de comparecer a um show de vocês (Ainda! Haha') e esse é um grande sonho que tenho! Admiro e amo muito o trabalho de vocês,por tudo que já passaram e pelo o que se tornaram! Um grande abraço dos fãs brasileiros! \o/

Thank you Matt, for staying in touch with us and keeping up with all of our demands and doing all you can, to please all of us~KEEP KICKING ASS and TAKING NAMES! lots of love to you !! merry christmas and happy new year! sending all my love to you five! ~ take special care xoxo

I saw you guys on 7/4/10 and it was the best concert I've ever been to. You guys are my Heroes. I hope to see you guys again. PLEASE COME BACK TO UTAH!!!

Can't wait for the game it's going to be awesome!! I'm so excited also saw them in Dublin they were amazing wouldn't expect anything less :]

hey guys! Hail To The King animated series looks great! have you guys ever considered going 3D?

when are you guys going to make another live dvd iv been waiting for another live dvd for a while hope you guys make one soon and hope that you guys can find your way back to pa in the future to perform

OMG!!! Cannot wait, seriously! Sorry this is more of a note to the band!! I just want to address this directly to the band...My Loves, thank you! When you came to St. Louis this year, I brought my 13 year old daughter to her very first concert and you are her favorite band ever! We won pit tickets and got right up front, like only one person in front of us!! It was the most AMAZING NIGHT OF BOTH OF OUR LIVES!! Zacky she absolutely loves and adores you!! And I have always loved you guys too!! You brought us closer together! Our relationship is stronger because of you A7X!! I would also like to tell you that I recently was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I am suffering from chronic widespread pain! There are days when I cannot walk or get out of bed!! There are days when I would rather die than suffer on a daily basis! But YOU help me! I know that I can put my earbuds in turn it up as loud as I want to shut out the world and my A7X creates a magical place!! A place where I can escape if I can concentrate hard enough. Matt your voice just gets in my heart and in my soul! Syn, well you, you just take my breath away no matter what! But Syn, Zacky, Johnny, Arin, you just play and its like my whole world is alive and I can just feel free. One more thing I have to say the song Fiction---not only amazing but wow! In my heart forever!! You guys are the best!! You save me on a daily basis!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!! Love all of you!!! Merry Christmas!!!!

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I have been to many concerts in my life but this concert changed my life . i will never stop listening ever. PLEASE come back to atlanta soon. Do you guys think i can play shepard of fire on drums next time you come to atlanta. HAve a merry Great FUCKING christmas

Avenged Sevenfold you are my most favorite band in the world. You guys have always been my favorite since your self titled album. I suffer from a severe depression. I had no friends, no one to go to when I was depressed. I self harmed and couldn't help myself. Eventually things had taken a turn for the worse and I didn't even have my parents to look to. I was alone beaten and I felt worthless. I had taken suicide into consideration and that's exactly what I was going to do. Before I put the knife up to my throat a song came on the radio. That song was called "Dear God." I looked over to my radio and listened to the lyrics. I heard every word of the song and I dropped the knife to the ground. Something in my head was telling me that this song is one of the best songs in the world. I realized after that song had gotten done that life dosent need to be like this. I looked up Avenged Sevenfold and started to listen to more of the songs from "Waking The Fallen" and the "Self Titled Album." After that night things slowly progressed to get better. School started getting easier. People started to notice me. Less people started to bully me. People actually started to stand up for me when I was a total outcast.To this day I still get bullied and I only have a few true friends, but eveything has gotten so much better because I had listened to that one song. I've only seen you guys once in my life because my parents and I dont have the money to. Since my life has gotten better because of you guys for years my lifes dream was to talk to you guys. Just for you guys to notice that I actually exist would give me hope for the rest of my life. If you guys read this it would make the rest of my life complete and nothing could get any better. My favorite part of life would to talk to you. I thank you sooo much for being a band and I appreciate what you do for others that need help to!! I understand if you cant respond back but please try because even though you guys have made my life a whole bunch better its still hard and I can pretty much only turn to your music for support and hope. Thank you so much! It means everything in the world to me that you wrote these songs and I absolutely love all of them from "Sounding The Seventh Trumpet" to "Hail To The King."

Thanks for the show in san antonio it was fukkin awesome!!! caint wait to see you guys again best band in the world
rip jimmy the rev miss u & love u

We can't wait to hear you coming here, Turkey! Still waiting!!

I really hope you come to South America next year...Argentina is waiting for you :D kisses and hugs for everybody

please Avenged Sevenfold come back to Quebec city all quebec people and french people love you your my favorite band and i want to go see your show for the first time COME TO QUEBECCCCC see you!

I was absolutely DEVASTATED! Had my tickets for Birmingham booked since May. Due to the bad weather conditions we had my trains were cancelled resulting in me missing the show!!
My heart is CRUSHED.
Fucking hate British weather and I know I missed an amazing show.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to amazing Rock Stars that are Avenged Sevenfold, love you guys so much x

In Paraguay we are anxious to have Avenged Sevenfold! Think about it a tour of South America!

Please come to Fortaleza in Brazil.

nice idea! ;)

I wish Avenged Sevenfold will come to Hong Kong!!!!!
love A7X forever ~~

Hope the game is good! Can't wait til you show up in the midwest!

Can't wait to get the game!
I hope to see you in OMAN!! it's a beautiful country by the way, so might consider coming right?!!


Perfect! I will be attentive and I hope that between these future countries one finds Venezuela. ¡HAPPY CHRISTMAS!. :D

Such a great tour!!!

It was so awesome seeing you guys again! It was my 6th time seeing you and you just get better and better everytime! So proud of you all!
And I can not wait for the Hail to the King series and game! It's going to be awesome!!!
Hope you all have a great Christmas =)