Avenged Sevenfold have been announced as Wednesday’s headliner for Rock USA in Oshkosh, WI taking place July 17th – July 20th. The band are scheduled to take the stage on Wed, July 17th at 10:30pm. Ticket information and more can be found here.
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Avenged Sevenfold will be offering two limited edition vinyl for Record Store Day 2013 taking place Saturday, April 20th. “Carry On” from Call Of Duty: Black Ops II will be available as a 12″ picture disc limited to 5,000 copies. The B-Side will feature a previously unreleased instrumental version of the song. The disc will include the Call Of Duty: Black Ops II artwork and the Avenged Sevenfold Deathbat. “Live In The LBCS & Diamonds In The Rough” will be available as a 12″ vinyl LP and DVD deluxe version (a vinyl/dvd configuration pressed on vinyl for the first time in a deluxe gatefold jacket) limited to 3,500 copies. Record Store Day 2013 marks the 5th anniversary of Live In The LBC’s performance. The release will contain both Avenged Sevenfold’s live concert film, “Live In The LBC” as well as “Diamonds In The Rough,” a collection of previously unreleased B-sides and more. You can find out which shops in your area will be taking place in Record Store Day 2013 here. All stores listed may not choose to participate in all promotions or carry all the releases so please check directly with the store near you to see if they will have what you’re looking to acquire.
Seymour Duncan published a few photos in their Masters Of Metal NAMM 2013 set that include Synyster Gates with fellow Seymour Duncan-sponsored musicians and fans. Photographer Nigel Skeet has also shared a new photo he took during an August photoshoot in Vegas of Synyster Gates used for the guitarists Seymour Duncan Custom Invaders line. Another photo ad debuted at the NAMM 2013 Seymour Duncan booth.
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M Shadows appeared on Metal Hammer’s February 13th issue cover and he spoke to them briefly about what fans can expect from the new Avenged Sevenfold album, his hopes for the album and Arin Ilejay. I’ve written up the small piece featured in the issue and you can read that below:
Nearly three years have passed since Avenged Sevenfold’s last record, “Nightmare.” 2013 promises to herald the Californian crew’s return with their sixth studio album. The band released one-off single “Carry On” in conjunction with video game “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” in September 2012, but according to frontman M Shadows, fans shouldn’t take it as any indication of the new record’s direction.
“The new album has a lot more of a Sabbath and Zeppelin feel to it, ” he states. “There’s definitely more Sabbath in what we’re writing, and we’re proud of ‘Carry On,’ but this album is going to be on a whole new level. We’re shooting for late January, early February [to enter the studio] and to have the album out in the summer. I’m pretty sure that we’re looking to go overseas first, so you guys will be seeing it before everyone else!”
Shadows has also made it plain that Avenged will not be jumping on the metal-meets-electronica bandwagon, stating: “It’s the exact opposite. We’re going back to Sabbath stuff. We’re looking at blues chords they’re playing most of their stuff in. We’re listening to Zeppelin. We’re going backwards with what we want this record to feel like. I wanna write a classic metal record, a classic rock record in 2013.”
This as-yet-untitled album will be the first to feature 24-year-old drummer Arin Ilejay, who began working with the band early in 2011. Following in the footsteps of the late Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan and Mike Portnoy (who guested with Avenged on “Nightmare” and it’s subsequent touring cycle) will be no easy task, but M Shadows is confident that his band have found the right man for the job.
“He’s been doing really well. We’re trying to get him on the plane of, ‘We’re not trying to impress people with our playing abilities. We’re trying to write the best songs possible!’ That takes a lot of maturity. When we were his age we just wanted to shred. He’s doing well. He’s growing up fast.”
Schecter Guitar TV have posted an interview with Johnny Christ in which he speaks about joining the Schecter family, coming up with and building his signature bass and the Avenged Sevenfold fan-base.
Schecter Guitar TV have uploaded two new interviews with Synyster Gates. In the first, Syn discusses the birth of Hellwin Amps and the process behind perfecting them with some footage shown of him working with James Brown. In the second, Johnny Christ introduces the interview where Syn talks about playing many different guitars before choosing Schecter and how his signature series came about, what’s to come and “Carry On.”
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Ultimate Guitars asked their readers to vote for their choices as The Top 10 Greatest Drummers Of All Time. Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan made the list at #8.
8. Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan (Avenged Sevenfold)
Jimmy died in 2009 after accidentally overdosing on prescription drugs, but his legacy lives on. Raised on a diet of metal and progressive rock, the Rev made his name as a multi-talented songwriter for Avenged Sevenfold. This video shows his school music teacher talking about how the young prodigy was playing and transcribing Metallica drums by the age of 13 – and how she later learned he had been doing it all on a toy drum kit.
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