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One of the more successful and accessible metalcore outfits of the early 21st century, Avenged Sevenfold endured changes both stylistic and internal during their rise from teenage troublemakers to mainstream success story. The members of Avenged Sevenfold (or A7X) were still attending high school in Huntington Beach, California when they formed their band in 1999. Nevertheless, it didn't take long for M. Shadows (vocals), Zacky Vengeance (guitar), Synyster Gates (guitar), the Reverend (drums), and Johnny Christ (bass) to make an impression with their aggressive hybrid of metal, hard rock, and punk-pop. The band made its official debut in July 2001, releasing Sounding the Seventh Trumpet on the Goodlife label before moving to the Hopeless roster for 2003's Waking the Fallen. Warner Bros. took interest in the band's aggressive sound and issued its breakthrough release, City of Evil, in June 2005. The album reached number 30 on Billboard's Top 200, propelled in part by the Top Ten success of the single "Bat Country." The accompanying music video was heavily rotated on MTV and Fuse, where live appearances also helped boost Avenged's growing profile, and the band ultimately won the Best New Artist Award (though they were hardly newcomers) at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. As demand for their music increased, Avenged Sevenfold canceled their tour dates for fall 2006 and set to work on a fourth studio album. Boasting a grittier sound than previous releases, the self-titled/self-produced disc appeared in October 2007, debuting at number four on the Billboard Top 200 and spinning off the radio single "Almost Easy." The album also fared well in England, where three songs cracked the Top Five of the U.K. rock charts, and Avenged Sevenfold helped support the release by touring North America on the Taste of Chaos tour. Released in September 2008, the CD/DVD package Live in the LBC and Diamonds in the Rough captured the band during a tour stop in Long Beach. In 2009, the band announced plans to begin work on its third studio release. That same year, drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan passed away at the age of 28, and in 2010 the band released Nightmare with replacement drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater). In 2011, they recorded the song "Carry On" for the Call of Duty Arms: Black Ops video game, before releasing 2013's Hail to the King, which featured new drummer Arin Ilejay of Confide, and reached the number one spot on the Billboard 200. Citing "creative differences," Ilejay left the group shortly after the album's release, and was replaced by Brooks Wackerman (Mass Mental, Bad Religion), who would man the kit for the band's seventh studio outing, Voltaic Oceans. The band eventually dropped the release without promotion, and under a different title; The Stage arrived in October 2016 following a live-streamed, 360-degree, 3-D performance atop the Capitol building in Hollywood. The record was their longest to date and was described by the band as a concept album exploring the theme of artificial intelligence. The 16-minute closing track, "Exist," featured a spoken word appearance from revered astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. The band continued to expand on the album by releasing a string of singles in 2017, including a cover of the Rolling Stones' "As Tears Go By." The single "Mad Hatter" arrived in September 2018 in conjuction with the video game soundtrack Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. ~ Christina Fuoco
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Top Tracks

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    Popularity
  2.   Bat Country
  3.   Almost Easy
  4.   Hail to the King
  5.   Nightmare
  6.   Welcome to the Family
  7.   Scream
  8.   So Far Away
  9.   Afterlife
  10.   Beast and the Harlot
  11.   This Means War
  12.   Carry On
  13.   The Stage
  14.   Mad Hatter
  15.   Shepherd of Fire
  16.   Walk
  17.   Buried Alive
  18.   Unholy Confessions
  19.   Seize the Day
  20.   Desecrate Through Reverence
  21.   Dear God
  22.   Gunslinger
  23.   God Damn
  24.   A Little Piece of Heaven
  25.   Paranoid
  26.   Critical Acclaim
  27.   Doing Time
  28.   Natural Born Killer
  29.   God Hates Us
  30.   M.I.A.
  31.   Unbound (The Wild Ride)
  32.   Chapter Four
  33.   Not Ready to Die
  34.   Flash of the Blade
  35.   Crimson Day
  36.   Darkness Surrounding
  37.   An Epic of Time Wasted
  38.   Malagueña Salerosa
  39.   God Only Knows
  40.   Retrovertigo
  41.   Dose
  42.   Acid Rain
  43.   Betrayed
  44.   Roman Sky
  45.   Danger Line
  46.   Requiem
  47.   The Wicked End
  48.   Heretic
  49.   Brompton Cocktail
  50.   Shattered By Broken Dreams
  51.   Wish You Were Here
  52.   Waking the Fallen: Resurrected
  53.   4:00 AM
  54.   Tonight the World Dies
  55.   Save Me
  56.   Strength of the World
  57.   Sidewinder
  58.   And All Things Will End
  59.   I Won't See You Tonight, Pt. 2
  60.   Fermi Paradox
  61.   Creating God
  62.   Paradigm
  63.   Victim
  64.   Fiction
  65.   Lost
  66.   Blinded in Chains
  67.   Second Heartbeat
  68.   Exist
  69.   Sunny Disposition
  70.   Coming Home
  71.   I Won't See You Tonight, Pt. 1
  72.   Trashed and Scattered
  73.   Warmness on the Soul
  74.   Eternal Rest
  75.   Remenissions
  76.   Streets
  77.   We Come Out at Night
  78.   Jade Helm
  79.   Introduction to Roman Sky
  80.   Runaway by Warren Fitzgerald
  81.   Babylon Theme
  82.   Higher
  83.   Angels
  84.   Crossroads
  85.   Burn It Down
  86.   Radiant Eclipse
  87.   Waking the Fallen
  88.   Forgotten Faces
  89.   The Art of Subconscious Illusion
  90.   To End the Rapture
  91.   As Tears Go By
  92.   Warrior Theme
  93.   Unholy Theme
  94.   Andronikos Theme
  95.   Simulation
  96.   Remissions
  97.   Intro/Chapter Four
  98.   Planets
  99.   Clairvoyant Disease
  100.   Thick and Thin
  101.   Breaking Their Hold
  102.   Lips of Deceit
  103.   Heaven Theme
  104.   Introduction to So Far Away
  105.   Introduction to Exist
  106.   Introduction to as Tears Go By
  107.   Opening
  108.   Wicked End Theme
  109.   Turn the Other Way
  110.   Introduction to Hail to the King
  111.   Afterlife Theme
  112.   Nightmare Theme
  113.   Bat Country Theme
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