Avenged Sevenfold are more than ‘just a band’. We take a look at why…
THEY WRITE SONGS ABOUT ALIENS
Okay, well not exactly. But their latest album ‘The Stage’ was entirely conceived around the concept of artificial intelligence. In interviews, frontman M Shadows voiced how he came to realise that AI is at its most accountable in our generations – and, in essence, we have a role to play in developing knowledge and answering for the effect that AIs will have on our world.
Shadows has explained they wanted to theme the album around scientific methods as opposed to sci-fi culture; ideas that computers are constantly getting smarter and are becoming something we religiously bow down to. To add to an already heavy food-for-thought element, Shadows has added there’s an angle of human empathy throughout the record.
They promote the simple fact that it’s important to understand and consider other people’s ways of life. Meanwhile, the lyrics champion gratefulness of the life you have; letting your frustrations affect the way you treat others will never help you be a happier person.
So, basically… not only do they love science – they’re full of wisdom too!
THEY’RE NOT SCARED TO BE DIFFERENT
On the release of their album ‘Hail To The King’, their ability to bring a different vibe on each track was astounding – they had become a band who were jazz, metal, punk, classic rock and screamo. Though their honed theme of metalcore (see ‘Waking The Fallen’ and ‘City Of Evil’ where they were primarily a metalcore band), they evolved and grew to explore different musical concepts. And that’s what we love at Download; being yourself and not letting others’ opinions affect how you see yourself.
Additionally, drummer Brooks Wackerman, who joined as a permanent member this week two years ago, was previously a member in Tenacious D for 10 years and Bad Religion for over 15 years! He’s even recorded on albums by Korn, Tom Delonge and pop-punkers The Vandals.
THE STORY BEHIND THE RELEASE OF ‘THE STAGE’ IS BRILLIANT
We all know releasing new music in the 21st century is a tough job – no longer is simply putting out a record enough to keep fans on their toes. So, to add some excitement to their latest release, Avenged Sevenfold came up with a plan to release their album with no warning; material they had been working on for years was going to be released in one big surprise drop.
The plan was going ahead like planned, until M Shadows become concerned with the increasing possibility the album would be leaked ahead of schedule and ruin the surprise. So, Chris Jericho came to the rescue…
After listening to Shadows’ concerns, Jericho suggested the idea that he post an Instagram picture with a release date and #VoltaicOcean – a name people assumed was the title of the release.
Within hours, news was circulating online around the world that the album was to be released in December. By this point, Jericho had taken down his ‘mistake post’. The smoke screen had worked, and ‘The Stage’ was released entirely by surprise on 28 October 2016 – much to our joy. And now we have this funny story to enjoy it with!
THEIR LIVE SHOW IS IMMENSE
They don’t settle for a ‘just another live show’; Avenged Sevenfold bring a production to remember. Unlike any other set designs you’ve seen before, A7X are by no means small; rotating cubes, installations, pyro’s and a massive stage to flaunt it on, they have it all. We can’t wait to see them headline #DL2018.
— Avenged Sevenfold (@TheOfficialA7X) January 8, 2017
THE FANS ARE AMAZING
Their loyal fan base is one of the most note-worthy things about them. From serious fan fiction to the fact there is an allegiance of supporters who religiously come to their massive shows (many of whom will be reading this), it’s hard to not be infected by the camaraderie. Intuitively creative, their fans are intensively supportive. Outcast metal fans, unite!
Thank you, Avenged Sevenfold \M/