Avenged Sevenfold Not Religious Band

Avenged Sevenfold include a number of religious references in its music, but frontman M. Shadows said that the band doesn't have any messages about God, or the Devil.

Avenged Sevenfold Not Religious Band
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Avenged Sevenfold include a number of religious references in its music, even taking its name from a passage in the Bible. But frontman M. Shadows told Launch Radio Networks that the band doesn't have any messages about God, or the Devil for that matter. "Anyone that read the lyrics and really knew anything about us, they would know we're not promoting either," he said. "That's one thing about this band that I love is that we never really shove any kind of, like, political or religious beliefs on people. We just, the music's there to entertain and maybe thought-provoking on both sides, but we don't try to, like, really shove anything down anyone's throat. There's too many bands that do that nowadays, I think." The band's name comes from a passage in the Genesis story of Cain and Abel, which reads, "But the Lord said to him, 'Therefore whoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.'" All five members of the California-based group claim to have been kicked out of Catholic school. The next single from Avenged Sevenfold's 2005 album, "City Of Evil", is the opening track, "Beast And The Harlot". The album has sold 334,000 copies in the U.S. since its release last June, according to Blabbermouth.net. Avenged Sevenfold will be embarking on the second leg of their "Cities Of Evil" headlining tour beginng in late January. Support at all dates will come from CKY. The details are as follows: 01/19 - Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ 01/20 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM 01/22 - Concrete Street - Corpus Christi, TX 01/23 - La Zona Rosa - Austin, TX 01/25 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA 01/26 - Plush - Jacksonville, FL 01/27 - House of Blues - Myrtle Beach, SC 01/29 - 9:30 Club - Washington D.C. 01/30 - Webster Theatre - Hartford, CT 01/31 - State Theater - Portland, ME 02/02 - Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY 02/03 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ 02/04 - House of Blues - Atlantic City, NJ 02/06 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH 02/07 - Bogart's - Cincinnati, OH 02/08 - The Orbit Room - Grand Rapids, MI 02/10 - Sokol Auditorium - Omaha, NE 02/11 - Liberty City - Lawrence, KS 02/12 - Bricktown Center - Oklahoma City, OK 02/15 - Cal-Poly SLO - San Luis Obispo, CA 02/17 - Gibson Ampitheatre - Los Angeles 02/18 - Senator Theater - Chico, CA 02/19 - Rainbow Ballroom - Fresno, CA

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    anti-goth
    And that's coming from someone who likes Metallica. Ooo, what a burn.
    and thats coming from someone who likes korn. ooo, what a burn.
    mackdaddy
    I like them. They are happy with the music they make. Bat Counrty is based on "Fear And Loathing On Las Vegas" so it's about wigging out on ether in the deserts. Seriously, "if youre over 16 you should etc" eat wangs, i didn't know you were the music police.
    shinguards13
    i dont understand what people's fascination with coming on to news about bands and tearing them apart. **** off. no one wants to hear you talk about their favorite band like that. so shut your damn mouth and go promote obviously the most perfect band cause every other one seems to suck. A7X rules!
    CerebrusX
    Mr. Kashmir wrote: challengedmind: a mediocre metal band with a terrible singer. crap. exactly. bat country is the funniest song I've heard this year because I keep laughing at how people think that their music is good, the laughing multiplied when I learned how they abbreviated their name. if you are older than 16 and like these guys, i feel very bad for you, and I'm 15. you should have lived long enough to listen to enough different music to realize that their is so many better artists out there.
    I don't really have an opinion on Avenged Sevenfold. They're ok I guess. I havn't listened to much. Personally I thought Bat Country was an all right song. I liked some of the lyrics. But that's aside my point. ... Why are people suddenly basing what music you should be listening to according to your age? It's so ridiculous. "If your over 'x' you should be listening to 'blahblahblah' ... only people under 'x' listen to 'whatserface'" ..... It's just stupid. Who cares how old you are? It's not about age and stuff like that. It's about personal preference and what music people like. So what if it the band isn't that musically talented? If it's something you like to listen to, then.. y'know, whatever. People just need to not be so... stuck up about music, so to speak. People like what they like. So cram your own opinions 'cause nobody wants to hear them.
    Rosencrantz
    Just to piss you off, Led Zepp are the best band ever. Seriously shut up, you could've just said you think A7X is the best without pointlessly insulting others.
    TheUnforgiven1
    A7X is so f*cking awesome, just wish they were comin to philly on this leg, I missed them last time.
    Nirvana_rocks73
    stumaster18 wrote: A7X is probably the best band ever. and if anyone says that Led Zepp is the best band ever, you deserve to die.
    Led Zeppelin kicks ass you mofo.
    th3 n33ms
    You know.... In terms of musical preference....nobody really cares, at all, so all of you need to relax lol. I see this on every single article, people ranting about hwo they think the band sucks, well nobody really cares what you oppinion is. Its music, not quantum physics, there is no right or wrong oppinion. If we got rid of all the people who think their oppinions actually matter in life, we could have decent discussions about things that should be discussable. So remember! Nobody cares!
    Flea_Metallica
    stumaster18 wrote: A7X is probably the best band ever. and if anyone says that Led Zepp is the best band ever, you deserve to die.
    Im gonna have to disagree with you on this one Bob.
    bringitsukka
    hey, i have listened to these guys for years now and their new album sounds alot like their old stuff, except for the vocals. for some reason, he doesn't scream anymore, which kinda sucks. i just wish that people would stop badmouthing bands that actually play their instruments and write their own songs. it sickens me that on a music/guitar based website that people can have the nerve to call a band that does both of those things called a shitty band. its not fair. they took the time to learn an instrument and write a damn song, but in your eyes they suck. all you nay-sayers should be ashamed of yourselves. suck it bitches
    wahappenISSEXY<3
    rob ryan wrote: Angus Malmsteen wrote: I hate avenged sevenfold yup i agree... Me too
    well thats wonderful...but no one cares a7x is one the most talented new bands out there and im glad there coming to NO
    seifer_alamasy
    I don't care what peoples opinions are, but Avenged Sevenfold have two of the best guitaris in rock in their band, and there albums shows a variety of styles. I think they have some pop sensibility, which is smart because it helps make you more accessable to the masses.
    klaheto
    CAN U HELP ME CUZ IM STARTIN TO BURN!!! TOO MANY DOSES AND IM STARTIN TO GET AN ATTRACTION! MY CONFIDENCE IS LEAVIN ME ON MY OWN!!! NO ONE CAN SAVE ME AND U KNOW I DONT WANT THE ATTENTION!!!
    Reaver19
    Why does every f*cking idiot think he can walk onto one of these things, and say a band sucks and think for a second that he's influenced anyone's opinion one way or another. Why do people on here keep saying this band sucks or this band rocks, nobody cares and it doesn't change anyones opinions, besides, if everyone liked the same music life would be BORING, just like if everyone dressed the same way and so on, so don't be so f*cking stupid.
    gonzosrevenge55
    [b]Green_Day_Rock[ /b] wrote: klaheto wrote: CAN U HELP ME CUZ IM STARTIN TO BURN!!! TOO MANY DOSES AND IM STARTIN TO GET AN ATTRACTION! MY CONFIDENCE IS LEAVIN ME ON MY OWN!!! NO ONE CAN SAVE ME AND U KNOW I DONT WANT THE ATTENTION!!! what's this about? sounds a bit EMO to me...
    dude, it's about tripping acid. seriously. you're dumb as hell.
    Mighty_McBeef
    Things that made my day:
    burningcowsrule: avenged sevenfold not religious? a small part of me just died..... russiaininvader: was it your soul?
    Kornfist: Fuck this band. Flea_Metallica: Stick some 'Korn on the cob' up your ass and fist your pussy. Kornfist: And that's coming from someone who likes Metallica. Ooo, what a burn. anti-goth: and thats coming from someone who likes korn. ooo, what a burn.
    Sun of a Studio: Y'know my little brother has this cd and was playing it the other day and I thought it sounded a lot like the Power Rangers theme. xcrunner1: dude, who the **** watches Power Rangers anymore?! That's why you hate A7X, you're 8, or you're queer.
    WeirdMariachi: All this talk about A7x makes me want to eat chalupas.....HOW funny we started off talking about A7x not being a religious band and we ended up arguing over Steve Vai being better then Page. I love my job at Wendys !!
    maggotcorpse079: hey it bleep'd **** by itself. neat
    morello_man
    The first album was 'Sounding The Seventh Trumpet'. I don't think they had established their sound at that stage. Waking The Fallen is awesome, so is City Of Evil.
    AcrosstheTracks
    I think if you look at the average age of the posters here, it should tell the story. Avenged Sevenfold is by far not the best metal band in the world, but it is refreshing to see them bring music back into the mainstream that is a bit heavier and more thoughtful then the songs we keep hearing about "some guy and his girlfriend". Oh yeah...if you don't think they are talented, I highly recommend you go to one of their live shows. Now that may be a bit out of some people's comfort zones here, but once you see them live you will realize that they are pretty talented guys. And this is only their first album under a major label, so give them 5-10 years and I have a feeling we'll be seeing some amazing things coming out of this one act. P.S. - to dude who said WB Records made them stiffle their religion, this is highly untrue. The band have been denying the connection even before "Waking the Fallen". Though I do think it would be easy for someone not to know they are religious if they did not know the band, I think it must have been a pretty slow news day to post this information...this is useless news.
    WodS
    Well i don't know their music nor their lyrics, but what the ****, if they did write religious stuff, if you don't like it, don't listen to it! I'm raised as a christian, but i don't care if there's a religious subject in it or not, if the lyrics are good and mean something to me it's worth listening. p.s. i think you have to decide for urself what people or any book says is true for you or not, don't let anybody force you to believe anything you don't believe.
    wizardbassmastr
    lets just all be freinds...i think A7X has alot of talent and theyre amazing...that doesnt mean other ppl cant have different opinions. So how bout everyone stops being a dick to whoever thinks different than you.
    Mascot-Rebel
    You mean Bert McCracken? He ****en rocks! I heard he's just trying a new style (that's what Headbangers Ball said)
    badfish333
    a7x kicks ass man...i just got their new cd the other day and i have to say im very impressed...the drummer is just amazing and the guitars are good...definitely one of the better bands right now
    CountZero0
    Is Avenged Sevenfold's abbreviation really A7x? That has to the be the most asanine thing I've heard in the last five whole minutes.
    wizardbassmastr
    let's just all be freinds...i like A7X and i think they have talent...but other ppl can think different if they want...that's cool...but how bout you stop being cocks to everyone with a different opinion than you own
    keeponjammin08
    haha. What kind of cockass has to correct a mispelled word. I'm surprised anyone supports a shitty band like "A7x"
    Mascot-Rebel
    IT'S NOT UG'S FAULT! MAYBE THEY ARE RUNNING OUT OF NEWZ WHO KNOWS! Give em a break this site has alot of running members, think how much pressure that is?
    Mascot-Rebel
    Why the **** are we talking about the Beatles, Led Zepplin, and The Doors? I don't really have an opinion of Avenged Sevenfold, because I have only heard the songs Burn It Up and Bat Country. But based upon what I've heard... The guitarists ****en rule! The vocals (since everyone has been complaining) are okay...
    Flea_Metallica
    There is no better guitarist, since the dawn of time, better than jimmy page (except for Steve Vai).
    M.A.B is WAY faster than Vai.
    xcrunner1
    Sun of a Studio wrote: Y'know my little brother has this cd and was playing it the other day and I thought it sounded a lot like the Power Rangers theme. dude, who the **** watches Power Rangers anymore?! That's why you hate A7X, you're 8, or you're queer.
    A7Xbizatch
    it pisses me off so much to sit at read all these ppl who say that shadows cant sing its stupid who cares how old u are its about wat u like and if u dont like A7X then dont listen to them and certainly dont bitch about them i personally think they are a good band and synisters solos are blistering music is about self expression and that is wat they are doin so if u dont like them dont read about them and then comment about how much u dont like them peace
    KIMB
    it makes me sick to think people consider them metal... they aren't anything metal
    Psyche21090
    stumaster18 wrote: A7X is probably the best band ever. and if anyone says that Led Zepp is the best band ever, you deserve to die.
    Wow. Check you out. You praised your favourite band and needlessly slated another band that many people like (and were - still possibly are - the biggest rock band on the planet) I hope that one day puberty catches up with you.. that you grow up and realise that people don't take other peoples opinions into account, and that maybe you realise it's better to like as many different kinds of music as possible P.S I'm a fan of Led Zep and A7X, I manage to get on with life just fine; without being a twat and telling people they "deserve to die" for liking a band. **** off
    newpurgatory
    guess what? led zeppelin will take a shit-piss on A7X chest cuz they're way better than A7X. There is no better guitarist, since the dawn of time, better than jimmy page (except for Steve Vai). and i gaurentee zeppelin fuked way more bitches than A7X, cuz thats how good they were.
    chinesechipmunk
    I agree with newpurgatory... and I f*ckin' love a7x!!!! Don't diss led zepp, because now everybody dislikes you on principle, which means that people are naturally predisposed against liking A7X. So well f*cking done, you've just lost A7X some possible future fans. Jackass...
    chinesechipmunk
    stumaster18 wrote: A7X is probably the best band ever. and if anyone says that Led Zepp is the best band ever, you deserve to die.
    That's what I was complaining about, btw
    red_dog22
    All five members of the California-based group claim to have been kicked out of Catholic school.
    Yay me too! but seriously, avenged sevenfold is terrible
    DramaHippie
    avenged sevenfold is the best.You have to be stoned or sumthin if u like the beatles,Led Zepp,The doors,or any stuff like that
    you suck. led zeppelin rocks, and so do the beatles. sorry for insulting u, but come on now.
    xxxA7Xxxx
    avenged sevenfold is the best.You have to be stoned or sumthin if u like the beatles,Led Zepp,The doors,or any stuff like that
    WeirdMariachi
    All this talk about A7x makes me want to eat chalupas.....HOW funny we started off talking about A7x not being a religious band and we ended up arguing over Steve Vai being better then Page. I love my job at Wendys !!