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