Formed in their native California in 1999, Avenged Sevenfold is made up of vocalist M. Shadows, guitarist Zacky Vengeance, lead guitarist Synyster Gates, bassist Johnny Christ, and drummer Arin Ilejay. The band is sometimes known as A7X.
With the release of their first album they started off with a metalcore sound, but over the course of their 15 years together their sound has change somewhat. Gone is the heavy metal sound they had at the beginning of their career and in enters a more crowd pleasing brand of hard rock. Despite the change in sound direction which might aggravate long-time fans even they will have to admit this is good stuff. It is the type of music à la Sabbath and Metallica that you’ll never get tired of listening to. This evolution makes sense as their influences include both Black Sabbath and Metallica as well as Black Flag, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, and Rolling Stones.
Up to this point the band has released 6 studio albums, with the most recent being Hail to the King which went to number one on the U.S. Billboard and UK album charts, 1 live album and have sold more than 8 million albums.
-Date: May 13, 2014
-Venue: Bell Centre
-Ticket Purchase: www.evenko.ca
-Ticket Prices: $58.50, $79.50, $84.50 (plus handling charges)
-Show Time: 8:00 p.m.
-Opening Acts: Hellyeah and Adrenaline Mob