While the band isn’t touring for the rest of 2019 as they eye a new album release likely for next year, Avenged Sevenfold are still busy – at least in the case of vocalist M. Shadows. The A7X frontman has now been confirmed as a playable character in Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4’s new Zombie Apocalypse update. The update, which launched July 9th, features Shadows as a playable character specifically in the Blackout mode.
Fans who were looking forward to a massive summer tour from Avenged Sevenfold will surely be disappointed to know that said tour isn’t happening now, and neither will any festival dates the band was scheduled to play, for the foreseeable future. Vocalist M. Shadows, who came down with a viral infection recently, had been rendered “voiceless”, and is completely unable to sing at the moment. The tour would have been in support of their most recent effort The Stage, was set to feature Three Days Grace, Prophets Of Rage, and H09909.
You can read a full statement from M. Shadows himself, below. We wish M. Shadows all the best in his recovery – being a vocalist is certainly not an easy task.
Metallica’s “Worldwired” headlining tour may be coming to a close, but as successful as the tour has been (with massive crowds coming out every single night), I doubt anything tops what just happened when the tour stopped in Vancouver last night. Case in point, the person in a wheelchair that was assisted by fellow metalheads to be able to crowdsurf.
Metal has a way of uniting fans of all races and creeds, and I don’t think there’s anything better than the pics below. Like Avenged Sevenfold tweeted, “Don’t ever let anyone or anything hold you back.”
They may be an entirely different beast (and the harlot) in 2017, but back in 2005 upon the release of their 3rd full-length album City Of Evil, Avenged Sevenfold weren’t close to the level they are now, playing with their heroes Metallica on a stadium tour. Remember that this is the same band that was once opening up for bands like 18 Visions and Sick Of It All in the early 2000’s.
It was that early success of the band’s first two records (especially 2003’s Waking The Fallen) and the band’s subsequent stints on Warped Tour that gained the band a large underground fanbase – and though City Of Evil isn’t necessarily the band’s best work (that probably goes to Waking The Fallen), the 2005 album was instrumental in pitching them to a much wider, mainstream audience. Seriously, the album was a pretty big shift in their overall sound (almost completely ditching the metalcore/punk roots of A7X’s early days) and turning towards a classic heavy metal/hard rock sound. It also contained the band’s most successful singles yet in “Bat Country” and “Beast And The Hearlot”, which still manage to get played on rock radio 12 years later. City Of Evil is still one of the more modern blueprints for the recent crop of metalcore bands that have aimed for a more commercial audience (Of Mice & Men, BMTH).
Happy birthday, City Of Evil! Where were you when you first heard this album? Sound off in the comments.