Avenged Sevenfold (A7X) – American metalcore group
Avenged Sevenfold (also known as A7X) created a very interesting mix of screaming vocals with hardcore guitar. This combination helped young musicians attack pop music, which they disliked. Even though the band’s name came from the Bible, the artists sing about the criminal way of life, drugs, and horrors.
The group was founded in 1999 in California. Back then the Avenged Sevenfold’s founders M. Shadows (real name Matthew Charles Sanders) and Zacky Vengeance (real name Zachary James Baker) were still attending high school. Later, they were joined by several other band members. The group’s lineup was constantly changing. Today, only three people from the original lineup still perform with the group. They are the founders and the bassist Johnny Christ.
In 2001, the group signed a contract with a Belgian record label, Good Life Recordings, and released its first studio LP, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet. The album failed to make it into the charts but caught the attention of bigger labels. In 2002, Avenged Sevenfold signed a contract with Hopeless Records. That label re-released the band's debut LP.