Finn McKenty, The Punk Rock MBA is back again with another video at his popular YouTube channel critiquing musicians and bands. What matters the most? Vocal ability? Good looks? Star power? Specifically, he has a chart to analyze the talents of popular singers and bands such as Hayley Williams (Paramore), Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour), Tom Delonge (Blink-182), Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit), Fronzilla, Andy Black, Phil Anselmo (Pantera/Down), Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), Rob Zombie, Oli Sykes, M Shadows, Brendon Urie (Panic At The Disco) Austin Carlile (ex of Mice & Men), Gwen Stefani, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande, Lil Peep, Charli XCX and more! Finnposts new videos every week and just launched a brand new podcast too!
When Atreyu’s Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses (Victory) was released in 2002, the band was entering a sonic journey in the prime time of the Orange County Metalcore scene. They have stayed relevant by releasing six strong full-lengths since. This year, they celebrate their 20-year anniversary with the release of their seventh album In Our Wake (Spinefarm). Continue reading
Avenged Sevenfold has answered fan complaints of their just released new single ‘Mad Hatter’ from their Black Reign EP, in conjunction with the release of Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4. Fans clapped back at the band on social media about the new song, and the mixing job on it. Note that the track was only public in the game and the music video and single on DSPs last week, and just released the entire album publicly on Friday, September 21st. The new version will go live today. Frontman M. Shadows took to Reddit to answer fans and explain the new version. Continue reading
Avenged Sevenfold, on a break after canceling their summer/fall tours and festivals, has taken to social media to tease a new song. The track ‘Mad Hatter’ comes from the Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 video game, which releases Monday, September 17th. The track is one of four new A7X songs from their upcoming EP they made for the game. Listen to the snippet of the track below. Continue reading
In a post to social media, California metalcore kings Atreyu has announced their new album In Our Wake, releasing on October 12th via Spinefarm Records. This is the band’s second album since their reunion, following 2015s excellent comeback album Long Live (Search And Destroy/Spinefarm). The band created the album with John Feldmann (a.k.a. Feldy of Goldfinger) who famously produced their classic Lead Sails And Paper Anchor album. The final track ‘Super Hero’ even features M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold and Aaron Gillespie of Underoath. You can hear the title track of the new record and another song, ‘Anger Left Behind’ and pre-order the album right now! Continue reading
Avenged Sevenfold cancelled their previously announced tour with Prophets of Rage due to singer M. Shadows vocal injury. The injury requires Shadows to have surgery and undertake a regimen of “vocal rest” for three months. No word yet on whether the “End Of The World Tour” dates will be rescheduled. The tour also had planned to feature Three Days Grace as direct support.
Only 15 months removed from the release of The Stage, and its expansive stream of singles, covers and a deluxe edition, Avenged Sevenfold is already plotting a course for a new album. Frontman M. Shadows indicated in an interview with ABC Radio that the band is in writing mode now, and gave a potential timeline for hitting the studio. Continue reading
The formula for the perfect rock and roll show is a two-part deal. As long as the band brings the energy and the precisely choreographed showmanship, the fans will bring the head-banging, fist pumping and the singing your heart out on every word. That’s exactly what Avenged Sevenfold illustrated at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver on Saturday, February 17. Continue reading
In a story we have followed closely at Ghost Cult, Metal Hammer has triumphantly published their first new issue since almost going out of business late last year. Metal Hammer #293 features a world exclusive interview with Ozzy Osbourne on the retirement of Black Sabbath, who recently completed their “The End” tour in Birmingham on February 1st. The interview was conducted by Avenged Sevenfold frontman M Shadows.
Critics of their latest album, Hail to the King (Warner Bros.), be damned, Avenged Sevenfold went on tour in support of it. They stopped in M. Shadows’ hometown of Boston on October 9th. Deftones and Ghost B.C. were brought along as openers although each group is of headlining potential.
Some audience members were rightly upset when Ghost B.C. ended up taking the stage about fifteen minutes before the show was scheduled to start. Those who arrived at the appointed time missed about two songs in the set. Although the length of time Ghost B.C. got was disappointing, the band made the most of it. Papa Emeritus II appeared glad to witness the faithfulness of the fans who sang along the entire time. The set list leaned towards songs off of their newest album, Infestissumam (Sonnet Records), including ‘Year Zero’ and ‘Monstrance Clock’. ‘Con Clavi Con Dio’ and ‘Ritual’ were played from Opus Eponymous. The set as a whole could be compared to a high mass for metal fans. A fast rising band such as Ghost B.C. deserved a longer set, but they still won that night. Many attendees who had not previously heard the band were purchasing their official merchandise as well as raving about their performance.
Although attendees could agree on the spectacle that was Ghost B.C.’s set, many appeared to be divided by Deftones. At the start, everyone’s energy was turned on by the band. Many went wild headbanging and jumping along to Chino Moreno’s vocals and stage antics. They began by playing one of their more recent hits, ‘Diamond Eyes’. After ‘My Own Summer [Shove It]’, people started to lose their excitement with the band’s music. They appeared to want to hear older songs, but were mostly getting the newer material. It was a peculiar situation considering how much acclaim their last album had received. The band gave it most of their energy. At one point, Moreno went into the audience to sing a few verses. It was strange to see him rein it in to play the guitar for a few mellow songs. Perhaps Moreno should have stuck to moving around like a wild man.
In the waiting period before Avenged Sevenfold took to the stage, there was plenty of buzz. Would the band be able to stick it to the naysayers or would the performance be a disappointment to those who wanted to see them succeed? It was a mix of both. As soon as M. Shadows’ began singing ‘Shepard of Fire’, it was easy to tell that the band did not care about all the negative press they were receiving. It was their show and they were going to act like rockstars if the audience liked it or not. Many did not. Perhaps the best thing about Avenged Sevenfold’s set was that they were the only ones who really made it into a visual performance. Yes Ghost B.C. had their attire, but Avenged Sevenfold had a castle façade that had fire and a skeletal figure waiting inside it. However, their skeleton friend seemed suspiciously reminiscent of Iron Maiden’s beloved Eddie. A bit of a setback considering all the allegations that the band is ripping off more popular metal bands. This seemed to be confirmed when a portion of the audience sang Metallica’s ‘Sad But True’ while the band played ‘This Means War’ and everything still matched perfectly. The band ran into the same problem that Deftones had; most of the older material was ignored until the last half of the set. Many spent the set begging the band to play older songs such as ‘Beast and the Harlot’. It wasn’t until the end of their set that they gave the fans partly what they wanted with ‘Bat Country’. Closer to the end of the set, attendees were subjected to a wholly unnecessary guitar solo and band jam session. Couldn’t it have waited for one of their practice sessions? Evidently not. Many were excited when the group decided to finish their encore with ‘Unholy Confessions’. However, the audience was confused as to why the band decided to play it slower than usual. Maybe it was the band’s way of having the last laugh. After all, their album has sold fantastically and many had still come out to see them despite the negativity surrounding them.
Words: Melissa Campbell