七级炼狱（有时缩写为A7X）是美国重金属从频带Huntington Beach，加利福尼亚，形成在1999的频带的当前阵容由主唱的M.阴影，节奏吉他手和依托歌唱萨基·旺杰恩斯，铅吉他手和依托歌唱Synyster盖茨，贝斯手兼支持歌手约翰尼·克里斯特（Johnny Christ）和鼓手布鲁克斯·瓦克曼（Brooks Wackerman）。
Avenged Sevenfold以专辑封面和商品中多样的摇滚声和生动的图像而闻名。乐队在首张专辑《Sounding the Seventh Trumpet》中以金属芯声音出现，并在第二张专辑《Waking the Fallen》中延续了这种声音。但是，乐队的风格随着乐队的第三张专辑和首个主要唱片公司《邪恶的城市》而演变为重金属和硬摇滚风格。乐队继续以自己的同名专辑探索新的声音，并在鼓手James“ The Rev” Sullivan之前获得了持续的主流成功。，死于2009年。尽管他死了，Avenged Sevenfold在鼓手Mike Portnoy（梦剧院）的帮助下继续前进，并发行并巡回演出，以支持他们的第五张专辑《噩梦》（Nightmare），该专辑在Billboard 200的首位亮相，他们的第一场首次亮相。
2011年，鼓手Arin Ilejay参加了乐队的巡回演出和录音。乐队于2013年发行的第六张录音室专辑《向国王致敬》标志着唯一由Arin Ilejay演唱的Avenged Sevenfold专辑。向国王致敬的歌曲在Billboard 200，英国专辑榜以及芬兰，巴西，加拿大和爱尔兰的榜上排名第一。2014年末，Ilejay离开了乐队，并由前Bad Religion鼓手Brooks Wackerman取代，但直到2015年才宣布更改阵容。乐队随后于10月28日发行了第七张专辑《The Stage》 ，2016年，在广告牌上排名第四在美国200图表。舞台是他们的第一张概念专辑，它标志着乐队的另一种风格上的变化，向着渐进的金属声音迈进。
迄今为止，Avenged Sevenfold已经发行了7张录音室专辑，1张现场专辑/ DVD，2张合辑和18张单曲，并且在全球范围内销售了800万张专辑。他们还为《使命召唤：黑色行动》系列中的每场游戏发行了原创歌曲，所有这些歌曲均在2018年的《 EP Black Reign》中进行了编译。在Loudwire的“有史以来50大金属乐队”名单中，该乐队排名第47位。
Avenged Sevenfold成员在《火焰》，《金属乐队》，《铁娘子》，Megadeth，Slayer，Elton John，Leonard Cohen，At the Gates，Helloween，Dream Theatre，Pennywise，NOFX，Pantera，Def Leppard，Guns N’Roses，The Beatles，Black安息日，齐柏林飞艇和滚石乐队的影响。
带已根据重和极端音乐，主要的几个流派分类的重金属，可选的金属，硬岩，和渐进金属，与他们先前的相册被分类为金属核。Avenged Sevenfold的音乐风格在乐队的整个职业生涯中不断发展。最初，乐队的首张专辑听起来第七号几乎完全是金属芯的声音。但是，这种流派存在一些偏差，最明显的是表现出朋克摇滚风格的“街头”和钢琴民谣中的“灵魂上的温暖”。在《唤醒堕落者》中，乐队再次展现了金属芯的风格，但增加了更清脆的歌声，并更倾向于金属，而与铁杆的联系则少一些。在乐队的DVD All Excess中，制片人安德鲁·默多克（ Andrew Murdock）解释了这种过渡：“当我在听完第七号吹响之后遇到了乐队已经出来了，他们已经记录之前醒来堕落，M.阴影对我说：“这个记录尖叫。我们想要制作的唱片将是半尖叫半唱。我不想再尖叫了。之后的唱片将全部在唱歌。”
在Avenged Sevenfold的第三张专辑《City of Evil》中，乐队选择彻底放弃了Metalcore风格，产生了与硬摇滚和重金属一致的声音。 Avenged Sevenfold的同名专辑实验使用的音乐种类比《邪恶之城》还要广泛，最著名的是《Dear God》，它展现了乡村风格，而《 A Little Piece of Heaven》则被圈了起来的影响范围内百老汇显示曲调，主要使用铜管乐器和弦乐器乐团接管大部分的作用铅和节奏吉他。噩梦还有进一步的变化，包括一首名为“小说”的钢琴民谣，渐进式的金属音轨“救救我”以及重金属的声音，带有极端的人声和“神恨我们”的沉重乐器。乐队的第六张录音室专辑Hail to the King展现了更多经典的金属声音和即兴演奏的方法。在他们的最新专辑《舞台》中，乐队进一步探索了渐进金属，将其与with撞金属元素融合在一起。在过去，Avenged Sevenfold也被描述为screamo和流行朋克金属。
Avenged Sevenfold因“金属不够”而受到批评。对此，歌手M. Shadows说：“我们播放音乐是为了音乐，而不是为了将我们标记为金属乐队。这就像在告诉我们我们不够朋克。谁？在乎吗？” 七倍复仇是新一波美国重金属的著名举动之一。
Avenged Sevenfold (sometimes abbreviated as A7X) is an American heavy metal band from Huntington Beach, California, formed in 1999. The band’s current lineup consists of lead vocalist M. Shadows, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Zacky Vengeance, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Synyster Gates, bassist and backing vocalist Johnny Christ, and drummer Brooks Wackerman.
Avenged Sevenfold is known for its diverse rock sound and dramatic imagery in album covers and merchandise. The band emerged with a metalcore sound on their debut album Sounding the Seventh Trumpet and continued this sound through their second album Waking the Fallen. However, the band’s style had evolved by the group’s third album and first major label release, City of Evil, into a heavy metal and hard rock style. The band continued to explore new sounds with its self-titled release and enjoyed continued mainstream success before their drummer, James “The Rev” Sullivan, died in 2009. Despite his death, Avenged Sevenfold continued on with the help of drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), and released and toured in support of their fifth album Nightmare in 2010, which debuted on the top spot of the Billboard 200, their first number one debut.
In 2011 drummer Arin Ilejay joined the band on tours and recording. The band’s sixth studio album Hail to the King, which was released in 2013, marked the only Avenged Sevenfold album featuring Arin Ilejay. Hail to the King charted as number 1 on the Billboard 200, the UK Albums chart, as well as the Finnish, Brazilian, Canadian, and Irish charts. In late 2014, Ilejay left the band, and was replaced by former Bad Religion drummer Brooks Wackerman, but the lineup change wasn’t announced to the public until 2015. The band then surprise-released their seventh studio album titled The Stage on October 28, 2016, which debuted as number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart in the US. The Stage is their first conceptual album and it marked another stylistic change for the band, moving towards the progressive metal sound.
To date, Avenged Sevenfold has released seven studio albums, one live album/DVD, two compilation albums and eighteen singles and have sold over 8 million albums worldwide. They have also released an original song for each game in the Call of Duty: Black Ops series, all of which were compiled together in the 2018 EP Black Reign. The band were ranked No. 47 on Loudwire’s list of Top 50 Metal Bands of All Time.
Musical style and influences
Members of Avenged Sevenfold cite In Flames, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Slayer, Elton John, Leonard Cohen, At the Gates, Helloween, Dream Theater, Pennywise, NOFX, Pantera, Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones as influences.
The band has been categorized under several genres of heavy and extreme music, primarily heavy metal, alternative metal, hard rock, and progressive metal, with their earlier albums being categorized as metalcore. Avenged Sevenfold’s musical style has consistently evolved throughout the duration of the band’s career. Initially, the band’s debut album Sounding the Seventh Trumpet consisted almost entirely of a metalcore sound. However, there were several deviations from this genre, most notably in “Streets”, which shows a punk rock style, and “Warmness on the Soul”, which is a piano ballad. On Waking the Fallen, the band displayed a metalcore style once more, but added more clean singing and leaned a bit more towards metal and bit less close to hardcore. In the band’s DVD All Excess, producer Andrew Murdock explained this transition: “When I met the band after Sounding the Seventh Trumpet had come out before they had recorded Waking the Fallen, M. Shadows said to me ‘This record is screaming. The record we want to make is going to be half-screaming half-singing. I don’t want to scream anymore. And the record after that is going to be all singing’.”
On Avenged Sevenfold’s third album City of Evil, the band chose to outright abandon the metalcore genre, creating a sound consistent with hard rock and heavy metal. Avenged Sevenfold’s self-titled album experiments with an even wider array of musical genres than that from City of Evil, most notably in “Dear God”, which shows a country style and “A Little Piece of Heaven”, which is circled within the influence of Broadway show tunes, using primarily brass instruments and stringed orchestra to take over most of the role of the lead and rhythm guitar. Nightmare contains further deviations, including a piano ballad called “Fiction”, progressive metal-oriented track “Save Me” and a heavy metal sound with extreme vocals and heavier instrumentation on “God Hates Us”. The band’s sixth studio album Hail to the King shows more of a classic metal sound and a riff-oriented approach. On their newest album The Stage, the band explores further into progressive metal, blending it with elements of thrash metal. In the past, Avenged Sevenfold has also been described as screamo and pop punk metal.
Avenged Sevenfold has been criticized for “not being metal enough”. In response to this, vocalist M. Shadows said: “we play music for the sake of music, not so that we can be labeled a metal band. That’s like telling us we aren’t punk enough. Who cares?” Avenged Sevenfold is one of the notable acts of the new wave of American heavy metal.
2001 – Sounding The Seventh Trumpet
2001 – Warmness On The Soul [EP]
2003 – Waking The Fallen
2005 – City Of Evil (Clean Edition)
2005 – City Of Evil (Japan)
2005 – City Of Evil
2007 – Avenged Sevenfold
2008 – Diamonds In The Rough
2010 – Nightmare
2013 – Hail to the King (Deluxe Edition)
2013 – Hail to the King
2016 – The Stage (Deluxe Edition) (24-96)
2016 – The Stage
2020 – Diamonds In The Rough [Hi-Res]
2020 – Live in the LBC [Hi-Res]