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Avenged Sevenfold's new release The Stage is by no means a complete shift in direction, but rather introduces prog-rock elements and tightens of many of the things we loved in Nightmare and Hail to the King.
A7X has always been a strong bridge between two sound worlds. One is the caustic, rusted-iron sound that dominates bands like Lamb of God and Gojira, and the other is the melodic thrash-like scene (such as the Dream Theater releases near the end of Mike Portnoy's tenure). This album pushes these styles to their extremes, resulting in a variety of brutal, wistful, lush, and lyrical colors.
A concept album that explores various cosmological and scientific topics, from artificial intelligence, simulation theory, silencing of scientific thought, nuclear war, and the concept of God, it becomes increasingly progressive as its end approaches. The closing track, an epic reminiscent of Dream Theater and Symphony X, brings this album full circle.
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Download Festival 2014 was a tamer affair than in previous years, largely owing to the event's tightened alcohol and drugs searches, bands being instructed not to encourage the crowds to mosh, more mainstream main stage headliners, fewer boobs being shown on the live camera feed, and the sombre tone of the renamed 'Stephen Sutton Stage'. Instead of holding a silence for the cancer-struck teen, festival attendees took part in a minute of respectful applause, which was paralleled by comedy pop punk band Bowling For Soup's tribute to the late comic, Rik Mayall.
In memoriam sections aside, the festival managed to transform what could be perceived as a weaker line-up compared to its preceding year into a three-day celebration of a broad range of the rock spectrum, filled with bespoke performance gems and quality heavy metal memories. First night closers Avenged Sevenfold brought a larger stage to Donington than they'd ever taken out of the US and combined imposing crypt-inspired adornments with an explosive set that proved on a world stage that they are worthy successors to titans Metallica and Iron Maiden.
The beady-eyed punter will have had a ball spotting the odd and hilarious happenings across the weekend, including a "face-melting" washboard solo from Berlin faux cowboys The BossHoss, punk's immature popsters Bowling For Soup asking a knight to decapitate a giant inflatable sheep, full contact medieval fighting from Battle Heritage, and Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach inviting the crowd to "dance responsibly" to a particularly heavy breakdown. Ribs were probably broken in the latter instance.
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What? We only get to choose 10!?
Download Festival 2014 has come and gone in a dizzying blast of metal riffage, moshpits frenzies and surprisingly kind weather. The weekend was packed with memorable moments and stand-out performances but we decided to pick our ten favourite moments that truly epitomised the spirit of rock 'n' roll and getting dirty in that legendary Donington field.
Download Festival 2014: Awash With Rock, Not Mud.
1) Black Stone Cherry's Secret Set
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The "dark" music of rock band Avenged Sevenfold has been implied as a contributing factor to the tragic suicide of a 16 year old boy.
So, people have begun blaming music for suicide again. 16 year old Oliver King tragically took his life in February of last year, after allegedly struggling to cope with schoolwork, being teased at school and encountering issues in his first relationship. Police found that in the three hours before Oliver hanged himself, he had been watching videos on the internet of death metal songs.
It's been implied that the music of rock band Avenged Sevenfold was related to King's suicide
He left no suicide note, although images were recovered from his iPod with captions including “I’m sorry I want to give up. I’m sorry I want to die. I’m sorry I want to kill myself.” He had also sent a text message to a friend in the weeks leading up to his death, saying “I imagine killing myself every day.”
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Avenged Sevenfold performing in concert at the Ziggo Dome - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Tuesday 19th November 2013
American rock band, Avenged Sevenfold performing in concert at the Hartwall Arena - Helsinki, Finland - Wednesday 6th November 2013
Fans of the festival can officially begin the excitement routine.
It won’t kick off until June 13th next year, but metal rock fans heading to 2014’s Download already have an idea how their weekend will sound: Linkin Park will be headlining, and will play their seminal ‘2000’ album, Hybrid Theory in full.
Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Chester Bennington, Dave Farrell, and Rob Bourdon - Linkin Park
"We have been kicking around the idea of playing 'Hybrid Theory' for some time and the perfect opportunity is Download 2014. The legendary energy of the Download crowd is the apex of the rock experience, and we are very excited to share this special night with them," Metal Hammer quotes Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington as saying.
The American heavy metal rockers Avenged Sevenfold topped the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, fending off strong competition in the form of Big Sean and Juicy J.
The band's sixth studio album Hail to the King sold 159,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the band's second album to reach the top spot and confirms their status as one of the most popular heavy metal bands in the U.S.
Though Avenged Sevenfold have gone quietly about their business since getting signed in 2000, their fortune is beginning to grow. M Shadows, the singer and songwriter with the band, now has a net worth of some $20 million, according to the wealth website celebritynetworth.com.
Continue reading: Avenged Sevenfold Top Billboard 200 Chart, But How Much Are They Worth?
Avenged Sevenfold Sunday 17th May 2009 Rock on the Range 2009 Music Festival at Columbus Crew Stadium - Day 2 Columbus, Ohio
Avenged Sevenfold Friday 22nd August 2008 Carling Festival Leeds - Day One Leeds, England
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