THEY have had controversy and tragedy, but Avenged Sevenfold are now one of the top grossing acts in rock and metal and those generous folks at MCD are offering two of you lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to see A7X play the O2 in Dublin on December 3rd.
Yes, Belfastmetalheadsreunited and rockradioni have got these two pair of tickets in our grubby mits and we know you want to see M Shadows and crew hit the stage backing their latest album Hail The King, backed by emerging contemporary metal band Five Finger Death Punch.
Charting at #1 in the US, UK, Ireland, Finland, Brazil and Canada, amongst other territories with Hail the King there can now be no doubt that A7X have reached the headty heights of rock superstardom.
Even a slagging off by Rob Flynn on social media of a couple of tracks from Hail The King has failed to stop their progress. Shadows played it cool, answered the jibes and spoke about his friendship with Flynn, defusing what could have been a story to plague them.
The rise of Avenged really dates from their second album, Waking the Fallen, when nibbling the charts and a successful slot on the Vans Warped Tour drew big label attention. Warner Bros won out and with City of Evil it seemed the world was opening up for the band - a consistent line-up, a move from the cul-de-sac of metalcore, and a worldwide tour.
However, that was all put to nothing with the tragic death of Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan. The band, shocked and hurt simultaneously completed the album Nightmare with Mike Portnoy, late of Dream Theatre behind the kit.
It was an album that was a mixed bag to be honest, despite stand-out songs like Afterlife. It consolidated success, and enabled the band to take stock.
Now with Arin Ilejay firmly established as drummer Hail to the King has a classic hard rock and metal vibe to it; no growling, no messing about. The influences of Sabbath, Metallica et al are clear for all to hear, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. After all Maiden's sound evolved from acts like Purple and Metallica's début owed a lot to Maiden, etc etc.
So - with that potted history drawn from experience, our own record collection and web sources (hey we're not proud!) y'all want to know how to win the tickets....
Simply answer this question:
Name the dynamic guitar duo from Avenged Sevenfold?
Send your answer here before October 7th.
Please note this competition is for tickets only - transport to the O2 is NOT included.
Usual rules apply: if you're not in you can't win; employees and contributors to Belfastmetalheadsreunited and rockradioni cannot enter; everyone else can as long as they are over 18 and...they are fans of A7X! We want real fans to win.