Avenged Sevenfold are a Huntington Beach, CA phenomenon. They apply soaring, pop-punk harmonies to raging power metal licks with chugging hardcore breakdowns. At the start of their career in 1999, it seemed fans of Bad Religion and Iron Maiden finally had something to agree on, but these metalcore stalwarts-turned-mainstream-rock-stars upped the ante on their signature sound, combining a more eclectic range of influences in the hard rock arena, and flipping the ratio of guttural growls to clean singing to include more of the latter and less of the former. In 2005, this new approach saw the release and success of City of Evil -- the band's major label debut, and platinum-selling record. Continuing to conquer the Billboard Charts, A7X returned in 2007 with their self-produced, self-titled hard rock tome containing political outcries and an ode to Pantera.
Avenged Sevenfold Concert Films
Runtime: 1 hr 4 min"All Excess" brings fans up-to-date with a visual and aural history of Avenged Sevenfold. This film includes a documentary with footage dating back to 1999, four live performances, along with four music videos, and several outtakes. Also included is exclusive backstage footage and interview material with the band.
Live in The LBC & Diamonds in the Rough
Runtime: 1 hr 17 minWhile headlining the Rockstar Taste Of Chaos tour earlier this year, Avenged Sevenfold (aka A7X) taped its full, incendiary April 10 homecoming gig at the Long Beach Arena. This film includes unreleased songs and covers (including Iron Maiden and Pantera) recorded during the sessions for last year's #4 charting, near-gold self titled album.
Avenged Sevenfold Top Tracks
As the Palaces Burn
Lamb Of God
Runtime: 1 hr 10 minOriginally released in May of 2003, Lamb of God's As The Palaces Burn is considered to by many to be one the most influential, modern day metal records of our time. The album is as uncompromising lyrically as it is musically. As The Palaces Burn takes an unflinching look at the events and attitudes that resulted from the 9/11 terrorist attacks on American soil. Songs like "Blood Junkie" are unequivocal in their condemnation of George W. Bush and his administration's jingoist stance. "Retribution or vengeance in matters not, as long as the pig stays on top of the ladder of bone his father has built," Randy Blythe howls for all to hear. It's courageous and blunt, a statement for the time, and one that the band felt compelled to make. "We all lived through that time and we had the vehicle to express those opinions," says drummer Chris Adler. "I think it would have been irresponsible to not speak our minds."
Josh Wilbur (who has worked with Lamb of God as both an engineer and producer since 2006) was careful to conserve the album's lightning-in-a-bottle energy. "A lot of people, including myself, love the original," Wilbur says. "The whole point was just to do a more 'hi-fi' version of an already great record and not to damage the killer vibe that Devin Townsend and the band had captured...Real musicians sweating it out in a studio in Virginia over a decade ago."
Live at The Sydney Entertainment
Runtime: 1 hr 17 minThis Heavy Metal LA band, born in the 80's, is renowned for its distinctive, technical instrumental style. Considered as up there with the best of the thrash metal crew, Megadeth has become a god of its musical kind with fans, credited with increasing the popularity of the thrash metal sub-genre. Watch Megadeth: Live at The Sydney Entertainment. Recorded December 18, 2010.
Live in Cuba
Runtime: 2 hr 30 minFilmed Live at the Anti-Imperialist Plaza in Havana, Cuba. In may 2005, Audioslave became the first american rock band to ever perform in Cuba. 60,000 screaming fans witnessed this historic event.
Below The Belt
Runtime: 1 hr 42 minMetal supergroup Hell Yeah features members of Mudvayne as well as Pantera's Vinnie Paul. This documentary consists of concert footage, interviews, recording sessions and extensive behind the scenes footage.
Live at No Sleep Til Festival in Sydney
August Burns Red
Runtime: 40 minAugust Burns Red is an American Christian metalcore band, from Manheim, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2003, the group began their first performances while a majority of the members were attending their senior year of high school, and soon began playing shows around Lancaster, before being signed to CI Records, and afterward, Solid State Records. The group is primarily known for their heavy breakdowns and odd-meter riffs. They cite Between the Buried and Me, Misery Signals and Hopesfall as their main influences.
Live in Philly 2010
Runtime: 58 minHalestorm's Live in Philly 2010 was filmed at the Theatre of the Living Arts in Philadelphia on April 30th, 2010. The Video includes a full live set of the show, featuring tracks from their breakthough debut self-titled album such as radio smash hit "I Get Off", "It's Not You", "Familiar Taste of Poison", "Bet U Wish U Had Me Back", and "What Were You Expecting?". Halestorm recently performed on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and in addition to praise from Billboard, Kerrang! and ARTISTdirect for their distinct brand of rock, lead singer Lizzy Hale was crowned one of Revolver's "Hottest Chick in Metal" in a 2009 cover story.
Classic Album: The Number of the Beast
Runtime: 50 minIron Maiden's 1982 breakthrough, The Number of the Beast its first with leather lunged vocalist Bruce Dickinson remains a heavy metal watershed, and this Classic Albums program reunites the major players (including producer Martin Birch) for the undoubted pleasure of longtime Maiden fans. The interviews with band members and rock journalists in the 50 minute program touch on Maiden's early career, then delve into the creation of songs that have become hard-rock classics: the title song came about from a nightmare that bassist-songwriter Steve Harris couldn't shake, "The Prisoner" was inspired by the Patrick McGoohan television series, and the hit "Run to the Hills" made the sort of political statement (about white men's savage treatment of native peoples) that then-Capitol Records exec Don Zimmermann notes most American fans couldn't have cared less about while head-banging.
Live at Montreux
Runtime: 1 hr 15 minKorn came out of California in the early nineties and went on to become one of the most globally successful metal acts of their generation. They continue to play live to vast crowds and have record sales in the millions. This concert from Montreux in 2004 is their only performance at the festival to date. It was to be one of the last shows to feature the bands original line-up with guitarist Brian Welch leaving the group a few months later. The normally reserved Montreux crowd is transformed by Korn into seething, rocking mass with the largest an probably the first! mosh pit ever seen in the famous Stravinski Auditorium.
Live in Houston
Runtime: 1 hr 18 minThis concert by Velvet Revolver was filmed in Houston, Texas in 2005 during the tour in support of their bestselling and Grammy Award winning debut album Contraband. The full length live tracks are intercut with snippets of interview with the various band members talking about how Velvet Revolver came into being. The set list naturally focuses on that debut release but is complimented by two tracks from the Guns n Roses catalog and two tracks from Stone Temple Pilots debut album highlighting the history of the band members. Velvet Revolver are an outstanding live band and are on great form in front of a typically enthusiastic Texan crowd.
Live at The Sydney Entertainment Centre
Runtime: 2 hr 26 minOn Saturday 25th August, the guitar legend Slash, frontman Myles Kennedy and their band The Conspirators played a blistering show at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Aided and abetted by frontman Myles Kennedy and their band The Conspirators (guitarist Frank Sidoris, bassist Todd Kerns and drummer Brent Fitz), the iconic axeman delivered a searing set featuring Guns 'N' Roses classics like 'Sweet Child O' Mine', 'Paradise City' and 'Nightrain', Velvet Revolver's choicest cuts 'Sliver' and 'Fall To Pieces' and stand-out Slash moments like 'Halo' and 'You're A Lie' from his new album 'Apocalyptic Love'
Runtime: 1 hr 39 minFeaturing the band in their element - the live arena - this full-length live show is a stunning mix of visual mayhem and brutal, extreme heavy metal. Slipknot Disasterpieces video No band around can top the Slipknot experience, with concussion bombs, flames, lasers, rotating drum risers and a whole lot more going on, you're simply not going to be able to take your eyes off the on-screen carnage. Slipknot Disasterpieces film All of Slipknot's music videos are also presented, including the never-before-seen animated promo for "Wait & Bleed.".
All That Remains
Runtime: 53 minIt may have taken a few years for Boston act All That Remains to make an impact on the metalcore scene, but with the release of their third full-length effort The Fall Of Ideals in 2006, All That Remains not only finally found the right balance of melody and aggression, but they also found a whole new audience, with the album easily outselling their previous efforts.
After a brief introduction and some pre-show footage of various fans screaming the bands name, All That Remains quite literally destroy with Become The Catalyst, The Air That I Breathe, Not Alone, It Dwells In Me, Six, This Calling, The Weak Willed and Indictment, all of which are lifted from The Fall Of Ideals.
The remaining four tracks This Darkened Heart, For Salvation, Tattered On My Sleeve and Focus Shall Not Fail are lifted from 2004s This Darkened Heart and seamlessly blend in with the groups more recent material without clashing too much.
All That Remains performance is near flawless, while the editing together of the multiple camera angles (Filmed by the renown High Roller Studios) retains the energy and excitement of the performance and the crowd participation perfectly. Audio wise, mixer Jason Suecof has managed to keep a raw edge to the bands sound, which gives All That Remains Live a very real live feel.
All up, All That Remains Live is a rock solid package that shows exactly why All That Remains are considered one of the better metalcore acts doing the circuit today. Highly recommended.
Live at The Metro Theatre
Five Finger Death Punch
Runtime: 50 minNo bells, no whistles...just straight-ahead bludgeoning metal. Playing a vintage style of thrash and groove, Five Finger Death Punch have been pummelling audiences since their inception in 2005. During this 2009 performance at The Metro Theatre, in Sydney, Australia, see why Metal Edge calls Five Finger Death Punch “the sound of violent exhilaration, giving contemporary metal a belligerent shove in an exciting direction.”
Live at The O2 Academy
Bullet For My Valentine
Runtime: 1 hr 9 minRunning red hot on the heels of their fourth album 'Temper Temper', Bullet For My Valentine rolled into Birmingham's O2 Academy like a tank, armed with burning anthems like 'Your Betrayal', 'Tears Don't Fall' and 'Waking The Demon' alongside newer cuts 'Temper Temper' and 'Riot'. With big ambitions and bigger riffs, the band have always had world domination fairly in their sights, but they've never been more on target than now. With album sales over four million and a monster legion of fans, the lads have rightly earned the tag of "the best British metal band to emerge in years" (as Q Magazine dubbed them). Lock and load people, it's Bullet time!
Live at Wacken
Runtime: 43 minVolbeat is a heavy metal band from Denmark, founded in 2001. They released their first album, The Strength/The Sound/The Songs, in 2005 and the follow up, Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil, was released in Denmark on February 19, 2007, and in the rest of Europe on February 26, 2007. In March 2007, it topped the Danish album chart as the best selling album, the first metal album ever to do so.
Classic Album: Metallica
Runtime: 50 minThe story of the making of this remarkable album is told here via exclusive interviews with band members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Jason Newsted, archive footage and performance, and contributions from producer Bob Rock. Featuring the five singles from the album, Enter Sandman, Sad But True, "The Unforgiven", "Wherever I May Roam" and "Nothing Else Matters", this is the compelling story of one of the biggest selling albums of all time, a true Classic Album.
"The making and continued influence of Metallica's commercial breakthrough (known simply as "the Black Album") is entertainingly recounted in this must for Metallica fanatics, especially those who are interested in the recording of one of hard rock's most sonically breathtaking albums. Drummer Lars Ulrich, singer James Hetfield, and producer Bob Rock take up the lion's share of the interviews, and their reminiscences a decade after the fact include many juicy tidbits (like Ulrich and Rock loathing each other by the time the recording was finished, or that the final mix was nearly ruined by a digital clicking sound on the master tape--luckily, a successful remastering was done). The Dolby 2.0 Stereo sound is appropriately pummeling, even if we are treated to mere excerpts from the songs, videos, and even some of the original demos. Classic Albums: Metallica adroitly summarizes a pivotal moment in hard rock history."
Live at the White River Amphitheater
Runtime: 1 hr 12 minAmerican nu metal heroes Godsmack are taking over the stage at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn Washington. Completed in 2003, the 98-acre project cost more than $30 million and hosts musical events under an acoustically treated metal roof; it features two 30-by-40-foot video screens on either side of the stage. The band performs hit songs as “Locked and Loaded,” “Keep Away,” “Out of Line,” “Generation Day,” “Cryin' Like a Bitch, ” and many more. Sully Erna's singing style has been stated as "the snarl of James Hetfield", and "composed of dark harmony that sounds a lot like Alice in Chains". Merrill's bass style has been described as "bulldozer bottom with occasional slap-bass reverb". Larkin's drumming is thought to "worship at the twin altars of Neil Peart and John Bonham". And Rombola's guitar playing style has been praised as "guitars that sound like percussion instruments".
Live at Wacken '09
Bring Me The Horizon
Runtime: 40 minFronted by a tattooed clothing designer and influenced by death metal, grindcore, and emo, Bring Me the Horizon aren't the average deathcore band. The group was formed in 2004 from the ashes of several Sheffield-based outfits, with the 2003 Disney film Pirates of the Caribbean serving as the inspiration for the band's name. Singer Oliver Sykes, guitarists Lee Malia and Curtis Ward, bassist Matt Kean, and drummer Matt Nicholls initially established their own label, Thirty Days of Night, to release their debut EP, 2005's This Is What the Edge of Your Seat Was Made For. Upon signing to the higher-profile label Visible Noise (whose roster also included Bullet for My Valentine and Lostprophets), they reissued the EP to a wider audience. Bring Me the Horizon's full-length debut, Count Your Blessings, appeared in October 2006, with an American release following one year later courtesy of Epitaph Records.
Live And Murderous In Chicago
Runtime: 1 hr 19 minPapa Roach: Live and Murderous in Chicago is the first concert released by Californian rock group Papa Roach. It was released in the United States on November 22, 2005 – and features the band performing live at "The Vic Theater" in Chicago, Illinois. The program captures alt-metal rockers Pap Roach thrashing away at their most intense during an exhilarating Chicago concert, bringing down the house with an energetic 75-minute set.
Live from the inside
Runtime: 1 hr 5 minThis film captures the final show supporting the RIAA Certified Gold debut LEAVE A WHISPER at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Shinedown toured in support of four Top-5 rock singles (Fly from the Inside, 45, Simple Man, Burning Bright), an incredible achievement, especially for a debut release. Shinedown have clearly left more than a whisper. This film, directed by Chris Sims (Poison the Well, Lamb of God), captures the intensity, spirit and magic of a Shinedown performance like never before. The band continues to tour constantly. For more information, go to Shinedown.com.
Live at the Palace 2008
Three Days Grace
Runtime: 1 hr 21 minThis concert film captures the rock band Three Days Grace performing a 2008 show at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The setlist of over a dozen songs includes "Animal I Have Become," "Just Like You," "I Hate Everything About You," and "Never Too Late." Backstage footage of the band augments the concert materials.
Blood at the Orpheum
In This Moment
Runtime: 1 hr 5 minIn 2013, Southern California’s female fronted hard rockers In This Moment filmed their first ever live concert. Spanning the band’s entire career, the video includes all the band’s top 20 hits from Blood, their current 200K+ SoundScan selling album, Whore, Adrenalize & Blood, as well as fan favorites, Gunshow, Beautiful Tragedy and Burn. Madison’s very own taste making Active Rock station, WJJO, was one of the first in the nation to embrace and support In This Moment, creating a rabid and loyal fanbase, which is why the band chose to film the concert there.