HERE UPON THE STAGE!

Kerrang! (UK) - - Cover Story -

The best of AVENGED’S mas­sive pro­duc­tion… PYRO

Having re­lieved fire­men of their du­ties and ditched the hot stuff com­pletely on their most re­cent UK tour, there we were think­ing that A7X were bored of pyro. Lit­tle did we know they were ac­tu­ally just sav­ing up a cou­ple of years’ worth of sup­ply to un­leash it all in one go. The best use of it in the set? The hot­ter-than-the-sun Shepherd Of Fire.

WALK­WAY

Watch­ing mega-shred­ders Zacky Vengeance and Syn Gates stand­ing back-to-back and solo­ing is never not the coolest sight ever. But see­ing them up­close-and-per­sonal at the end of the walk­way is even more of a thrill. The band made per­fect use of the glory ramp – the sub­tle, un­sung hero of their pro­duc­tion – this year.

ZOM­BIE AS­TRO­NAUT

We al­ready got a pre­view of this dude in are­nas last year. But few could an­tic­i­pate just how badass he would look float­ing high above drum­mer Brooks Wack­er­man while the six-and-a-half-minute Higher plays out into the Don­ing­ton sky. As Shad­ows croons, ‘Meet me

in the stars tonight,’ you can’t help but imag­ine float­ing up into space and com­ing face-to­face with Avenged’s enormous zom­bie as­tro­naut.

ED­DIE-STYLE ‘KING’

All the best bands have awe­some – if ever-so-slightly cheesy – mas­cots. See: Iron Maiden, Me­gadeth et al. And while Avenged’s Death­bat logo pro­vides enough striking, iconic im­agery as it is, their new skele­ton ‘King’ that emerges dur­ing Hail To The King (see what they did there?) is not only a bril­liant sur­prise, but also a creepy propo­si­tion as he tow­ers threat­en­ingly be­hind Brooks Wack­er­man.

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