Avenged Sevenfold lead vocalist M. Shadows looked back on the early day of the band during an appearance on the Tuna on Toast With Stryker podcast. According to the singer, they got their big breakthrough when another rock band, Good Charlotte, helped them out.
Avenged Sevenfold’s debut studio album, ‘Sounding the Seventh Trumpet’ was released on July 24, 2001. The record initially didn’t gain recognition as it only sold 300 copies in its first week of release which didn’t sound promising for their first album ever.
The album was later re-released on March 19, 2002, through another record label. Fortunately for the band, they started to receive recognition. In the following year, they spent the year touring in support of their debut album.
While it was somewhat successful, its follow-ups created the band’s true breakthrough. Their second studio album, ‘Walking the Fallen‘ was released on August 26, 2003. The record was only sold 3,000 copies on its first week of release but it later has sold over 693,000 copies in the United States.
The band kept on gradually growing and their greatest album was out when their third studio album ‘City of Evil‘ was released on June 6, 2005. The record marked the change in the band’s sound which worked perfectly for them in the end.
During a recent interview, M. Shadows reflected on their early days, especially their third studio album. Apparently, their 2005 record drew nearly no attention within its first week. Thanks to their fellow musicians from Good Charlotte who gave them the opportunity to perform ‘Bat Country,‘ the band received mainstream attention in the end.
In his statement, Shadows said that lead vocalist Joel Madden and guitarist Benji Madden believed in his band like nobody else. Avenged Sevenfold owes their friends for giving them the opportunity you perform in front of a potential audience as well as the solid foundations of their future.
In the interview, Shadows said:
“We came off of a disappointing first week, and then basically no traction. The record had dropped all the way off the charts and it was, we’re doing, 2,000-3,000 records per week, which at the time was a total failure. And we’re on a major label and have a different sound.
It was a disappointment because the thing was just going like this and it was like, ‘Well, what’s gonna save us?’ Benji and Joel were like, ‘We’re gonna take them on TRL with us and play ‘Bat Country’ on TRL.’
Because they liked us and we liked them, we were friends, and I think we were one of those bands that came off as like if people were gonna talk bad about Good Charlotte, it would be someone like us. And we weren’t those guys. We were cool with them. We loved Good Charlotte and we were friends with them.”
“They said, ‘We get to bring on an artist that we want,’ and they brought on Avenged Sevenfold. They played our video and it never left TRL after that. And it went all the way to No. 1. And then we ended up winning video music of the year for Best New Artist.
It really was because Benji and Joel saw something, Good Charlotte saw something that no one else saw, and they took us on there and it had a mainstream audience. The video was killer, the song worked, and then all of a sudden everything just started going. It was like, here we go.”
While their first two albums struggled to give them the attention they needed, Avenged Sevenfold eventually achieved its mainstream fame. Though it happened with a little bit of help at first, they managed to maintain their success in the following years on their own as well.