AVENGED SEVENFOLD Not A Religious Band

Launch Radio Networks reports: With the holidays here and the so-called "War On Christmas" in the news, religion is always a hot topic at this time of year. AVENGED SEVENFOLD includes a number of religious references in its music, even taking its name from a passage in the Bible. But frontman M. Shadows told Launch that the band doesn't have any messages about God, or the Devil for that matter. "Anyone that read the lyrics and really knew anything about us, they would know we're not promoting either," he said. "That's one thing about this band that I love is that we never really shove any kind of, like, political or religious beliefs on people. We just, the music's there to entertain and maybe thought-provoking on both sides, but we don't try to, like, really shove anything down anyone's throat. There's too many bands that do that nowadays, I think."

The band's name comes from a passage in the Genesis story of Cain and Abel, which reads, "But the Lord said to him, 'Therefore whoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.'"

All five members of the California-based group claim to have been kicked out of Catholic school.

The next single from AVENGED SEVENFOLD's 2005 album, "City Of Evil", is the opening track, "Beast and the Harlot". The album has sold 334,000 copies in the U.S. since its release last June.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD will continue its "Cities Of Evil" headlining tour early in 2006, with a new round of shows beginning on January 19 in Tucson, Arizona and extending into late February.

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