List of Avenged Sevenfold members

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Avenged Sevenfold
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Avenged Sevenfold in late 2007
Background information
Origin Huntington Beach, California, USA
Genres Heavy metal, hard rock, metalcore
Years active 1999 (1999)–present
Members M. Shadows
Zacky Vengeance
Synyster Gates
Johnny Christ
Brooks Wackerman
Past members Arin Ilejay
The Rev
Matt Wendt
Justin Sane
Dameon Ash

The following is a list of musicians who have been members of American hard rock band Avenged Sevenfold. Formed in 1999, the band currently comprises lead vocalist M. Shadows, guitarists and backing vocals Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates, bassist Johnny Christ and drummer Brooks Wackerman.

Current members[edit]

M. Shadows
Active: January 1999–present
Regular instruments: lead vocals
Occasional instruments: acoustic guitar, keyboards, organ intro
Release contributions: all Avenged Sevenfold releases
Zacky Vengeance
Active: January 1999–present
Regular instruments: rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Occasional instruments: acoustic guitar, gang vocals, lead guitar
Release contributions: all Avenged Sevenfold releases
Synyster Gates
Active: January 2001–present
Regular instruments: lead guitar, backing vocals
Occasional instruments: piano, acoustic guitar, additional vocals, gang vocals
Release contributions: all Avenged Sevenfold releases from *Sounding the Seventh Trumpet (2002)
Johnny Christ
Active: 2003–present
Regular instruments: bass
Occasional instruments: backing vocals, lead vocals, gang vocals
Release contributions: all Avenged Sevenfold releases from Waking the Fallen (2003)
Brooks Wackerman
Active: November 2015–present
Regular instruments: drums
Release contributions: Call of Duty: Black Ops III's score "Jade Helm" (2015) and The Stage (2016)

Former members[edit]

Arin Ilejay
Active: January 2011–July 2015 (session and touring member: 2011–2012)
Regular instruments: drums
Release contributions: "Not Ready to Die" (2011) and "Carry On" (2012), Hail to the King (2013)
The Rev
Active: January 1999–December 2009
Regular instruments: drums, backing vocals
Occasional instruments: co-lead vocals, piano, drum arrangement, gang vocals, scream
Release contributions: all Avenged Sevenfold releases from Sounding the Seventh Trumpet Demo (1999) to Nightmare (2010)
Matt Wendt
Active: January 1999–June 2000
Regular instruments: bass
Release contributions: Sounding the Seventh Trumpet Demo (1999), Sounding the Seventh Trumpet Demo (2000)
Justin Sane
Active: July 2000–May 2001
Regular instruments: bass
Occasional Instruments: Piano, backing vocals, gang vocals
Release contributions: Sounding the Seventh Trumpet (2001)
Dameon Ash
Active: June 2001–December 2002
Regular instruments: bass
Release contributions: *Sounding The Seventh Trumpet (2001)

Timeline[edit]

Band lineups[edit]

Personnel Studio albums Notable singles
January 1999–June 2000
June 2000–May 2001
  • M. Shadows – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards
  • Zacky Vengeance – rhythm guitar, lead guitar
  • The Rev – drums
  • Synyster Gates – lead guitar(January 2001-May 2001 with this lineup)
  • Justin Sane – bass
June 2001–December 2002
  • M. Shadows – lead vocals
  • Zacky Vengeance – rhythm guitar
  • The Rev – drums
  • Synyster Gates – lead guitar
  • Dameon Ash – bass
January 2003–December 2009
  • M. Shadows – lead vocals
  • Zacky Vengeance – rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
  • The Rev – drums, backing vocals, co-lead vocals, piano, drum arrangement, scream
  • Synyster Gates – lead guitar, piano, backing vocals
  • Johnny Christ – bass, backing vocals
February 2010–December 2010
  • M. Shadows – lead vocals
  • Zacky Vengeance – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Synyster Gates – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Johnny Christ – bass
  • Mike Portnoy – drums
  • Nightmare, July 2010
  • "Nightmare", May 2010
  • "Welcome to the Family", October 2010
  • "So Far Away", April 2011
  • "Buried Alive", September 2011
January 2011–July 2015
  • M. Shadows – lead vocals
  • Zacky Vengeance – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Synyster Gates – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Johnny Christ – bass, gang vocals
  • Arin Ilejay – drums
November 2015–present
  • M. Shadows – lead vocals
  • Zacky Vengeance – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Synyster Gates – lead guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
  • Johnny Christ – bass
  • Brooks Wackerman – drums
  • The Stage, October 2016

Session members[edit]

Touring members[edit]

Mike Portnoy
Active: 2010
Regular instruments: drums
Release contributions: Nightmare (2010)