Not Ready to Die

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"Not Ready to Die"
Single by Avenged Sevenfold
from the album Call of Duty: Black Ops
Released May 2, 2011
Format Digital download
Recorded April 2011
Genre Heavy metal
Length 7:05
6:08 (radio edit)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) M. Shadows
Producer(s) Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold singles chronology
"So Far Away"
"Not Ready to Die"
"Buried Alive"

"Not Ready to Die" is a song by the American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold, featured on the soundtrack to the 2010 video game Call of Duty: Black Ops, on the Zombie map "Call of the Dead".


Recorded by the band in April 2011, the song was released as the lead single from the album on 2 May 2011.[1] The song is available to purchase as a digital download from iTunes. "Not Ready to Die" marks the first release recorded with drummer Arin Ilejay. In an interview with Revolver, M. Shadows says the song was completely inspired by the game, which he is a big fan of.

In the song, which is also featured on the game's Zombies expansion map "Call of the Dead", the band's lyrics are of defiance, power and survival, themes that run throughout the widely popular first-person shooter game. In fact, one of the lines in the song is specifically referencing the game. The song "Damned" ("Zombies" mode theme music in Call of Duty Black Ops, composed by Kevin Sherwood) is also sampled in the song.

Chart position[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[2] 73
UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company)[3] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 70

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Not Ready to Die" - 7:05


Avenged Sevenfold
Session member


  1. ^ "Not Ready to Die (from Call of the Dead) - Single". 2 May 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Avenged Sevenfold. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  3. ^ "Archive Chart: 2011-05-08" UK Rock Chart. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  4. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Avenged Sevenfold. Retrieved December 29, 2015.

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