Buried Alive ~ Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band from Huntington Beach, California. Formed in 1999, the group consists of vocalist M. Shadows, lead guitarist Synyster Gates, rhythm guitarist Zacky Vengeance, bassist Johnny Christ.

They are known for their diverse heavy metal sound, dramatic imagery in album covers and t-shirts. Avenged Sevenfold emerged with a metalcore sound on their debut Sounding the Seventh Trumpet but their style had evolved by their third album and first major label release, City of Evil into a hard rock/heavy metal sound. The band continued to explore new sounds with their self-titled release and enjoyed continued mainstream success before their drummer, James “The Rev” Sullivan, died in 2009. Despite his death, the band continued on with help of former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portno.

The band was formed in 1999 in Huntington Beach, California with original members M. Shadows, Zacky Vengeance, The Rev and Matt Wendt. M Shadows came up with the name as a reference to the story of Cain and Abel from The Bible, which can be found in Genesis 4:24, although they are not a religious band. Upon its formation, each member of the band also took on a pseudonym which were already nicknames of theirs from high school.

Before the release of their debut album, the band recorded two demos in 1999 and 2000. Avenged Sevenfold’s debut album, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, was recorded when the band members were just eighteen years old and in high school. It was originally released on their first label, Good Life Recordings in 2001. After lead guitarist Synyster Gates joined the band, at the end of 1999 when he was 18 at the introductory track “To End the Rapture” was re-recorded featuring a full band element. The album was subsequently re-released on Hopeless Records in 2002.  Their fourth bassist, Johnny Christ joined the band in 2003.

Buried Alive


Take the time just to listen
When the voices screaming are much too loud
Take a look in the distance
Try and see it all

Chances are that you might find
That we share a common discomfort now
I feel I’m walking a fine line
Tell me only if it’s real

Still I’m on my way
(On and on it goes)
Vacant hope to take

I can’t live in here for another day
Darkness has kept the light concealed
Grim as ever
Hold on to faith as I dig another grave
Meanwhile the mice endure the wheel
Real as ever
And it seems I’ve been buried alive

I walk the fields through the fire
Taking steps until I found solid ground
Followed dreams, reaching higher
Couldn’t survive the fall

Much has changed since the last time
And I feel a little less certain now
You know I jumped at the first sign
Tell me only if it’s real

Memories seem to fade
(On and on it goes)
Wash my view away

I can’t live in here for another day
Darkness has kept the light concealed
Grim as ever
Hold on to faith as I dig another grave
Meanwhile the mice endure the wheel
Real as ever
And I’m chained like a slave
Trapped in the dark
Slammed all the locks
Death calls my name
And it seems I’ve been buried alive

Take you down now
Burn it all out
Throw you all around
Get your fuckin’ HANDS OFF ME!

What’s it feel like?
Took the wrong route
Watch it fall apart
Now you’re knockin’ AT THE WRONG GATE!

For you to pay the toll
A price for you alone
The only deal you’ll find
I’ll gladly take your soul

While it seems sick
Sober up quick
Psycho lunatic crushing you with

Shame to find out
When it’s too late
But you’re all the same
Trapped inside INFERNO AWAITS!

Evil thoughts can hide
I’ll help release the mind
I’ll peel away the skin
Release the dark within

This is now your life
Strike you from the light
This is now your life
Die, buried alive [x3]

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DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

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