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Avenged Sevenfold (also abbreviated as A7X) is a heavy metal/hard rock band from Huntington Beach, California, USA. Several songs from the band are featured in the Black Ops franchise as well as original songs composed for the games.
In 2010, the band composed "Not Ready to Die" for the Zombies map Call of the Dead in Call of Duty: Black Ops. Their song "Nightmare", while not composed for the game, is also featured in the map Moon in part with the One Giant Leap Achievement/Trophy.
For Call of Duty: Black Ops II in 2012, Avenged Sevenfold composed the song "Carry On" for the post-credits cutscene of the campaign. The band is seen performing the song at a concert with several characters from the campaign dancing. The song was also used as the easter-egg song for the map TranZit before being replaced by the song Carrion.
A short version of their "Shepherd of Fire" can be heard during the intro cutscene of the map Origins. The full version can be activated as an Easter Egg song by finding three red radios scattered around the map.
In 2015, the band composed "Jade Helm" for the multiplayer mode of Call of Duty: Black Ops III. The song was also featured in the Data Vault found in the Safe House in the campaign of the game. Their previous songs were also added to the Music Tracks menu of Black Ops III.
The band worked again with Treyarch in 2018 for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and composed the song "Mad Hatter" for the Zombies map IX. Lead singer M. Shadows is also a playable character within the Blackout mode.
Songs in Call of Duty
- "Not Ready to Die" (featured in Call of the Dead Zombies map, original song)
- "Nightmare" (featured in Moon Zombies map)
- "Carry On" (featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops II campaign and Zombies map TranZit, original song)
- "Shepherd of Fire" (featured in Origins Zombies map)
- "Jade Helm" (featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops III multiplayer, original song)
- "Mad Hatter" (featured in IX Zombies map, original song).
Real Life Members
- M. Shadows (lead vocals)
- Synyster Gates (lead guitar)
- Johnny Christ (bass guitar)
- Zacky Vengeance (rhythm guitar)
- The Rev (drums, deceased)
- Arin Ilejay (drums in "Not Ready to Die", "Carry On" and Shepherd of Fire; not seen in-game)
- Mike Portnoy (drums in "Nightmare"; not seen in-game)
- Brooks Wackerman (drums in "Jade Helm" and "Mad Hatter"; not seen in-game)
- Raul Menendez (backup guitar, non-canon Black Ops II ending)
- Frank Woods (drums, non-canon Black Ops II ending)
- In Call of the Dead, a picture in the style of a Soviet propaganda poster can be seen on a wall near the vault under PhD Flopper, with five of the Avenged Sevenfold members standing in a row (from left to right: M. Shadows, Zacky Vengeance, Synyster Gates, Johnny Christ, The Rev. Interestingly, The Rev is featured in the poster in place of Arin Ilejay, despite the fact that Ilejay played in "Not Ready to Die" and The Rev had passed away 18 months before the map was released. There also reads "отомщенные" on top of the poster, which is Russian for "avenged".
- During the bad ending in the Black Ops II campaign with the mission Judgment Day, there is a video of Cordis Die that includes several comments. One comment, saying "Something Synyster bout to go down..." is by the user Dante A7X. A7X is the shortcut for the band Avenged Sevenfold. The word synyster is a reference to Synyster Gates, one of the members in the band. Dante is possibly a reference to the famous writer Dante Alighieri, who meddled with the concept of Hell, similarly to the band itself.