California metalcore band. That kicks. Major. Ass.
Three albums to date - Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, Waking the Fallen, and City of Evil - with the latter being, so far, the best of the three and taking on a new style. The abscense of screaming, maybe...
Synyster Gates can bang out some REALLY good solos. If you've never heard M.I.A. from City of Evil, you have never heard the meaning of skill. Seriously, this guy is fucking nuts.
Moving along now. Acknowledging the 'sellout' claims... The other two albums have nothing on City of Evil. Just because Bat Country is a fucking kickass song and people agree doesn't mean the band is suddenly shit, and if you think that you seriously need to get a fucking life and do something with it instead of bitch and complain about how a band's talent has suddenly gotten exposed.
Avenged Sevenfold, or A7X, is a really, really kickass band and anyone with any musical taste will agree.