Despite his death, Avenged Sevenfold continued on with the help of now-former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, and released and toured in support of its fifth album Nightmare in 2010, which debuted on the top spot of the Billboard 200, Avenged Sevenfold's first number one debut.
In 2011 drummer Arin Ilejay joined the band on tours and recording.
Former Avenged Sevenfold bassist Justin Sane played keyboards and piano on the album.
There was speculation that Pinkly Smooth was going to produce another record, but due to the death of the Rev, it is highly unlikely that they will produce any more material.
(born July 7, 1981), better known by his stage name Synyster Gates or simply Syn, is an American musician, best known for being the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Avenged Sevenfold. 87 on Guitar World Synyster Gates is the son of musician, author, and comedian Brian Haner, Sr., who worked with Sam the Sham's band in the 1970s and has done session work for Avenged Sevenfold.
Gates studied at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, California, as part of the Guitar Institute of Music program, studying jazz and classical guitar.However, Gates has said that he would consider remastering the tracks from Unfortunate Snort and re-releasing the album. Schecter Guitar Research has been sponsoring him and he has signature Avenger models.Synyster Gates married Michelle Di Benedetto on May 7, 2010. He has also been using Gibson Guitars when Avenged Sevenfold was recording Waking the Fallen and City of Evil.Gates is of English, Irish, German and Creek descent. Besides metal music, Synyster Gates is a big fan of jazz, gypsy jazz, classical and avant-garde.He cites Dimebag Darrell, Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Slash, Marty Friedman, Zakk Wylde, Allan Holdsworth, Mr.However, Avenged Sevenfold's style had evolved by the band's third album and first major label release, City of Evil, into a heavy metal and hard rock style.The band continued to explore new sounds with its self-titled release and enjoyed continued mainstream success before their drummer, James "The Rev" Sullivan, died in 2009.Formed in the summer of 2001 in Huntington Beach, California, the band featured ex-Ballistico members Buck Silverspur on bass and D-Rock on drums.The band released one album, Unfortunate Snort on Bucktan Records, which features a crossover sound of mostly punk, ska and progressive metal.Avenged Sevenfold is known for its diverse rock sound and dramatic imagery in album covers and merchandise.Avenged Sevenfold emerged with a metalcore sound on the band's debut Sounding the Seventh Trumpet and continued this sound through their second album Waking the Fallen.