Spin Magazine have put up an article regarding Avenged Sevenfold and the 2011 Revolver Golden Gods Awards. You can check out the full thing here.
Hard rock legends and black-clad fans crowded Club Nokia in Los Angeles Wednesday night for the third annual Revolver Golden Gods. It was the first time the heavy metal awards show sold out, due in no small part to the promised performance from beloved SoCal post-hardcore thrashers Avenged Sevenfold. The band wound up stealing the show, picking up four prizes including Best Album for their latest, 2010’s Nightmare, and racking up the most devil-horns — even while sharing a bill with the original lineup of Alice Cooper, performing in L.A. for the first time in four decades.
By the time Avenged Sevenfold took the stage, the crowd had been whipped into a metal-fiending froth. Their roar was deafening as the spiraling guitar figures of “Nightmare” filled the smoky air, and frontman M. Shadows — who took home the award for Best Singer — screamed and crooned, backlit by a gigantic glowing winged skull. His vocal range rivaled some of the better-known names in the room, and the band was the tightest of the night.
And as was the night’s wont, a couple of guests joined as well — McKagan for a cover of Guns N’ Roses’ “It’s So Easy” and Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul for a punishing take on his old band’s “Mouth for War.” Fan favorite “Bat Country” drew the biggest cheers, and “Beast and the Harlot” sounded positively medieval. Unfortunately, it was over all too soon.
“One more song. We’re very sorry,” said Shadows to audible audience grumble. Guitarist Synyster Gates jumped in: “…but we need to drink very heavily too.” The rowdy crowd cheered and cheers’d to this, before thrashing mightily to “Almost Easy.”