Watch: Latest episode of Ernie Ball's 'String Theory,' starring Avenged Sevenfold’s Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance
Ernie Ball

Cosmic supernovas are some of the most energetic events in the Universe. For the Southern California band, Avenged Sevenfold, 2017 is turning out to be one hell of a ‘heavy metal’ supernova. 

The latest in the quintet’s long line of explosive achievements; guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance sitting down for the newest episode of Ernie Ball's ‘String Theory.’ The popular web series offers insights into the minds of guitar and bass players. Inside the exclusive footage, the duo discusses their personal history playing the ‘axe,’ their positive association with Ernie Ball strings, and much more. Watch the captivating episode, shown above, and learn five surprising facts revealed by the two thrashers. 

A few days earlier on Oct. 24, Avenged Sevenfold not only headlined the inaugural Loudwire Music Awards 2017 at The Novo in downtown Los Angeles, but they also took home two awards from the night’s festivities. The rockers won Best Metal Artist of the Year, along with the coveted “Hand of Doom” for Best Metal Album of the Year, presented by Razor & Tie, for The Stage. Hitting No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock, Hard Rock, and Alternative Albums charts, the critically acclaimed new concept album dropped in October 2016, via Capitol Records (the band’s new label). A deluxe version of the ever-expanding LP is due out on Dec. 15, 2017. Both the digital and physical deluxe versions of The Stage can be pre-ordered here.

Another sign the cosmos and metal gods are aligned with A7X; they spent the summer playing stadiums and arenas throughout North America with Metallica on the metal icons WorldWired Tour.

2017 got off to a good start when Avenged Sevenfold rocked the sold-out London 02 Arena on Jan. 21. Following up the euphoria of 17,000+ fans screaming your name, was the inaugural two-day Las Rageous festival in Las Vegas, Nevada in April. Taking over two blocks in downtown, the rock and heavy metal fest included heavy hitters such as Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin, Eagles of Death Metal, Coheed and Cambria, and much more. 

One of 2017s most poignant and life-changing moments was the birth of guitarist Synyster Gates’ new son. Born in mid-May during the summer tour with Metallica, Syn missed the New Jersey performance to welcome his baby boy into the world; no doubt 2017s most significant achievement for the shredder.

Avenged Sevenfold are kicking off the 2018 season early with the reveal of their headlining tour dates for the 'The Stage World Tour.’ Beginning on Jan. 12 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, the arena tour will criss-cross the midwest and central U.S. cities with fellow rockers Bullet For My Valentine and Breaking Benjamin. The 14-date trek is booked through Feb. 11 with the final performance slated for Fargo, North Dakota. General public tickets on sale here. Special enhanced VIP Tour Experiences, offered through CID Entertainment, are available here.

Stay tuned to AXS for the latest Avenged Sevenfold news and future tour dates.