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ROCKTAGON: Black Map vs Avenged Sevenfold [VIDEOS] [VOTE]

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 It’s the REV 96.7 ROCKTAGON! Two bands enter, one band leaves!

Every Tuesday night at 6pm, Choad will play two songs that will battle all week in the ROCKTAGON. You be the judge and vote for your favorite song below. Voting begins Tuesdays at 6pm and will continue through the week until the following Tuesday at 2pm.


The New Champions: Black Map

Run Rabbit Run

BlackMapVEVO via YouTube
BlackMapVEVO via YouTube

Black Map (stylized as BL∀CK MAP) is an American post-hardcore supergroup based out of San Francisco, California. The trio consists of Ben Flanagan on bass and vocals, Chris Robyn on drums and Mark Engles on guitar. The band most recently has toured with ChevelleBush, and Circa Survive.

Black Map formed following a hiatus from the members’ respective bands: Dredg (guitarist Mark Engles), Far (drummer Chris Robyn), and The Trophy Fire (vocalist/guitarist Ben Flanagan). The band’s first release was a four song EP, titled Driver, released in February 2014. On October 27, 2014, the band’s debut LP, …And We Explode, was released through Minus Head Records. Their second full length album, In Droves, was released on March 10, 2017, through their current label EOne.

Read more about Black Map at Wikipedia.

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The Contenders: Avenged Sevenfold

God Damn

Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group

Avenged Sevenfold (sometimes abbreviated as A7X) is an American heavy metal band from Huntington Beach, California, formed in 1999. The band’s current lineup consists of lead vocalist M. Shadows, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Zacky Vengeance, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Synyster Gates, bassist and backing vocalist Johnny Christ, and drummer Brooks Wackerman.

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. 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. 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. Avenged Sevenfold’s sixth studio album Hail to the King, which was released in 2013, marked the only Avenged Sevenfold album featuring Arin Ilejay. Hail to the King charted as number 1 on the Billboard 200, the UK Albums chart, as well as the Finnish, Brazilian, Canadian, and Irish charts. In late 2014 Ilejay left the band, and was replaced by former Bad Religion drummer Brooks Wackerman, but wasn’t revealed as his replacement until in 2015 the band announced Ilejay’s departure. The band surprise released their seventh studio album titled The Stage on October 28, 2016, which debuted as number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart in the US. The Stage is their first conceptual album and it marked another stylistic change for the band, moving towards the progressive metal sound.

To date, Avenged Sevenfold has released seven studio albums, one live album/DVD, two compilation albums and eighteen singles and have sold over 8 million albums worldwide. Avenged Sevenfold was ranked #47 on Loudwire‘s list of Top 50 Metal Bands of All Time.

Read more about Avenged Sevenfold at Wikipedia.

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