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M. Shadows


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M. Shadows (born Matthew Charles Sanders on July 31, 1981), is the vocalist/lead singer for the American hard rock/heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold. He is from Huntington Beach, California but presently lives in Orange County.

When Shadows was younger he was in a few other punk bands with Avenged Sevenfold’s second guitarist Zacky Vengeance. There was a rumor circulating since a Revolver Magazine interview that Shadows had done damage to vocal chords, forcing the band to change their style of music. M. Shadows claimed he had burst blood vessels in his throat, and was told that if he kept on his path, he would be a mute in under 5 years. But as stated in the band’s recent DVD, All Excess, it had been decided several years before the making of City Of Evil that it would be an all singing album. He had made it clear to their producer, Mudrock, that the album they were working on at the time (Waking The Fallen) would be half sing, half screaming and that the next would be all singing.

Some of his biggest musical influences are Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, and Pantera. Philip Anselmo of Pantera is his screaming inspiration. He was formerly a member of a punk band, called ‘Successful Failure’. While in this band he penned the song Streets, which would later be recorded after Avenged Sevenfold was formed, and released on their first album, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet.

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