Avenged Sevenfold have released the second part of their Breakdown video series discussing breakthrough single “Bat Country.” The new video picks up where the last episode left off, with frontman M. Shadows and bassist Johnny Christ delving deeper into the song’s intricate-yet-easy to understand guitar parts and its impressive, speedy drumming.
Arguably Avenged Sevenfold’s biggest hit, “Bat Country” exposed the band to a whole new audience. According to part one of the series, the song made its debut on MTV’s ‘TRL’ back in 2005, bringing the band’s new heavy metal/hard rock sound to teeny boppers just starting to cut their teeth on pop punk. From there, the song peaked at number 60 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as number two on Mainstream Rock and number six on Modern Rock.
“Bat Country” was released as the second single off Avenged Sevenfold’s third album, 2005’s City of Evil. The album signified a change in their sound to something more typically metal and hard rock. It remains the band’s best-selling album to date, thanks to songs like “Bat Country” and “Beast and the Harlot.” Publications like Kerrang, Rolling Stone and Guitar World even consider it to be one of the best metal albums of all time.
Avenged Sevenfold launched the ‘Breakdown’ video series in October 2018 as a place to discuss the recording process for some of their biggest tracks, as well as show behind-the-scenes footage from those recording sessions. Other tracks the band has covered on the series include “Nightmare,” “Save Me,” “Beast And The Harlot,” “Almost Easy,” “Acid Rain,” “Paradigm,” “Shepherd of Fire” and “Mad Hatter.”
Avenged Sevenfold released their latest album, The Stage, in 2016. The band recently auctioned off 20 pieces of gear on Reverb to raise money for Notes for Notes, an organization that builds, equips and staffs after-school music studios inside Boys & Girls Clubs.