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A7X Donates To Fund For Laid Off Workers Of ‘Metal Hammer’ Magazine

Avenged Sevenfold is doing a solid for some of those who have been nice to them in the past.

The group has posted a tribute online to Metal Hammer, the British magazine that closed down this week when its parent company, Team Rock, went into bankruptcy, shuttering other magazines such as Classic Rock, AOR and Prog. The group also made a donation to a new crowd-funding drive at supporting the 73 staffers who lost their jobs, without severance pay.

A7X's full message on Facebook reads:

"Heavy Metal music has been a huge part of our lives for the last 22 years or so. In the beginning the only way we were able to get news on our favorite bands was through print magazine. We would put posters on our walls and learn of all the happenings in the metal world by reading the monthly print. We would scour Tower Records (which no longer exists) for any new information we could find on our favorite bands. One of those championing magazines was Metal Hammer. Unfortunately, the world is changing and people no longer want to pay for a real product they can hold in their hands. Metal Hammer, Classic Rock magazine and Prog Magazine will no longer exist. This may not seem like a big deal to some of you but if you have ever traveled in the UK (which has one of, if not the best metal scenes in the world) you would notice that on every magazine stand heavy metal was prominently featured by these three magazines next to all of the other print that is acceptable in the mainstream. Now that it's gone it pushes metal and rock even further away from the average consciousness. Some believe in keeping heavy music underground, we don’t. This music means so much to so many including us. Our music should be inclusive and losing Metal Hammer is a major blow to all of us.

We have met many great people through the years at Team Rock and we are sure they will find great jobs soon enough. For now though, we hope you can help out the people who have dedicated their lives to promoting our favorite type of music through this crowd funding site. These are good people that don't deserve this just before Christmas. We have donated 1000 (pounds) and hope you can give a little if you can find the means."

The drive was started by Ben Ward from the band Orange Goblin and has already tripled its original goal of $25,000.

A7X meanwhile, is gearing up for a full year-plus of touring behind its new album, The Stage, starting January 7 in Dublin, Ireland, with North American dates expected to be announced soon.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.