“And in a way it seems there’s no one to call
When our thoughts are so numb and our feelings unsure
We all have emptiness inside
We all have answers to find
But you can’t win this fight”

Avenged Sevenfold are an American heavy metal group from California, formed by 5 highschool students. Since then, the band has grown to become one of the largest music groups in the world. Their song ‘Welcome to the Family’ is the second track off of their acclaimed album ‘Nightmare’. This album was the first album the band had recorded without their drummer and primary songwriter Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan, and would be the last album Sullivan would write on before his passing in 2009. The song is about the universality of the struggles and sorrows of life. According to the band, after The Rev’s passing they were in a state of incredible grief and pain. During the time, they were listening to the music they had been writing at the time, and came to realize that the hardship they were going through was something that everyone faced. They began writing lyrics to one of the songs The Rev had written for the album, singing about how the suffering we all feel unites us as one big family.

If I had to describe what Avenged Sevenfold sounds like in a few words, I would say that Avenged Sevenfold sounds like slowly losing your mind and loving it. Welcome to the Family is the perfect example of this, and perfectly sums up the Avenged Sevenfold sound. The contrast of vocal styles within the song highlight the message while making the song all the more enjoyable to listen to. This, paired with incredible guitar work by the legendary duo of Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance creates the perfect concoction of captivating and thought provoking music. All of this sits snuggly on top of the mighty percussive foundation created by the drumming of Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, the only person The Rev said he would allow to sit behind his drum kit.

Personally, this song sums up why I love this band so much. They are able to create powerful, emotionally charged music that is also incredibly technical. Every member of the band sounds completely unique from any other musician in their discipline, and these sounds blend together perfectly to create a sound that is somehow incredibly mainstream yet completely unique and impossible to replicate. Welcome to the Family is the song that showcases exactly why Avenged Sevenfold is one of the most successful bands in the world.

Listen to the track here: song link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ-WsnaYDCg

Submitted by Prashant Srinivasan Sarkar

Avenged Sevenfold – Welcome to the Family
Lyrics:

“Welcome To The Family”

Hey kid (hey kid), do I have your attention?
I know the way you’ve been living
Life so reckless
Tragedy endless
Welcome to the family

Hey, there’s something missing
Only time will alter your vision
Never in question
Lethal injection
Welcome to the family

Not long ago you’d find the answers were so crystal clear
Within a day you find yourself living in constant fear
Can you look at yourself now?
Can you look at yourself?!
You can’t win this fight

And in a way it seems there’s no one to call
When our thoughts are so numb and our feelings unsure
We all have emptiness inside
We all have answers to find
But you can’t win this fight

Hey (hey kid), I have to question
What’s with the violent aggression?
Details blurry
Lost ’em too early
Welcome to the family

Hey, why won’t you listen?
Can’t help the people you’re missing
It’s been done
A casualty rerun
Welcome to the family

I’ll try and help you with the things that can’t be justified
I need to warn you that there is no way to rationalize
So have you figured it out now?
So have you figured it out?!
You can’t win this fight

And in a way it seems there’s no one to call
When our thoughts are so numb and our feelings unsure
We all have emptiness inside
We all have answers to find
But you can’t win this fight

Gunning for you
And all mankind
I’ve lost my mind
Psychotic, rapid dementia
I won’t be fine

I see, you’re a king who’s been dethroned (been dethroned)
Cast out in a world you’ve never known (never known)
Stand down, place your weapons by your side (by your side)
It’s our war, in the end we’ll surely lose but that’s alright (you’ll surely lose to me)

So have you figured it out now?
So have you figured it out?!

And in a way it seems there’s no one to call
When our thoughts are so numb and our feelings unsure
We all have emptiness inside
We all have answers to find
But you can’t win this fight

Deep inside
Where nothing’s fine
I lost my mind
You’re not invited
So step aside
I lost my

Deep inside
Where nothing’s fine
I lost my mind
You’re not invited
So step aside
I lost my