News•January 23, 2002 5:21 PM ET•3,183 views
Avenged Sevenfold elaborates on label hop
As you now know (if you read our news), California hardcore-hybrid band Avenged Sevenfold has signed with Hopeless Records. The band had previously been part of Belgium's Good Life Recordings roster. In case you've been curious about the motivation behind the move, Avenged Sevenfold has released a statement regarding the jump: "First off, as you all should know, Good Life Recordings is based out of Belgium over in Europe. We are based out of Orange County California, which is very far away from each other. This caused a lot of problems with promotion, touring and distribution. When a band comes out with a CD, they are expected to play a lot of shows to support and sell the album. Our problem was that the CD was everywhere in Europe, but we weren't. We played a lot down here, but you couldn't buy the album in many stores. Good Life isn't known well enough in the USA yet and it was impossible for them to get our CD in all the stores that we wanted with one distribution company. We also did not have the funding to make it over to Europe to support our album over there. So we were basically put in a tough situation. When Hopeless Records came to us and asked what we had going on, we knew it would be a great opportunity to get bigger here in America first, then be able to work on Europe once we had the money. So we talked to Good Life Recordings and they agreed it would be best for us. We owe a lot of our success to Good Life for doing their best and we thank them for that, but it was time for us to move on and go to a label that was about 45 min. from where we live and has been an influential label in punk rock for the last 13 years. They have put out numerous releases that we grew up listening to. So we are very excited to work with them. There are no hard feeling between Good Life Recordings and Avenged Sevenfold. Both parties are happy to move forward and wish the other continued success in the future."