|United States of America|
|Date of birth||Huntington Beach, Orange County, California, U.S.A.|
|Political party||Republican Party|
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In 2017, he was voted 3rd in the list of Top 25 Greatest Modern Frontmen by Ultimate Guitar.Early life M. Shadows was born Matthew Charles Sanders on July 31, 1981 in Huntington Beach, California. However, the most significant change came with the release of the band's major label debut, City of Evil, in 2005, which featured minimal background screaming, stronger vocal melodies, and increased emphasis on harmonies and melodic hooks.
Shadows was specifically looking to add a more gritty, raspy tone to his voice and worked with Anderson for several months on this before City of Evil was recorded. This change resulted in newly established vocal contributions from each band member during live performances, and remained prevalent on every record the band has released since 2005, with the exception of songs like "God Hates Us" on Nightmare, and 2011 single "Not Ready To Die", which both returned to the signature screaming style of earlier releases heard from 1999–2003. However, producer Andrew Murdock put down these rumors by saying: "When I met the band after Sounding the Seventh Trumpet… Matt handed me the CD, and he said to me, 'This record's screaming.
Shadows also commented that he was heavily influenced by Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Blind Guardian, Dream Theater, Slipknot, Beastie Boys, and guitarist Scott Taylor. In 2012 Shadows and fellow Avenged Sevenfold member Synyster Gates made a brief cameo in the war game Call of Duty: Black Ops II in which they provided the voiceover of. Discography With Avenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh Trumpet (2001) Waking the Fallen (2003) City of Evil (2005) Avenged Sevenfold (2007) Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough (2008) Nightmare (2010) Hail to the King (2013) The Stage (2016) Guest appearances Savior, Saint, Salvation by Bleeding Through (2002; Portrait of the Goddess) Entombed We Collide by Death by Stereo (2005; Death for Life) Buffalo Stampede by Cowboy Troy (2007; "Black in the Saddle") The River by Good Charlotte (2007; "Good Morning Revival" featuring Synyster Gates) Turn Out the Lights by Steel Panther (2009; "Feel the Steel") Nothing to Say by Slash (2010; "Slash") Check the Level by Dirty Heads (2010; "Any Port in a Storm featuring Slash") Go Alone by Hell or Highwater (2011; "Begin Again") Sandpaper by Fozzy (2012; "Sin and Bones") Landmine by Pitch Black Forecast (2012; "Burning in Water... Drowning in Flame") Save Me by MGK (2012; "Lace Up" featuring Synyster Gates) Haze by Device (2013; "Device") Landmine by Pitch Black Forecast (2014; "As The World Burns")