Goth/metal quartet Avenged Sevenfold are usually known for their loud, aggressive style. But in the video for their latest single, “So Far Away,” the band slows it down to honor an old friend.
“So Far Away,” written by lead guitarist Synyster Gates, is a tribute to Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, the band’s drummer and founding member, who died of a drug overdose in 2009 at the age of 28. It’s an appropriately moving video, foregoing any histrionics to detail an ostensibly autobiographical account of the group’s formation.
Beginning as kids with Iron Maiden and Slayer T-shirts jamming out in a garage, the video recounts typical male teenager delinquency — toppling garbage cans, stealing beer — before segueing into a video tribute to the drummer himself. Losing a band member is obviously devastating in any circumstance, but it’s especially difficult for a group like Avenged Sevenfold given their childhood history.
Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy can be heard on the track, though he would later be replaced by Confide drummer Arin Ilejay for the band’s upcoming tour. “So Far Away” is the third single from the group’s fifth album, Nightmare, released last year.