Shadows Biography – Net Worth, Wife, Tattoo, Height

Who is M Shadows?

Matthew Charles Sanders was born on July 31, 1981 in Fountain Valley, California, United States. He is a singer, musician, and songwriter, best known for performing under the stage name M Shadows, working as the lead singer of the band Avenged Sevenfold. He is one of the founding members of the heavy metal band and is considered by many to be one of the greatest heavy metal singers of all time.

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M Shadows net worth

As of early 2020, M Shadows’ net worth is estimated to be over $25 million, earned primarily from the band’s success, Avenged Sevenfold, one of the most recognized in the heavy metal genre, making music for years. 2000.

He has also worked with other bands, as well as collaborating with the “Call of Duty” video game franchise.

Youth and early career

While M was born in Fountain Valley, his family later moved to Huntington Beach where he grew up with his younger sister Amy Sanders, who is now known to play in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). He developed an interest in music at a young age, thanks to his father giving him his first Guns N’ Roses tape, sparking an interest that only grew as he got older.

Eventually, he learned to play the guitar as well as the piano, skills that would also help him learn more about tone and voice. He attended Huntington Beach High School, and during this time he had aspirations of starting a band. He briefly joined a punk band called Successful Failure, but it was short-lived. Thereafter, he reconnected with some college friends who had the same musical tastes. This led to the formation of Avenged Sevenfold, as he was joined by The Rev, Zacky Vengeance and Matt Wendt.

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Shadows didn’t want to use his first name because he didn’t like how it sounded as a performer. Instead, he only adopted the first letter M and added Shadows because he felt he was the darkest character in their group. They also chose to adopt nicknames as it was a popular practice among the rock bands that inspired them. Over the years, the band have released music and won acclaim for their diversity when it comes to their portrayal of rock and metal.

They also promoted themselves through the use of dramatic imagery, which has become more evident over the years.

Their debut album “Sounding the Seventh Trumpet” helped them establish themselves on the scene, but it wasn’t until their third album “City of Evil” that the band really took off. The band enjoyed great success until 2009 when their drummer The Rev died suddenly. The band continued with drummer Mike Portnoy for their 2010 album “Nightmare” which reached the top of the Billboard 200. Eventually they took on drummer Brooks Wackerman and continued to release music, their last being “The Stage who debuted in fourth place. of the Billboard 200.

Solo projects

Besides his work with Avenged Sevenfold, M has guested on albums by other well-known bands. He was featured on Steel Panther’s ‘Feel the Steel’ album and helped produce The Confession’s ‘Requiem’ album – he ventured out to find out more about production to help Avenged Sevenfold with their music releases. album too. Among his other musical projects, he notably worked with Slash on his solo album and made music with the group Device.

In 2012, he made his first foray into the world of video games with the development of “Call of Duty: Black Ops II”, in which he made a contribution by doing motion capture and recording voice lines.

He is an avid player of the popular first-person shooter and has even competed in professional tournaments. One of his latest video game projects is “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” in which he became a playable character with the help of a close friend who works for his developer Treyarch. It can be selected as part of the game’s battle royale mode, which sees numerous players battling against each other across a large but small map.

Vocal ability and style

Shadows’ vocal ability has been praised many times, not only for its range and versatility, but also for its evolution throughout his career with Avenged Sevenfold.

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Early in his career, he had a hoarser voice filled with growls reminiscent of metalcore bands. Since 2003, he has been more inclined towards melodic lines, but still retains his love for screams and growls. After signing with a major record company, his style changed again, focusing more on his vocals and melody than screaming. He took many lessons to improve his style, working with Ron Anderson who is known for his collaborations with Audioslave and Guns N’ Roses.

The band contributed as well, with each member becoming part of the vocal ensemble as opposed to Shadows taking on the brunt of the work.

This led to rumors that he had lost his ability to shout, following throat surgery after damaging his voice in 2003. Other musicians defended him, saying he had indicated the desire to be more of a singer than a shouter with his music. He is also a big advocate for protecting his voice and prefers to hit the notes rather than opting for harsh sounds which could again damage his throat.

Private life

M married Valary DiBenedetto in 2009 and they have two children together. His bandmate Synyster Gates married Valary’s twin sister, Michelle, which also makes both brothers-in-law band members. He spends much of his free time learning more about music, working on new music, and playing video games. He also spends a lot of time learning more about preserving his voice and prioritizes resting his voice when not working with the band.

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