Single by Avenged Sevenfold
from the album Avenged Sevenfold
ReleasedJanuary 29, 2008
Recorded2007 at Sunset Sound Recorders in Los Angeles, California, Eldorado Recording Studios, and Burbank & Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California
  • 5:55 (album version)
  • 4:01 (radio edit)
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)The Rev
Producer(s)Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold singles chronology
"Almost Easy"
"Dear God"

"Afterlife" is a song by Avenged Sevenfold. The song is released as the third single from their self-titled album. The song itself features a string orchestra and was written by the band's drummer, The Rev. It was voted the best song of the new album on the band's homepage. The single and a live-action music video were released in early 2008.

The music video is directed by Wayne Isham, who has shot videos for bands like Bon Jovi, Judas Priest and Mötley Crüe.

In the album version, there is a string section in the intro and later in the song, both of which are cut out of the video, along with the bridge of the song, which features The Rev's vocals.

The song is available as downloadable content for Rock Band and Guitar Hero 5, and is featured in the video game NHL 09. It was released for Rocksmith on October 30, 2012. The song is also available on the game Rock Band Track Pack: Volume 2.[1]

Music video

The music video (legally released on March 12, 2008, by Avenged Sevenfold and Warner Bros.) consists of the band performing, on a small stage, a white room with black radiance and shows clips of M. Shadows running shirtless, Zacky Vengeance dancing with a woman, Synyster Gates holding a skull in a sea of lit candles, The Rev lying down with a Spider on his face, and Johnny Christ holding a flock of doves which he sends flying off all at once at the end of the video.

Lyrical meaning

According to Zacky Vengeance the song is about a man who dies early and finds himself in heaven. Upon entering, he realizes that he has too many things to do on Earth and to go back and make it right, he must escape from the afterlife.

Track listing

Promo single
  1. "Afterlife" (radio edit) – 4:02
  1. "Afterlife" (album version) – 5:54
  2. "Critical Acclaim" (live in Hollywood) – 5:22

Chart positions

Chart (2008) Peak
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 11
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 20
UK Rock Chart 3


Avenged Sevenfold


  1. ^ "Rocksmith".