Avenged Sevenfold previously said they wanted to evolve their latest album “The Stage” and now they have shared the first expansion, a cover of the Mexican folk song “Malagueña Salerosa.“ They recorded the track with producer Joe Barresi and it features guest horns from Sarah Bauza and Rachel Tate Herrmann.
M. Shadows commented:
“We’ve said all along that we want ‘The Stage‘ to be a different and exciting listening experience. For us, the idea of turning an album into a living piece of art and adding new installations is really intriguing. It expands the journey.”
As for the song, he offered:
“We wanted to do the song justice and that meant singing in its original language. It was difficult, but I worked on it for weeks and had a Spanish-speaking friend come over daily to go over pronunciation. I also brought him to the studio to produce the vocals. It was important to me to get it right.”
Synyster Gates added:
“I’ve always loved that song. There have been a few interesting interpretations over the years, including Chingon’s version from the ‘Kill Bill Volume 2‘ soundtrack. That’s a great example of how a timeless song can be made relevant with a creative modern take. The structure, arrangement and incredible vocal work of their rendition was inspiring.”