M. Shadows Says Avenged Sevenfold’s New Music Is “Very Influenced By Kanye West”

During a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows discussed the band’s upcoming album. According to him, the new material was “very influenced by Kanye West.”

Shadows said the following about the group’s progress on the record:

“In January, we’re going in to finish the strings on the record. The record’s been recorded for a year, but we haven’t been able to put the real strings on it, because we couldn’t fly out to Prague. When an orchestra have to social distance and they aren’t sitting next to each other, they can get out of tune, and we have just finally got to a place where we can use this 70-piece orchestra as we intended. We finish the record in February, mix it in March.”

He also added the following about its sound:

“We’re very influenced by Kanye West. The thing about Kanye is that he is pulling from such great soul music. I didn’t grow up with that stuff – my dad listened to Boston and Alice Cooper, I didn’t get that taste of black music and old soul. So, diving deep into jazz musicians… we’re not trying to do a jazz record, but the chord changes and progressions are so eye-opening to us.”

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