M. Shadows On New Avenged Sevenfold Album: “It’s A Completely New Direction, And It Sounds Nothing Like Anything We’ve Done”

During a recent interview with Kerrang!, Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows offered an update on the band’s new album. The frontman said the group are still working on the effort and that “it sounds nothing like anything [they’ve] done.”

Shadows said the following about the progress that the band have made on the album:

“…We’ve been writing a record for a while, and most of it was already written. But then we kinda took a break on it, and then it would be like, ‘Hey, let’s get together two days this week,’ instead of five or six. It just started getting more casual. Then we recorded really casually, and – like I said – we’re still in the middle of it: we still have all these things that we can’t do. We’re still trying to get string sections together, and our mixer is older and I know that they don’t want him to travel right now because of COVID, so even if we got it done right now, we couldn’t get it mixed. So we’re just not worrying about it, you know? It’s like, ‘When we can, we can.’ But right now, we can’t (laughs).”

He continued when asked about their decision to delay the release until they can tour:

“…No-one wants to put out the record if we can’t tour it. The reality is – and no-one wants to hear this – in this day and age, rock’n’roll just takes too long to make: you know, it’s going to be a three-year record to make. And if we put that record out and then we’re locked down for another year, as much as people don’t want to believe this, they are not going to give a shit about a record that came out a year prior when it’s time to tour.

And so if it’s going to take us two or three years to write a record, we’re not going to put it out if we can’t go play it live. We know the anticipation won’t be there when the tours come around. You see it every day – if you look at iTunes or Spotify and see how quickly it all turns over, it’s just weekly onto the next thing and onto the next thing again. If you just imagine putting out a record in August, and then you’re not touring until next August, people don’t want to hear this but they’re not going to care; they’re going to be like, ‘What’s next?’

Once the Gojira record, or the new Metallica record, or the new Megadeth record comes out, they’re not going to care about what came out the year prior. Our whole thing is: if it’s going to take us three years to do a record, we’re going to make sure we can play it live and people are going to be excited about it.”

He then added the following when asked if the strings on the record will have it “going along the lines of ‘The Stage'”:

“Well, we’ve had strings on every record, but the [new] record sounds nothing like ‘The Stage‘ – it’s a completely new direction, and it sounds nothing like anything we’ve done. That’s all I’ll say about it: it’s over the top, and it’s very eclectic and wild!”

Avenged Sevenfold Discuss “A Little Piece Of Heaven” In Latest Episode Of Their “Breakdown” Video Series

Avenged Sevenfold have released a new episode of their “Breakdown” video series. This one finds the band discussing the writing and recording process for “A Little Piece Of Heaven” off their 2007 self-titled album.

Avenged Sevenfold: “We Don’t Feel Comfortable Working On An Album This Long And Then Releasing It With No Tour In Sight”

Avenged Sevenfold have offered an update on their new album. According to the band, the sessions for the effort have been hindered by COVID-19 restrictions and other issues. On top of that, they also added that they “don’t feel comfortable working on an album this long and then releasing it with no tour in sight.”

Here’s the group’s full statement:

“First and foremost, we hope everyone is being as safe as they possibly can out there. As you know, we are living through unprecedented times.

This moment has taught us a lot about the fragility of being a human being and how quickly the world in which we took for granted could be flipped upside down.

Many people are in a tough spot as they grapple with their health and livelihoods. We are all dealing with this in our own ways.

For us, we have taken an inward approach. Spending large amounts of time with our families has been the silver lining.

It has also given us the time to meticulously work on music and other projects. The truth though, is that it has been incredibly hard to record the way we want. For instance, the drum room we required for the album was shut down due to protests outside the building for weeks.

String sections and outside musicians have still not been able to be recorded due to Covid-19 restrictions. We are not willing to sacrifice the sound we are going for to work around this. We will wait. There are other issues on the horizon but we are documenting it all for a later release when we can tell the whole story.

At the end of the day it wouldn’t matter anyway. We don’t feel comfortable working on an album this long and then releasing it with no tour in sight. Part of the music we make needs to be expressed through live interaction.

While we appreciate the artists who are attempting ‘live streams’ and other events, it just isn’t the way we are choosing to roll this thing out. All of this may change in the future. We are going through this with all of you and feel frustrated as well.

The good news is we also feel recharged and stronger than ever as a unit. We feel the music we have created is _______. Just because we aren’t updating everyone at every step doesn’t mean that we aren’t working. The news gets tiring. Social media gets tiring.

Everyone on the food chain fighting for attention and relevance seems trivial. We have chosen to shut our mouths, dig deep and give you something that we feel can add to the collective human conversation. At the end of the day the music will come when it comes. Until then we hope you and your families all stay safe and sane.

A7X”

Avenged Sevenfold Share Footage Of “Nightmare” From 2017 Show In Salt Lake City

Avenged Sevenfold have shared footage of themselves performing “Nightmare” during their August 11, 2017 show in Salt Lake City, UT. The band commented:

“Hopefully you guys and gals are hanging in there and staying healthy and sane. We hope you don’t mind if we send you some live show footage we pulled up directly from our Soundboard. We have had a lot of time to go through the archives and pull up some performance footage exactly how it was shown and heard on the screens and speakers that night. No editing, no post production, no bullshit. Enjoy the good the bad and the ugly! This one was pulled from Salt Lake City during our ‘2017/2018 Stage World Tour’”

Johnny Christ Says Avenged Sevenfold Have “Been Working For A Long Time On New Material”

It looks like Avenged Sevenfold are continuing to work on music for their new album. Bassist Johnny Christ recently chatted with “Mosh Talks With Beez” for knotfest.com and confirmed that the band have “been working for a long time on new material.”

Chirst said the following:

“We’ve been working for a long time on new material. I can’t verify how far in we are or anything like that. And it’s not even me trying to be secretive or anything like that. There’s so much going on in the world right now, for me to get people’s hopes up and then something has to switch last minute, I would be very irresponsible if I gave any kind of information of where we are in the process.”

He also added the following when pressed for more info:

“There’s stuff, there’s stuff. [Laughs] I don’t wanna divulge that, man; I can’t. Again, I’m not trying to be cheeky or anything like that. There’s too many moving parts in the world right now, and I don’t wanna mess with anybody’s hopes and dreams.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows Voices His Support For The Black Lives Matter Movement In New Op-Ed

Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows has written a new op-ed for Revolver to voice his support for the Black Lives Matter movement. This news comes as protests continue to take place across the U.S. following the death of George Floyd, the 46-year-old black man who was murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis.

Shadows said the following:

“For every human being on this planet, multiple crossroads will appear on the path of their short lives. Today, we are presented with a chance to change something that has festered for 400 years in this country: racism, both individual and institutional, against our African-American brothers and sisters. I hope we can be honest with ourselves; take a step back and choose between right and wrong and reject political hyperbole. I have no interest in sending a neutral message proclaiming “riots aren’t the answer” or “hurting innocent people doesn’t help the cause.” We all recognize that, and if that’s the only message you are focused on during this dire time then I ask you to dig deeper.

There is a massive rift in this country and our fellow Americans are hurting and have been hurting for a very long time. Peaceful protests have resulted in nil. Screams have fallen on deaf ears. Kaepernick takes a knee and half the country goes into a frenzy about it being “the wrong type of protest.” What exactly is the “right” type of protest? One where YOU don’t have to see or hear about ideas you don’t like? That take seems to defeat the purpose, in my view. Many claimed Kaepernick’s stance was “disrespectful to the ones who have served,” but I believe this is the sort of freedom that many have laid down their lives to protect. I respect and appreciate our veterans while also fully standing behind Kaepernick’s and others’ right to freedom of expression. If we had heeded the protests leading up to this with an open mind and open heart, we might be in a different boat than we find ourselves in now. Had we collectively demanded reform before so many hit the breaking point, then we might be sharing ideas rather than battling over differences. The reality is, this is not a “black problem” — it is an American problem. Until we address it as such, the tides will remain the same.”

My best friend over the past decade is African American. My brother-in-law and nephew are African American. Our crew members, peers, associates … these are humans I love dearly that simply live a different experience than me because of their outward appearance. The off-handed comments I’ve heard behind their backs should make any decent person sick to their stomach. The dirty looks, the mumblings, the drive-by taunts. This is just part of their daily lives, and somehow, they take it on the chin and carry on. It’s normal to them. To my white friends, can you imagine living like that for a moment? It’s horrifying and unfair. Hell, I took my brother-in-law to a Slipknot show a couple years back (his fav band) and the tension of a black man being in that crowd was palpable. Which brings me to my point.

If you are white and have been sitting on the sidelines of this situation, we need you to stand up. Taking a stand for our fellow Americans does not mean you condone the riots. It simply means you are listening and want to help. If you posted in opposition of the riots yet were previously silent on the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, among too many others, please ask yourself why. It’s time to show our fellow Americans that we hear them and feel their pain. This can’t be about your political alliances. This can’t be about what your friends or family are going to think of you. This is not a fight our fellow Americans should be going through alone. If someone says, “Black Lives Matter,” and your response is “All Lives Matter” then maybe take a look at the core of that reaction. Every life is valuable — that is a given — but right now the lives of the oppressed require our undivided attention. Yes, the police have an incredibly daunting job, and many uphold the integrity of their position, but if that is your point of contention, I say AGAIN: the lives of the oppressed require our undivided attention right now.

I understand that the Avenged Sevenfold fanbase is made up of very few black Americans. That is why I feel more compelled than ever to write this to you. We can be the ones — the rock and metal community — to reach out and show the compassion that I know is in us all to help raise up our fellow humans. I, for one, enjoy black American culture. The music, art, films, clothing, sports, food. All of it has made my life better. I have no doubt we are a better country because of the black American influence. Hell, Chuck Berry was the Father of Rock & Roll! Standing against inequality and systemic racism is the very least we can all do.

I am aware that in the past Avenged has antagonized with some of our lyrics and imagery. We have also used confederate flags in our artwork while paying tribute to artists we grew up listening to or simply trying to start controversy. I’m sure we will be called out, and rightfully so, by people reading this. No excuses. But everyone grows up at some point, and I feel grateful that we have an audience that has allowed us to evolve with them. I can only hope that the rock and metal community, and the white community at large, can move forward with an open mind and come together to help out our fellow Americans in this desperate time.

-M”

[via Revolver]

Avenged Sevenfold Offering Fans Free Merch For Self-Quarantining

With everyone being advised to stay home and practice social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic, Avenged Sevenfold have decided to offer fans incentives for self-quarantining. The group will be giving away free merch to those that make it seven days.

The band said the following:

“Starting tomorrow we will be joining our friends @WarrenLotas in incentivizing people to stay home for a full 7 days and self quarantine. We are developing a “Check-in” webpage where you will upload a selfie at home when prompted by us via our IG STORY at a random time.

Whoever successfully uploads a selfie with the PHRASE OF THE DAY written on a piece of paper within 30 MINUTES of that post, 7 days in a row, will receive a free t-shirt, hoodie or accessory from @A7XWorld. We have a chance to “flatten the curve” and save countless lives. We are all in this together.

DON’T WORRY ABOUT BEING PERFECT: You can start your 7 days at any point so if you miss a check in just start again and you’ll be at 7 before you know it.
In addition we will be CLOSING @A7XWorld for now. We encourage you to support your favorite independent artists, brands, and businesses during this time of uncertainty. #incentivizedquarantine”

Avenged Sevenfold’s “Live In The LBC & Diamonds In The Rough” To Be Released Digitally For First Time

Avenged Sevenfold have announced that they will be re-releasing “Live In The LBC & Diamonds In The Rough.” “Diamonds In The Rough” will be available digitally on February 7 and it will feature several bonus tracks including the recently released “Set Me Free.” A vinyl version of that effort is also available for pre-order HERE. “Live In The LBC” will be available digitally on March 6.

“Diamonds In The Rough” Track Listing:

01. “Demons”
02. “Girl I Know”
03. “Crossroads”
04. “Flash Of The Blade” (Iron Maiden Cover)
05. “Until The End”
06. “Tension”
07. “Walk” (Pantera Cover)
08. “The Fight”
09. “Dancing Dead”
10. “Almost Easy” (CLA Mix)
11. “Afterlife” (Alternate Version)

Bonus Tracks:

12. “St. James”
13. “Set Me Free”
14. “4 AM”
15. “Lost It All”
16. “Paranoid” (Black Sabbath cover)

“Live In The LBC” Track Listing:

01. “Critical Acclaim” (Live)
02. “Second Heartbeat” (Live)
03. “Afterlife” (Live)
04. “Beast And The Harlot” (Live)
05. “Scream” (Live)
06. “Seize The Day” (Live)
07. “Walk” (Live)
08. “Bat Country” (Live)
09. “Almost Easy” (Live)
10. “Gunslinger” (Live)
11. “Unholy Confessions” (Live)
12. “A Little Piece Of Heaven” (Live)

Frontman M. Shadows commented:

“It’s very typical of musicians to write 20 to 30 songs for a particular album. Most of the time, they take the best of the bunch and call it a day, discarding the rest. We have never written like that. We don’t usually finish songs unless they are fulfilling a purpose. The one exception to this was during the self-titled era. We were experimenting with our sound, producing ourselves and we had no one to reel us in.

Eventually, the unreleased songs from these sessions were released under the name Diamonds in the Rough. We’ve heard the demand from many fans that want to stream the album and we wanted to make it special. So, we have remastered the album and added some hard to find tracks. We even found an unreleased track from the Hail to the King sessions that we think you will enjoy.”

Avenged Sevenfold Premiere New Song “Set Me Free”

Avenged Sevenfold have premiered a new song titled “Set Me Free.” The track was originally recorded during the “Hail To The King” sessions and it will be featured on the streaming version of “Diamonds In The Rough,” which is set to be released on February 7.