M. Shadows Says Avenged Sevenfold’s New Album Will Be Out Before Summer 2022

During a recent appearance on “That Space Zebra Show,” Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows offered an update on the band’s new album. He said the following when asked why the group have yet to share more information on the record:

“The reason we don’t say much about the music is because we find that every single word we say about it just gets spun off, and there’s no way to describe music; it’s, like, ‘Oh, it’s heavy, it’s fast…’ What are we gonna say about it?’ It’s a work of art that we’ve worked on for a long time, we had a bunch of personal things that we’ll explain later… But we’re booking shows for next summer, and the record will be out before then.”

[via Kerrang!]

Avenged Sevenfold Awarded New Platinum Certifications In The U.S.

Avenged Sevenfold have scored some more certifications from the RIAA. This includes the band’s “City Of Evil” single “Bat Country,” which has gone platinum, the band’s 2007 self-titled album, which has gone platinum, the band’s self-titled album single “Almost Easy,” which has gone platinum, the title track to “Nightmare,” which has gone 2x platinum, the title track to “Hail To The King,” which has gone 2x platinum, and the band’s “Hail To The King” single “Shepherd Of Fire,” which has gone platinum.

Avenged Sevenfold Earn New Platinum Album Certifications In The U.S.

Avenged Sevenfold‘s “Nightmare” and “Hail To The King” have officially been certified platinum by the RIAA. This news comes after “Waking The Fallen” previously went platinum earlier this year.

Avenged Sevenfold Share New Studio Footage

Avenged Sevenfold recently shared some footage from their new album sessions during a livestream on Instagram. A fan has since uploaded the clip to YouTube and it can be seen below. This news comes after M. Shadows previously said that the band are about 70% done with the effort. However, they do not plan on releasing it until it is safe to tour again.

Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows On New Album Progress: “We Have Pretty Much 70 Percent Of The Record Done”

During a recent interview with Minneapolis’ 93X, M. Shadows offered an update on the new Avenged Sevenfold album. According to him, the band are about 70% done with the effort.

Shadows said the following:

“We’re working on stuff. We have pretty much 70 percent of the record done. We have some things we can’t finish right now ’cause of COVID — string players, et cetera. We know Andy [Wallace, AVENGED SEVENFOLD’s longtime mixer] doesn’t wanna travel, or his management doesn’t want him to travel because of COVID. So there’s just a lot of things going on.”

He also added the following when asked about release plans:

“It doesn’t make sense for us right now to put out a record and not be able to tour it. The world has changed. Putting out a record on Spotify without touring for a rock band, it just doesn’t make sense to us. So we’re gonna wait till everything is back, then we’ll come out with the record, finish it up, and all will be good.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Avenged Sevenfold Team Up With Four Corners Motorcycle Rally To Build Homes For Veterans

Avenged Sevenfold have partnered with Four Corners Motorcycle Rally for the “Ride Now And Rock On The Road” sweepstakes. Fans that donate to Building Homes For Heroes via fourcornersmotorcyclerally.com will have a chance to win a Street Glide from Durango Harley-Davidson and a VIP experience with Avenged Sevenfold. The latter will include a flight to see the band at a show in the continental U.S., a hotel room, a backstage tour, and a chance to watch a song from the side of the stage. Participants have until March 28, 2021 to enter the contest. John M. Oakes, managing partner of Four Corners Motorcycle Rally, issued the following statement:

“I’m honored to have the support of M. Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold with our efforts to raise money for Building Homes For Heroes. In the middle of the craziness of the past year, with concerts being canceled, this is an amazing experience to give everyone who joins us an opportunity to look forward to when concerts return.”

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”