Avenged Sevenfold recently helped raise money to supply Ukrainians with bulletproof vests amid the ongoing Russian invasion. The funds were generated through a benefit shirt the band created with Ukrainian artist Crypto Vandals. The group also matched the donation for each shirt sold. Frontman M. Shadows commented on Twitter:
During a recent appearance on “The Bob Lefsetz Podcast,” Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows offered an update on the band’s new album. The frontman said the following:
“Status is interesting. We recorded an album, you know, a few years ago. We haven’t finished it yet. We kind of took some time off for family, COVID, weird touring circumstances, some changes within our team… And we are still currently with one record left on Warner Brothers Records. We’ll be finishing that record up – I think we have May locked out [for when] our producer can get back to work on it, and then we’re going to mix with Andy Wallace in August. And then we’re going to figure out if it’s the first quarter, or fourth quarter, or what we’re going to do. So, the status is that, and then we’re going to be booking tours, put the tickets on sale when the record comes out, and the whole nine yards.”
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Avenged Sevenfold are “90 percent done” with their new album following a recent recording session with a 78-piece orchestra. Drummer Brooks Wackerman and frontman M. Shadows shared some photos of the orchestra, which you can see below. Wackerman also commented:
“Well… this Happened on Tuesday. We-Avenged Sevenfold- started writing this record 4 years ago and I can’t believe we are 90% done…One of the perks-in the creative process- is that we are able to track a 78 piece orchestra on our records. The fact that we are able to bring incredible musicians together to enhance our art still gives me chills.. I can’t wait for the the world to hear this.. all I can say it’s unlike Anything we’ve ever released.. ALRIGHT and good night!”
Avenged Sevenfold’s Synyster Gates and Johnny Christ recently surprised one of their fans by hand delivering a signed guitar to his house. You can see footage of that below:
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.”
During a recent interview with Loudwire, M. Shadows offered an update on the new Avenged Sevenfold album. According to him, the group are hoping to begin wrapping up the effort in January.
Shadows said the following while discussing the lack of touring and new music from the band:
“It’s not that we don’t want to [book dates]. It’s just that we have to be very careful about getting everything going, building a whole new stage set, hiring everybody, renting buses and then having one person get sick and the tour gets canceled and we get to be on the hook for everything. And it’s not that we don’t wanna do it.
People compare us to bands that are going and playing clubs. It’s not the same thing. Getting an arena tour going and playing these festivals, it’s just not the same thing. And also we wanna be mentally ready.
These are all gonna sound like crazy excuses, but these are real. We have a huge stage that we wanna get built. We can’t get people to work. We can’t get the supplies we need to build it, which there’s a supply chain problem as well. Go look at the Long Beach, at the port right now, and these boats are just stuck out there. And so we have all these things going on where we’re not gonna come back on stage and have the stage from ‘The Stage’ record and then just go, ‘Well, same show four years later. Sorry, guys. The record’s not done ’cause we couldn’t finish it.’
So, I would just say starting in January, we are gonna put our nose to the grind and we are gonna finish this [new AVENGED SEVENFOLD] record. And then we’re doing a couple of shows in Europe. And then I would love to — and I don’t wanna step on [festival organizer] Danny Wimmer’s toes here — but I would love to start at [the] Aftershock [festival in October 2022] and then book a tour out from there.
So, we’re gonna be doing stuff. But, yeah, it’s just kind of making sure we’re mentally there and we put our best foot forward when we do come out and make sure that it’s all good.”
A number of rock/metal musicians have taken to social media to pay tribute to legendary vocal coach Ron Anderson, who sadly passed away at the age of 75. You can see some of their posts below:
Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses):
M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold):
Matt Heafy (Trivium):
Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge):
Tom Keifer (Cinderella):
During a recent appearance on the “Tuna On Toast With Stryker” podcast, Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows offered an update on the band’s new album. The frontman says the group still have some more work to do and that they are “gonna release it when [they] wanna release it.”
Shadows said the following:
“The songs are done. I still have some vocals to do and we have some strings to record. And the thing with the strings is that in L.A., they’re simply not allowing people to be within six feet [of each other]. And we have experience — I’m not gonna name bands, but our producer worked on some records, and he’s, like, ‘Listen, you put somebody six feet apart and you mic them all, and it does not sound like a group playing together.’ He’s, like, ‘They are hearing the notes off a little bit. There’s no unified sound. And we have a bunch of out-of-tune violin players and out-of-tune singers.’ And he’s, like, ‘I’m sitting there fixing it all.’ And he’s, like, ‘I suggest either going to Prague and doing it or just waiting.’ And so we’re still waiting, ’cause we don’t wanna go to Prague and record these things. I mean, there’s so many little things, and we’re just not willing to compromise on it.”
He also added:
“We’re really just trying to make sure that everybody mentally wants to go on tour and support a record, that it’s gonna make sense to support the record — it’s not a stop-and-go situation. We’re gonna release it when we wanna release it. That’s just the bottom line. People seem to think we work for them.
At the end of the day, everyone needs to decide, ‘I’m ready to go support a record.’ … You just have to make sure you’re mentally there for it.
I don’t wanna maybe come off like we have all these problems in the band — we don’t — but people are also very cognizant of their life and how it is right now and they wanna be happy doing things, and I think the fans want us to be happy doing things.
We are very much happy into this digital realm we’re going into and the NFTs, and we’re gonna be happy when the record comes out. And when we do shows, we’ll be happy doing them. But just know that if we’re on stage, then we’re in a good place.”
At the end of this month, Avenged Sevenfold will be dropping 10,000 NFTs as part of their new Deathbats Club. Fans who purchase the tokens at avengedsevenfold.io will have a chance to get a number of perks including free tickets for life, free meet-and-greets for life, drum lessons, guitar lessons, airdrops, and tons more.
During a recent interview with Ryan Matta, frontman M. Shadows discussed how he got into NFTs:
“I bought crypto early. I was obsessed with the space. But it was an investment. There was no connection between the band and art; it was just purely an investment. It felt like that’s where the web was going. I kind of see that. But it was super cool. Then I learned about CryptoPunks at the end of last year, and I started paying attention to it. Then one day I decided, ‘I’ve got all this Ethereum. I wanna spend it on something.’ And I was, like, ‘These CryptoPunks seem like they’re interesting.’ And spending some time on [popular chat app] Discord and seeing the community in there, I was, like, ‘This is kind of a relic.’ When we look back, it seems like a relic on Web 3; the first thing that was on the Ethereum blockchain were the smart contracts. And we can debate that. Obviously, people talk about Curio Cards and stuff. But Punks interested me. I bought one. I went home. I was super scared, like, ‘Why did I spend a lot of money on this thing?’ And then I looked at it every day, and I was, like, ‘Man, I kind of love this thing. It’s amazing.’ So I started buying CryptoPunks. And then the Bored Apes came out. The Bored Apes — I minted some of those. And I saw the utility with the Web 3 where they were locking down part of the web site and you had access via this and you can buy merch drops only if you have the token and the community was just growing and growing and it was the excitement. And I was, like, man, this is what every artist that has a community or any sort of fan base should be doing. Because the Bored Apes were able to pull that out of thing air. They just made an Ape and they made a community, and it was, like, ‘We’re gonna give you utility.’ Okay, but what it is based off of? Well, just a community. If you have a band or an artist, you can base it off that community and tokenize it and give these people so much. So that’s how I got into it. The wheels started spinning and I started going, ‘This seems like it’s gonna be something.’ Then I became obsessed. And when you’re obsessed with something, it finds its way into your work, into your art.”
He also explained how the band got involved with NFTs:
“Well, we knew it was gonna be a big leap for our fans to hear these words — these almost trigger words in the mainstream — which is crypto or blockchain or NFT. And so we knew if we wanted to do something like this, we needed to be respectful to the NFT communities that have already been built and how they roll. And me and Brian [Haner, a.k.a. AVENGED SEVENFOLD guitarist Synyster Gates] have been spending so much time in these Discords that we really wanted to kind of take that model and incorporate it into us. So we went to the band and we said, ‘Guys, we really think that we can offer the community much more by having our own tokens.’ And we went through example after example of giveaways weekly to dropping them stuff in the Metaverse. ‘Cause we had been building a Sandbox for about a year. The Sandbox, for anyone who doesn’t know, is a Metaverse where we’re building out social hubs or building out games. So we were, like, ‘What if only token holders can play the games? Or what if we can give them avatars and include them in the games if you own the token?’ So it all started piecing together. And we said, ‘What if we started fractionalizing music in the future and we’re allowing people to participate in publishing?’ And we just kept thinking about it and going, ‘Well, none of that stuff is possible without a blockchain.’ And so the first thing we needed to do is create a collection, think about it — really think about this thing — so we spent six months ideating on this thing, building out the contracts ourselves, making sure that there’s no third party intact. The whole point of this thing is to be a direct connection, not, ‘Oh, we had this company build it for us, and we did this, and I’m gonna ask them if we can do this.’ We can do whatever we want — it’s our connection.
So we just started hanging out at Discord, educating fans. A lot of them had a negative reaction to it, which we expected. And then slowly just keep reiterating this is not a scam, we’re really here, we’re gonna build this community out, and it’s starting to happen. Now we get to November 2021, and we’re ready to drop our 10,000 launch, which will be the 10,000 that will sustain us through the rest of our career. These will be the 10,000 that you can get, and it’s all there is.”
Avenged Sevenfold’s Zacky Vengeance, Johnny Christ, and Brooks Wackerman have shared a cover of Misfits’ “Hybrid Moments.” You can check that out below. Zacky Vengeance said the following about the track:
“We wanted to have a little fun with you to kick off the Halloween Season. Brooks wanted to do a Misfits song. I wanted to paint my face like KISS and call ourselves the KISSFits and Johnny wanted to drink and walk around town dressed like a skeleton. I forgot to paint my face like KISS. We still kept it punk rock and spooky for ya! Enjoy!! -ZV”