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]

Papa Roach Joined By Deftones, Linkin Park, Korn, Etc. Members During “Infest In Conversation” Livestream

Yesterday (April 25), Papa Roach celebrated the 20th anniversary of “Infest” with a special “Infest In Conversation” livestream event. The discussion found the band joined by original drummer Dave Buckner and a number of special guests including: Deftones’ Chino Moreno, Linkin Park’s Dave “Phoenix” Farrell, Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch, Avenged Sevenfold’s Synyster Gates, and Fever 333’s Jason Aalon Butler. If you missed it, you can watch the full conversation below:

Footage From Late 1990s/Early 2000s Metal Shows Shared On New YouTube Channel

A new YouTube channel called Liberated Tape Archive has been sharing footage that was captured at various metal shows in the late 1990s/early 2000s. This includes performances from Avenged Sevenfold, Sevendust, Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed, Meshuggah, Coal Chamber, Powerman 5000, Chimaira, Nothingface, and more.

[via The PRP]

Atreyu Premiere New Video For “Super Hero” Feat. Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows & Underoath’s Aaron Gillespie

Atreyu have premiered a new video for their song “Super Hero.” The track, which features Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows and Underoath’s Aaron Gillespie, appears on the band’s 2018 album “In Our Wake.” Atreyu commented:

“Our song ‘Super Hero’ was written about what it’s like to be a parent and the vast amount of time, effort, energy, and hard work it takes to be a real-life superhero for your children. The song also has a broader meaning, especially given the current situation the entire world is dealing with. There are many superheroes out there who appear in many forms — namely the first responders, medical personnel, and health care workers who are putting others first as they work to fight COVID-19 and to save lives. We dedicate this song to them.”

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”

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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

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System Of A Down Drummer John Dolmayan‘s These Grey Men Project Share Video For Cover Of Radiohead‘s “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” Feat. M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) & Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine)

These Grey Men, the covers project featuring System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan, have shared an official video for their cover of Radiohead‘s “Street Spirit (Fade Out).” The track, which features Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows and Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, will appear on the band’s self-titled debut album, which is set to be released on February 28.

Dolmayan told Rolling Stone the following:

“This song in particular is a really touching and moving song. I love the morose, in-your-room-and-it’s-raining-outside, it’s cold and your girlfriend dumped you feeling that this song always gave me… But when I listened to it, I’d be like, ‘I kinda wish the drums came in earlier’, or, ‘How would [John] Bonham approach this song if this was a [Led] Zeppelin song?’ Because I’m such a fan of the song, I wanted to do a version of it in homage.”

M. Shadows added:

“When John told me he wanted to reimagine some of his favorite songs for an album I was very intrigued. I’ve always respected Radiohead but wasn’t familiar with their full catalog. When John sent ‘Street Spirit’ I instantly was blow away by the sounds. Since then I have been on a huge Radiohead kick. Adding Tom Morello to our version was the icing on the cake. I feel this recording stays true to the original while adding John’s overall vision.”

Here’s the full track listing for These Grey Men’s debut album:

01. “Hung Up” (Madonna cover)
02. “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” (Radiohead cover) (feat. M. Shadows & Tom Morello)
03. “Beautiful Thieves” (AFI cover)
04. “Road to Nowhere” (Talking Heads cover) (feat. Serj Tankian)
05. “Rock Bottom” (Eminem cover)
06. “Runaway” (Del Shannon cover)
07. “Starman” (David Bowie cover) (feat. Serj Tankian)
08. “What You Know” (Two Door Cinema Club cover)

System Of A Down’s John Dolmayan Filming New Video With Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows For His These Grey Men Project

It looks like we may finally get to hear some music from System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan’s These Grey Men covers project. Dolmayan recently took to social media to reveal that he was filming a music video for the first single, which will feature Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows.

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.