If you were under a rock/at work this morning, you might have missed that Avenged Sevenfold are headlining the Friday of Download this year. To be fair, we should have seen this coming, cos M Shadows talked to us at length about the future of A7X in FRONT 185. Check out the full interview below.
Your new album Hail To The King is out this month – are you excited?
I’m very excited. I love the guys in my band, I love hanging out with them, so we feel like we might as well write some music. They’ve got good attitudes about things – we only care about what we think as a group because we’re all friends. Nobody gets stressed out, we just go “Yeah, we’ve put lots of time into this, let’s put it out”. If you’re a fan of an AC/DC, Sabbath vibe and want something to drive down the freeway to with your hand in the air giving the finger, it’s for you.
As it’s album number six, is there more freedom to just write songs you like?
We’ve always been like that. People have an interesting perspective of major labels. Our relationship with the label has always been, “Here’s the money to make it, let us know if you need anything, and hand the record over when you’re done.” We’ve never been told what to do.
Your sound’s changed a lot over six albums, do you get lots of shit from old fans?
Every record we get shit. We get shit if we stay the same and we get shit if we change. When we put out City Of Evil after Waking The Fallen there was a shitstorm. We thought it was really great but people were going “This fuckin’ sucks!” They were calling us sellouts – probably eight of the eleven songs on that record are over eight minutes long, that’s like the least sellout move ever. You can’t really win. Check it out… »