Thursday, August 25, 2016
Avenged Sevenfold is still working on new album
Avenged Sevenfold's M.Shadows was recently interviewed by WGRD radio station, you can read some excerpts below.
About the songwriting and recording sessions for band's next album, he said: "Yeah, we're very wishy-washy. We're writing, we've been throwing stuff around. You know, we've been working, and that's all I can really say about it. I think there's a lot of speculation online, and we're just kind of leaving it that way. But when there's something to be heard, we'll let the world know. But right now, we're just still working on stuff."
About the visual presentation for Avenged Sevenfold's upcoming live shows: "Right now, on this tour, we're thinking about going with a really clean, really big look. And since 'Hail To The King' is three years old, it really isn't appropriate to bring out 'Hail To The King'-themed stuff. So I think what we're gonna start doing is we'vee been, in rehearsal, bringing out a lot of older things that people haven't necessarily heard in a long time, or things we've never played. Like, we debuted a song called 'Planets' the other night, and we've been playing a song called 'Acid Rain'. And we wanna start bringing out some older stuff that people haven't necessarily heard. So we wanna pack this setlist with stuff that isn't necessarily all the hits and just kind of come up with a big look, production-wise, while we work on building something much bigger for the future and for the next few runs."
About finding their new drummer Brooks Wackerman: "Well, the process was really easy, because… Well, first off, we had to keep it secret, because we had to respect Bad Religion and what he was gonna have to do with telling them that he decided that he wanted to play with us. And we're huge fans of Bad Religion; they're one of our favorite bands growing up, and they still are — they still put out such great music. And so, for us, it was about just working with him for a year before we even announced it, 'cause we wanted to make sure he was the right guy. But deep down, we already knew. We've known Brooks for years and years and years, and we knew he was just a phenomenal drummer. We knew that there was no way he was gonna have trouble recreating The Rev's parts and Mike Portnoy's parts. So, basically, for us, it was about writing with him, and writing songs with him, to see how that went, before we decided to pull the trigger. And so, once we did that, we just knew… I mean, you can show that guy a song and he can learn it in three listens; he's that good of a drummer. So he's probably more prepared than we are, honestly, on some of these old songs, especially for the guitar players — they're playing all these duels and all these solos. And then Brooks, he's got it down. You can show him and song and he can learn it within a day, which is cool."