Sunday, January 1, 2017
Synyster Gates: "Brooks Wackerman is incredible"
Synyster Gates was recently interviewed by 97.1 The Eagles Rocks, you can read some excerpts below.
About Avenged Sevenfold's new album, "The Stage", Gates said: "It's got a ton of energy. One thing I'm proud of is that I don't feel I've ever heard these approaches musically. Lyrically, yeah, it's absolutely incredible. Structurally, harmonically, the riffs were inspired by such a unique place. And the addition of Brooks Wackerman on drums, we were jamming a lot, and he's just such a free mind, and the things he'd come up with. I mean, we'd go back and forth on riffs, and just the possibilities were endless. So I feel like it's very, very unique and so chaotic, but it's got that controlled chaos and still the melodies and the vibe of the song is imperative and at the forefront. But underneath is this tumultuous madness that I think supports it well. So I'm really proud of it. I think it's a super-unique record."
Asked how Brooks Wackerman is working out as Avenged Sevenfold's new drummer, Synyster Gates said: "He's incredible. He's one of the coolest dudes ever. Just such a polished musician. Professional, with a huge heart. He's fucking funny as fuck. We needed a different approach, not just inspired by different stuff, but we needed to jam a little bit more. We needed different ideas. And he really did help to inspire so much creativity in this writing process that he gave us really refreshing energy every single day."