Friday, August 4, 2017

Synyster Gates criticizes 'City of Evil' and says 'Nightmare' is a masterpiece


Synyster Gates and Johnny Christ recently joined Talk Is Jericho podcast to talk about Avenged Sevenfold albums, touring with Metallica and more.

When Jericho pointed out that he felt 'City of Evil' was their best overall album, Gates admitted he does have some issues with the album: "I think the adventure on that record we did a really good job, but where we failed was a lot of the choruses. I think if you go to ‘Strength of the World,’ a song like that, the chorus isn’t that great, but you go into the bridge and other things and the catchier parts and the better melodies we were really focused on. I’m obsessed with great endings and crazy intros and stuff like that. I think we all are from what we’ve listened to and stuff, so I’ve always focused on great bridge melodies that just kind of naturally fit, or like a crazy ending at the end of ‘Seize the Day,’ something like that. But the choruses kind of blow. (laughs)”

Gates says he feels that the choruses are stronger on their current album 'The Stage', and while he looks at it as more of a bizarre album, he states that the band hasn’t tired of the music yet and that it still feels new to them.

As for his pick of the band’s best work, Gates points to the Nightmare album: “Lyrically, Nightmare is an absolute masterpiece to me. That’s when I think Shads really came into his own. Something horrible happened to him and he’s on pure emotion. Plus, like storytelling … he was always a great storyteller. City of Evil has that whole biblical thing from front to back which is his interpretation of different stories which is great, and I’m not saying there’s no soul there, but you go to a record like Nightmare and it’s pure soul, pure honesty, it’s the worst thing that could happen to you losing a person that close to you that young, that tragic, and I think it’s absolutely brilliant from start to finish.”