Sunday, July 6, 2014

M.Shadows talks about Waking the Fallen: Resurrected and This Is Bat Country

A few days ago M.Shadows responded to a fan on the Hail To The King: Deathbat forum, you can read below:

FAN: I'm hoping that Matt sees this and feels like responding... He's obviously a very busy guy. However, all fans of the forum are free to talk about these exciting releases coming up towards the later half of the year!

1) As for the new "Waking the Fallen: Resurrected" package, did you guys do any remastering to the original album? I'm not sure if that has been cleared up. In other words, is disc one going to be literally the exact same mix as the original album that I, and everybody else, have? 

2) Did revisiting "Waking the Fallen" awaken any kind of inspiration to bring some of those songs back into the live set? One can assume that you guys are a few albums and a decade passed the mentality you had on that record, but "Waking the Fallen" is still absolutely flawless. I know "Eternal Rest" made a recent appearance, and that was awesome! Especially to see it in full again :)
I think a lot of people would love to hear tracks like "Remenissions" brought back to the stage, (those performances in 2007 were absolutely nuts), and maybe some lesser known ones like "Desecrate Through Reverance." Personally, "Waking the Fallen" is the album that was the complete game-changer to my musical journey, and to see you guys giving it the reissue respect it truthfully deserves has me buzzing with excitement. It's very rare that an album can sound just as fresh as the first day you got it, 11 years later. 

3) In regards to "This Is Bat Country," are there plans to release it on Blu-Ray. I think by now we all know that DVD's don't truly capture the HD quality, and I'm sure the footage would look killer in 1080p (Hoping "Burn It Down" makes the cut!). My other question is if there are any plans to release a live companion CD to it. I'm still a little bummed that "Live in the LBC" doesn't have an album of the show I can play in my car...or a Blu-Ray ;)

Best of luck with Mayhem, the rest of the year, and being a dad!
From a die-hard fan of all Avenged,

M.Shadows: Hey Tom - 
Very sorry to hear about your brother, but we feel honored that you keep Waking the Fallen close to your heart as I'm sure you have a ton of memories together when those songs play. I can answer all of the questions that I know the answers to. 

1) As for remastering and remixing... This is a hot button for me because I have seen virtually every remaster / remix of bands I enjoy completely destroy the feeling I had for those records. Lets take all the Megadeth records for example... These albums sound nothing like the originals. Peaking due to the "loudness war," effects are missing, effects are added and over all the nostalgia is stripped away. Same happened with Pink Floyd when someone remastered all their albums, something is just not right. I wouldn't have a problem with this for people that wanna hear their fav. records in a different way, but with CD's becoming obsolete we have one place to buy those old records... and guess what, they only sell one version, the new "improved" version. You can't find the original versions of those albums anymore unless you order the CD or by some miracle "Best Buy" has a bunch of 20 - 30 year old records in stock. Now, I could make sure that our record doesn't compete in the "loudness war," as you can probably tell HTTK is about 4 db lower the most record these days, and that was done to save the dynamics, but I feel changing the sound in the slightest to make it more modern would just strip it of the vibe... The vibe of 5 guys writing a record in their parents garage with nothing to lose on a shoestring budget. I just don't want to give people the chance to make the original recording obsolete.

-This re release is truly for the die hards that wanna hear the demo process and hear the songs as they were played with "The Rev" back in a time when we were sloppy as hell. haha Well, he wasn't, but the rest of us sure were...
-But it is equally a record to introduce our international fan base to our beginnings. When we play internationally (which is a huge portion of our audience) most of them are not familiar with these songs and this record. It probably has something to do with Hopeless Record being an indie label and just not having the distro that they have now. Also we had never toured these places so no wonder they had never heard of us.

2) Im not sure if it re awakened anything in terms of playing stuff live. There are pockets of fans that swear by this album, but we are the ones that stand on stage every night and read how the audience responds. Internationally it is very Nightmare and HTTK heavy. When we play Waking songs the energy just stops. I'm sure people will debate that but its true, I wish it wasn't. This re release should help that. Remenissions would be awesome live, I'm sure we will bust that one out soon as well as Coming Home, Planets, Acid Rain, Scream, Trashed and Scattered, Gunslinger and the assortment of other songs that people hammer on about us playing. hahah. The Desecrate live version on this re release is fucking sick. Jimmy kills it. Its one of my favs on the album for sure. 

3) This question is one of those that I have no clue. Honestly, Im not sure how the label feels about Blue Ray and DVD. Im sure they are gonna make the product work on whatever is the most standard. I had a blue ray player for a second and then nothing was coming out on it so its back to DVD's for me. But I will check it out. Also, about a CD version, its a good question but I think we always wanted to do a proper live CD and not cross them both into the same package. We would like to release the Video Game Soundtrack with this package as well, so we will see where it all ends up.

Alright guys and gals, thats a long one. Leave for Mayhem this week but I'll be in and out every once in a while and hopefully we see some of you out there. And hopefully the game is out soon...


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