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Happy Birthday to M Shadows.
Die Noobs, the esports gaming documentary featuring appearances by M Shadows, will premiere live August 29th, 2014 at 6 pm PDT on Twitch. Find a round-up of teaser trailers, exclusive clips and webisodes with M Shadows below:
- Die Noobs professional gaming documentary teaser trailer 1 & trailer 2.
– Die Noobs’ extended clip of M Shadows & footage from MLG’s Spring Championship.
– Die Noobs Webisode: M Shadows gets Starcraft II training from Conan “Suppy” Liu.
Lithium Magazine has posted a short review of Mayhem Festival‘s stop in Toronto, ON and had the following to say about Avenged Sevenfold’s set. Check out the photo round-up including exclusive shots from Deathbat News here.
From a production standpoint, Avenged Sevenfold are literally on fire. Poised to be this generation’s Metallica, and boasting a new album that could go down in history as their swan song effort, there can be no denying the trajectory the band is on. M. Shadows, Zacky Vengeance, Synyster Gates, Johnny Christ and Arin Ilejay performed on a stage adorned by a large skeleton on a throne bathed in a wall of fire as they pummelled the audience with sound, lights and bravura. Showcasing new material from Hail To The King for the first time in Toronto, fans got to hear ‘Shepherd of Fire’, ‘Hail The King’ and ‘This Means War’ along with a bevy of material from their past efforts. I found the sound for Avenged Sevenfold a little muddy, taking away from their chutzpa slightly. But the band utterly wowed the crowd with songs and pyrotechnics for seventy minutes, sending everyone home smelling like butane and smiling like they’d just seen something meaningful.
Avenged Sevenfold performed live in Toronto, ON at Mayhem Festival 2014 on July 25th, 2014. Photo galleries from the event can be found here. Please check back regularly for updates. All photos for Deathbat News shot by MJ Murphy – Please DO NOT REMOVE/CROP COPYRIGHT TAG, ALTER IMAGES or REPOST in any way. Thank you.
- Avenged Sevenfold’s photo from their show in Toronto, ON.
– Dave MacIntyre‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Toronto, ON photo gallery.
– Confront Magazine‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Toronto, ON photo gallery.
– Rockxposure‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Toronto, ON photo gallery.
– Lithium Magazine‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Toronto, ON photo gallery.
– AFGM‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Toronto, ON photo gallery.
– Live In Limbo‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Toronto, ON photo gallery.
– Benvenuto Studios‘ Avenged Sevenfold live in Toronto, ON photo gallery.
– Deathbat News’ Avenged Sevenfold live in Toronto, ON photo gallery by MJ Murphy.
Filed under: Billboard, Interviews, Waking The Fallen / Waking The Fallen: Resurrected, Zacky Vengeance
Zacky Vengeance talked to Billboard about Avenged Sevenfold’s “Waking The Fallen: Resurrected” and getting inspiration to use for new material.
“Waking the Fallen truly encompasses everything that Avenged Sevenfold was at that time,” notes Vengeance. “It was us being fearless, us showing our roots in heavy metal, punk, rock ‘n’ roll and not being afraid to try everything under the sun when it comes to writing music. We had a real producer (Andrew Murdock). We wanted to take it to a different level rather than keep it in the garage. We really tried to make the album sound good. We tried to learn how to play our instruments better. We wanted to be professional. We learned that bands learn how to play in time and how to sing in key, and we had to work our ass off.”
It was also A7X’s first release with lead guitarist Synyster Gates, and Vengeance does remember locking horns with Murdock over his role in the group. “Me and him f—in’ nearly hated each other, ’cause I’m hard-headed and he was hard-headed,” Vengeance recalls. “I think he even tried to get me kicked out of the band at that point — the band I’d f—in’ started — ’cause producers could be f—in’ retards.”
“I think once we get home, the ideas are going to start brewing,” Vengeance predicts. “I know Syn’s been writing a ton purely for fun, trying different styles, recording backstage, keeping himself busy. I’ve been thinking of all sorts of ideas, listening to tons of different music to get inspiration — as have all of us. And being on tour, I’m so inspired. Seeing bands like Body Count with Ice-T out there, they’re so old-school and riff-based and over the top and slightly offensive and it’s f—in’ awesome. So there’s tons of inspiration that I know we’ll be drawing from.”
Avenged Sevenfold’s “Hail To The King” has been certified Gold by the RIAA. Congratulations to the band on the achievement!
ARTISTdirect asked members of Metallica, Asking Alexandria, DevilDriver, In This Moment and Korn as well as Tech N9ne and Machine Gun Kelly what they had to say about Avenged Sevenfold and Hail To The King.
James Hetfield [Metallica]: Avenged Sevenfold is great. I dig everything they do. We had them on the first Orion Music + More, and I got up and introduced them. I’ve always got them somewhere on the playlist!
Ben Bruce [Asking Alexandria]: Hail to the King is amazing! It’s one of my favorite records of last year. I still listen to that record probably every day. They stay true to what they are. They’ve been finding their feet over the last couple of years. We’re good friends with those guys, and I know they’re huge fans of Guns N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe, and Metallica—same as we are. I think they managed to create a record that encompasses all of those things but doesn’t directly rip them off. It’s a modern interpretation of a Guns N’ Roses album or a Metallica album, which is really cool.
Tech N9ne: Oh my God, Hail to the King is wonderful! They came to Kansas City, and I was such a fan that I went to that show. I had the day off. I got backstage, and they said, “Man, you want to stand on stage behind?” I was like, “No, I’m going out into the fucking crowd at the sound booth so I can feel that shit!” They dedicated “A Little Piece of Heaven”, one of my favorite songs by them, to me. The crowd went crazy. It was fucking beautiful. I first heard them on the City of Evil album when it came out. It was that one. From them on, I’ve been with them. I was going to get M. Shadows on a track, but MGK did it on his last album. We have to do something. MGK and I are homeboys, but I can’t do the same thing! Shadows has some pipes, boy!
Jeff Kendrick [DevilDriver]: Hail To The King is one of my favorite releases of the past few years. Avenged Sevenfold really know how to pay tribute to classic metal, while at the same time being able to add their own particular flavor. It’s a well-crafted album with sickening shredding by Synyster Gates. What a player! That guy definitely inspires me.
Machine Gun Kelly: Those are my boys. Hail to the King is another great fucking record, and they continue to step it up. I’ll say it again. M. Shadows has one of the best voices ever. I love it and was blown away as a fan.
Chris Howorth [In This Moment]: I like the new Avenged Sevenfold album, Hail to the King. It sounds really great. The production is phenomenal. It’s such a great album. I’ve definitely been listening to that.
“Fieldy” [Korn]: They’re a killer band and we’ve become good friends. We’re practically neighbors. I like the new record too. It’s got that very classic metal sound. It’s dope.
Kier Kemp (Fearless Vampire Killers) chose M Shadows as his Hero Of Rock in the new issue of Kerrang! explaining:
“M. Shadows is one of the greatest frontmen of our age, and I can’t help but look up to him. There are only a few frontmen with such great stage presence, and the sort of voice that you hear and know it’s them. I wish I could live up to those levels! Performing as a frontman is more about your internal confidence, and if you’re trying to emulate something, you have to feel like you’re the fucking tits! And I certainly try to steal a bit of that. I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Avenged Sevenfold, but if I could meet M. Shadows, I’d probably say, ‘Well done for not being afraid – especially for a metal band – to do something ambitious.’ The metal scene is very close-minded, and there are rules, and you have to do things a certain way or you’re ‘selling out’, and I’m glad that Avenged Sevenfold and M. are brave enough to do what they want. They got a load of shit when they went from [2003's] Waking The Fallen to [2005's] City Of Evil, but they planned to progress and I think that it’s cool that they allowed themselves to, where as some bands are too scared, and if will stay the same their entire career. That’s what makes a hero, to me. Music is such an amazing thing to explore, and it should always simply be about the creativity. M. Shadows lets the music evolve with the band, and that’s what makes it interesting. We try to keep some of that spirit alive, and it’s inspiring that Avenged Sevenfold have done a similar thing.”
Avenged Sevenfold performed live in Mansfield, MA at Mayhem Festival 2014 on July 22nd, 2014. Photo galleries from the event can be found here. Please check back regularly for updates.
- Avenged Sevenfold’s photo from their show in Mansfield, MA.
– John Marden Photography‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Mansfield, MA photo gallery.
– Mayhem Festival‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Mansfield, MA photo gallery.
– Alex DiVincenzo‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Mansfield, MA photo gallery.
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Zacky Vengeance spoke to Revolver Magazine about “Waking The Fallen,” “Waking The Fallen: Resurrected,” and the early days of Avenged Sevenfold.
What are some of the extras on this reissue?
ZV: With the reissue, we’re offering the demo tracks that we recorded for the album. We basically went into a small studio with zero budget [and with Thrice’s Teppei Teranishi producing], but we wanted to hear what the songs sounded like with vocal melodies and different guitar tones before we laid it down. These demos are as real and as raw as it gets—every one of them is different from the songs that ended up on Waking the Fallen. We pulled parts out of some songs, added some to other songs and dropped some entirely. You can definitely hear the evolution.
I believe there’s five demos. One of the demos ended up being a main part of “City of Evil,” and was never even used on Waking the Fallen. At that point, we hadn’t recorded a whole lot, so it was almost experimental—like, “Wow, this is what we sound like?” [Laughs] It’s just us experimenting, trying to find our own sound for ourselves. Sounding the Seventh Trumpet didn’t really sound like us, because Matt wasn’t singing a whole lot, Brian’s not in the band at this point, Jimmy’s playing on a drum set that’s about to fall apart, and my guitar playing abilities have never exactly been virtuoso. So with these demos, that was the first time we were truly able to hear what Avenged Sevenfold was capable of sounding like.
There’s also a DVD of live footage from 2003, right?
ZV: Yeah, watching it gives me chills—it shows us as these young kids basically on this quest. Not much has changed since then in our attitude, or in our desire to put on a live show, but at this time we didn’t have the instruments, crew or fan base that we have now. It’s basically us with nothing except for our attitude and desire. We’re all a bunch of skinny, malnourished kids trying to make music and dress in as much black as possible, and borrowing money from friends so we could go buy a beer at the bar. Some people only know us as this big band that plays festivals and headlines tours, but our close friends and family see this footage and they’re like, “Wow, I totally forgot about those days!”
ARTE Concert is streaming Avenged Sevenfold’s set from Hellfest 2014.
Jim Dunlop Guitar Products has shared a photo and some information on the bass effects touring rig Johnny Christ is currently using on tour.
Note the two MXR M80 Bass DI+ pedals—one for the clean channel & one for the dirty channel—and the MXR Bass Chorus Deluxe!
Avenged Sevenfold performed live in Tinley Park, IL at Mayhem Festival 2014 on July 20th, 2014. Photo galleries from the event can be found here. Please check back regularly for updates.
- Avenged Sevenfold’s photo from their show in Tinley Park, IL.
– Andy Xiong Photography‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Tinley Park, IL photo gallery.
– Mayhem Festival‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Tinley Park, IL photo gallery.
– Chicago Concert Photography‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Tinley Park, IL photo gallery.
– Bobby Talamine‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Tinley Park, IL photo gallery.
– Onstage Review‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Tinley Park, IL photo gallery.
TouchArcade‘s Eli Hodapp sat down with M Shadows at Mayhem Festival’s stop in Tinley Park, IL to hear the story behind Hail To The King: Deathbat and try out the game.
It’s an action adventure RPG that’s dripping with Avenged Sevenfold imagery, without ever having the link to Avenged Sevenfold in your face, at all. It’s a clever way to do it, as if you’re an Avenged Sevenfold fan, chances are you’re going to grab the game day one and love how you’re essentially playing through their songs. If you’ve got no clue who Avenged Sevenfold is, it’s been intentionally designed to just be a fun, hardcore, premium mobile game dripping with a heavy metal theme. Basically, they’ve figured out how to do what amounts to a branded game, with the only people really knowing it’s a branded game are the folks familiar with Avenged Sevenfold IP. Maybe it’ll even bring new fans to Avenged Sevenfolds from people who like the game who haven’t heard their music.
I was able to sit down with Avenged Sevenfold front man M Shadows last night and hear the story behind the game, which basically made me go from “Eh, band game, whatever” to “OK this actually sounds really cool.” We actually have pretty similar gaming roots, as most 30-something gamers seem to have these days. As M Shadows explained what they were going for with Hail To The King: Deathbat, he made constant references back to wanting to incorporate his favorite elements of old school games. I lost count of the number of times he mentioned Zelda.
Stepping back a bit, if you ask someone what kind of game you should make for the App Store, that answer almost always to look at what’s hot at this moment and just make that. We saw a bazillion Flappy Bird clones, and developers are still releasing their own re-skinned Clash of Clans knock-offs. M Shadows mentioned being advised similar things, but, that’s not how Avenged Sevenfold the band has remained relevant. They’ve continually done things that are different from what they’ve done before, and instead of following the crowd, they position themselves as the ones who are followed.
So, in a similar vein, Hail To The King: Deathbat is bucking basically every trend on the App Store right now. It’s designed to be difficult and unforgiving, it’s a premium game with a half million dollar budget, you don’t need IAP to play it, and they’re already planning a sequel. M Shadows is making the game he wants to make, instead of the game everyone thinks you should make to maximize profits, and I can’t wait to see how it’s received. It’s hard to not have massive amounts of respect to someone who is willingly designing something for what amounts to a supreme niche on the App Store.