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ARTISTdirect’s Interview With M Shadows: Writing Avenged Sevenfold’s New Album, Motion Capture, “Carry On” And More!
November 14, 2012, 7:57 pm
Filed under: Avenged Sevenfold, Call Of Duty, Interviews, News

ARTISTdirect’s Editor-In-Chief Rick Florino spoke exclusively with M Shadows about writing “Carry On” for Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2, filming the motion capture work for Avenged Sevenfold’s appearance in the game, the appeal of playing Call Of Duty, writing the new album and the ‘cool direction’ it’s going in, what the front-man is currently listening to (DBN NOTE: Lana Del Rey’s “Born To Die” album (including the Paradise Edition) is incredible), keeping the writing process balanced, visual lyrics and more. You can read the entire interview here.

Has “Carry On” sparked the writing process even more?
- After “Carry On”, we took off August and most of September. At the end of September, we started writing for the record. I’m really happy with it. It’s a very cool direction that we’re going in. There’s kind of an old school feel, but it’s still modern. It doesn’t feel dated. It’s going to be the next evolution of Avenged Sevenfold. We’re excited about it.

On Nightmare, you balanced writing big hooks with the epic, expansive nature of the songs masterfully. Metallica’s one of the only other bands in history to do that. Is that balance between slamming choruses and progressive intricacy in mind?
- It’s totally in my mind. When you look at bands like Pantera, Megadeth, and Metallica, they’re way closer in their songwriting than you would think. They’re all the same sorts of riffs. You can tell the way they write songs is very AC/DC-based. Metallica gets a little more melodic. Pantera gets a little more brutal. Megadeth has more of those creepy, melodic minor types of scales. It’s riff-based. When you have a combination of that, which our band kind of does because we grew up on all those bands, you have to make sure there’s a balance between the aggressive and the melodic and the stripped-down songs and the songs that are more progressive. There’s always a balance. You have to weigh that balance on what the song needs and the album needs. At some point, you need to say, “We have a bunch of long songs, we need some compact songs”. At another point, you need to say, “Let’s make a fucking crazy eleven-minute song!” It comes to making what you want to hear.

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Im really excited for their new album I just hope it doesnt sound like Carry On though. The song felt uninspired and just really cookie cutter heavy metal. also interested in seeing how Arin contributes and how different their sounds gonna be

Comment by phil

I don’t think you’ll have to worry about that, Carry On reminds me of Lost in the sense that when I first heard it I was like why are they using auto tune?!? I’m not sure I like this… but then the more I listened to it the more I liked it, plus there aren’t any other songs like that. That’s one of the things I love about Avenged, they are not afraid to try different things and have fun with it:) Hope my comparison makes sense lol

Comment by Michelle7x

I can see where you are coming from, although I have to say Carry On has and keeps growing on me.

Comment by lostmesa

Well I think that’s because they wrote it for the game. And he said they wrote it in three days. It’s not gonna be completely mapped out and perfected. They had like 10 days to get it done, even less.

Comment by pinkyandthesheep

I didn’t enjoy listening to Carry on that much, but I am still excited and happy to read that they have started writing the new album! Can’t wait (:

Comment by rednnail

New album soon!
I’m so happy!!!!!! :D

Comment by Ana Tillmann

Damn I’m excited for this new album!

Comment by Cal

I totally agree that Carry On felt uninspired, seemed to me like a rehash of a few songs off Nightmare. I can’t wait for the new album though. A little apprehensive but very excited. I do have to say, I hope that Chris Jericho is nowhere near this project, he really has nothing good to offer. He’s nowhere near their league.

Comment by Charla Breshears Brown

I believe this album will be much bigger then Nightmare!!!! I wasn’t big on Carry On and Not Ready to Die, but who knows. Avenged will pull something big out!!

Comment by Anonymous

oh my gosh!!! im so excited it feels like its going to take forever!!!! My friend and i cant wait

Comment by Breanna

I disagree, Not ready to die and carry on were both great songs because they both had their own great feel. each album has its own feel. I cant wait to see what kind of feel that the new album has. In my opinion, a7x just keeps getting better and better because they found a groove that works and is successful and they keep growing on it.
LONG LIVE AVENGED SEVENFOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by Aidan FitzSimons

This is tripping me out. I got this feeling that it will top nightmare. Had the same feeling about nightmare topping self titled and it did at least imo. I just cannot wait to see what kind of feel/atmosphere/tone this album will have musically and the direction they will go lyrically. Like i wonder if they will make it a concept album and have all the songs kinds flow together lyrically, or go and make every song vastly different lyrically.. Ahh the possibilities… Thats why i love them you never really know how a new album is gonna be until you hear it.

Comment by Walter

I can’t wait to see how this whole process goes with Arin. And Matty is listening to Lana Del Rey; swoon.

Comment by tia

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