M Shadows called into Boston’s WAAF to talk to Mike Hsu about his home studio, how important opening track’s are and the best opening songs to some of his favorite albums, Robb Flynn, Avenged Sevenfold debuting at #1 being a testament to their fans, having a good relationship with and respecting their fans, their Fall tour with Deftones and Ghost B.C., his pre-show ritual and more.
Arin Ilejay was interviewed by Indianapolis’ X103 and Baltimore’s 98 Rock. In the X103 segment he talks about getting dip dish pizza in Chicago, learning Avenged Sevenfold’s back catalog, the Wembley Arena show being sold out, visiting Amsterdam and more. In the 98 Rock segment he talks about the new stage production (there’s “way more to it” than what we’ve seen), what fans can expect from the set-list, being an official member of Avenged Sevenfold and sightseeing in Baltimore.
X103 interview submitted by Chanden.
Johnny Christ talked to Hard Rock Nights’ The Queen about Avenged Sevenfold evolving with each album released, playing Ozzfest in 2006, “Hail To The King” debuting at #1 on Billboard 200, the story-telling vibe of “Planets” and “Acid Rain,” ‘growing old’ with their fans, his favorite song(s) from “Hail To The King” and more.
Lochlin from Edmonton’s 100.3 The Bear spoke with M Shadows before Avenged Sevenfold took off to Brazil for Rock In Rio about finding out KROQ added “Hail To The King” to rotation, sticking to one idea for the new album and topics touched on through lyrics, “Hail To The King” bringing fresh faces to the Avenged Sevenfold fan base, Arin Ilejay, having touring commitments to Australia, South America, Southeast Asia and a full North American tour including Canada kicking off in early 2014, the “Shepherd Of Fire” music video (directed by Wayne Isham) being inspired by Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers with elements from Pink Floyd’s The Wall show to be added in post-production and the “King.”
Zacky Vengeance recently called into Q103 Albany chat with Dalton about the “King” being open to interpretation, what country loves Avenged Sevenfold the ‘hardest,’ what Brazil is like, the struggles of being left-handed and how it’s become a blessing in disguise and what he fills his time with aside from Avenged Sevenfold.
Synyster Gates was interviewed by Todd Hancock of Vancouver’s 99.3 The Fox and talked about having back-to-back albums debut at #1, how long the “Hail To The King” writing process took, growing up in Huntington and the music scene in the area around 1999, the City Of Evil era instilling confidence in him, what band(s) started it all for him, what band(s) have influenced his guitar playing, what his 9 to 5 job would be if he wasn’t in Avenged Sevenfold, if he would be open to writing with an independent band, what TV shows he’s addicted to, who he would be starstruck by, if he’s a sports fan and more.
Radio Metal (France) chatted with M Shadows about Arin Ilejay officially joining Avenged Sevenfold, “Hail To The King” being a new chapter for the band, the album title being a metaphor, discovering new and old music, their older material, critics describing them as “metalcore,” doing guest vocals on albums by other bands and musicians, why Avenged Sevenfold chose to change their “Hail To The King” album cover and more.
Do you think it’s important that a band like you kind of teach or point out to the kids, who might not know these bands, who the forefathers of heavy metal were? Like saying: “These bands and the style of music they played is why we’re here. This is the real deal, check them out!”?
MS: I’m not trying to give anyone lessons, but at the same time, when I was fifteen, I didn’t care where punk rock came from. I just liked all the new bands. Same with metal: I liked the Panteras and the Metallicas, I didn’t really care about Black Sabbath or Rolling Stones or Zeppelin. But when you get older, you start realizing how great these things are. You kind of look past the recordings and the production, and you realize: “Wow, this is what my favorite bands are listening to and I understand why it’s so great”. We’re at that point where we want to write a record that reflects that, but I don’t think it’s our jobs to get the new kids caught up. They’re all gonna do it in their own time. Everyone likes to go back and try to figure out where all that stuff came from, they just need to do it in their own time.
Bob Coburn of Rockline Radio welcomed Johnny Christ and M Shadows into the studio towards the end of August and they spoke about playing the Hollywood Palladium for the first time, what album release week is like for Avenged Sevenfold, questions they wish they would be asked regarding “Hail To The King,” the new album being more blues-oriented, Mike Elizondo, “Coming Home” being UFO influenced, Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, Rolling Stone’s “Hail To The King” review, the fans response (or lack-there-of) to “Doing Time,” being excited to play new songs live, Avenged Sevenfold’s writing process and more. I’ve compiled the interview segments so you can listen below. Please do not rip the audio and redistribute. Thank you.
Avenged Sevenfold performed live at Operation Kick Ass in Chula Vista, CA on Sept 14th, 2013. All photo galleries from the event can be found here. Please check back regularly for updates. Back in June, M Shadows called into Rock 105.3 while Avenged Sevenfold were in New York City mixing “Hail To The King” and talked about Operation Kick Ass Festival, wanting to make “an early 90′s metal record in 2013,” Arin Ilejay, what his favorite place to play is besides Southern California, Elton John, getting recognized in public and the strangest place he’s heard an Avenged Sevenfold song.
- Tony Trujillo‘s Operation Kick Ass Festival photo gallery.
- Rockstar Radio‘s Operation Kick Ass Festival photo gallery.
- Rock 105.3‘s interview photos of Arin Ilejay.
- Alex Matthews‘ Operation Kick Ass Festival photo gallery.
Spokane’s Rock 94 1/2 sat down with Johnny Christ backstage at Aftershock 2013 to chat about Avenged Sevenfold taking time off after the “Nightmare” era, the new stage production, touring for the rest of the year and the one country he would like to play that they haven’t yet.
M Shadows called into Ottawa’s 106.9 The Bear and spoke with Amy Volume about Canadian crowds, when Avenged Sevenfold hope to tour there again (and with who), Arin’s stage-name situation, Robb Flynn’s (Machine Head) “Hail To The King” criticism and what up-and-coming bands he think will be ‘next.’
Ahead of Avenged Sevenfold’s Rock In Rio 2013 appearance Synyster Gates called UOL Música (Portuguese/Translated) and Jornal Extra (Portuguese/Translated) to talk about performing in Brazil and the fans, Avenged Sevenfold’s success, his response to Machine Head’s Robb Flynn’s recently “Diary Of A Frontman…” entry and more. Syn also called into Ontario’s Y108 for a quick chat with Scott Penfold about working with Mike Elizondo, “Hail To The King” and getting back to Canada.
Thorny issue in the band’s career, the criticism about the originality of their riffs doesn’t seem to bother the guitarist, who shrugs. The leader of Machine Head, Robb Flynn, posted on Facebook that “Hail To The King” is just a bunch of “covers” of Metallica, Guns ‘N Roses and Megadeath.
“I honestly have nothing to say to to him. Every band has to learn to deal with criticism during their career and it’s natural for us. I guess that’s a hell of a compliment when we’re compared to large groups, namely those who we admire that have weight and groove in music such as AC/DC, Metallica and Led Zeppelin.”
Brazil interviews submitted by Jessie.
Avenged Sevenfold returned to the cover of Rock Sound magazine and the feature article touched on realizing exactly what it is Avenged Sevenfold have, the “Nightmare” touring cycle, striving to make a massive sounding record, the “Hail To The King” writing process, learning to let Arin Ilejay in, not wanting to live their private lives on a public platform, continuing to evolve, Avenged Sevenfold being geared for the biggest stages in the world and more. Scans submitted by Maddy. Rock Sound gave Avenged Sevenfold’s new album “Hail To The King” an 8 out of 10. Read their review here.
Finnish radio station X3M spoke with (Swedish/Translated) M Shadows and Johnny Christ about being tourists (or drinking), solo grimaces, which South Park member each band member is, where the best place to listen to “Hail To The King” is, the ‘King’ and more.
Who’s who in the band?
- “We are all father figures. In addition to little Johnny here. We take care of him,” says M. A few seconds later, he finds an even better parallel. “Actually, we are more like characters from South Park. I’m Randy Marsh and Gates is clearly Mr Garrison. Zack is Eric Cartman and Johnny’s Professor Chaos,” says M. “Not butters. Professor Chaos,” Johnny fills in. “And Arin. The Goth Kid.”
Submitted by Marco.
Nikki Sixx had M Shadows and Johnny Christ in the Sixx Sense studio back in August and the interview is now available to listen to. They talk about putting an old school twist on “Hail To The King,” how “Shepherd Of Fire” ended up in “Call Of Duty: Black Ops II: Apocalypse,” Mike Elizondo, the relationship between the band, Rock In Rio, bringing Ghost on tour in the Fall, the “Rock ‘n Roll” lifestyle and social media, helping to expose American bands to Europeans, their top 3 songs from “Hail To The King” and more.