M Shadows joined Greg Miller for an episode of Up At Noon to talk about Hail To The King: Deathbat, the game’s storyline, why the release was pushed back, how the AAA game he wrote lead him into making Hail To The King: Deathbat, the opportunity for a Part 2 to be released on consoles, what he would like to see at E3, being a fan of old-school sensibility games, what video game (past or present) he would have chosen to do music for and more. Before filming the episode, Matt spoke to Greg about the Zelda franchise.
Poland’s Rzeczpospolita spoke with (Translated) M Shadows about Avenged Sevenfold’s success, playing in Poland on a special day for the country, inspiration and criticism, what he does on his time off and more.
The Polish are rock listeners and appreciate Guns ‘N Roses and Metallica…
MS: We are proud to see you like Avenged Sevenfold as the successors of Metallica and Guns ‘N Roses. A few years ago Metallica took us on tour, we were nobody. They believed in us. In 2006, they invited us to play a few shows on this side. They decided it was time to pull us out of heavy metal music and show us to a wider audience. […] Similarly, a lot of good was done for us by Ozzy Osbourne who invited us on his Ozzfest Festival. Metallica and Ozzy treated us very well, supported us and were very friendly. Today, we are trying to proceed similarly with young bands, which take in route. Metallica and Ozzy showed us how to be better people. What better ways to treat others.
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Last month, Synyster Gates teamed up with Guitar Center and Schecter Guitars to present the Master Class with Synyster Gates. Guitar Center have now uploaded video from the event which sees Gates speaking to the attendees and playing for them. You listen to the full original composition he wrote for the class here and check out a photo round-up here.
M Shadows dropped by IGN to film an episode of Up At Noon and spoke with Greg Miller about his favorite Zelda, what he wants out of an HD Zelda, how he would feel if Link started talking and more. Matt’s Up At Noon episode airs on June 9th and will include information on the upcoming release of Hail To The King: Deathbat. Before shooting the episode, he also played Fenix Rage.
1. Friendship always comes before business.
“We have grown up with each other. Most of us have been friends before we started with Avenged Sevenfold. It is important to remember. It will never first be band business. We see each other outside of that. Just yesterday we had a barbecue and everyone was there.”
Mike Portnoy sat down with Steve-O of 94.5 The Buzz’s The Live Addiction and spoke about his experience with Avenged Sevenfold and his fondest memories with the band (starting at 6:13 in the video).
Steve-O: [Avenged Sevenfold] are one of my favorite bands. They’re one of the bands that got me into heavier music. You played drums on their album ‘Nightmare’ after their drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan passed away. What was that whole experience like for you?
MP: “It was a really cool experience. There were basically two experiences. There was the album and the tour. The album was a really heavy emotional experience ’cause we started the album, I don’t know, maybe six weeks after The Rev was buried so it was still really fresh for those guys and, you know, everybody was really, very emotional. So, making the album was a really emotional experience and I felt really honored to have been part of that experience with them. That’s why me and Zacky got these matching tattoos. To me, it was a real amazing experience to bond with them during that period and then after that experience, you know, I wanted to be there to help them and that’s how my services got, you know, called upon for the first half of the tour. I did, I think, I guess, the first five or six months of the ‘Nightmare’ tour, basically till the end of 2010 and at that point it was just them getting back on their feet and helping them out. I don’t think I was ever going to be there for long. I was still in Dream Theater at that point and even once I left Dream Theater, you know, it was pretty established that it was just a helping-them-out phase and it was a great tour, man. I had fun with those guys and I’m so happy to see that they’ve gotten back on their feet and have blossomed to a whole new level and continue to do what they’re doing. It’s an experience I look back upon with a lot of great memories.
Steve O: Can you share one of your fondest memories while out on the road without those dudes?
MP: “I could think of a million. The very first show in Montreal, that was heavy ’cause that was their very first time on stage without The Rev. For me personally, I have to thank their fans for being so open and welcoming to me because like you said, you know, for me I was walking into something that was already well established and already had a very strong fanbase and to step into that situation for me could have been very uncomfortable. But, their fans, who were still heavily mourning Jimmy’s death were so welcoming to me and I felt it right immediately from that very first show in Montreal. I think that also helped the other guys move on, move forward. The fans were always great to me and always thanked me for helping the boys out, so that first show comes to mind. Also, one of the last shows I played with them. We did a USO tour in Iraq. That’s one of the highlights also of my time with them was going to Iraq with them and having that experience which was pretty cool.
99.7 The Blitz‘s Baker & Nuber chatted with Zacky Vengeance at Rock On The Range 2014 about Avenged Sevenfold’s busy touring schedule, playing the States vs playing overseas, Avenged Sevenfold being cited as an influence to up-and-coming bands, his advice to them and more.
Zacky Vengeance was interviewed by Helen of Rock 105 at Carolina Rebellion 2014 and spoke about the the possibility of re-issuing ‘Sounding The Seventh Trumpet’, ‘A Little Piece Of Heaven’ originally being written for a Halloween EP, not making a ‘Hail To The King’ Part 2 with the next album, what he knows now that he wishes he would have known at the beginning of Avenged Sevenfold’s career, their stage names and more. You can find Carolina Rebellion 2014′s photo round-up here.
Synyster Gates sat down with MusiquePlus backstage in Montreal, QC on Avenged Sevenfold’s Shepherd Of Fire Tour to talk about the end of the Shepherd Of Fire Tour, being pumped up for Mayhem Festival, how it felt to see himself in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, his favorite guitar riff, how life is on tour for him, how he’s found a ‘new resurgence’ in music writing and more.
During a day off in Pennsylvania on the Shepherd Of Fire Tour Johnny Christ called into Quebec’s Rock 100.9 and spoke with Mat about his memories of Avenged Sevenfold’s show at Le Festival d’été de Québec in 2011, if there was pressure from their record label for ‘Hail To The King’ to be as big of a release as ‘Nightmare’ was, carrying the torch for Rock music, how cool is it to have HELLYEAH opening for them on the Shepherd Of Fire Tour, Avenged Sevenfold 10 years ago compared to Avenged Sevenfold now and more.
Steven Rosen of Ultimate Guitar spoke with Synyster Gates at his Guitar Center Master Class and has now published the very informative interview. Gates talks about guitar players being better at younger ages, actively pursuing new styles of guitar playing, where he finds his outside influences, his approach to harmonic progressions and soloing, enlisting outside opinions regarding his solos, practicing and practice tips, how he works on his tempo, his pre-show warmup routine, re-learning his original solos, where his music theory came from, focusing more on being a guitar player, going from being a would-be session player to Avenged Sevenfold, learning how to use harmony more effectively and much much more.
How do you work on tempo?
SG: I almost always play to a click. I really find that is an essential thing for time. If you’re just watching TV and going through scales and stuff like that, it’s always great to have a metronome going. Always practice with an intent. Sometimes you’re gonna have the TV on and you’re gonna zone on and that’s perfect to put the click on. Your mind will be blown at how hard it is to play half as f–kin’ slow as you can play but play it in time. It’s brutal. If you can’t play it slow, you’ll never be able to play it fast. Try to listen to what you’re doing so you can get rid of bad habits. Stay very keen and aware of the wanted and unwanted nuances of your playing.
M Shadows called into 105.7 The X and talked with Chris James about where the idea for the ‘Deathbat Specials’ giveaways came from, if they knew “Hail To The King” would be their ‘big one’, the inspiration behind Shepherd Of Fire’s lyrics, Hail To The King: Deathbat, having die-hard fans and more.
CJ: I was reading an article somewhere on you guys and… Shepherd [Of Fire] was your ‘Sympathy For The Devil’, really?
M: Lyrically. I think Mick Jagger did a great job in giving you the in’s and out’s and both sides of the devil and where he’s been and what he’s done. That’s kind of like a where he’s been and what he’s done song. For my song, what I was writing lyrically about is that sometimes the devil, if you believe in that sort of thing, can come to you in these ways that you feel is almost a good thing for you and really it’s not. So, I’m not necessarily a religious person but I use the devil as a metaphor of problems and situations in life.
Twisted Todd from 93.3 The Planet Rocks hopped on the tour bus with Johnny Christ and they spoke briefly about Avenged Sevenfold playing Carolina Rebellion 2014, what he thinks about people claiming Avenged Sevenfold are ‘sellouts’ due to increasing radio popularity and putting on a fun show.
On people claiming Avenged Sevenfold ‘sold out’ due to increasing radio popularity:
JC: Everyone’s got their opinions and they’re entitled to them. At the end of the day we’re.. We’ve never made any qualms about the fact that we want to be the biggest hard rock band in the world. That’s a goal that we’ve had since day one. That’s [radio play] part of what you need to get there [laughs]. […] At the end of the day, we don’t write for radio, we don’t write for our fans specifically, we write for ourselves first. We get a vision for the album and then we start attacking it. That’s really what we do at the end of the day, on every record and to be honest we wouldn’t put it out if we weren’t proud of it. So, you know, as far as people calling you ‘sellouts’ well I don’t understand if they’re still staying true to themselves.