Arin Ilejay gave Rhythm Magazine a list of nine drummers that helped influence his style.
“One of the first big influences for me was Dave Weckl. His is the kind of stuff that I would just sit and listen to. I learned drums by just listening to music and playing what I heard. My dad turned me onto Dave Weckl and his playing was incredible. At the time I couldn’t pull any of it off, I don’t think I could even do any of it now to be honest. I haven’t listened to him as much lately because I’ve been focusing on different music, but he inspired me to want to be better.”
“The Mars Volta was a huge thing for me, guys like Jon Theodore and Thomas Pridgen are incredible guys. Thomas Pridgen has been huge for me recently. Jon Theodore had a huge influence on my style as well. He broadened my horizons when it comes to different techniques.
The Rev (Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan) was the person that got me into metal. There weren’t any metal drummers that drew me in until him. Jimmy’s parts are amazing so [on joining the band] being already a fan of Jimmy – he’s one of my favourite drummers – I wanted to do his parts right, you know? So I was like, “I’m going to do these parts right, this is what I’m good at, this is what I do.”
Filed under: Arin Ilejay, Hail To The King: Deathbat, Interviews, Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, Johnny Christ, M Shadows, Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance
“Well, for instance, Arin [Ilejay] really wanted a blade in each hand with a boomerang effect so that they would come back to him. We couldn’t do that, so we compromised and gave him a double-sided sword. Zacky [Vengeance] wanted a baseball bat—he throws rocks at people, and mashes them with a bat. Synyster Gates has a little demon that runs around with him—and when you use his magic powers, you hear one of his dive-bombs, which he recorded specially for it. Johnny [Christ] has the “Hell Sword,” which rains blood on people, and I [M Shadows] have “Shadows Sight,” which is like a black plume of smoke that you inhale in your lungs. We all did stupid voiceovers for it when we were a little inebriated. [Laughs] Also, with the blessing of his parents, we put The Rev in the game. Once you unlock his character, you can use him as your comrade to help you through the levels.”
M Shadows stopped by TechRadar‘s SF offices to talk to Nick Pino about Hail To The King: Deathbat being a ‘console game’ in mobile form, each level being inspired by a song from Avenged Sevenfold’s discography, writing the songs featured in the games, what working on his own game is like vs working on music for other games (i.e. Call Of Duty franchise), re-releasing “Waking The Fallen,” and Avenged Sevenfold’s new live DVD “This Is Bat Country.” GamesRadar also published a preview of the game.
Filed under: Download Festival 2014, Interviews, Music Festivals (Other), Synyster Gates
Synyster Gates spoke a little about headlining Download Festival 2014 with BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show with Daniel P Carter. You can hear his short segment from 1:05:13-1:06:16.
“We’re headlining Donington today. We’re very excited about it so it’s just been a pretty exciting day. I mean, today’s the prep day so I’m really excited to get out there on stage and that’s when everything comes alive, you know, and then after is the big celebration and I love that I get to do that with my best friends.
I’ve approached this day probably a little differently. I mean the magnitude of it’s pretty overwhelming to be honest and there are quite a bit more songs to play, big staging and all that kind of stuff so, to make sure you’re out of the way of the flames and you’ve got all your parts down and you know all about the stage and how big it is and where to go. I mean, there is a no holds bared, no expenses spared, it’s the biggest deal, you know, to be playing this day is really cool. The stars aligned for us to put on the biggest show that we’ve ever put on.”
M Shadows took part in this month’s “It Goes To 11″ at RadioContraband. You can find out what the strangest request he’s ever received from a fan is, a musical ‘guilty pleasure’ of his, what artist he would like to see cover Avenged Sevenfold’s music, a current artist he would like to jam with,what hearing Avenged Sevenfold’s music on the radio means to him and more.
2. Hollywood puts together a movie about Avenged Sevenfold, who plays you?
MS: Oh God, I would veto the project right away! I think I would be too embarrassed to watch someone try to play me.
4. Give me a musical “guilty pleasure” something in your collection that might shock me.
MS: I listen to a lot of pop stuff, there is a Japanese group of girls that do this metal/pop thing that’s cool…Oh and Aqua, remember “Barbie Girl”??
6. Name an artist that you would like to hear cover your music.
MS: I’d like to hear Elton John do our music! I wanna hear it all done on piano.
11. Last question, what does hearing your music on the radio mean to you?
MS: It means a lot! But it’s also very embarrassing and I change the station! You don’t wanna be in a car with a bunch of friends when your band comes on and you turn it up….you’re a douche.
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.