Front Magazine has made their interview with M Shadows from Issue 185 (August) available in full online. Shadows talks about being excited for the release of “Hail To The King,” never being told what to do from their record label, not being able to please everyone with each album, the weirdest thing he’s read about himself, if he misses the lack of glamour in the early days, raising his son on the road and keeping him grounded, the fans being the deciding factor of if they become one of the biggest bands in the world and more. You can also read an extra feature, “M Shadows On Gaming,” that touches on testing Black Ops II as a beta, being a developer if he wasn’t in a band and the triple-A game he wrote, his favorite games and character, Skyward Sword, Super Meat Boy, Mortal Kombat and playing Call Of Duty with his clan.
As it’s album number six, is there more freedom to just write songs you like?
MS: We’ve always been like that. People have an interesting perspective of major labels. Our relationship with the label has always been, “Here’s the money to make it, let us know if you need anything, and hand the record over when you’re done.” We’ve never been told what to do.
Would you like your kid to follow you into metal?
MS: He’s very into music – he’s one and he’s banging on drums, making noises into a microphone. I want him to do whatever he wants to do, whether that’s being a golfer, a physicist… Usually people grow up and go “Whatever my Dad does, it’s not cool. Fuck you dad, I’m going to college!”
Johnny Christ and M Shadows sat down With Radio.com to talk about streaming “Hail To The King” on iTunes and the fans reaction to finally hearing the album, the journey the fans have gone on with them, if it’s their goal to become the biggest band in the world, if having a child has changed M Shadows’ priorities and being compared to Metallica.
M Shadows took part in a short Q&A with the San Antonio Current and talked about playing Rock In Rio, if he thinks Avenged Sevenfold suffered from “successful band syndrome,” achieving big success after two tragedies, if his screaming is gone for good, their relationship with Mike Elizondo, who “The King” is, having his own beliefs regarding religion and playing San Antonio.
Do you think Avenged Sevenfold suffered from the “successful band syndrome”? I mean, you seemed to be loved or at least respected by critics until you started selling some records…
You can’t be everything at once. There’s always going to be small factions of people that are very vocal in their opinion of you when you’re not exactly what they want you to do. When we started as a very young band in the Orange County hardcore scene, as soon as we started separating ourselves from that, all those kids wouldn’t come to our shows. They hated us because we sang and were a little bit more melodic. But that happens. We were a cool band to watch at Warped Tour, but if you ask those kids now they’ll say, “No, Avenged Sevenfold is not a Warped band; they suck.” “They’re too big, corporate”. The bigger you get, you get that. So we just write the music we want to write, we go on tour, do the production we want to do, and we basically live in our own little bubble. We really don’t care what anyone says.
If they like it, great. If not…
I’m a firm believer that people don’t know what they want until they get it. There are very few bands that I still listen to that write the same record over and over, one being AC/DC, and one being NOFX, they always do the same and I love them, but most other bands I fall out of love with because they do the same things but they no longer move me or challenge me. That’s what we want to do with our band: to move you in ways you didn’t necessarily think you wanted. You have to give people things that frighten them a little bit, throws them off but then they get into it. That’s how things evolve.
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There’s talk of Avenged ‘carrying the torch’ for modern metal, but to join those ranks, they need to produce an album that could one day be regarded as a classic and fill the sizeable songwriting shoes of deceased drummer Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan. There’s only one certainty: whichever way things tip, it’s going to be one hell of a ride.
Talking to lead guitarist Synyster Gates and rhythm man Zacky Vengeance over two days – first at Warner Bros’ Kensington HQ, then in a marbled hotel suite overlooking Hyde Park – it occurs to TG just how big the Californian metallers have become. Completed by bassist Johnny Christ, vocalist M Shadows and new drummer Arin Ilejay, the band have gone from being the ugly ducklings of the Huntington Beach hardcore scene to arena-dominating metal swans. Every step of the way they’ve delighted in spanning genres, taking gambles and, as Synyster Gates succinctly puts it, being a band that does “whatever the f**k they want”.
“Ever since we put out Sounding The Seventh Trumpet, we’ve gotten it all!” explains Zacky. “People said, ‘They’re not hardcore!’ Or when Matt started singing on Waking The Fallen they said, ‘That’s not metal.’ Then, when Jimmy died, somehow we’re headlining festivals around the world and we’re the band that could ‘carry the torch’. So for this album it seemed natural to throw everyone another curveball.”
Arin Ilejay was interviewed backstage in Detroit, MI by 101 WRIF and talked with Lyndsey about going from being a member of Confide to being a member of Avenged Sevenfold and the biggest difference between the two, selling out Wembley Arena, what he feels he brings to the table, what advice he would give up-and-coming bands and musicians, small venues vs. arenas, bouncing his ideas off of the band in the studio and more.
Lux from St Louis’ 105.7 The Point sat down with Arin Ilejay before Avenged Sevenfold played Pointergeist 2013 to chat about how he found out he would be touring with Avenged Sevenfold, the discussion that surrounded the new stage production, watching and learning during the “Hail To The King” process, Deftones and more.
Kim Scott from Detroit’s 89X got Arin Ilejay on the phone to chat about Avenged Sevenfold playing Rock In Rio, a crazy experience in Brazil, becoming an official member of Avenged Sevenfold, the fans being supportive of him, his past and current drumming influences, a ‘side project’ him and Gates talked about, being known as the kid (Kid A) and what album he would take with him on a deserted island.
Zacky Vengeance talked to Detroit’s Morning Sun and the Orlando Sentinel about “Hail To The King” debuting at #1, having faith in one another to write a new album, writing songs that cross any language barrier and their new stage production. […] the process of maturity regarding song writing, Arin Ilejay becoming an official member of Avenged Sevenfold and appreciating the classics.
After seven albums, the last two of which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Avenged Sevenfold is on a heavy metal mission.
“When it comes to numbers, I like the statement it makes is for all of rock and metal,” says guitarist Zacky Vengeance. “For any band that’s picking up a guitar and playing in front of five people, it’s making a statement. It’s saying that kid who’s picking up a guitar still has a chance to someday take over. He still has a chance.
“So every time we put an album out, we’re keeping an opportunity to keep the same dream alive that started when the Beatles wrote ‘Helter Skelter,’ y’know?”
“(The show) is definitely a sight to be seen,” Vengeance promises. “We just want to do whatever we need to do as a band to help metal live on. And if that’s spending more money and putting on a bigger show, so that when a kid comes to see his first concert there’s no other style of music that can top it, that’s what we do. This genre, metal, has a reputation for the best live shows, so that’s what we want to live up to and help to keep building.
“I want my great-grandchildren to be showing up to concerts wearing Metallica T-shirts, with two middle fingers in the air the way we did when we were kids. That’s why we’re out here.”
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Avenged Sevenfold performed live in Bloomington, IL on October 12th, 2013. Photo galleries from the event can be found here. Please check back regularly for updates. Before kicking off the Hail To The King Tour Johnny Christ spoke to Ryan Black from 105.7 The X Rock’s about Arin Ilejay and Mike Portnoy, the support Avenged Sevenfold have received from their fans, his favorite album and songs to play live, what they listen to on their tour bus, Ghost B.C.’s Nameless Ghouls and more.
Zacky Vengeance spoke to Kerrang! Magazine about Avenged Sevenfold scoring their first #1 album in the UK, some people being less than thrilled with their success and returning to the UK on tour. You can purchase this issue on newsstands now or digitally from Google Play.
“With any success, a lot of voices come out, and you start hearing a lot more opinions on the matter,” he admits. “We’ve provoked very strong reactions in both directions since day one, and coming from a very humble hardcore scene in Orange County, California, and being a band that has gone on to put out ballads, we’ve gotten the worst of it off of that.”
The guitarist refused to be drawn on the direction nature of the Machine Head frontman’s criticism, sighing, “My only comment [on Robb] is that I really, truly hate to see any sort of divide in rock and metal.
I think everyone’s trying to come together and bring up other bands along the way, and we’ve always been really blessed to have bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden take us under their wing and say nice things about us,” he adds. “When you have that, you really are so appreciative, and we hope to do the same for younger, up-and-coming bands, because we’re just not ready to give over the throne of rock and metal to a bunch of bands that blow on jugs and play tambourines!”
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.