Deathbat News

Big Dog 106’s Interview With M Shadows.
July 13, 2014, 7:51 pm
Filed under: Interviews, M Shadows, Mayhem Festival 2014

Candy from Big Dog 106 interviewed M Shadows and he talked about playing the same venue in Idaho on Mayhem for the first time since 2001 on Warped Tour, Waking The Fallen: Resurrected, what ‘deep cut’ he would like to add to Avenged Sevenfold’s set list, Hail To The King: Deathbat, the “This Means War” music video, Avenged Sevenfold’s touring plans for the rest of the year, where they may be playing next year, the significance behind the plate he autographed at the Lafayette, LA stop of the Shepherd Of Fire Tour, some of the weirdest things he’s autographed and touring with Korn on Mayhem Festival.

Synyster Gates Calls Into 99.9 KISW.
July 13, 2014, 10:07 am
Filed under: Interviews, Radio, Synyster Gates

Synyster Gates called into 99.9 KISW to speak with Jolene ahead of Mayhem Festival’s stop in Auburn, WA. He spoke about Waking The Fallen: Resurrected, playing Mayhem on his birthday, playing European festivals, the World Cup and more. You can find the photo round-up from Auburn, WA here.

Johnny Christ, “[Avenged Sevenfold] Are Starting To Get To That ‘Test Of Time’ Area.”
July 3, 2014, 3:56 pm
Filed under: Interviews, Johnny Christ, M Shadows, Synyster Gates

Synyster Gates, M Shadows and Johnny Christ spoke to Riverside, CA’s Press Enterprise about recording ‘Hail To The King’ and “hopefully” becoming a band that stood ‘test of time.’

For Avenged Sevenfold, which includes singer M. Shadows, with bassist Johnny Christ, new drummer Arin Ilejay and guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, the [Mayhem] festival is a coronation on the heels of 2013’s “Hail to the King,” a heavy, hard-hitting album that is the Huntington Beach band’s biggest-sounding release yet.

Gates and Shadows spent a lot of time at each other’s homes listening to a variety of rock music, going back to the basics and artists that many of their heroes list as influences. They broke down as many tracks as they could, and Gates recalls having lengthy philosophical discussions about AC/DC and the Rolling Stones.

The idea, they say, was to strip everything back and simplify, cut out much of the dueling guitars, the Queen-style backing vocals.

“It was exciting to get back in the saddle and reassure ourselves that we could still do it,” Gates says. “We had such a clear vision of what we wanted with this record, (more) than we had on any other record before.”

“It was just all so simple,” Shadows continues. “But if you add one bad riff or just one bad little note, it just destroys everything. Those guys (AC/DC and the Stones) are geniuses at what they do because most bands can’t contain themselves – they have to (mess) it up. So we did our best not to (mess) it up.”


“We’ve had some huge moments,” Gates says. “But we’ve always been on a steady, gentle, upward slope, and I think that keeps us grounded. There’s been no overnight success here and we haven’t dealt with a whole lot of hot and cold.”

“We’re lucky to have such great fans that have stood by us, let us be us and try new things,” Johnny Christ adds. “It’s a trip now that other bands are saying that they look up to us. In my mind I’m still 18 years old trying to emulate Pantera in my bedroom.

“But we’re starting to get to that ‘test of time’ area. Hopefully, we’ll get past that and become the band that stood the test of time. Right now we’re just cranking away while we still have youth in us.”

Arin Ilejay Talks To The Telegraph About Mayhem Festival.
July 3, 2014, 3:14 pm
Filed under: Arin Ilejay, Interviews, Mayhem Festival

Arin Ilejay talked to Alton, IL’s The Telegraph about how it will be touring with alongside Korn on this Summer’s Mayhem Festival, the show they’ll be bringing to fans and their set list. Brian “Head” Welch (Korn) also spoke about being “guided” by Avenged Sevenfold.

“I really like the bands and really excited to tour with Korn,” said Avenged Sevenfold’s drummer Arin Ilejay during a recent interview with The Telegraph. “Since Soundwave Festival in Australia we got to know the guys. It’s really awesome. As a kid, listening to Korn, it’s like, ‘No way dude, I’m actually friends with these guys.’”

Yet Korn’s guitarist, Brian “Head” Welch, who left the band nearly 10 years ago in 2005, defers to Avenged Sevenfold as the mentors to today’s metal musicians.

“I think Avenged is guiding us now because they’re huge,” Welch said in a separate interview with The Telegraph. “It’s cool they got respect for us, now (we’re ) just one that influenced them and be looked up to like that. It encourages me to know we helped make them think, ‘Maybe I could do this thing for a living.’ So we don’t mentor, they’re going on their own and killing it.”


“We are bringing the craziest show, we’re bringing so much and blowing things up. This is definitely a city we’re looking forward to playing,” he said about St. Louis, where the festival takes place at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in the St. Louis suburb of Maryland Heights, Mo. “We’re constantly driving from city to city now and in the U.S. right now. We’re touring a lot, so we’re already kind of on fire.”

Avenged Sevenfold has mainly been considered by music critics as heavy metal, hard rock and metalcore, which is a fusion of extreme metal and hardcore punk. They also are known for their album cover’s and T-shirt’s dramatic imagery. They have released six studio albums, one live album/compilation/DVD, and eighteen singles and sold more than 8 million albums worldwide.

“We’re constantly thinking, ‘What’s going to be best for this city?’,” Ilejay said about their body of work. “We don’t want to give exactly what we’ve performed in the past, especially now having this many albums to choose from. We know fans have to hear ‘Afterlife’ or ‘Critical Acclaim,’ and do our best to give them their desired stuff, but we will have a lot of ‘Hail to the King,’ especially live, it changes it, heightens it. The band put a lot of work into it. You see it come to life and lived out on stage.”

X1039’s Nick Valdez Chats With M Shadows.
July 2, 2014, 2:45 pm
Filed under: Interviews, M Shadows, Radio

Nick Valdez of San Bernardino’s X1039 chatted with M Shadows about what draws Avenged Sevenfold to play festivals, Hail To The King’s ‘classic metal’ sound, Waking The Fallen: Resurrected, what bands he wants to check out at Mayhem Festival and his 4th of July plans.

Synyster Gates Turned “Bright Orange-Green Like An Oompa Loompa” Before First Avenged Sevenfold Show.
July 2, 2014, 2:32 pm
Filed under: Interviews, Revolver Magazine, Synyster Gates

Synyster Gates reflected on his first show with Avenged Sevenfold to Revolver telling the publication why he turned “bright orange-green like an Oompa Loompa.”

“I remember the first show,” he says. “I really wasn’t nervous at all. The worst part about the first show wasn’t nerves, it was the fact I was going to paint my face–like a Wes Borland thing with a weird painted face the whole time. I don’t know why, that is horrifying. But once my face was painted, I quickly realized, a shiver went up my spine, that this was a really bad idea. I tried to take the paint off, but I turned bright orange-green like an Oompa Loompa and we couldn’t get it off. But I went up there, and that was the only thing I was embarrassed about–an odd tone to my skin color. It was pretty ridiculous.”

Synyster Gates’ 2014 Summer Tour Survival Guide.
July 2, 2014, 10:26 am
Filed under: Interviews, Synyster Gates

Synyster Gates shared what his sweatiest concert ever was, one item he’ll carry with him all Summer, tips for winning over a crowd, advice for bands just starting to play live and more with Guitar World for their 2014 Summer Tour Survival Guide.

Your sweatiest concert ever?
Definitely the 2004 Warped Tour when we played in Arizona. I think it got up to 127 degrees, and I remember feeling like I was going to faint. Just god awful. So we drank a bunch of margaritas to keep us extremely sedated.

One item you will carry with you at all times this summer?
A ProTools rig strapped to my back, literally. It keeps me sane, writing a bunch of different stuff like classical stuff or any guitar stuff. I don’t like being locked in a cage on the creative scale. I need an outlet.

Tips for winning over a tough crowd?
You just have to be confident. Don’t give ’em anything to further their disapproval. Just go up there, rock out, and act like it’s a base of your fans. And don’t scream and yell at them.

Johnny Christ Interviewed At Graspop Metal Meeting 2014.
June 28, 2014, 9:10 am
Filed under: Interviews, Johnny Christ, Live, Music Festivals (Other)

Johnny Christ was interviewed at Graspop Metal Meeting 2014 and spoke a little about being one of the youngest Graspop Metal Meeting headliners, the difference between European and American festivals and the bands stage set for the show. There’s also a few glimpses of their performance included.

Arin Ilejay Lists Nine Drummers That Influenced His Style.
June 25, 2014, 5:40 am
Filed under: Arin Ilejay, Interviews

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.”

Avenged Sevenfold’s ‘Hail To The King: Deathbat’ Character Weapons.

M Shadows explained each Hail To The King: Deathbat characters weapon to Revolver Magazine. Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan will appear in the game as an unlockable character.

“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.”

TechRadar: M Shadows On Hail To The King: Deathbat + Avenged Sevenfold’s New DVD Title.
June 18, 2014, 11:13 am
Filed under: Hail To The King: Deathbat, Interviews, M Shadows

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.

Synyster Gates Talks Headlining Download Festival 2014 On BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show With Daniel P Carter.

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.”

RadioContraband’s “It Goes To 11″ With M Shadows.
June 16, 2014, 4:42 pm
Filed under: Interviews, M Shadows

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.

Metal Hammer: Avenged Sevenfold Came, Saw and Conquered Download Festival 2014.

Metal Hammer gave Avenged Sevenfold’s headlining set at Download Festival 2014 a 9/10. You can read some excerpts below and find out what more media are saying about the set here.

As the sun goes down over Download, it’s time to finally find out whether controversial choice Avenged Sevenfold are deserving of their headline slot over a more ‘classic’ rock or metal act. Soon after fireworks and pyrotechnics signal their arrival onstage, it becomes abundantly clear that the answer is a resounding yes, for several reasons. They pull in a crowd fit for a headliner, and they’ve got the visually impressive stage show to match. Frontman M Shadows oozes charisma and dominates the stage in his cocksure way, but crucially, he’s also keen to point how humbled the band are by this experience, and by their reception.


They’re fully aware that they’re in an enviable position, and they’re out to prove that they’ve earned it by playing a set of live favourites interspersed with some deeper cuts like Burn It Down from City Of Evil, which they’ve not played on these shores for about eight years. Bat Country sends everyone insane and the title track from their latest, Hail To The King sounds immense and anthemic, especially with thousands of people singing along to every word. Their musicianship is tight, with the twin guitar attack of Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance tightly harmonising like a siren.


Perhaps the hardest thing to achieve in a show of this scale is an emotional connection with the audience, but when they dedicate So Far Away to the late Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan, the crowd breaks out into a round of applause that lasts a good minute, and raises their lighters in the air for the rest of the song. It’s a perfectly judged set in terms of pacing – they know when to kick things up and when to bring them down. After the song finishes, M Shadows tells the crowd soberly, “Tonight is not gonna last forever.” And with that, it’s an encore of the big hitters including a powerful rendition of Little Piece Of Heaven that has all of the main stage crowd singing as one. Avenged came, saw and conquered tonight – with enough gunpowder to make Guy Fawkes wet himself with jealousy. We’ll no doubt see them again.

IGN: M Shadows Talks Avenged Sevenfold’s ‘Hail To The King: Deathbat’ On Up At Noon.
June 9, 2014, 10:46 am
Filed under: Hail To The King: Deathbat, Interviews, M Shadows

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.


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