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Synyster Gates Talks Avenged Sevenfold & “Hail To The King” With The Montreal Gazette.
August 7, 2013, 2:59 pm
Filed under: Avenged Sevenfold, Interviews, Synyster Gates

The Montreal Gazette has run an article ahead of Avenged Sevenfold’s appearance at Heavy MTL with insight from Synyster Gates about the lead guitarist joining Avenged Sevenfold, the bands evolution and the new album “Hail To The King.”

And it’s all come together with Hail to the King, their latest record, out Aug. 27. Judging from the titular single, the music is expansive, layered. If the word “epic” hadn’t been ruined by Skyrim reviews and Dragonforce guitar solos, it might apply here. And that’s entirely deliberate, according to Gates. “We made a conscious effort to (give) the arrangements more space … to allow space for bigger riffs and bigger drums,” he says.

Those riffs, he says, are the best way to define the new album. Not only do they represent a new approach, but they’ve allowed the band to experiment with different sounds. “We haven’t really done riffs quite yet. It was always about duelling guitars,” Gates explains, “(we listened) to a lot of classical music. Horns, brasslines, they can get you thinking differently and outside of the box about riffs.”

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Not a great article. They obviously have not thoroughly listened to much A7X, because HTTK is very stripped down from the norm and is not “layered and expansive,” in comparison to prior material, at least.

Comment by Matt

dafuq you talking about gates?!!! Haven’t ever done riffs??? Critical acclaim, eternal rest, nightmare, NBK, almost easy, remenissions, beast and the harlot etc etc etc etc. You crazy man… you crazy haha

Comment by JRUSS

That’s what I was thinking too. I have no trouble thinking of some very riff-tastic A7X songs. Not sure we need a complete album dedicated to getting riffs as on-top as possible, but I won’t be quick to jump to conclusions.

Comment by Z.Burns

Skyrim deserves the term “epic”. If I spend hundreds of hours listening to this album like the hundreds of hours I spent in that game it will absolutely deserve that description. Dragonforce is a little overrated though I do like their guitars, they don’t blow my mind (at least not in the capacity that The Elder Scrolls and Avenged Sevenfold do).

Comment by ClarksvilleOHIO

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