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The Journal Of Montreal’s Interview With M Shadows.
August 10, 2013, 1:43 pm
Filed under: Avenged Sevenfold, Interviews, M Shadows

The Journal Of Montreal conducted an interview (French*) with M Shadows where he explains why Avenged Sevenfold aren’t playing new songs live yet and talks about adapting to life on the road, working with Mike Elizondo again, being compared to Iron Maiden and Metallica and more.

Can we expect to hear new material at [Heavy MTL]?
MS:
No, not really. We prefer to wait a bit before presenting our new songs, simply because fans have not had the chance to listen to the album. In addition, we do not want videos of our news pieces circulating on YouTUbe. We worked on these songs for a year, so we want people to discover them in the best possible conditions. However, we will present our first single ‘Hail To The King.’ We also play ‘Carry On,’ a song we made for the game Call Of Duty: Black Ops II.

While their fans eagerly await the release of the album “Hail To The King,” available as of August 27th, the members of Avenged Sevenfold will perform at Heavy MTL festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau. The Journal spoke with vocalist M Shadows, who said they’re excited to initiate a new phase in the group’s history.

Can we expect to hear new material at [Heavy MTL]?
MS: No, not really. We prefer to wait a bit before presenting our new songs, simply because fans have not had the chance to listen to the album. In addition, we do not want videos of our news pieces circulating on YouTUbe. We worked on these songs for a year, so we want people to discover them in the best possible conditions. However, we will present our first single ‘Hail To The King.’ We also play ‘Carry On,’ a song we made for the game Call Of Duty: Black Ops II.

Your last album, Nightmare, was released in 2010. You must be anxious to present your new songs to your fans.
MS: We especially look forward to presenting them on stage with new production. We will embark on this new tour in release of the album.

You are often on the road. How have you adapted to this lifestyle?
MS: We toured a lot in recent years, it is true, but we were also able to take a year off to work on the album. For us, this life on the road, this is a cakewalk. I must say that we are all good friends. We never feel like it’s work. We really enjoy the free time that we have to have fun. We’re going out to eat, play at casinos… There was worse, I assure you.

When did you start creating your new album?
MS: We started writing in September. […] When we felt we were ready, we went into the studio. We recorded the album in seven weeks. We knew exactly where we were going.

As was the case on Nightmare, you chose to work with Mike Elizondo.
MS: He’s one of the best musicians I’ve had the chance to meet in my life. He’s also a great songwriter. I respect him enormously. He was able to make connections so we could get exactly what we wanted. He has our trust.

Since the launch of your first single, Hail To The King, comments about it on social networks say you sound like a mixture of Iron Maiden and Metallica. What do you think about the comparisons?
MS: Our fans have grown up with several music groups, so we do not always have the same references. I can tell you we’re very pleased to be compared to bands like Iron Maiden and Metallic. There’s worse. All groups are compared at one time or another, even Metallica and the Rolling Stones have been there. What matters ultimately is the music and longevity.

Musically, what did you want to accomplish with this album?
MS: This record is about power and groove. Some of our albums are more eclectic, while others are more aggressive. The goal with this was to bring the rhythms and develop riffs around them. “Simple” is not a word our fans like to hear, but I’d say it’s bare bones.

*NOTE:
When attempting to use an online translator the article would become private so I typed the translation as best as I could.

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Disappointed that they won’t be playing anything new til the album drops, but it’ll make the release that much more exciting. A low quality cell phone vid won’t do these songs justice.

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