M. Shadows was a guest on Chris Jericho‘s Talk Is Jericho podcast (14:55) to talk Hail To The King: Deathbat, its release, game merch, almost getting his legs crushed by Mike Portnoy on a jet-ski, ‘big things on the horizon’ and more.
Shroom: Have [Avenged Sevenfold] been writing?
MS: “I think the most important thing for us is to get that spark and that fire to start… to wanna start writing. We never just write on the road, we always try to get a very clear idea of of what we wanna accomplish and then we attack it and right now that idea is really coming in to place. We’ve talked a lot about it and I think after this tour we do in China coming up we will be back in the saddle and by the Summer we should be writing.
M. Shadows sat down with Steve Rennie for Renman Live and talked about how he get started with music, how the core group of Avenged Sevenfold came to be, how they got their first few shows, being signed to Hopeless Records and later moving on to Warner Bros, getting radio airplay, how it felt the first time he heard one of their songs on the radio, what his favorite song to play live is, memorable gifts he’s received, the connection between Avenged Sevenfold and their fans, the strangest idea that inspired a song, why Hail To The King’s touring cycle is so different than past cycles, meeting fans, if he could work with any artist dead or alive who would it be and why, the Deathbat logo and Avenged Sevenfold’s imagery, how Avenged Sevenfold’s song broke into video games, working on Call Of Duty, Hail To The King: Deathbat, how Hail To The King’s recording session and live show hinted towards Hail To The King: Deathbat, the hardest song to write and to record, his advice to young vocalists, how he deals with writers-block, future touring plans, future video games from Avenged Sevenfold, Avenged Sevenfold’s plans for 2015, the new album – from what they’ve been discussing – being ‘fresh and different’ than anything they’ve ever done before, how he got into golf and more.
M. Shadows spoke with Mike Hsu about Hail To The King: Deathbat, the Hail To The King: Deathbat soundtrack contest, what he thinks about fans recording & taking pictures on their phones at concerts, the new Avenged Sevenfold DVD (approx release date: February 2015), touring at the beginning of 2015 and when they plan to start writing new music.
“A band like Mumford & Sons or Imagine Dragons or Coldplay — there’s no game to be made there,” Shadows says. “They’d have to come up with something completely fresh. When you look at us, or Iron Maiden, someone with a logo and a strong personality in terms of what we do image-wise onstage, we felt that the game had already written itself, at least visually.”
“We funded this 100% ourselves,” Shadows says. “Nobody owns any of this other than the five members of the band. We put our money where our mouth is. Every single penny has come from us. We put a little money aside when we go on tour, and we were excited about this.”
“We’ve been a band for 15 years, and a lot of people have the Deathbat tattooed on them,” he says. “There’s a lot of responsibility when you’re saying, ‘Now we’re giving you the Deathbat back story.’ It’s one of those things where you can completely mess it up. We had to find a balance among incorporating things our fans know while also making a very cool intergalactic story with the typical battle between good and evil.”