Avenged Sevenfold Discuss Upcoming New Songs & Covers


Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows and guitarist Zacky Vengeance were recently guests on the ‘That’s Not Metal podcast‘. During the chat Shadows was asked to elaborate on the band’s post release plans to ‘evolve‘ their latest album “The Stage” with more tracks in the future. He said of that:

“We did like six covers songs that we didn’t… but we didn’t want any covers on our record, you know what I mean? We don’t wanna do that… Then we also have stuff that we didn’t finish for the record, that we felt would make the record a littler long in the tooth, just a little too long. But now we want to give it to them after they’ve digested it. So we have a process where we’re going to release songs monthly And we’re not going to make a big deal of it. Just one day you might go on Spotify and there’s be a new song and another one, but we’re not gonna sit there and hype it up, we’re just gonna let it be what it is.”

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Vengeance later added of the covers:

“They’re definitely not obvious bands, we wanted to do out take on songs that you wouldn’t expect to hear from us. So what we did was, dig really deep and try to find songs that wouldn’t be necessarily easy for us to cover, it wasn’t the obvious picks. We wanted to do something that was pretty far off the end of the spectrum.”

When asked if they went outside of rock music with their choices, he replied:

“To an extent, yes, absolutely, without a doubt. And that’s what’s going to be make it exciting, is to take an entirely different style of music and add our flair to it and just make it fun.”

Vengeance also spoke of the material that didn’t make the cut for the album, stating:

“They’re definitely different vibes and it’s more for our fans, just to break it up.”

He continued:

“They definitely stand in the forefront, I think our fans will really enjoy them. Whether they would be something that would fit in on the album, provided they were released on the album, I would say probably not. It’s more to give our fans something a little special. There’s definitely elements that add to evolution of the album; but on the same token there’s some that are purely for fun that wouldn’t have made their way on the album on initial release day.”

There’s some other interesting tidbits to be found regarding “The Stage” and more. Among them were the band’s original plans to again record it with Mike Elizondo, but having to scrap that idea due to his associations with their former label home, Warner Bros. Records, whom they are currently involved in a lawsuit with. In turn the band oversaw the production duties alongside Joe Barresi (Queens Of The Stone Age, Tool). There’s also some word on their plans for each dates of their tours to feature unique merch that goes beyond just the standard venue/date or a mildly altered print.

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