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Avenged Sevenfold To Finish Tracking New Album In February, Cite Kanye West As An Influence For It


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Avenged Sevenfold are planning to wrap up the recording sessions for their long-gestating eighth studio album this coming February. Although the band themselves have long since wrapped their own parts, there’s some additional orchestration they’ve been waiting to complete.

The band’s vocalist M Shadows recently spoke to Metal Hammer of that album and the delays they’ve faced with it due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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He said of its current status:

“In January, we’re going in to finish the strings on the record. The record’s been recorded for a year, but we haven’t been able to put the real strings on it, because we couldn’t fly out to Prague. When an orchestra have to social distance and they aren’t sitting next to each other, they can get out of tune, and we have just finally got to a place where we can use this 70-piece orchestra as we intended. We finish the record in February, mix it in March.”

When pressed for how the album sounds, Shadows offered:

“We’re very influenced by Kanye West. The thing about Kanye is that he is pulling from such great soul music. I didn’t grow up with that stuff – my dad listened to Boston and Alice Cooper, I didn’t get that taste of black music and old soul. So, diving deep into jazz musicians… we’re not trying to do a jazz record, but the chord changes and progressions are so eye-opening to us.”

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