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Two Members Of Avenged Sevenfold Experimented “Deeply” With Psychedelics In The Making Of “Life Is But A Dream…”


Avenged Sevenfold‘s latest episode of their ‘TRAX‘ podcast examines “Nobody“, the recently shared lead single from the group’s next studio album, “Life Is But A Dream…“. That hour plus deep dive into the track can be heard below.

In it, vocalist M. Shadows explains how his and guitarist Synyster Gates‘ experiences with psychedelics—in particular the toxins secreted by the Colorado River toad—impacted the sound and scope of this forthcoming record.

He said of that:

“Me and [Synyster Gates] were exploring deeply in psychedelics throughout the last few years. One of those things in particular was 5-MeO-DMT. I had a very tough experience in like, you know, type A personality [whose] ego gets completely demolished.

You see yourself leave your body and we can get into that more, but one thing that I came out of that realizing was that life is so short. Don’t put anything out unless it’s bold, and ‘bold’ was the word that we were using. ‘Bold’ was like, don’t just play within your genre.

There’s a huge difference between Waking The Fallen and City Of Evil, but they were both playing within a genre. Yeah, it was different but it was all within a… there was a sphere there.

On this record, we didn’t want to be a part of any of that. We wanted to just put out art that just… if we saw something or heard a sound, we wanted to figure out how to get that, but not with our normal tools, right? If there was a feeling, we wanted to try to extract that feeling in audio, but not with our normal tool shed.

So when you look at like the guitar tone, or the riff and the guitar tone, for something like ‘Nobody,’ that’s just a droning thing that we had to figure out how to melodically play between major and minor, and to make it interesting.

But the same time we didn’t want to actually make notes with it. We wanted to just have this thing [droning] almost like Terminator 2. Then we’re gonna play melodically with it, but it was basically this psychedelic experience that took us into this ‘be bold. Don’t do psychedelics and make Pink Floyd. No, do your own thing and make your own stamp.'”

Earlier today (March 27th) the group also rolled out the dates for the first leg of their North American headlining tour. You can check those out here. “Life Is But A Dream…” will be out on June 02nd.

[via Metal Injection]

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