AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s Mr. Shadows spoke to “Tuna On Toast With Stryker” podcast on the progress of recording sessions for the band’s long-awaited sequel to 2016 “The scene” album. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “The songs are over. I still have vocals to do and we have strings to record. And the thing with the strings is that in LA they just don’t allow people to be within six feet [of each other]. And we have experience – I’m not going to name any bands, but our producer has worked on some records, and he says, “Look, you put somebody six feet apart and you get them. mics all, and it doesn’t sound like a band playing together. ‘ He said, “They hear the notes a little bit. There’s no unified sound. And we’ve got a bunch of out-of-tune violinists and singers. And he said to me, ‘I’m setting there fixing everything.’ And he said to me, “I suggest you either go to Prague and do it, or wait.” And so we’re still waiting, because we don’t want to go to Prague and record these things. I mean, he there are so many little things, and we’re just not ready to compromise on that. “
According to Mr. Shadows, he and his band mates are in no rush to release their new LP and hit the road to promote it.
“We’re really trying to make sure that everyone mentally wants to go on tour and support a record, that it will make sense to support the record – it’s not a stop and go situation,” he explained. .
“We’re going to release it when we want to. That’s just the gist. People seem to think we’re working for them.
“At the end of the day, everyone has to decide, ‘I’m ready to support a record. “… You just have to make sure you’re there mentally for it.
“I might not want to give the impression that we all have these issues in the band – we don’t have any – but people are also very aware of their life and what it is right now and they want to be happy doing things, and I think the fans want us to be happy doing things.
“We’re very happy in this digital realm that we’re going into and the NFTs, and we’ll be happy when the record comes out. And when we do shows, we’ll be happy to do them. But just know that if we’re on stage, so we are in a good position. “
Last February, Mr. Shadows told the Minneapolis, Minnesota radio station 93X that “70%” of the follow-up “The scene” has been done. ”He said,“ We are working on things. We have things we can’t finish right now because of COVID – string players, et cetera. We know Andy [Wallace, AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s longtime mixer] doesn’t want to travel, or his management doesn’t want him to travel because of COVID. So there is a lot going on. “
As for when fans can expect to see the new one AVENGED SEVENFOLD LP released, Mr. Shadows said: “It doesn’t make sense for us right now to release a record and not be able to shoot it. The world has changed. Release a record on Spotify without touring for a rock band, it just doesn’t make sense to us. So we’re going to wait until it’s all back, then we’ll release the record, finish it, and we’ll be fine. “
Also in February, AVENGED SEVENFOLD guitarist Zacky Vengeance said in detroit WRIF radio station that he and his bandmates wrote “a lot, a lot of writing – at a much slower pace than usual” – during the coronavirus pandemic. “Now that we’re a little older, we move a little slower, but [we’ve done] tons of writing, “he said.” We went into the studio. It was a bit of a weird time to do anything in 2020, but that’s when we felt like it was a good time to come out and start following whatever we had inside of us. .
“But, like I said, we’re doing it at a slow pace, so we’re still recording,” he explained. “We’re going very, very slowly, making sure everything is the way we like it. We’re in no rush to release anything, mainly because we want to hit the road, and we want to be able to give it away. him life. We want to tour, we want to travel, we want to play songs that people want to hear; we want to introduce them to new things. Because I just want to rush out and release something now and let it go. dissipate because of the void, as people worry about where their next meal or paycheck comes from, the last thing in the world on people’s minds is, ‘AVENGED SEVENFOLDis going to release a new album, and that will be saving grace for all of us. And I feel like we’re going to take it slow, let the world get back to normal a little bit, and when people are ready, we’ll know – we’ve got a good idea. We’re going to finish it slowly, and then release it when the world is ready. “
Last December, Mr. Shadows Recount Kerrang! magazine on the musical direction of the new VENGÉ material: “The [new] the recording looks like nothing ‘The scene’ – it’s a completely new direction, and it’s nothing like anything we’ve done. That’s all I’m going to say about it: it’s overkill, and it’s very eclectic and wild. “
AVENGED SEVENFOLD has kept a low profile in 2019 and likely won’t hit the road again until early 2022. A blister of blood on Mr. Shadows‘vocal cords forced the band to cancel a 2018 summer tour with RABIES PROPHETS and THREE DAYS GRACE.
When asked if he was completely healed now, Mr. Shadows Recount 93X: “I feel good, man. I’m just working on a new technique to make sure I don’t have any more problems. For a year now I’ve been doing – I change a lot of things, sing from a different place , and just make sure that when I get back on stage, I don’t go back to old bad habits. “
“The scene” was released as a surprise in October 2016. The record’s release, announced the night it went on sale, had the lowest sales of a AVENGED SEVENFOLD album in 11 years. It sold 76,000 copies in its first week, 73,000 of which were physical.
“The scene”, VENGÉdebut for Capitol, sold less than half the number of copies in its first week than the group’s previous two efforts, the 2010s “Nightmare” and 2013 “Hail to the king”.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD recently announced the Bat Club, a new level of connection with fans based on non-fungible tokens, or NFT – digital assets (free lifetime tickets, free lifetime encounters, airdrops during each year, drum lessons, guitar lessons, golf lessons, giveaways, avoid queues at shows, poker nights, movie nights, etc.) that cannot be duplicated. After a first drop of 101 free NFTs to whet fans’ appetites, 10,000 will be released at the end of November via avengedsevenfold.io, and anyone who buys one will be part of the community.