Avenged Sevenfold is almost finished recording their new album and it’s completely different then all of their others.
In a recent interview with Kerrang!, M. Shadows revealed that their forthcoming new album is unlike anything that they’ve done before and that it is a “completely new direction” for the band.
“Well, we’ve had strings on every record, but the new record sounds nothing like The Stage – it’s a completely new direction, and it sounds nothing like anything we’ve done,” Shadows revealed. “That’s all I’ll say about it: it’s over the top, and it’s very eclectic and wild!”
When being asked how far along the new album is, Shadows explained that they are done writing the record and nearly finished the recording process.
“We’ve been writing a record for a while, and most of it was already written. But then we kinda took a break on it, and then it would be like, ‘Hey, let’s get together two days this week,’ instead of five or six. It just started getting more casual,” Shadows began to explain. “Then we recorded really casually, and – like I said – we’re still in the middle of it: we still have all these things that we can’t do. We’re still trying to get string sections together, and our mixer is older and I know that they don’t want him to travel right now because of COVID, so even if we got it done right now, we couldn’t get it mixed. So we’re just not worrying about it, you know? It’s like, ‘When we can, we can.’ But right now, we can’t (laughs).”
Although the band may be nearing the completion of their forthcoming record, it is unknown when they will be releasing the project as Shadows explained that the band does not want to put out a record if they are unable to tour it.
“No-one wants to put out the record if we can’t tour it. The reality is – and no-one wants to hear this – in this day and age, rock ’n roll just takes too long to make: you know, it’s going to be a three-year record to make.” Shadows said. “And if we put that record out and then we’re locked down for another year, as much as people don’t want to believe this, they are not going to give a shit about a record that came out a year prior when it’s time to tour.”
He continued: “And so if it’s going to take us two or three years to write a record, we’re not going to put it out if we can’t go play it live. We know the anticipation won’t be there when the tours come around. You see it every day – if you look at iTunes or Spotify and see how quickly it all turns over, it’s just weekly onto the next thing and onto the next thing again. If you just imagine putting out a record in August, and then you’re not touring until next August, people don’t want to hear this but they’re not going to care; they’re going to be like, ‘What’s next?’ Once the Gojira record, or the new Metallica record, or the new Megadeth record comes out, they’re not going to care about what came out the year prior. Our whole thing is: if it’s going to take us three years to do a record, we’re going to make sure we can play it live and people are going to be excited about it.”
The forthcoming eighth studio album will be the follow-up to their 2016 project, The Stage.