Kanye West has heavily influenced new Avenged Sevenfold material, frontman M. Shadows has revealed.
Talk with metal hammer about the 2016 sequel The sceneShadows revealed that there were “many influences” on the album, but Ye featured prominently.
“The thing about Kanye is he’s inspired by such good soul music. I didn’t grow up with that stuff – my dad used to listen to Boston and Alice Cooper, I didn’t get that taste for black music and old soul,” he said.
“So to dive deep into jazz musicians… We’re not trying to make a jazz record, but the chord changes and progressions are eye-openers.”
Shadows told the magazine that the finishing touches on the band’s eighth studio album have been delayed by the pandemic.
“The record has been recorded for a year, but we couldn’t put the real strings on it, because we couldn’t fly to Prague,” he said.
“When an orchestra has to social distance and they’re not sitting next to each other, they can go out of tune, and we’ve finally gotten to a place where we can use that orchestra of 70 musicians as we had planned.”
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They now expect to “finish the record in February, mix it in March”.
In February of last year, A7x guitarist Zacky Vengeance said in Detroit WRIF radio station that the band had written a lot during COVID, at a slower pace than usual.
“Now that we’re a little older, we move a little slower, but [we’ve done] tons of writing,” he said.
“We went to the studio. It was a bit of a weird time to do anything in 2020, but that’s when we felt like it was the right time to step out and start following whatever we had inside of us. .
In December, Shadows said Kerrang! on the band’s new musical direction.
“The [new] the recording looks nothing like The scene — it’s a completely new direction, and it’s unlike anything we’ve done,” he said.
“That’s all I’ll say about it: it’s over the top, and it’s very eclectic and wild.”