Brooks Wackerman spoke to Metal Hammer about being Avenged Sevenfold’s new drummer, the new album and more.
That man turned out to be Brooks, and with the announcement making his addition to the fold official, you’d imagine fans and band alike will be hoping that A7X have finally found some much-needed stability in replacing one of the 21st century’s most iconic and unique drum talents.
“Well, first of all, I’d like to echo those sentiments about Jimmy,” Brooks tells us in an exclusive chat with Hammer. “I’ve spent a while studying Jimmy’s parts and navigating where my voice is in this band. I hope that this will be the start of many records down the road, because we all share the same goals and aspirations for this band. For a drummer, you can’t ask for a much better gig than with these guys, because what they do is so broad. It is metal, yes, but it’s so much more than that, so I feel that I now have avenues open to me that weren’t open to me before. It’s exciting.”
“They’ve been a band that I’ve admired throughout my career, and to get the chance to work with them up close and personal is a tremendous honour,” he adds. “I feel like, coming in as a band-member, this is more inclusive. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a position like this where I’m there from the inception of the process. This is the most freedom I’ve had as a drummer, creatively, for a long time.”
That must surely mean work is well underway for that new album, so we might as well ask – how’s it sounding?!
“I wish I had the answer to that question!” Brooks laughs. “I’m as curious as you are! We are at the very nascent stage of working on these ideas. I do know that, from what we’ve worked on so far, it’ll be a completely different album to the previous one. There is going to be a lot more risk taken in this one, I can tell you that. And a few more changes here and there. But, really, it’s hard to tell at this stage. That’s all I can say about that. It’s the million dollar question! Ha ha!”
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