M. Shadows was interviewed by Shanghai That’s and talked about playing mainland China for the first time, critics questioning Avenged Sevenfold’s metal credentials and Avenged Sevenfold’s next album.
The Mainland shows launch the band’s first Asian tour in three years, and will be their first live performances in four months. Shadows admits to a little nerves, but is excited about the rare opportunity to perform in clubs.
“It’s going to be fun playing in smaller venues,” he says. “The songs have only grown stronger from playing live and since it’s our first time playing in China, we’ll be playing stuff from all of our records.”
With fans speculating on Avenged Sevenfold’s next direction, Shadows admits it’s hard to predict as the songwriting sessions are months away. However, he imagines it will be more akin to earlier records like Waking the Fallen, which was reissued last year for its 10th anniversary.
“Each one of our albums tends to counterbalance the last one,” he notes. “With Hail to the King, we were more interested in grooves and keeping it simple. I’m looking forward to hearing how wild and crazy this one will be.”