I saw you several years ago when Avenged Sevenfold opened up for Mushroomhead. Since then, the band’s popularity has grown by leaps and bounds. What has the journey been like for you?
It’s been a good one! [laughs] Since touring with Mushroomhead, we’ve just been touring our asses off and writing the music that we feel is good, you know? We always make sure that we write something that we want to do as a band. And we love touring; we love getting out there and playing and meeting our fans and trying to get new ones. It’s part of what we do and it’s part of what we’ve always wanted to do. We’ve put in a lot of our time and a lot of our effort to get where we are and it’s definitely paid off. Now the touring is a little more luxurious. It’s been a long journey with perks and a lot of downfalls. But overall, I’d say it’s more perks and I’m pretty happy to say that.
The artwork and themes of Avenged Sevenfold have strong roots in the horror genre. How much does horror influence you?
I love horror as a genre! I always have. As a kid more so in movies than in visual arts for me. It’s always been very intriguing to me and I also love a lot of the cheesy aspects of a lot of horror movies I grew up watching. It’s an influence more so in my character and my personality than in my music but when it comes to the artwork, we’ve always been intrigued by that kind of thing. Our favorite album arts have had these horror kind of looks about them from Eddie from Iron Maiden to Vic from Megadeth and Metallica has always had classic dark records. It’s always been something that we’ve been drawn to and wanted to continue.