M Shadows recently hit up the Hail To The King: Deathbat forum to answer a few more fan questions regarding the game and took the time to give some detailed answers regarding why ‘Waking The Fallen’ wasn’t remastered for ‘Waking The Fallen: Resurrected, how the re-release could help international fans and what songs Avenged Sevenfold might be playing live in the future.
[As for the new “Waking the Fallen: Resurrected” package, did you guys do any remastering to the original album?]
1) As for remastering and remixing… This is a hot button for me because I have seen virtually every remaster / remix of bands I enjoy completely destroy the feeling I had for those records. Lets take all the Megadeth records for example… These albums sound nothing like the originals. Peaking due to the “loudness war,” effects are missing, effects are added and over all the nostalgia is stripped away. Same happened with Pink Floyd when someone remastered all their albums, something is just not right. I wouldn’t have a problem with this for people that wanna hear their fav. records in a different way, but with CD’s becoming obsolete we have one place to buy those old records… and guess what, they only sell one version, the new “improved” version. You can’t find the original versions of those albums anymore unless you order the CD or by some miracle “Best Buy” has a bunch of 20 – 30 year old records in stock. Now, I could make sure that our record doesn’t compete in the “loudness war,” as you can probably tell HTTK is about 4 db lower the most record these days, and that was done to save the dynamics, but I feel changing the sound in the slightest to make it more modern would just strip it of the vibe… The vibe of 5 guys writing a record in their parents garage with nothing to lose on a shoestring budget. I just don’t want to give people the chance to make the original recording obsolete.
-This re release is truly for the die hards that wanna hear the demo process and hear the songs as they were played with “The Rev” back in a time when we were sloppy as hell. haha Well, he wasn’t, but the rest of us sure were…
-But it is equally a record to introduce our international fan base to our beginnings. When we play internationally (which is a huge portion of our audience) most of them are not familiar with these songs and this record. It probably has something to do with Hopeless Record being an indie label and just not having the distro that they have now. Also we had never toured these places so no wonder they had never heard of us.
[Did revisiting “Waking the Fallen” awaken any kind of inspiration to bring some of those songs back into the live set?]
2) Im not sure if it re awakened anything in terms of playing stuff live. There are pockets of fans that swear by this album, but we are the ones that stand on stage every night and read how the audience responds. Internationally it is very Nightmare and HTTK heavy. When we play Waking songs the energy just stops. I’m sure people will debate that but its true, I wish it wasn’t. This re release should help that. Remenissions would be awesome live, I’m sure we will bust that one out soon as well as Coming Home, Planets, Acid Rain, Scream, Trashed and Scattered, Gunslinger and the assortment of other songs that people hammer on about us playing. hahah. The Desecrate live version on this re release is fucking sick. Jimmy kills it. Its one of my favs on the album for sure.
[In regards to “This Is Bat Country,” are there plans to release it on Blu-Ray.]
3) This question is one of those that I have no clue. Honestly, Im not sure how the label feels about Blue Ray and DVD. Im sure they are gonna make the product work on whatever is the most standard. I had a blue ray player for a second and then nothing was coming out on it so its back to DVD’s for me. But I will check it out. Also, about a CD version, its a good question but I think we always wanted to do a proper live CD and not cross them both into the same package. We would like to release the Video Game Soundtrack with this package as well, so we will see where it all ends up.