M. Shadows spoke to Metal Hammer about releasing new album “The Stage” close to Metallica’s “Hardwired… To Self Destruct,” the new Metallica songs and more. He also reveals that title track, “The Stage,” was originally supposed to be debuted in Minneapolis.
He exclusively tells Metal Hammer: “I think it’s great for the consumer and it’s great for the fans. I think a lot of fans are streaming anyway.
“We had this plan before Metallica released Hardwired in Minneapolis. Our first plan was to release a song in Minneapolis, with that show we played with them in Viking Stadium. We then decided to drop the record as a surprise and I’m glad we did otherwise we’d really be going head-to-head, single to single.”
“I told Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich what we were doing and he thought it was awesome. It’s going to be a great lead-up to Christmas for rock and metal fans that like our two bands.”
Shadows says he hasn’t heard the new Metallica album but says: “I love Moth To Flame – I think it has some stuff to sink your teeth into. I think Hardwired was obviously a song to shut up a lot of the haters, but to me I like when Metallica get into deeper stuff, and they do it brilliantly.
“Looking at how long the record is going to be, they’re going to have some of those songs. I like all Metallica, I like hearing them, hence why they still do stadiums. They sound good, it feels like home sweet home.”