M. Shadows spoke with Loudwire about Slayer’s retirement, how he feels about Avenged Sevenfold being the “next generation” to carry metal forward, talking about ideas with Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, the band’s stage production for the “End of the World Tour,” and more.
Ozzy is going out on a final major tour as well. There seems to be more of the older guard in metal getting to that age of retiring. Some people have looked to your band as the “next generation” act to carry that mantle forward. How do you feel about possibly carrying that forward for metal fans?
Well listen, if they’re looking for us to repeat history and be a band that fits in exactly with what they think that should be, they’re going to be disappointed. We’re gonna make our own path and chose our own way. We will continue to embrace technology and new ways of getting music. Our future is going to look different than any of our bands that we looked up to.
What I do think, is that if we create compelling music and continue to write experimental and different types of records, as well as having that Avenged Sevenfold sound, and going out there and playing for people every year and having fun doing it, there’s no reason why we can’t continue to play and do it for a long time. The reality is, it’s up to the fans. If the fans like it, you become the big band. If the fans lose interest, and they don’t want to see you live anymore and have no interest in what you’re doing, then it all falls apart… and that’s OK too. It’s not gonna look the same as it used to, that’s one thing I know for sure. We’re going to have to carve our own path and it’s going to be different, exciting and I can’t wait to see what that is.