Zacky Vengeance chatted with The Salt Lake Tribune about Avenged Sevenfold always doing what they believe, finding their own sound, never taking a lesson in his life and more.
He noted that 2010’s “Nightmare” marked the first time “we really found our own sound.” That album’s success opened up opportunities to play to much bigger audiences, and so 2013’s “Hail to the King” was crafted as “an album that took inspiration from all of the classic bands that have taken it to that arena and stadium level,” with songs that would “translate really well over a big audience.”
With “The Stage,” A7X sought to evolve again, and went in knowing full well that it wouldn’t appeal to everyone.
“It was kind of our punk-rock, heavy-metal, progressive ‘Dark Side of the Moon,’ if you will. And there’s been people who’ve praised it as the greatest album that they’ve heard, and there’s been fans and people that, just truly, it’s over their heads and they don’t get it. And that’s what making music’s all about. I can’t honestly say with a straight face that every Avenged Sevenfold album is my favorite. But I see the beauty in all of it,” he said. “You always have to try new things, and that’s the one thing that we’ve learned from all the greats — every album isn’t gonna be every fan’s favorite, but as long as you keep switching it up and making new fans, it’s really about being persistent.”