In the dual “The Future Of Hard Rock cover issue of Guitar World in which I posted their interview with Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates the publication also spoke with members of Asking Alexandria and Black Veil Brides who had this to say about Avenged Sevenfold:
GW: Avenged Sevenfold seem to have broken open the doors for modern bands to indulge in Eighties metal techniques, including solos and harmonized guitar licks. Do you think they’re an important gateway band?
Bruce: I love them. They started out pretty much like us. And then they took the gloves off and threw out the rule book and came out with City of Evil. That was just unreal. They reaffirmed my belief that there are no rules.
Jinxx: There haven’t been too many bands in the last five years besides Avenged Sevenfold that have brought back the arena aspect of rock and roll, and that’s what we’re trying to do as well, but in our own way.
Best riff I’ve heard this year?
Bruce: Avenged Sevenfold’s “Victim.” There’s a middle-eight in there where it totally changes. It slows down to 20 beats per minute, and it’s a really simple old-school metalcore riff, but it completely changes the feel of the song.
Thanks Stephen for sending this in.