Avenged Sevenfold were overseas promoting their new album “Hail To The King” and split up to speak with Helsinki’s Metro and Sweden’s Aftonbladet. M Shadows and Johnny Christ were featured in the Metro (Finnish – Page 11) and Joni kindly translated the interesting subjects spoken about: “Shepherd Of Fire” begins with booming bells and a symphonic atmosphere. Sounds like Black Sabbath meets Wagner. “Hail To The King” reminds the writer of Ronnie James Dio and Ritchie Blackmore’s band Rainbow. Shadows says that they didn’t think of Rainbow when they wrote the song but many people have mentioned it. “This Means War” sounds like Metallica’s “Sad But True.” M admits that it does sound like it and said they tried to get a blues-sound but bass parts sucked ass. Johnny also admits that. Johnny has tattooed a Finnish horror-movie starlet, Vampira, on his right arm. He says he didn’t know that she was from Finland but knew she was from a Nordic country. Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance talked to Aftonbladet (Swedish/Translated) about knowing that Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan would be proud of them, the new sound being bigger-than-life and gigantic: “It’ll kick you in the teeth as soon as you press play,” playing in Europe and more.