SPIN Magazine have published an article where members of Pantera take a look back on 20 years of their song “Walk.” Bassist Rex Brown and drummer Vinnie Paul mentioned Avenged Sevenfold in a few answers. DBN DISCUSSION: If you could pick any other Pantera song for Avenged Sevenfold to cover and record what would it be?
“Walk” inspired bands like Sepultura and Machine Head to add a grooving lilt to their sound, and ultimately spawned full-on demon children in Avenged Sevenfold and Lamb of God.
Do any cover versions of the song stand out to you?
Brown: It’s probably one of the most covered songs in our catalog. I know for sure that Avenged Sevenfold did it. Jesus Christ, everybody in the book has covered that song, just because it’s a really good anthem. So it’s flattering.
But do you like any?
Brown: [Pauses] No. I like our version better. [Laughs]
Paul: I appreciate everybody that’s ever done it. But you ain’t gonna top the original, man. [Laughs]
When was the last time you played “Walk”?
Brown: I’ll get up and jam with a band from time to time, and they’ll go, “Hey man, you wanna play ‘Walk’?” And I go, “No, but I will.” It’s just one of those things, after 12 years of playing that song, you just play it. It’s just one of those things you have to get motivated for. It’s a part of show business, bud. Gotta give the kids what they want.
Paul: I’ve played it with just about every band that will come through Dallas. I’ve played it with Disturbed, Anthrax, Avenged Sevenfold. I played it with Steel Panther the other night in L.A. It’s still fun to play those songs from time to time.