Front Magazine has made their interview with M Shadows from Issue 185 (August) available in full online. Shadows talks about being excited for the release of “Hail To The King,” never being told what to do from their record label, not being able to please everyone with each album, the weirdest thing he’s read about himself, if he misses the lack of glamour in the early days, raising his son on the road and keeping him grounded, the fans being the deciding factor of if they become one of the biggest bands in the world and more. You can also read an extra feature, “M Shadows On Gaming,” that touches on testing Black Ops II as a beta, being a developer if he wasn’t in a band and the triple-A game he wrote, his favorite games and character, Skyward Sword, Super Meat Boy, Mortal Kombat and playing Call Of Duty with his clan.
As it’s album number six, is there more freedom to just write songs you like?
MS: We’ve always been like that. People have an interesting perspective of major labels. Our relationship with the label has always been, “Here’s the money to make it, let us know if you need anything, and hand the record over when you’re done.” We’ve never been told what to do.
Would you like your kid to follow you into metal?
MS: He’s very into music – he’s one and he’s banging on drums, making noises into a microphone. I want him to do whatever he wants to do, whether that’s being a golfer, a physicist… Usually people grow up and go “Whatever my Dad does, it’s not cool. Fuck you dad, I’m going to college!”