Gulf News got the chance to speak with M Shadows before Avenged Sevenfold blow the roof off of the FLASH Forum about visiting Abu Dhabi for the first time, how Avenged Sevenfold’s music has evolved, playing with Metallica, continuing the band being the right decision and winning over fans in the Middle East.
Avenged Sevenfold frontman M Shadows is happy to admit that he doesn’t know a great deal about Abu Dhabi. “Most Americans know it is a rich place and I’ve seen some stuff in the movies,” he says, over a shaky phone line from Los Angeles. “I have had friends that have been out there on business and they say it is a beautiful place, great architecture and golf courses. Other than that, well, we are an open book.”
“The metalcore thing was a very young thing for us, I mean, we haven’t put out a metalcore album in 10 years. We’ve always listened to bands like Metallica and Pantera, and our sound just evolved and we were suddenly bored of throwing out 50 riffs in one song,” he says. “There was a lot more screaming on Nightmare than on the previous album, but it’s not a conscious decision, we try to make the best songs possible. If you sit down and try to write a song in a particular style you are shooting yourself in the foot.”
Metalcore, with their limited shelf-life, never filled arenas however; so has the band had to change things up as the audiences shift from their hundreds to tens of thousands, we wonder? “It hasn’t really changed anything,” Shadows says. “The shows have got bigger, there’s more production — it’s more exciting — [but] the audiences haven’t changed with the venues.”