M. Shadows: 10 Songs That Shaped My Life. - Avenged Sevenfold

M. Shadows: 10 Songs That Shaped My Life.

M. Shadows talks 10 songs that shaped his life with Revolver.

I still warm up to that song every night, and I never get sick of it. It’s Elton John being pretty darn progressive, musically — the drums, the piano, everything in that song is brilliant to me. I love how fearless he was, opening such a big, ambitious album with an eleven-minute song, especially with all the other pop stuff on there like “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Bennie and the Jets.” It’s made me an Elton John fan; now I have all of his stuff, because that song just blew my mind. All of his keyboard stuff — a lot of that Seventies synth stuff, those outer-space type chords — I love that, and we’ve definitely taken a lot of influence from it.

I would put all the parts in there. I’ve always been a big Pink Floyd fan, but one record I was late to get into was Wish You Were Here, because the songs on it were so long. I was like, “I don’t want to sit through a fifteen-minute song to try and get into this record!” But one day in 2012, I was on a treadmill in Brazil, and I put it on and it just hit me; I was like, “This is one of the greatest pieces of music I’ve ever heard!” And it made me become completely obsessed with Pink Floyd, and never be intimidated by a song length again. If I’m going to the gym, or going to sleep, or going on a long drive, I always put that song on. It’s kind of like “Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding,” where you have this huge intro with no vocals, and then the vocals come in, and you’re like, “What the fuck just happened?”

Bad Religion has always been one of my favorite bands. This song’s off Recipe for Hate, and “Skyscraper” is one of the last songs on it. It just brings a tear to my eye — the lyric, the melody and the vocal. That’s one song I can put on over and over and over, and never get sick of it.

This was the song that got me into punk rock. I was listening to things like Pearl Jam and Guns N’ Roses at the time, and anything that was on KROQ or KNAC. My buddy David Allen gave me the Unknown Road CD; it was like my second CD after Pearl Jam Ten. Unknown Road got me obsessed with punk rock; it got me learning about Warped Tour, and into bands like Guttermouth and NOFX. It definitely lit a candle for me, so I have to think that this was an important song in my life. It got the ball rolling.