M. Shadows chatted with Consequence of Sound about what it is about Avenged Sevenfold’s music and the Call of Duty: Black Ops series that make them such a good fit together, the inspiration behind “Mad Hatter,” if he imagined Avenged Sevenfold would be where they are now with their 20 year anniversary coming up next year, his career highlight and more.
It’s been nearly two years since the release of Avenged Sevenfold’s last album The Stage. Did 2019 will mark the 20th anniversary of Avenged Sevenfold. First, did you imagine you’d be where you are now when you first started? And second, if there’s one career highlight in those 20 years, what would it be?
We were young kids. I don’t think we were imagining much then other than getting enough money to buy gas to get to the next Warped Tour show. It’s pretty surreal. The career highlight for me is headlining Download Festival in the UK. Beautiful festival and beautiful fans.