M. Shadows Talks How He Went From Hating To Loving Mr. Bungle's "California." - Avenged Sevenfold

M. Shadows Talks How He Went From Hating To Loving Mr. Bungle’s “California.”

M. Shadows spoke to Revolver about how he went from hating to loving Mr. Bungle’s “California” as the album celebrates 20 years. Check out Avenged Sevenfold’s cover of “Retrovertigo” below.

When I first heard California I hated it. Total departure from everything I loved about Mr. Bungle. I couldn’t wrap my brain around what they were thinking. I remember Brian [Haner, a.k.a. Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates] telling me he had the same reaction when The Rev [Avenged’s late founding drummer] showed him the album.

Then one day I heard “Pink Cigarette” in passing and thought it was one of the most beautiful songs I had ever heard. Realizing it came from the one Bungle album I didn’t understand made me give it another chance and the brilliance exposed itself to me. We were just talking the other day about the insane melodies of “The Air-Conditioned Nightmare.” In fact, three nights ago I poured myself a drink and sat under the stars and listened to California from front to back. It continues to inspire us to this day.