M. Shadows Talks "The Stage" Evolving & "Malagueña Salerosa" With Billboard. - Avenged Sevenfold

M. Shadows Talks “The Stage” Evolving & “Malagueña Salerosa” With Billboard.

M. Shadows talked to Billboard about “The Stage” being an evolving album and the Spanish language “Malagueña Salerosa” being the first cover song to kick it off.

“We told all the kids we were going to evolve the record… It was just a matter of how,” Shadows says. “Obviously it works in the (pop) mainstream a little better than it does in rock ‘n’ roll. You look at what Kendrick Lamar or Drake are doing, or any hip-hop or pop act. Their streaming numbers are through the roof. And you look at rock, and they’re just not there. But we want to get new stuff out to people. We don’t have the answers to all the big questions in the music industry, but we do have control of keeping ourselves artistically satisfied, and this just seemed fun to us.”


A7X has recorded six other songs which Shadows says “will roll out between two and four weeks apart. We’ll look at how they’re being received and released when we feel the time is right.” One song is an original that didn’t make it onto The Stage’s final track list, while the rest are more cover songs. A7X is keeping the identity of the covers secret, but Shadows says they choices will be surprising.

“We always want to do covers, but we found it kind of boring to do covers of bands in our genre, and we were always asked to do those,” Shadows says. “We said, ‘What do we love?,’ and everyone picked one song each and it came down to those are the songs we felt we wanted to cover.”