M Shadows Talks Writing And Recording "Not Ready To Die" With Myspace. - Avenged Sevenfold

M Shadows Talks Writing And Recording "Not Ready To Die" With Myspace.

M Shadows recently spoke with Myspace writer Dan Hyman about what it was like recording the song “Not Ready To Die” for “Call Of Duty.”

In a week away from their hectic touring regiment, Shadows and A7X spent approximately eight hours a day writing and recording the track, which Shadows says was “less pressure” than crafting a tune for an album. The resulting, seven minute-plus song, according to Shadows, has a “Castlevania” feel, with a sound he describes as “old-school Nintendo music meets Avenged Sevenfold.”

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Every night, after he’s done screaming his lungs out into the mic, Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows retreats backstage, and only then is ready to log an entire day’s work. The labor, for Shadows, 29, is blasting his way through multiple rounds of his video game-of-choice: “Call of Duty: Black Ops.” As a self-admitted “gamer,” Shadows says he plays an average of six to eight hours per night of the shoot-em-up classic. And he clearly plans for his vice. “I have a game rig that I bring to the venues,” Shadows explains of his portable setup. That’s not to say, he’s not aware of his obsession. “It’s probably about as bad as it gets,” he says, laughing.

Now, Shadows intense hobby has led to “actual” work. Thanks to his own curiosity — Shadows reached out to game developers TreyArch to receive a personal tour of their headquarters— Shadows and his bandmates have laid down a new track entitled “Not Ready To Die” to be featured on a downloadable “Call of Duty” maps pack entitled “Escalation” — specifically on a yet-to-be-named Zombies mode map — available today. A7X are also the first outside band to be commissioned since the first edition of “Call of Duty” was released in 2003, a fact not lost on Shadows.

“We’ve never written anything for a movie or a game,” Shadows says, adding that his reaction to the proposal was a no-brainer. ” But I said, ”Yeah, let’s do it!”

In a week away from their hectic touring regiment, Shadows and A7X spent approximately eight hours a day writing and recording the track, which Shadows says was “less pressure” than crafting a tune for an album. The resulting, seven minute-plus song, according to Shadows, has a “Castlevania” feel, with a sound he describes as “old-school Nintendo music meets Avenged Sevenfold.”

“We can kind of went off (the motto), ‘This would sound cool if you’re killing zombies, this would sound good if you’re running,’” Shadows says of his band’s approach to the sessions.

With a video game track now on their resume, one might wonder if Shadows and A7X see a future in other such scoring endeavors. “One thing we stick to is we just do things that we’re passionate about,” the singer says firmly, adding that this project definitely fit the bill. “We only want to do things that are really close to our hearts.”

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