M. Shadows does a Q&A with Metal Hammer and fans in Issue 316 and talks about why Avenged Sevenfold decided to release another single with Call of Duty, if there will be a sequel to the “Hail to the King: Deathbat” game, how he got into gaming, what “Mad Hatter” is about, what tips he has for people who want to write songs that don’t know how or where to start, how his voice is doing, if he ever gets writers block, if they’ve had inspiration for their next album, if it annoys him when music press blow things out of proportion, his favorite Iron Maiden album and single, what bands he’s currently into at the moment, and if online hate gets to him and how does he deal with it. Excerpts from the interview can be found below. Get this issue on newsstands now, online here or digitally through iTunes and Google Play.
Toni R: What tips do you have for people who want to write but don’t know how/where to start?
M. Shadows: Just jam! Take your favourite bits and build off that. Writing music is very tough. You start with a whole lot of nothing and are expected to create. Just remember that writing songs is hard for everybody… just work harder than everyone else and you should be fine. But writing an album can feel very daunting. I’m very hard to be around. My wife hates me and I become stressed out and insane. I’ve tried over the years to calm that down but I know at some point during the writing process I will have one or two breakdowns. We set a high standard for ourselves. With a one-off single it’s a lot easier. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel a lot sooner.
Metal Hammer: So does it really annoy you when us music press types might, um, blow things out of proportion?
M. Shadows: It annoys me when something cool or relevant happens and it doesn’t get written about. Then other times they will take one line from some random interview and blow everything out of proportion. Blind follow the blind. If one website picks it up then they all have to. Why not write your own articles? I wish press and fans cared more about the songs than other bullshit that comes along with it. A lot of records and bands are successful or fail based off initial sentiment. For instance, you see one article with a strong opinion all over the place and it dominates the narrative. I wish people would think for themselves. There’s not a lot of that going on these days.
Jackson R: Are there any new bands you really dig at the moment?
M. Shadows: Not new bands, but I love the new Bring Me The Horizon single, Mantra, and Tobias kills it on the new Ghost album. It all comes down to songwriting. Period. End of story. Tobias is brilliant and has made so many great albums. Truly one of the best of our generation. Bring Me The Horizon are able to add modern elements to their music where I feel everyone else who’s tried has failed. I wouldn’t touch EDM stuff with a 10-foot pole simply because I don’t know enough about it and it would sound cheesy. A band is a combined effort, but the bottom line is a song like Mantra is a monster and people can talk all day about that band, but they will continue to be huge because of their songwriting and innovation.
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