Revolver interviewed M. Shadows and talked about “Mad Hatter,” what podcasts he listens to, what it was like the first time he saw himself in a video game, the passing of Vinnie Paul, what’s been the hardest part of his vocal recovery, what he’s been listening to, his favorite metal and all-around album of the year so far, which he would chose betweens games or golf if he could only have one for the rest of his life and more.
WHEN DID YOU GUYS ACTUALLY WRITE AND RECORD “MAD HATTER”? WAS IT HARD KEEPING IT A SECRET?
M. SHADOWS We wrote and recorded back in March. It was easy for most band members to keep it a secret. Johnny Christ, however, had a harder time and spilled the beans in his first interview at Rock on the Range.
DO YOU LISTEN TO A LOT OF PODCASTS? WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITES?
I do. My favorite is Waking Up With Sam Harris. I also listen to Joe Rogan and StarTalk.
ONE OF THE REV’S IDOLS AND ONE OF YOUR GUYS’ BIGGEST SUPPORTERS, VINNIE PAUL, DIED RECENTLY. HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT HIS DEATH? DO YOU HAVE A STANDOUT VINNIE PAUL STORY YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?
We were in France about to play Hellfest and it was a total shock. … My favorite time with him would have to be playing the Revolver Golden Gods. Getting onstage and blasting through “Mouth for War” was surreal.
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN LISTENING TO LATELY?
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE METAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR SO FAR? WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ALBUM OF THE YEAR SO FAR, OF ANY GENRE?
Prequelle by Ghost for metal, and overall Ye by Kanye West.
IF YOU COULD ONLY GAME OR GOLF FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?
Golf for sure. Different games come and go and some are better than others, but something about being outside and being physical appeals to the human spirit. Golf is so tough and it takes a lifetime to get anywhere with it. I enjoy the challenge.