Originally published in the September 2010 issue of Guitar World Avenged Sevenfold’s Synyster Gates “talks chops and Avenged Sevenfold’s “Nightmare.” Check out the entire interview here.
In Gates’ opinion, it is melody above all else that is key to a good guitar solo. “That’s the number-one thing,” he says. “Even if it’s fast, it’s gotta be tasteful. You want to blow kids’ minds, but you also want what you’re playing to sound good to their ears.”
Avenged Sevenfold are currently gearing up to blow minds on this summer’s inaugural Rockstar Uproar tour, which they’re coheadlining with Disturbed. Though he’s hesitant to give away any specific details about their stage show, Gates assures that, in true Avenged Sevenfold style, their set will be a spectacle. “All I can say is it’s just fucking nutty. It’s like a completely different world. There’s a lot of fire. There’s a lot of staging. It’s gonna horrify parents, and kids are gonna fucking love it.” He laughs. “I always hate it when people say, ‘This has never been done before,’ but I’ve been searching around online, and so far I haven’t seen any other band that’s done some of this shit.”