Metal Wani has shared some excerpts from Metal Hammer’s December 2013 feature on Avenged Sevenfold. In them, M Shadows and Synyster Gates discuss the state of heavy metal and hard rock in America, Avenged Sevenfold’s rising popularity in Europe, “Hail To The King” hitting #1 in the UK and US, the band’s new stage show and being criticized by other metal and hard rock musicians due to their success. You can purchase a physical copy of the December 2013 issue here or a digital copy here.
On Avenged Sevenfold’s rising popularity on the European continent:
M. Shadows: “I recall us selling out L.A.’s 5,000-capacity Gibson Amphitheatre and flying straight to Germany to play a 300-capacity room where we’d only sold 120 tickets. This was when ‘City Of Evil’ was really taking off in the U.S., but it seemed like Europe was less interested. And now our ticket sales in Europe are just crushing what we’re doing in the States. That’s a pretty amazing feeling. It feels like we’re truly building a worldwide cult. And that this is just the beginning of something special.”
On Avenged Sevenfold’s new album, “Hail To The King”, topping the charts on both sides of the Atlantic:
Synyster Gates: “We’re fortunate that our fans worldwide have really embraced our evolution. We know how lucky we are. We want to change people’s lives. I’m not saying we’re God’s gift, but we’re trying to make a difference. We’re trying to leave no stone unturned, to push forward in every aspect of what it means to be a band. Because this really matters to us. Metal matters to us. And we know exactly how much it means to kids out there too. The challenge is to move forward together. And that’s what this tour is all about, taking things to a new level.”