The San Antonio Current's Q&A With M Shadows. - Avenged Sevenfold

The San Antonio Current's Q&A With M Shadows.

M Shadows took part in a short Q&A with the San Antonio Current and talked about playing Rock In Rio, if he thinks Avenged Sevenfold suffered from “successful band syndrome,” achieving big success after two tragedies, if his screaming is gone for good, their relationship with Mike Elizondo, who “The King” is, having his own beliefs regarding religion and playing San Antonio.

Do you think Avenged Sevenfold suffered from the “successful band syndrome”? I mean, you seemed to be loved or at least respected by critics until you started selling some records…
You can’t be everything at once. There’s always going to be small factions of people that are very vocal in their opinion of you when you’re not exactly what they want you to do. When we started as a very young band in the Orange County hardcore scene, as soon as we started separating ourselves from that, all those kids wouldn’t come to our shows. They hated us because we sang and were a little bit more melodic. But that happens. We were a cool band to watch at Warped Tour, but if you ask those kids now they’ll say, “No, Avenged Sevenfold is not a Warped band; they suck.” “They’re too big, corporate”. The bigger you get, you get that. So we just write the music we want to write, we go on tour, do the production we want to do, and we basically live in our own little bubble. We really don’t care what anyone says.

If they like it, great. If not…
I’m a firm believer that people don’t know what they want until they get it. There are very few bands that I still listen to that write the same record over and over, one being AC/DC, and one being NOFX, they always do the same and I love them, but most other bands I fall out of love with because they do the same things but they no longer move me or challenge me. That’s what we want to do with our band: to move you in ways you didn’t necessarily think you wanted. You have to give people things that frighten them a little bit, throws them off but then they get into it. That’s how things evolve.