Zacky Vengeance talked to Detroit’s Morning Sun and the Orlando Sentinel about “Hail To The King” debuting at #1, having faith in one another to write a new album, writing songs that cross any language barrier and their new stage production. […] the process of maturity regarding song writing, Arin Ilejay becoming an official member of Avenged Sevenfold and appreciating the classics.
After seven albums, the last two of which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Avenged Sevenfold is on a heavy metal mission.
“When it comes to numbers, I like the statement it makes is for all of rock and metal,” says guitarist Zacky Vengeance. “For any band that’s picking up a guitar and playing in front of five people, it’s making a statement. It’s saying that kid who’s picking up a guitar still has a chance to someday take over. He still has a chance.
“So every time we put an album out, we’re keeping an opportunity to keep the same dream alive that started when the Beatles wrote ‘Helter Skelter,’ y’know?”
“(The show) is definitely a sight to be seen,” Vengeance promises. “We just want to do whatever we need to do as a band to help metal live on. And if that’s spending more money and putting on a bigger show, so that when a kid comes to see his first concert there’s no other style of music that can top it, that’s what we do. This genre, metal, has a reputation for the best live shows, so that’s what we want to live up to and help to keep building.
“I want my great-grandchildren to be showing up to concerts wearing Metallica T-shirts, with two middle fingers in the air the way we did when we were kids. That’s why we’re out here.”