Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows Says New Album ‘Very Influenced By Kanye West’


Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows says the metal band’s upcoming new album is “very influenced by Kanye West,” now known as Ye.

“We’re very influenced by Kanye West,” Shadows said an interview with Metal Hammer. “The thing about Kanye is that he is pulling from such great soul music. I didn’t grow up with that stuff – my dad listened to Boston and Alice Cooper.”

“I didn’t get that taste of Black music and old soul,” he added. “So, diving deep into jazz musicians. we’re not trying to do a jazz record, but the chord changes and progressions are so eye-opening to us.”

Avenged Sevenfold will put the finishing touches on the album in the studio this month. After completing it in February, the mixing will be done in March.

The untitled LP, which will be Avenged Sevenfold’s eighth album, is a follow-up to The Stage, released in 2016.

About the future, Shadows said, “This next record, I don’t know exactly how it comes out, but the record after that, we have no label. At that point we start implementing all the new ideas of going straight to the base of people that really care more. The new frontier excites us; expect very wacky ideas!”

(Photo: Stefan Brending)

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