Singer M. Shadows
of Avenged Sevenfold
admits that it's simply impossible to win when it comes to keeping everyone happy with the band's musical progression. The vocalist recently discussed band hate with Front Army
, remembering all the bashing A7X withstood over the years.
"Every record we get s--t,"
Shadows kicked off. "We get s--t if we stay the same and we get s--t if we change. When we put out 'City of Evil' after 'Waking the Fallen' there was a s--tstorm. We thought it was really great but people were going 'This f--kin' sucks!' They were calling us sellouts – probably eight of the eleven songs on that record are over eight minutes long, that's like the least sellout move ever. You can't really win."
Asked on whether he ever though of getting involved in online arguments himself, the singer categorically refused the idea. "I've never made a comment on a message board in my life,"
he said. "Unless someone physically tries to attack me I don't care what anyone does. I don't want to be that douchebag on Xbox Live shouting 'I've got your f--kin' IP address, I'm coming to your f--kin' house!' It's not important to me."
Apart from discussing label relationship, his son and the new record "Hail to the King
," Shadows focused on the group's high aims, saying that the media questions about taking over the torch from metal greats such as Metallica
and Iron Maiden
once again put the band in somewhat of an awkward position.
"Sometimes we get asked loaded questions, like 'Maiden and Metallica can't headline Download forever, so are you guys next?'"
the vocalist said. "I'd be a pussy to say no, because I'd like to do that, yet I'm an egotistical d-ck if I say yes. The honest answer is, the fans are going to decide if they want to see us take up that mantle."
Shadows explained further, "Somebody needs to do that, because you can't have Maiden headline every festival, and you can't have obscure metal bands headlining the second stage at a festival where the headliners are Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers. Metal needs to be exposed to more people, so it's good for rock if there's bigger bands. American radio rock bands aren't gonna cut it, it's got to be real, classically influenced metal that stays true to what metal is. If we're that band, I'm up for it."
"Hail to the King" was released in late August via Warner Bros. as the band's sixth studio record, peaking at No. 1 in six countries around the globe, including both US and the UK. Avenged Sevenfold were recently also confirmed
as the Friday headliner of the Download Festival 2014.