Avenged Sevenfold Aiming to Start New Album Recording This Year: 'There's Tons of Inspiration'

Guitarist Zacky Vengeance also talks the importance of "Waking the Fallen" in great detail, more inside.

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Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Zacky Vengeance has confirmed that the band will buckle up and start writing new material as soon as the upcoming Japan dates are wrapped up.

Chatting with Billboard, Zacky noted, "I think once we get home, the ideas are going to start brewing. I know Syn [Gates'] been writing a ton purely for fun, trying different styles, recording backstage, keeping himself busy.

"I've been thinking of all sorts of ideas, listening to tons of different music to get inspiration - as have all of us. And being on tour, I'm so inspired. Seeing bands like Body Count with Ice-T out there, they're so old-school and riff-based and over the top and slightly offensive and it's f--kin' awesome. So there's tons of inspiration that I know we'll be drawing from," he concluded.

During the rest of the interview, the guitarist focused on "Waking the Fallen" deluxe re-issue titled "Waking the Fallen: Resurrected." Dropping 11 years after the original release, the record is set to be unleashed as a two-CD/DVD set on August 26.

Explaining how the group had initially planned to mark the 10th anniversary, but figured that quality matters more than precise timing, Vengeance focused on the album and its importance, saying, "'Waking the Fallen truly encompasses everything that Avenged Sevenfold was at that time.

"It was us being fearless, us showing our roots in heavy metal, punk, rock 'n' roll and not being afraid to try everything under the sun when it comes to writing music. We had a real producer (Andrew Murdock). We wanted to take it to a different level rather than keep it in the garage. We really tried to make the album sound good. We tried to learn how to play our instruments better. We wanted to be professional. We learned that bands learn how to play in time and how to sing in key, and we had to work our a-- off."

The album also marked Synyster Gates' debut with the band, and as Zacky remembers it, there was a lot of clashing going on with the producer. "Me and him f--kin' nearly hated each other, 'cause I'm hard-headed and he was hard-headed," the guitarist recalled. "I think he even tried to get me kicked out of the band at that point - the band I'd f--kin' started - 'cause producers could be f--kin' retards."

Rounding up the story, the guitarist explained how A7X were always aware of the "big purpose" they believe they had in the rock world from day one. "Even when we were at that point when we had very few fans, we never felt like a small band. We always felt like we had a big purpose. When we wrote 'Waking the Fallen,' it was important. Listening back to it now, it's really not the best-produced album, but at the time, we were involved in every aspect of it and we were so proud of it," he concluded.

The group's current set of scheduled dates stretches across mid-August and two Summer Sonic shows in Japan, meaning that the initial writing sessions for the new album might kick off in the very near future. Tour details and ticket info here.

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    MrWeatherHead
    Hate me if you want but every Avenged Sevenfold album has had a completely different style so whatever comes next I'm honestly really interested to hear what direction it will be.
    link no1
    It will be a Progressive Blackened Technical Death Metal album and the entire of UG will announce them as their God.
    Random9000
    This is exactly what causes the issue they are having with some fans though. Fans like me for example, I absolutely love Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, Waking the Fallen is one of my favorite albums of all time, and when it came out I about worshiped City of Evil. But I compare A7X to KoRn in a lot of ways. Each album had subtle or not so subtle changes and eventually that change just doesn't work anymore. Granted that's my opinion. I personally cannot stand A7X post City of Evil, but that's just me.
    ebmusicman16
    It will be interesting to hear what it sounds like, normally there is a large gap between the release of albums but A7X seem to be getting back into the groove of things now
    Chris_Helheim
    All this hate is so childish,I mean at least be creative...the time it takes to talk shit about a band you don't like can be used as time in which you'll discover a band you like so instead of spreading hate expand the boundaries of what you love...Oprah moment,I know...but I'm really interested to see what they'll come up with next...I'm not a fan of their last album but maybe they'll surprise us with this one.
    imspazzen
    I'm not an A7X fan by any means, but I don't see why they get the hate they do. The only thing that should be hated on is their singers' awful hair.
    HomicidalFetus
    i personally feel they're overrated. Not hating just my opinion but they don't deserve to be hated on. Im not a A7X fan but i don't seek out to bash they're music and say that they're not metal and they suck. Everyone to their own taste. And i don't understand why people get made about This Means War. Ya it kinda sounds like Sad But True but theirs no need to be angry. I was angry about the riff they stole in Unholy Confessions but i wasn't mad for that long and i let it go. Everyone else should do the same for This Means War. Get over it
    imspazzen
    This isn't directed at you, but whenever someone actually hates a band because they're "overrated" then they're really letting other people's opinions base their own. I could go on a whole rant about this but really, in the age of the internet, you can put on blinders to pretty much everything and focus on what you like. In that respect, I find it hard to see why anyone would let it affect them. This article is the first I've heard of A7X since the Mike Portnoy stuff because I'm not particularly interested in the band. I don't click on something I don't like just so I can let some childish disdain build up; I just don't understand that mindset. I listened to "This Means War" and it hardly resembles "Sad But True". I think it's fine considering the album was supposedly paying tributes to the greats. Dream Theater practically copied "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" in their song "Trial of Tears" but I've never heard anyone complain about it. A7X have just found themselves in a state of popularity where people are going to criticize them on every detail. Like my hatred towards the singer's hair lol
    Potato1029
    Hopefully A7x find their sound again on this album. I feel like there last release was them trying too hard to be something their not.
    siamesedream777
    Not really a big fan after City of Evil, but still having a lot of respect for these guys musicianship. Keep rocking!
    guitarpro15
    City of Evil was such a great album. I wonder if a City of Evil II would ever surface. The sound they captured on that album was insanely good.
    Sixxstarr
    I feel like the only person that doesn't care if they ripped off metallica...it wasn't even the best song on the album lol I hope to see some more stuff like the self titled album.
    F I C T I O N
    Avenged Sevenfold is the band that introduced me to metal. It would be absolutely amazing if they came back with an album similar to Waking the Fallen or City of Evil. Those two are classics and easily two of my favorite albums. Nightmare was okay, and I can totally understand the inspiration for that album. But, Hail to the King was royally awful. I think that part of it was the absence of The Rev. The drums were so uninspired! Here's to hoping for the best on the next album!
    archangels
    I really hope they go back to experimenting like they did on their self-titled instead of making another Hail to the King.
    jfreund
    1 If you don't like them don't listen to them. 2 Their Album hit gold today so more people must agree with me. They are a great band. So you just keep listening to your pop music crap And the rest of us will keep cranking AVENGED SEVEN FOLD. Hail to the F***ing King
    qrEE
    1 I don't listen to them. 2 Gold means they sold 500,000 records. 500,000 records out of what, 7 billion people? And just 300 million in the US, I dunno I'm pretty sure more people don't agree with you than do. 3 Really my last point is irrelevant because popularity is irrelevant to quality. I think they're terrible and like I said, I don't listen to them because they're terrible. 4 When did anyone say that disliking A7X meant you automatically like pop music? I think I prefer pop over A7X but I don't really listen to either.
    TomWhaley
    500,000 records in an age where digital is king and selling 21k in their first week gets you #1 on the Billboard 200... This isn't the 90's anymore where every record sells 1,000,000 copies in the first ten minutes.
    metalmaniac90
    "They sound just like Metallica." Funny story, Metallica used to get told they sounded like Motorhead. Obviously thats bullshit, and so is "they sound like Metallica." So how about you insecure elitist ****s, spend more time building up your favorite band, instead of trying to tear one you don't like down?
    goon316
    Big Avenged fan but I rarely listen to Hail, and when I do it's usually only Coming Home and maybe another song before I get bored and switch out cds. Really hoping they bring it with this next album, and actually let the new guy write some drum parts that aren't boring as hell.
    mop10893
    All I have ever seen throughout their career is people shitting all over them any chance they get. Now they release their worst effort since their debut, and all of the sudden most people are defending them. What the ****? I'm a huge fan of A7X and I almost had to hide it because I didn't want to deal with ignorant people telling me I had bad taste in music. Now all of the sudden everyone likes them?
    jaypelzer
    Waking The Fallen was a killer album. Everything else is very... meh.
    guitarpro15
    City of Evil was their Dark Side for me. Such a powerful album.
    TomWhaley
    "Waking the Fallen" and "City of Evil" are the two highlights of their musical career, in my opinion. Self-titled on has been kind of boring.
    the_bi99man
    Agreed. Waking the Fallen and City of Evil were both straight up masterpieces, with distinctive and unique sounds. Especially City of Evil. Nobody else sounds like that, and it was such a perfect fit for their whole image and band name and stuff like that too. It was the definitive Avenged Sevenfold for me.
    sideslick
    I liked the experimentation with the self-titled album. The orchestration and the craziness was pretty great. A Little Piece of Heaven will always be my favorite A7X song.
    MaidenisGOD89
    Hate me all you want, but I just cannot stand this band.
    Nuclearcrayon
    Done worry man, it's your opinion But you can't deny they're doing a great job of getting young people into Metal! They deserve credit for that at least!
    Renegade24
    Looking forward to the new album. Hopefully it isn't as lam as HTTK was. I was thoroughly unimpressed with the album and felt it was a total step backwards for the band. Nightmare wasn't as good as self-titled but at least it felt like a step to the side rather than a palpable step back. Hopefully A7X wins me back. I used to be a huge fan and now I'm meh on them.
    TomWhaley
    There is absolutely NO way they're starting a new album this year... Gates has been writing on the road for mainly himself, and maybe some of that will translate to the new record, but I highly doubt that writing a new record this year is even close to a priority for them. It's incredibly out of character for this band. They're probably only halfway done touring "Hail to the King."
    Sixxstarr
    Yes, because you know of everything they do and no band has ever written for an album without announcing it
    Jimjambanx
    I think they should revisit their old waken the fallen sound (music wise, not necessarily vocal wise), they've done a lot of more radio friendly stuff as of late, but I think they pulled off that old sound better.
    sideslick
    I just want them to let Arin actually drum. The drums in HttK were weak. Arin is so much better than that. He can play those older tunes like no one else. I personally think he is even better than Portnoy, in some respects. They need to stop restricting Arin for the Rev's sake. Don't get me wrong, the Rev was a brilliant drummer and writer, and a great person, but Arin has so much potential, and it seems that A7X is scared that the Rev will be forgotten if he reaches it.
    MeepMan
    They only had Arin hold back on the drums for HTTK because they were after the whole stripped back, simplified drum sound,(Pantera/Metallica style). I'm sure he'll play some more technical beats in future.
    the_bi99man
    I certainly do hope so. As I said earlier in this comment section, Hail has actually grown on me a lot, but I do agree that the drums are a serious low point. Just way too many songs and riffs with the exact same down-tempo two-step. Even Metallica and Pantera spiced it up more than that. Especially Pantera.
    cyclonus
    You planning on ripping off artists other than Metallica this time then?
    acdcfan34
    It was one riff. Chill out.
    cyclonus
    More like a whole song
    Nuclearcrayon
    No, it was one riff. The pre-chorus and chorus don't sound like "Sad But True" at all really. Plus the lyrics are actually quite profound. And besides Slayer did the same thing. "Implode" ripped off a riff from "Damage Inc". I don't see half as many people complaining about that.
    cyclonus
    The structure was virtually identical
    D4CE
    The structure of 90% of all popular songs are the same..
    prssecustum
    not to burst your bubble dude, but are you saying by using a basic verse, pre chorus, chorus, verse, pre chorus, chorus structure is blatantly ripping off metallica? Many artists no matter what genre it is use that structure, your point is invalid. Yes, the tempo and main riff sound a lot like sad but true, but since this is a guitar sight first and foremost..... the two songs are in two different tunings technically. This means war is in Drop D (D A D G B E) and Sad but True is in standard D (D G C F A D), and while the key of the songs are the same, they are different. The tempo is similar, but omg, a band is using a slow, driving tempo and using a heavy riff over it, how dare they. The one riff is similar, argument over with.
    Izzy-Sweet
    So... what you're saying is that two bands of a similar music genre released songs with similar musical structures? You've clearly got a great argument for your case.
    flameguitarcody
    Better go listen to the album again there are all sorts of songs rehashed and stolen from other bands than metallica, and lyrics profound really? that alone makes me question you as a troll lol. The reason people are not pissed at slayer is because A. Slayer didn't make their fame off the song, B. They did not do an entire cover album and pass it off as their own work. C. they did not make millions off stolen material because the children of today aren't old enough to know the music that was stolen.
    TomWhaley
    Alright... One song out of six albums doesn't label the entire band as "rip offs." Christ. People take this way too far. When it comes to Avenged, petty metal kids somehow get even more petty. Didn't think it was possible.