Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows recently revealed what the band's upcoming record "Hail to the King" might sound like, as he named the early '90s metal records as its top influences.
During a chat with Kerrang! magazine, the frontman also admitted that metal seemingly failed to keep up the pace with the rest of the music world since those days, slowly fading away from the forefront of the music scene.
"We feel that metal dropped off after the '90s in terms of production and songwriting," Shadows said after naming the likes of Pantera, Metallica and Megadeth as the new record's main influences. "Metal music isn't at the forefront as much as it used to be."
The vocalist elaborated further, "We wanted to write a record that was highly influenced by the early '90s records and mid-'80s records we grew up on. Then we went back even further and were influenced by [Black] Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. We studied those records, looked at what they were doing and how they were doing it. A lot of them came out of the blues, so we studied the blues and classical music. We just wanted to write a record that was different."
Apart from praising new drummer Arin Ilejay for nailing the upcoming album just right, Shadows briefly discussed the differences "Hail to the King" will bring to the table in terms of drumming.
"The record will surprise people, because the drumming is completely different to anything we've done before," he said (via Blabbermouth). "That's because of the way the songwriting is. We wrote songs that needed this type of drumming. I spoke to Arin and said, 'Look, people are going to come at you because of what this record sounds like. They're going to think you should be overplaying like Jimmy and Mike [Portnoy] played.'
"But if the Rev was here with us, this is how he'd have played it. He wouldn't overplay it, he'd sit back in the groove and he'd try to make it as powerful as possible, rather than as technical as possible. I asked [Arin] if he was okay with that; I asked if he was okay with the hate he was going to get. He said he was, and that he wanted to do whatever was best for us and the songs."
Whether or not can A7X reach the classic status of such masterpieces as Metallica's "Black Album," Megadeth's "Countdown to Extinction" or Pantera's "Cowboys From Hell" will be seen on August 27 when "Hail to the King" is scheduled to drop via Warner Bros. Records.
The band's previous studio effort, "Nightmare," saw its release in 2010, peaking straight at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.