Singer M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold claims that even after Robb Flynn's recent series of A7X copycat jokes, there is no bad blood between the two metal acts.
Shadows even agreed on Machine Head frontman's "Sad But True" remarks, admitting the given Metallica tune was a clear inspiration for "This Means War" track.
As previously reported, Flynn posted his Top 10 jokes regarding the latest A7X record "Hail to the King," slyly accusing the band of copying the likes of Metallica, Megadeth and Guns N' Roses, but also stressing he is happy for the band's success.
"Actually, Chris Jericho sent it to me [Tuesday] morning," Shadows told 106.9 the Bear radio. "He's, like, 'Dude, look at this B.S.' [He was] going crazy. And I was, like, 'Ah, Chris, I love you.' But I read it, and I read it as a joke. I have met Robb on numerous occasions and he's always been cool to me. And I just read it as a joke."
The frontman then focused on the comments, "I really don't know what to say about it other than I agree with him on the 'Sad But True' thing that was obviously an inspiration for that song. Everything else, I kind of think he ... If it is a joke, it was kind of overboard, 'cause it doesn't make sense in my mind. But at the same time, he was saying it was a joke, so..."
He continued, "I have no ill will towards those guys. I've met Phil [Demmel] a couple of times; he's cool. Robb is cool. And I think the guy has the right to go make ... if it's really a joke, in his mind ... Some people might see it as being as an underhanded ... joke. But, to me, if he just wants to go in there and write whatever he wants, I think that's totally cool. Everyone has an opinion and everyone should be entitled to say whatever they want. So it's no skin off our backs."
After agreeing that all bands Flynn mentioned made a big impact on A7X's work and adding Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones to the list, Shadows went on to explain the group's stance regarding "Hail to the King."
"I think when you take a record like this and the way metal has become very blast-beat, screamy-oriented, when you kind of take things back and go to a more classic-rock feel, you're gonna feel the similarities to what we were trying to do; we were trying to make an Avenged Sevenfold album from the early '90s and late '80s. It was just something that really intrigued us and interested us.
"And so, for me, I think all those bands have always been an influence - you can hear that on 'City of Evil.' And Metallica has, obviously, influenced every single band that picked up a guitar and plays metal. So, yeah, all those bands, plus all the old greats."
"Hail to the King" was released on August 27, topping charts in six countries, including US and UK.
So did Robb hit the nail in the head or went slightly overboard? And what's your opinion on the whole matter after Shadow's response? Let us know in the comments.
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