Avenged Sevenfold To Take Break After Touring Behind 'Nightmare'

Avenged Sevenfold is planning to take a break after it finishes touring to promote its fifth studio album, "Nightmare".

Avenged Sevenfold To Take Break After Touring Behind 'Nightmare'
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Avenged Sevenfold is planning to take a break after it finishes touring to promote its fifth studio album, "Nightmare" - including a headlining run on the upcoming Uproar Festival. And frontman M. Shadows says that time off is necessary. "We've always taken a long time (between albums), and everyone's told us we're stupid for doing that," Shadows tells Billboard.com. "But I think bands burn themselves out. Look what happened to Disturbed; those are good friends of ours, and you just get caught up in the do a record, tour for two years, do a record, tour for two years... We're very cautious of making sure that everybody has their time. We need to go home... And make sure everybody's mentally in the right spot to do a new record." And, Shadows adds, the band members don't exactly get away from Avenged Sevenfold when they're home. "We all hang out with each other," he says. "Me and (guitarist Synyster) Gates are married to twin sisters and they're best friends, so it's a total family thing we have going on. And I have a studio in my house. So does (Gates). So we'll hang out and lay some stuff down and joke around with it, and eventually it turns into something for the band - which is a much healthier way to do it instead of putting a lot of stress on ourselves to meet a deadline or something." Avenged Sevenfold isn't done touring "Nightmare", however. Shadows says the group is planning to head back to Europe in February and possibly play some of the summer festivals there. "Then we'll take six, seven months and sit around," he says. "If we decide to write, we will. If we decide not to, we won't. That's kind of the timetable we're on." Shadows says the quintet doesn't expect to come up with new material on the road - "We've never written like that," he notes - but is looking forward to Uproar, which Avenged Sevenfold also played last year. The group has a new stage set that includes a 17-by-40-foot version of its "death bat" logo "that catches on fire and shots flames and all sorts of fun stuff. Our drummer (Arin Ilejay) is gonna be playing inside the mouth of it. It's a very sort of Spinal Tap, over-the-top metal-looking show." Avenged Sevenfold's repertoire, meanwhile, is culled from a month-long Internet fan poll. "We're picking the top 20 songs and we're mixing it up every night so no one knows what set they're going to get on any given night on the tour," Shadows says. "That's one thing we're really excited about, but it's causing us a lot of work -- meaning we've got to know the songs seamlessly, and we've got to have all our production people know the songs as well and be able to make the show look like the songs belong together every night. It's gonna be cool for the fans, but a lot of preparation for us." Shadows says some of the surprising fan choices include "M.I.A." from 2005's "City Of Evil,", "I Won't See You Tonight, Pt. 1" from 2003's "Walking The Fallen" and the epic "Save Me" from "Nightmare". The group is also favoring an unedited version of "Buried Alive" as the album's fourth single, although it may wait until after the Uproar tour when it can get a director - "Not necessarily a video guy but more of a movie guy," according to Shadows - to make a video. The group reached out to Rob Zombie, but he's too busy with his next feature film, "The Lords Of Salem". Also on Avenged Sevenfold's future agenda is the status of the drum chair, vacated after the December 2009 death of James "The Rev" Sullivan and temporarily filled by ex-Dream Theater member Mike Portnoy before Ilejay took over at the beginning of the year. "(Ilejay) is great," Shadows says. "He's 23 now, and the first show he played was in front of 16,000 people, and from there we went to Rock Am Ring, 80 or 90,000 people in Germany. As far as personality and his playing, he's our guy, but we haven't been able to write a record with him yet. So we want to make sure for his good and for our good that he can write with us and bring something to the creative and be comfortable in the situation. We're just trying to work towards that, and hopefully everything works out 'cause we love the guy." Thanks for the report Billboard.com.

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    AxemanRob
    "Me and (guitarist Synyster) Gates are married to twin sisters and they're best friends"
    I can see foursome happening at some point..
    VinnyChinny
    Me and (guitarist Synyster) Gates are married to twin sisters
    What if one of them gets the other one confused with?
    JD2k9
    eizetjuh wrote: BenBroMusic wrote: I guess the other struggle is do they find a permanent drummer or not? isnt Ilejay permanent then?
    Arin's semi-permanent I think. AFAIK he's part on the band, but not an official member.
    Alextreme007
    I will be so happy if they do the top 20 songs in the UK aswell, I always wanted to hear MIA live & if Not Ready To Die ever makes it to the stage.. I'm bringing a chainsaw to the moshpit.
    metallinescence
    AxemanRob wrote: "Me and (guitarist Synyster) Gates are married to twin sisters and they're best friends" I can see foursome happening at some point..
    This could produce inspiration for some great new material. Britney made "Three", Avenged Sevenfold could write..... "Four".
    boomtank
    shreducator wrote: rtdgamefan wrote:shreducator wrote:Not a big surprise, I don't blame them.I just hope they come back with more good material.They always do. Regardless of what anyone says, no one can deny that Avenged is a group of ridiculously talented guys.Agreed. Idk why they get such a bad rap.Insane musical talent.
    2nd guitarist and bass guy played really sloppy when i saw them, but that singer! He's probably the best vocalist around thrse
    a7xrox5
    Im scared this is the end for these guys... i hope they come back and even stronger!
    nightruler666
    they wrote one song with the new drummer its called not ready to die, and it sounds awesome
    Xelested
    An A7X article in UG that isn't full of hate comments? Sound the alarms, people, we have a new record! As for the article, they are really humble and talented guys. Hopefully Arin will be a good replacement.
    Ne0Assass1n
    Goddamnit, I saw them at Graspop and they didn't play any of the epic songs like MIA, or IWSYT Pt.1 A source told me they also played Chapter Four? So unfair
    mattg24
    shreducator : rtdgamefan wrote: shreducator wrote: Not a big surprise, I don't blame them. I just hope they come back with more good material. They always do. Regardless of what anyone says, no one can deny that Avenged is a group of ridiculously talented guys. Agreed. Idk why they get such a bad rap. Insane musical talent.
    I agree as well, just because asylum didn't do as well as Nightmare, and because it sounds the same as your last album, just without the edge (which is the only reason it was good). AV7X are a great group of guys, and humble as hell. They deserve a break after all they've been dealing with, as for Disturbed, go ahead and break up, your new shit sucks anyway "The Warrior" what a crappy rendition of the 'Disturbed' sound, you would think someone else wrote it for them... :O LMAO
    MeanMrMustard09
    I think a new album from them later on will be a lot better put together than Nightmare. Don't get me wrong; it was still a great album. But, it suffered musically because of The Rev's death. (my opinion, at least)
    mattg24
    blackbird51 : SUICIDEXX666 wrote: i agree look at disturbed right now they might break up and a long break from touring is great for all of them i hope they make new material with Ilejay EXCEPT Disturbed bitched and complained about the state of the music industry as their reason to go on hiatus, at least the guys at A7X aren't being little bitches about it..
    Lol sorry wrong qoute.
    Platt3
    ffaf_kick_ass wrote: Shadows says some of the surprising fan choices include "M.I.A." from 2005's "City Of Evil,", "I Won't See You Tonight, Pt. 1" from 2003's "Walking The Fallen" and the epic "Save Me" from "Nightmare". why is he surprised there 3 amazing songs that dont get played enough live especially M.I.A and IWSYTP1.
    Sometimes bands think their best songs are shit. For example, Keith Richards hated "Satisfaction" so much that the rest of the Stones had to force him to record it. And it's great that they're playing some of their older stuff(weird to think that people think COE is old now) because almost the entire Nightmare album was awful IMO *flameshield on*
    DSG3002
    They're surprised to see M.I.A. on the list? It's one of their most underrated songs in my opinion. Glad that they're planning on taking a break and are going to be taking writing seriously when it comes time to start working without The Rev.
    Lion_Slicer
    I seem to be the only one to think their S/T was overall their worst album... Nightmare was a big step up--imo Save Me is their best song ever--and I believe they can do better.
    jordo246
    i really liked a7x last years but IMO nightmare was kind of disappointing, i can appreciate why others think it was good just not as good as their self titled im afraid.
    -shaikh-
    They have a healthy outlook on how they work, I thought they would go straight into writing cos they always seem to be busy, but it's great they have their priorities. Also I get sick of of children moaning about a band changing, same with Linkin Park, same with Funeral for A Friend and countless others.. it's not asif a band is like "Oh we're evolving, and we're taking our old music with us" If you like a certain song/album from an artist, it doesn't disappear when they write new material! Just be happy for what you like.
    JD2k9
    Seriously, if you wanna hear Avenged screaming, just listen to God Hates Us and Not Ready To Die and ignore the singing.
    Good_Lord
    A break is always a good idea , just look at things from another perspective. Fresh ideas = better music.
    sonicbro
    MeanMrMustard09 wrote: But, it suffered musically because of The Rev's death. (my opinion, at least)
    The Rev's death had nothing to do with it, since he still contributed and wrote most of the songs.
    Lanky24
    -shaikh- wrote: They have a healthy outlook on how they work, I thought they would go straight into writing cos they always seem to be busy, but it's great they have their priorities. Also I get sick of of children moaning about a band changing, same with Linkin Park, same with Funeral for A Friend and countless others.. it's not asif a band is like "Oh we're evolving, and we're taking our old music with us" If you like a certain song/album from an artist, it doesn't disappear when they write new material! Just be happy for what you like.
    Well said... I can't understand people who moan about bands not writing 'the good stuff' or 'the old stuff'. If they kept to doing the same type of music album after album, not only would the fans get bored, the band would too. I wouldn't call it the evolution of a band; more the exploration of their musical curiosities...
    kmcharger21
    i_am_metalhead wrote: fede01_8 wrote: let's hope it will be a looooong break +1 Its been nearly a decade since they released anything decent. These guys need to break up, not just break.
    If you dont like them... I have a solutiong for you. DONT LISTEN TO THEM! Its not that difficult. Just because you dont like them or their new music, doesnt mean other people dont. Saying they need to break up is ridiculous. I personally like their older music better but i accept both. You should try growing up and doing the same.
    derrickddyp
    i_am_metalhead wrote: fede01_8 wrote: let's hope it will be a looooong break Its been nearly a decade since they released anything decent. These guys need to break up, not just break.
    -1
    SGofawesome
    mark3777 wrote: i_am_metalhead wrote: fede01_8 wrote: let's hope it will be a looooong break +1 Its been nearly a decade since they released anything decent. These guys need to break up, not just break. oh noez the singer doezn't scream anymore. this isn't br00talz, they is bad nowz.
    Agreed with mark3777, every album they've released has had at least 5 quality songs on it, Nightmare and City of Evil having more than that.
    jwax
    saw them last night raging in the hurricane up at Scranton, their set was too short but thank god they didn't play more than two songs off nightmare.if anything we in PA need a break from them, Ax7 was here 5 TIMES in the last year and a half!
    FamousA
    IMO their self-titled was their best. So much melody and brilliant embellishments, but modest at the same time (not commercial, theres a difference). I loved City of Evil but some of the songs were easy to get lost in and not as straight forward. Also, Matt still screams like crazy live. He practically screamed a whole track on Nightmare and that Call of Duty song "Not Ready to Die", he screamed on that to. I am actually surprised there aren't more haters on here. A band pursuing real music aren't going to hinder what they writing to supplement what the fans want to hear (like if they continued to scream so that all those fans that claimed they were once hardcore would be happy). If they continued to scream while wanting to do something, I think that would make them more cliche and more of a sellout than what they did. Jay Z once said "Niggaz want my old s#$%, buy my old albums."
    !SOAD!
    Avenged Sevenfold is planning to take a break after IT finishes... wtf, this is allowed? Well it who wrote it is an itiot
    hellspawn1210
    mark3777 wrote: i_am_metalhead wrote: fede01_8 wrote: let's hope it will be a looooong break +1 Its been nearly a decade since they released anything decent. These guys need to break up, not just break. oh noez the singer doezn't scream anymore. this isn't br00talz, they is bad nowz.
    +1 mark, i get so sick of people bitching because a band decides to move on and evolve. you like screaming? then listen to Sounding the Seventh Trumpet and Waking The Fallen. honestly i think they sound better now than during Sounding. don't get me wrong great albums just they sound better now.
    Jasonbts
    In the 70's bands HAD to tour and record in a constant cycle. This kept the keep bands going and weeded out the weaker bands.
    blackbird51
    they should just perform all the tracks off Waking The Fallen(their best album imo) start to finish..
    ffaf_kick_ass
    Shadows says some of the surprising fan choices include "M.I.A." from 2005's "City Of Evil,", "I Won't See You Tonight, Pt. 1" from 2003's "Walking The Fallen" and the epic "Save Me" from "Nightmare".
    why is he surprised there 3 amazing songs that dont get played enough live especially M.I.A and IWSYTP1.
    DisarmGoliath
    I hope the fact that some of the older songs were high in the poll, despite all the scene kids that jumped on the bandwagon of the latest album or two voting the tracks from Nightmare/self-titled up, encourages them to explore their older stuff a bit more whenever they do get around to writing, and they come back with something that isn't even more commercially-aimed, like the latest stuff - not saying I don't like the white album, or any of the songs on Nightmare, but I can't listen to those albums from start to finish whereas WTF and COE have a lot less filler on. I guess I can dream anyway!
    shreducator
    Not a big surprise, I don't blame them. I just hope they come back with more good material.
    maximumrocker
    "Me and (guitarist Synyster) Gates are married to twin sisters."
    Synyster Gates and I GEEZZZZZ lol :p I just felt like being a smart ass haha
    eizetjuh
    BenBroMusic wrote: I guess the other struggle is do they find a permanent drummer or not?
    isnt Ilejay permanent then?
    NHECOS
    fede01_8 wrote: let's hope it will be a looooong break
    Amen brother