Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows recently discussed the sound of the group's upcoming release "Hail to the King," calling it "very riff-oriented."
As the band discussed their gear in an exclusive Guitar Center clip, the singer focused more on the new record and the band's general approach to it.
"On this record, we want a very bare bones, riff-oriented approach," Shadows said. "Because it's really easy for us to say 'That melody would sound great here, throw this background vocal here, here's this harmony.' We had to restrain ourselves from doing that just to keep it more bada-s and just more straightforward rock."
The frontman also discussed his own approach to singing on the upcoming album, pointing out once again that he is looking to avoid overdoing things with overlapping vocals and to basically keep the sound as raw as possible.
"It's all about one person, one voice, no overlapping vocals and just very bare bones," he said. "It's just me and a microphone trying to make it as gritty and as powerful as possible."
"I think our songwriting has improved by leaps and bounds," the axeman said. "Sonically, this record is our biggest record by f--king far. When you turn this f--king thing on, it blasts your f--king head off."
"Hail to the King" is set to drop on August 27 via Warner Bros. Records as the sixth record in the group's opus. Their previous album, "Nightmare," managed to top the Billboard 200 chart upon its 2010 release.