Avenged Sevenfold: 'We Really, Truly Believe in Metal'

The band say they're one of the only bands in this generation who can make history with their music. What do you think?

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Avenged Sevenfold believe they're one of the only modern bands who can carry the torch passed from classic metal acts like Iron Maiden and Metallica.

Their ambition: to go down in history as the defining metal act of this generation.

"We really, truly believe in metal," frontman M. Shadows told Metal Hammer. "We grew up on the altar of bands like Maiden and Megadeth and Pantera and Metallica, and if bands that are younger could look up to us like that, that'd be the hugest compliment of all time. We want to headline Download. We want to play Rock in Rio. The goals aren't to have millions of records, it's to be the top of our game in our generation."

He continued: "Not to sound like a total dick, but there's not a lot of bands that are ready to carry the torch," adds guitarist Synyster Gates. "I honestly feel like we're that band. When you start a band it's totally fun and games, and it's all fun now, but theres no more games. We've had fun, now we want to make a mark. Now, it's 'Let's make history.'"

Avenged Sevenfold will release their new album "Hail to the King" on August 27. It is their first album without their late drummer and principle songwriter the Rev who died in 2009.

Which other modern acts do you think will go down in history as the greatest metal bands of this generation? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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    The music industry is way too diluted now. People need to realise that there's not much chance of bands ever being as culturally huge as they once were. Just make the music you love and hope people like it.
    And this exact will of theirs to make history with this new album is what guarantees it to do the exact opposite thing.
    It depends from what perspective you see it. If you see it like a closed mind and you think that modern music is better probably you wouldnt like the record. But if you like the old school rock you may like it. I dont know whether is going to suck or not, but the true rock is the old one, although i like new era rock also.
    You're missing the point. It's not about how good the album is, or old vs. new bullshit. It's about whether or not they can make a real impact. Nearly anyone you meet in the street can name a Metallica song. That's what a7x want, which is a bit hollow IMO...
    I still think there can be. it just really needs to be the right band at the right time. if anything, this IS the right time, there just needs to be that right band ready to step up and conquer the world if you will haha.
    Avenged Sevenfold is not 'that' band.
    best comment, I love them and their music, but there's just no comparison to Iron Maiden, I wouldn't know about Metallica 'cause I don't really like them all that much, but I'm pretty sure it's the same situation
    "Not to sound like a total dick, but there's not a lot of bands that are ready to carry the torch," adds guitarist Synyster Gates. "I honestly feel like we're that band" What part of that doesn't make you sound like a total dick?
    Its the same way someone says "No offence but...". What follows is going to be offensive but because they said that beforehand, they think everything will apparently be alright.
    Machine Head That is all.
    I really hate when bands try and anoint themselves any kind of title. They are a popular, talented band that sells tons of records, and will definitely have a place in rock history if they continue on their path. There is no need to spout on and on about it.
    I remember when Bullet For My Valentine said they'd take over from Metallica and Iron Maiden.... Evidence = http://oi40.tinypic.com/2s10x1f.jpg ... Then they produce Temper Temper, I am a Bullet fan but Temper Temper wasn't to their standard, they're going down hill if anything. Now its Avenged Sevenfold, I hope they don't follow in the shoes of Bullet otherwise this next album could be disappointing.
    IMO, The Poison was their best album (and it was their debut) imo it is a close to "perfect" record, well balanced between more melodic/balad type of songs and the other more raging ones, although I like some songs from the Scream Aim Fire album, fever and the latest one (but just like one or two from each of these)...
    I say to you, if bands like A7X or Mastodon were in 80s, they would leave huge mark.They have attitude and will(talent too, of course) to influence at least someone.Those bands have much harder job to be great today than it was in 80s.I believe in them.They cannot carry that torch like Maidens or Metallica, but they are doing the best they can, and i love them because of it.
    Really, they just said there aren't many bands that are going to leave an impacting mark, and they hope they'll be one of the few that do. They also said the games are over now, so hopefully they're talking about what they do in the future as a band. I don't think what they said was all that dick-ish, but that might just be me.
    I really never understood the hype about this band. They remind me about all the generic Metalcore bands, and it feels like they're did what Bullet For My Valentine did with Temper, but Avenged Sevenfold just succeeded in turning their fans over. Sorry, if I make lots of people angry, but it's just my oppinion
    But A7X hasn't released anything remotely metalcore in about a decade... Maybe you need to reevaluate your opinion.
    The thing with BFMV was they never really released anything that mind blowing and from the sound of temper temper they aren't going to in the future. A7X have CoE and WtF to back them up, plus I think they're just a lot more likable.
    Ya know, it's funny how none of the "generic Metalcore" bands have any actual hardcore influence...
    woah wait are you saying that people label bands incorrectly?! holy shit man are you like a genius from the future???
    No please, just no... Avenged Sevenfold is nothing to be compared with Metallica, Pantera and Maiden. It's not just a question of popularity and yes, Synyster Gates, you do sound like a complete dick because there are a lot of bands ready to carry the torch who deserve that title more than you: Lazarus A.D., Trivium, Lamb of God, Protest the Hero, Tool, Machine Head...just to name a few.
    I think you just named bands you like, not ones that are necessarily tremendously influential or genre defining.
    Doesn't matter if I like them or not, I said that they deserve to "carry the torch" better than Avenged, which means that, imo, they are more "influential or genre defining" in the metal category than Avenged Sevenfold.
    Well aren't some of those bands older than Avenged Sevenfold? I mean, from that list you mentioned I don't really listen to Lazarus A.D. or Machine Head.. the top band from that list for me is Tool (they have a really intricate sound, and are a bit more "cultural" than Avenged sevenfold), they are just effin amazing.
    Avenged Sevenfold was fromed in the 90's, Tool, Machine Head and Lamb of God also. Trivium, Lazarus A.D. and Protest the Hero were formed in the 00's.
    But some of the bands we consider influential were also the most popular of their time.
    I don't think Celtic Frost, Mercyful Fate or Venom were the most popular at their time, yet their are cornerstones of Metal.
    I was talking about Judas Priest,Iron Maiden,Metallica during the Justice and Black ALbum Era, and hard rock bands such as GNR and van Halen.
    ...Who gives a toss what they believe? They can believe all they want; it won't make their music any less generic.
    And what the actual **** is generic about their sound? Too many people throw that sodding word around these days.
    Friend 1 "Check out this great Metal album" Friend 2 "Cool thanks" *** Goes home takes a listen F2 "Great Album, but it's defintiely more Hard Rock than Metal" F1 "No way, here are the 14 reasons this is Metal" ***The fact that both of them love the album is completely lost over a stupid argument about the albums label. F1 "That's it, we're taking this argument to Ultimate Guitar, we will get our unbiased answer there!" Labels, especially sub-labels are stupid in the first place. Good music is good music, regardless of it's title.
    Lamb of God? Opeth? Dream Theater? No bands around that could do it? Please..
    I agree, but the likes of DT and BtBaM will be remembered as progressive music, not metal. They venture into so many different genres, often in 2-minute intervals in 15-minute songs, even if they are encapsulated in a metal "shell" (if that makes sense). Metal is the root genre no doubt though, but like I said, progressive fits better
    I absolutely love that end section of Selkies. That is just straight up beautiful music.
    DT isn't metal, but yes they will be remembered.
    Diony x
    Tell me, what is the genre that Dream Theater represent?
    The "Amazing" genre. Seriously though, probably progressive rock. I certaintly wouldn't describe them to someone who didn't know of them as a Metal band, as that would be misleading. Unless you consider James a Metal singer LOL
    I guess we should tell DT that all those Progressive Metal riffs they play are just "Prog Rock". It's statements like this that show people have no idea what they're talking about. /facepalm
    Having some awesome Metal riffs does not make them a Metal band haha. I don't think I have ever heard a single growl/scream from Lebrie and I have been listening to them since 94 and been to about 8 of their shows, so I may have missed the one or two he did in that entire timeframe. It's statements like this that show people have no idea what they're talking about. /facepalm
    When did Metal become about growls and screams? There was loads of metal bands before people even started growling. Furthermore you should probably look up the definition of Progressive metal. "Progressive metal is a subgenre of both progressive rock and heavy metal, originating in the United Kingdom and the United States in the late 1980s. Progressive metal blended elements of heavy metal and progressive rock music, taking the loud "aggression", amplified electric guitar-driven sound of the former, with the more experimental, complex and "pseudo-classical" compositions of the latter progressive rock. Throughout the years, progressive metal has borrowed influences from several other genres, including classical and jazz fusion music." No where on the internet will you find a definition that says that all progressive metal bands must have screams.
    It's statements like yours that make you sound retarded..."I don't think I have ever heard a single growl/scream" If you think growls = metal you missed out on a lot
    It's not all of it, but it is something most casual ie Non-Elitist music listeners think of when they think of Metal.
    My point is you hand a Dream Theater to CD telling someone that has never heard of them that they are metal, there is a very good chance they come back telling you it's a great cd, but they wouldn't call it metal.
    Wow you people think Dream Theater is Metal??? The closest they came to a Metal band was Train of Thought. Even JP would laugh at you if you called them a metal band.