of the Hamilton, Ontario, Canada radio station Y108
) recently conducted an interview with guitarist Synyster Gates
of AVENGED SEVENFOLD
. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.
According to The Pulse Of Radio
, AVENGED SEVENFOLD
singer M. Shadows
told a Canadian radio station that he isn't bothered by recent comments from MACHINE HEAD
frontman Robb Flynn
, in which Flynn called the band's new "Hail To The King"
CD a "covers album." Flynn
specifically called the band out for songs like "This Means War"
, which bears a strong resemblance to METALLICA
's "Sad But True", along with others.
told the Ottawa station, "I have met Robb
on numerous occasions and he's always been cool to me. And I just read it as a joke . . . 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."
added, "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."
didn't pull any punches in his critique, writing, "Congratulations to AVENGED SEVENFOLD
on their latest 'covers album' coming in at #1, who knew that re-recording METALLICA
, GUNS N ROSES
, and MEGADETH
songs could be such a worldwide hit!!?? Ba-dap Psssssss!!"
Asked if the bands Flynn
mentioned were influences, Shadows
replied, "I think all the bands he said we were very inspired by. I think also [BLACK
, THE ROLLING STONES
"Hail To The King"
sold 159,000 copies in its first week of release, giving the California band their second straight chart-topper after 2010's "Nightmare"
Next up for AVENGED SEVENFOLD
is its first major tour in support of the new CD, which starts October 3 in Chicago.
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