Avenged Sevenfold new album sound was influenced by psychedelic drugs

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Avenged Sevenfold released the first single “Nobody” earlier this month. The track is part of the new album “Life Is But A Dream”, which will be released on June 2.

In the new episode of the TRAX podcast, M.Shadows revealed that psychedelic drug use is the reason for the band’s new “bold” sound.

M.Shadows explained: “Me and Synyster Gates were exploring deeply in psychedelics throughout the last few years.

“One of those things in particular was 5-MeO-DMT. I had a very tough experience in like, you know, type A personality [whose] ego gets completely demolished. You see yourself leave your body and we can get into that more, but one thing that I came out of that realizing was that life is so short.”

On how this influenced the band’s new direction, he continued: “Don’t put anything out unless it’s bold, and ‘bold’ was the word that we were using. ‘Bold’ was like, don’t just play within your genre.”

“So when you look at like the guitar tone, or the riff and the guitar tone, for something like Nobody, that’s just a droning thing that we had to figure out how to melodically play between major and minor, and to make it interesting.

“But the same time we didn’t want to actually make notes with it. We wanted to just have this thing [droning] almost like Terminator 2. Then we’re gonna play melodically with it, but it was basically this psychedelic experience that took us into this ‘be bold. Don’t do psychedelics and make Pink Floyd. No, do your own thing and make your own stamp.'”

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