Avenged Sevenfold singer M.Shadows was recently interviewed on “The Bob Lefsetz Podcast” about the band’s new album and more.
M.Shadows also discussed the fact that Warner Bros. sued A7X in 2015 after the band left the label by citing the California Labor Code’s “seven-year rule” and signed to Capitol Records.
The singer explained about the return with Warner Bros: “There’s a lot that goes into that. We pulled the old seven-year clause that we were trying to get out of our deal, but the reality is we wanted our masters back. We wanted to make some sort of deal and be able to own our recordings, or possibly re-sign and get a check, all the things you can do. And then we started thinking about the seven-year clause and we actually wanted to see if we could help artists out in a way.
“The people that we had a problem with at Warner Brothers that simply weren’t engaged in the band had left, and some new people came in and they flew out and we basically broke bread and said this record we did with Capitol Records, come back to Warner Brothers, finish up your deal and we’ll deal with it from there. So, obviously a lot of rabbit holes in there.”
On why the band was so unhappy with Warner Bros., he said: “When our 2014 record, ‘Hail To The King’, came out, we just noticed that no one at the label cared about our band. Basically, they’d come to the recordings, they’d come and check out the record, and it was just everyone’s on their phone, and there was just no support. So we tried to get a better deal or at least get our masters back and get out of there. We went over to Capitol Records and put out a record. I think we’re the only band that actually put out an album while we were still in some sort of litigation over the seven-year clause which caused a huge uproar between the labels and ourselves.”
On how the band feels about returning with Warner Bros, M.Shadows said: “We went to Capitol and they knew the situation we were in, obviously. They’re not dummies — they’re not gonna sign us and say, ‘We’re getting into some long-term deal here.’ We were under the idea that we would get our record back. They were basically putting one record out for us, and then we’d be free. So I think they kind of probably expected something like that to happen. When the regime change happened with Warner Brothers, and obviously the amounts of money we were spending arguing with them back and forth, it was obviously… the smart thing to do was just kind of put it to bed. So I think Capitol, they’re fine. They got their one record, and we went out and worked it — we toured for a long time on it. And now we’re back to finishing up our contract.”
Avenged Sevenfold still had an album to do with Warner Bros., under their contract before signing with Capitol Records.
If they lost the case, Avenged Sevenfold would have had to pay compensation between $ 5 million and $ 10 million. The band also has to pay off all Warner Bros. legal fees that amount to more than $ 1.5 million.