Avenged Sevenfold’s Johnny Christ explains why new album took five years to make

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Avenged Sevenfold bassist Johnny Christ was recently interviewed by Matt Bingham on Z93 radio station about new album “Life Is But A Dream”.

Regarding why the album took a long time to make, he said: “We got off the road about five years ago and took the time to start conceptualizing this record. And each step was really kind of methodical and also followed us through our personal and life journeys, both individually and together, over the last five years. There was a lot of break times in between each process that were both necessary and out of our control at some times. So it was a long process that we weren’t used to, but I think at the end of it, when we got back and got this record mixed and mastered and we were listening to it — this was several months before everyone else got to hear it — we were, like, ‘Okay, now I’m ready for everyone to hear what we just worked on.’ We just put our heads down for the last five years and just tried not to focus on too much other stuff and just made sure that we were creating the music that we wanted to, that made us proud as a band, as musicians, as brothers, to put out to the world. And then after we do that, it’s in your guys’ hands now to decide if you like it or not.”

On what he likes most about the new album, he replied: “Those are hard questions. I know that they’re questions that everyone wants to ask or hear, and it’s difficult. What’s one thing I love about this record that means so much to me that’s been such a big part of my life? If you think about five years — I’m only 38. Fractionally, it’s not a small fraction of my life at this point. So it’s hard. But if, gun to my head, I had to pick one thing, I think it’s really just the way this band came together and created something that I personally have never heard done before, from front to finish. I’ve never heard an album [like this] tackled, really, by any genre, let alone the one that we’ve been pigeonholed our entire career. And I just think it just shows the growth, the tenacity and the willingness to put everything that we have into one piece of art over the last five years. And I couldn’t be more proud of not myself, but my brothers that put this together and helped make it the vision that it is.

He continued: “You do this for you as an artist first and foremost; we learned that a long time ago. You feel the urge to pander to your fans because they do mean so much to you. Obviously, it’s the cliché thing to say — but it’s cliché ’cause it’s obvious; that’s usually the case. We’re nothing without our fanbase — of course — and we love them so much, and they know that. And over the years we’ve had a mutual respect where they understand also, too, that we go in and give it our all. Whatever comes out at the other end, you know that we spent our time, our due diligence in making something that we feel proud of. And all we can do at that point, when it’s done, is feel the way we feel about it and let everyone else discover it and feel the way they’re gonna feel about it. That’s a part of the gig; that’s a part of creating art.”

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