Avenged Sevenfold’s Johnny Christ: “We challenge ourselves to sound different on every album”

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Avenged Sevenfold bassist Johnny Christ spoke in a new interview with I-Rock 93.5 about the musical evolution of each album while maintaining the core A7X sound.

Johnny said: “It’s not a conscious thing. Pretty much every record that we’ve always done, we challenge ourselves to sound different and do something different. Like I said, we’ve done it every time in our career. Each time you do that, we put so much of us into creating that art that it becomes part of our DNA. And whether we know it or not, it’s still there in the next writing process and the next writing process and the next writing process. So much so that at this point — we all talk about it internally — no matter what we say… We can say we wanna sound like the craziest hip-hop thing or a classical thing or whatever, but once you put it through us, it goes through the quote-unquote Avenged Sevenfold filter. And that’s just us. That’s where you get that character of Avenged Sevenfold, really.”

He continued: “So, to answer the question, it’s not like a direct thought of, like, ‘Oh, no. We went too crazy. Let’s bring it back and make it more Avenged-y.’ It’s, like, no. We’re going for it. This is what it sounds like when we go for it. We have distinct players in this band. You’ve got a lead vocalist like M. Shadows — a very distinct, awesome voice. You’ve got the guitar work of Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance — just so distinct. And who’s gonna mix up Brooks Wackerman’s style with anybody else? It’s just we have a bunch of unique players together that I think no matter how far out we go, it’s gonna fall into that uniqueness anyway, and it just sounds like Avenged Sevenfold by the end of the day.”

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