Avenged Sevenfold’s M.Shadows: “Technology overuse is killing metal and rock”


Avenged Sevenfold frontman M.Shadows was recently interviewed by The Ex-Man podcast, saying he is tired of bands overusing technology that makes their music boring as hell.

M.Shadows said: “There’s a lot of vocoder and things we’re doing on this record. But we’re not using ProTools vocoder, right? We brought out the keyboards, we’re singing into stuff, we’re talking through the talk box…but I think as you do that stuff and you do all those new, forward-thinking things in an organic way, I think it just has a knack to it that’s very cool.

“One thing that I think, and I’ve said this on Twitter and you get ‘Old man yelling at the clouds’, I think technology overuse is killing metal and killing rock. Everyone’s using the same samples, they’re using the same tools to fill out the speakers, they’re brickwalling their mixes, the vocals pop and it’s way on top…the normal person that listens to that, they’re like, ‘This just sounds like one straight line of something, but it’s not appealing to me because there’s no dynamic, there’s no this or that, it all sounds the same.’ I think that’s why bands like Tool, bands like System, they really stand out because there’s so much dynamic, there’s so much realness happening.

He continued: “I think there’s a reason why rock has a hard time translating. Some of these songs…I think, like, what would Master Of Puppets sound like if the drums were quantized, everything was filled out on the speakers, everything was perfectly tuned…it just wouldn’t have that same thing that it makes you feel.”


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