Synyster Gates on “Life Is But A Dream…”: “For a lot of people, this is the death of Avenged Sevenfold”

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In a recent interview with Metal Hammer magazine, Synyster Gates, guitarist for Avenged Sevenfold, discussed the band’s latest experimental album, “Life Is But A Dream…”. Spanning four years in its creation, the album was produced by Joe Barresi and Avenged Sevenfold in Los Angeles and mixed by Andy Wallace in the Poconos, Pennsylvania. It’s an exploration into existential crises, delving into the meaning, purpose, and value of human existence, under the constant shadow of death.

Gates commented on the reception of “Life Is But A Dream…”, saying: “I think with an album like this, time is on its side. I’ve been using this analogy: both of my parents’ favorite band is The Beatles. My mom hates everything post-‘Sgt. Pepper’s’, my dad couldn’t care less about the early stuff. They both still respect it immensely, but it’s not for them. So, for my mom, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ was the death of The Beatles, and I think for a lot of people, this is the death of Avenged Sevenfold. But for a lot of other people, it’s a birth. The birth of a different band.”

When asked about online comments regarding the album, Synyster said: “Funnily enough, I thought it could go either way. We’ve actually had really amazing support from the press, so I don’t want to give the impression that we feel unsupported by the press. It’s good that it hasn’t been ignored. Even the bad reviews, people have talked about it. People are still interested in us, and that’s all I could ask for, really. The negative comments, I believe, are the minority. I think people have been really thoughtful in considering this album.”


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