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Avenged Sevenfold vocalist M. Shadows may be getting tired of taking the high road when it comes to people taking verbal shots at his band. After responding politely for a few months to jabs by artists like Machine Head's Robb Flynn, who called Avenged's new studio effort a "covers album," Shadows is getting a little sharper with his remarks.

In a new interview with Metal Hammer, Shadows said, "We’ve all heard people in bands who I won’t give any publicity to shouting their mouths off in recent months, but f*** the haters. People know that they’ll get more attention by talking s*** about us and if that’s the way they want to run their bands, that’s fine, but it’s not what we would do. We go out there and kill it every night and you can see what this means to people."

  • Guitarist Zacky Vengeance told us that Avenged changed its sound to fit the bigger places that the group is playing: "We had to really evaluate our songs this time around and say, 'Look, we're playing arenas, we're playing stadiums, huge festivals -- we need to add elements to our set where people can headbang. They need to be able to put their fists in the air and chant along with songs.' And it's difficult, you know, to take a step forward when you know you're gonna be criticized by first and foremost, your own fan base. Any time you do anything different, everybody has an opinion on it. But you have to know exactly what you want to do as an artist."
  • In his critique of the new Avenged Sevenfold album, Hail To The King, Flynn wrote, "Congratulations to Avenged Sevenfold on their latest 'covers album' coming in at #1, who knew that re-recording Metallica, Guns N Roses, and Megadeth songs could be such a worldwide hit!!??"
  • Shadows had initially responded in a Canadian radio interview by saying, "Everyone has an opinion and everyone should be entitled to say whatever they want. So it's no skin off our backs."
  • Hail To The King sold 159,000 copies in its first week of release, giving the California band their second straight chart-topper after 2010's Nightmare.
  • The band is currently on a co-headlining tour of Europe with Five Finger Death Punch.


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