Avenged Sevenfold’s “diving deep into jazz musicians” with Kanye West-influenced new album

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Avenged Sevenfold‘s next album will be influenced by Kanye West, frontman M. Shadows tells Metal Hammer.

“The thing about Kanye is that he is pulling from such great soul music,” Shadows says of the rapper. “I didn’t grow up with that stuff — my dad listened to Boston and Alice Cooper, I didn’t get that taste of Black music and old soul.”

While make the record, Shadows and company found themselves “diving deep into jazz musicians.”

“We’re not trying to do a jazz record,” he explains. “But the chord changes and progressions are so eye-opening to us.”

As for the progress of the album, the follow-up to 2016’s The Stage, Shadows says that it’s been “recorded for a year,” but it still needs a few extra touches, including adding strings.

“We haven’t been able to put the real strings on it, because we couldn’t fly out to Prague,” Shadows says. “When an orchestra have to social distance and they aren’t sitting next to each other, they can get out of tune, and we have just finally got to a place where we can use this 70-piece orchestra as we intended.”

He adds, “We finish the record in February, mix it in March.”

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