Avenged Sevenfold Bassist Says New Album Inspired By 18th Century Composers

Written by Mike Hohnen on 14th July, 2013

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With the release of their forthcoming album Hail To The King on the horizon, the world is about to once again go Avenged Sevenfold crazy. Since work on the record was confirmed, they’ve kept their cards close to their chest, but in a recent interview with Music Feeds, bassist Johnny Christ has revealed that the band were looking in different places for inspiration.

Speaking on what influenced his input into the record, Christ explains that he found himself and his bandmates listening to the works of 18th century composers:

“Writing wise, I was, believe it or not, listening to a lot of classical music… We were listening to some of the ways the great composers did transitions back in the day; see how it was done in a different sense, not a rock and roll sense. It really helped with the songwriting. We were listening to classics and thought ‘What makes these so good?’”

Christ assures us that there was still plenty of influence from the “Metallica, Guns N’ Roses” side of things, but in order to create an album at the level of quality they wanted, the band had to shake things up.

“This is the first time we’ve done this. We’ve always written the way we write, you know, and not too much has changed and we wanted to accomplish something we’ve never really done before, and in order to do so we thought we really have to think outside of our writing box. And i think we accomplished what we set out to do, whether people love it as much as we do is yet to be see but yeah, as far as it goes we accomplished what we want to do. We hope everyone’s excited about it as we are.”

While Avenged crank the live side of things, Australian fans will have to wait it out until next year for our chance to hear what they have to offer live. Christ explains they’re booked out for the rest of the year but things are in the works for 2014, whether it be a festival, or headlining run

“We’ll be there definitely sometime in 2014. Whether it’ll be a festival or headlining show, I can’t really say just yet – I don’t really have enough information but I can promise that we’ll be coming back.”

Hail To The King is out in Australia Friday, 23rd August. Check out the full interview closer to that date.

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