by Chris Atticus l Friday, November 16, 2012
AVENGED SEVENFOLD’S M. SHADOWS: ‘WE HAVE ABOUT SIX SONGS’ FOR NEW ALBUM
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There may have been questions at one point as to whether or not Avenged Sevenfold would continue after supporting the ‘Nightmare’ disc as a tribute to late drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, but the band is definitely progressing toward a new album.
Singer M. Shadows tells The Pulse of Radio (excerpted by Blabbermouth) that the band has resumed writing and has been working on new music since August. While keeping details close to the vest, Shadows offered, “I try not to say too much about the album because you know how the Internet world is, so I’ll just say this: We have a direction, we’re sticking to that direction and we feel really very happy writing in these terms that we’ve laid out for ourselves.”
He went on to add, “The album is coming along very nicely. We’re excited to get in the studio. We have about six songs that I’m really happy with right now, and we’re continuing to write every single day.”
The band showed signs of their continuance recently with the release of the new track ‘Carry On,’ which was tied to the ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops II’ video game. As for the new disc, the current estimate is to expect a new Avenged Sevenfold release by June or July of next year.
TOM MORELLO SAYS ‘NO PLANS’ FOR RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE BEYOND REISSUE OF DEBUT ALBUM
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Hopes were raised when bassist Tim Commerford said “maybe” when asked if the band was up to anything new, and then followed that up with the more emphatic ‘definitely maybe” a little while later. But now, guitarist Tom Morello in a new interview tells Billboard they have “no plans beyond” the release of ‘Rage Against the Machine: XX.’
“We’re really psyched to be putting this out for the fans,” Morello says of the deluxe reissue. “We are blessed with having perhaps the most passionate fans to ever listen to a bootlegged recording or mosh at a show, so I want to really give them a mother lode of Rage Against The Machine history, past and present.”
RATM hasn’t released a studio album since 2000′s ‘Renegades,’ but reunited at Coachella in 2007 and have played sporadic live shows since then. Their last performance was in July of 2011 at the L.A. Rising Festival.
In looking back at their debut album, Morello says it feels good that it’s as relevant as ever. “It doesn’t feel like 20 years, but at the same time it’s sobering that it is. There’s no crystal ball that we could’ve looked into when we were writing these songs in 1991 that would have told us we’d be talking about this record over two decades later.”
Morello adds, ”And I will say that 20 years later we’re able to take pride in the fact that in the history of rock music there has never been a more popular band with as radical politics as Rage Against The Machine, nor has there been a band with more radical politics than Rage Against The Machine that has been as popular. That is the lasting testament to the first shot fired by this album and how it continues to resonate with rebels around the world.”