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AVENGED SEVENFOLD SINGER RESPONDS TO 'COVER BAND' SLAM

9/13/2013

Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows told a Canadian radio station that he isn't bothered by recent comments from Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn, in which Flynn called the band's new Hail To The King CD a "covers album." Flynn specifically called the band out for songs like "This Means War," which bears a strong resemblance to Metallica's "Sad But True," along with others.

 

Shadows told the Ottawa station, "I have met Robb on numerous occasions and he's always been cool to me. And I just read it as a joke . . . I really don't know what to say about it other than I agree with him on the 'Sad But True' thing -- that was obviously an inspiration for that song. Everything else, I kind of think he . . . If it is a joke, it was kind of overboard, 'cause it doesn't make sense in my mind."

  • Shadows added, "Some people might see it as being as an underhanded . . . joke. But, to me, if he just wants to go in there and write whatever he wants, I think that's totally cool. Everyone has an opinion and everyone should be entitled to say whatever they want. So it's no skin off our backs."
  • Flynn didn't pull any punches in his critique, writing, "Congratulations to Avenged Sevenfold on their latest 'covers album' coming in at #1, who knew that re-recording MetallicaGuns N Roses, and Megadeth songs could be such a worldwide hit!!?? Ba-dap Psssssss!!"
  • Asked if the bands Flynn mentioned were influences, Shadows replied, "I think all the bands he said we were very inspired by. I think also (BlackSabbath, (LedZeppelin, the Rolling Stones."
  • 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.
  • Next up for Avenged Sevenfold is its first major tour in support of the new CD, which starts October 3rd in Chicago.

WHAT DO YOU THINK??

  • Do you think Shadows handled this well?
  • Do you think Robb Flynn was really joking?
  • Should the whole thing end here or will this turn into something bigger?
  • Do you think Avenged Sevenfold is just a "covers band"?

CHECK IT OUT: Listen to "This Means War" -- does this sound like Metallica's "Sad But True"?

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?

Stathis Stathopoulos wrote: "These guys are a class act, yet people keep giving them s***."

Liam O'rly wrote: "rob flynn = bandwagon jumper extraodinaire. Not even a matter of debate, all you have to do is watch MH's music videos in order."

Andrew Murray wrote: "I'm a A7X fan, but Robb Flynn is 100% right. I just can't take this album seriously. It's blatant plagiarism is embarrassing."

Korey Lyons wrote: "Good for Robb for calling them out on this record. Straight ripping off bands and getting number one on the billboard is blasphemy."

Matthew T Weldon wrote: "just ANOTHER case of a better Artist (Rob).. JEALOUS of the success and $$$ someone of lesser talent (avenge) is receiving."

Read more at Blabbermouth, Loudwire and Noisecreep

Check out an interview with Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates at Blabbermouth


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