M Shadows and Robb Flynn: Chums in real life?

Avenged Sevenfold frontman M Shadows has responded to the somewhat unseemly blog posted by Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn this week that gave a rather tongue-in-cheek critique of Hail To The King.

“Actually, Chris Jericho sent it to me [Tuesday] morning,” Shadows tells Canada’s 106.9 The Bear radio show. “He’s, like, ‘Dude, look at this B.S.’ [He was] going crazy. And I was, like, ‘Ah, Chris, I love you.’ But I read it, and I read it as a joke. 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 Metallica 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.

“But at the same time, he was saying it was a joke, so… I have no ill will towards those guys. I’ve met [Machine Head guitarist] Phil [Demmel] a couple of times; he’s cool. Robb is cool. And I think the guy has the right to go make… if it’s really a joke, in his mind… 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.”

“I think all the bands he said we were very inspired by…Sabbath, Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones. I think when you take a record like this and the way metal has become very blast-beat, screamy-oriented, when you kind of take things back and go to a more classic-rock feel, you’re gonna feel the similarities to what we were trying to do; we were trying to make an Avenged Sevenfold album from the early ’90s and late ’80s. It was just something that really intringued us and interested us. And so, for me, I think all those bands have always been an influence — you can hear that on City Of Evil. And Metallica has, obviously, influenced every single band that picked up a guitar and plays metal. So, yeah, all those bands, plus all the old greats.”

Listen to the full interview below (cheers to Blabbermouth for the transcript):

Hail To The King Tracklisting

Shepherd of Fire
Hail to the King
Doing Time
This Means War
Requiem
Crimson Day
Heretic
Coming Home
Planets
Acid Rain

Hail To The King is the follow-up to 2010′s Nightmare and is the first Avenged album to feature no writing credits from The Rev, who tragically passed away in 2009.

Order Hail To The King below:

iTunes:

Standard http://bit.ly/17g4SmT

Deluxe http://bit.ly/15HLL61

Single http://bit.ly/12DRuEP

Amazon:

Deluxe http://amzn.to/19t5PwD

Avenged Sevenfold will make a long-awaited return to the UK this winter, hitting the following three venues:

November 2013

Saturday 30 Manchester Arena

December 2013

Sunday 1 Wembley Arena, London

Thursday 5 LG Arena, Birmingham

The dates will serve as the OC metal heavyweights’ first UK shows since Download 2011, with tickets on sale now, priced at £28.50 (subject to booking fee) and available from this link.

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