In a lengthy Facebook post Machine Head front-man Robb Flynn has taken a few shots at Avenged Sevenfold calling their latest album Hail To The King which hit #1 on the Billboard 200 recently a covers album and implied they ripped off AC/DC, Metallica, Megadeth and Gun’s N’ Roses.
However Avenged Sevenfold front-man M. Shadows says he isn’t bothered by the quips and that he saw the post for what it was: a joke. More like Robb Flynn was called out for the post and to save face he claimed it to be all in good fun and Shadows played along.
We all know Hail To The King sounds like a covers album, but a damn good one. You have to be a talented band to pull off a sound like that and A7X have balls to put out what they did and after everything they’ve been through (losing The Rev), they deserve some slack.
I think this is an overblown situation. Robb Flynn who is an alcoholic is obviously jealous of the success that Avenged Sevenfold have had with their latest album which sold 159,000 copies in its first week of release. Flynn needs to go back to that bottle of whiskey, he’s good at that and shit-talking on the Internet.
Speaking to Amy Volume of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada’s 106.9 The Bear radio station on Wednesday (September 11), Shadows was asked for his response to Flynn’s take-down.
Actually, Fozzy front-man Chris Jericho sent it to me Tuesday morning. 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 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.
He then went on to further add:
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 intrigued 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 M. Shadows interview below: