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Avenged Sevenfold's Shadows Planned To Use "Sung" Vocals All Along

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According To Headbanger's Blog, there’s a scene in Avenged Sevenfold’s “All Excess” DVD where producer Mudrock talks about reports that frontman M. Shadows decided to sing on the group’s last album City of Evil because years of screaming had injured his vocal chords, rendering him unable to howl. While the origins of the tale came from Shadows himself, Mudrock claims it’s just not true.

Before Avenged entered the studio with him to record their second album, 2003’s Waking the Fallen, Shadows told Mudrock he was tired of screaming, but that he wanted the Waking record to be half screamed, half sung. Then, for the follow-up, he wanted only to sing. So, claims Mudrock, Shadows knew what direction he wanted to take Avenged two years before the band started working on 2005’s City of Evil.

Source: Headbanger's Blog

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1. Das_Testament writes:

Wow...thats interesting

# Jul 24, 2007 @ 11:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. WiseWiz writes:

Hah. I knew it all along. I knew that stuff about damaging his voice was all bullsh**. Thats pretty bad that he had to lie in order to justify changing the band's sound.

# Jul 24, 2007 @ 11:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. queef writes:

they suck balls

# Jul 25, 2007 @ 1:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. fu_CKY_ou writes:

bullsh** sell outs why dont you tell your damn fans so we dont buy your gay record

# Jul 25, 2007 @ 3:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. fu_CKY_ou writes:

think logically about this...why wouldnt they tell their fans that they were tried of screaming AFTER ONE ALBUM...BULLsh**. true or not thats really shady on their part

# Jul 25, 2007 @ 3:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. MetalMac writes:

well thats neato the screming is cool but i don't mind if he doesn't he has a good voice...and besides u can hear him too.

-Mac

# Jul 25, 2007 @ 5:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. MetalMac writes:

what i mean to say is he has a good voice and he doesn't have to screm to make a good sound "city of evil" was awesome! can't wait for the new one...

-Mac

# Jul 25, 2007 @ 5:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Red_Chord writes:

Post 3 hits the nail straight on...but they suck huge donkey balls.

# Jul 25, 2007 @ 8:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. FocusShift writes:

2, 4, + 5: They had two and a half albums before they stopped screaming. It's been known all along that the whole "Voice Damage" thing was just a rumor. He was screaming at Warped Tour three months later.

Though his singing sounds like Axle Rose now. At least on Waking the Fallen I could listen to his voice.

# Jul 25, 2007 @ 11:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Bizz writes:

Im just waiting for all the flaming to begin...
You know, this band shouldnt truly be on here though, maybe on screamounderground.com.

...oh wait, it just started

# Jul 25, 2007 @ 11:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Stephen writes:

Avenged Sevenfold sucks at doublespeak.

# Jul 25, 2007 @ 1:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Fuck Moderated Comments writes:

They suck period.

# Jul 25, 2007 @ 1:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. FearTheReaper writes:

"Shadows told Mudrock he was tired of screaming, but that he wanted the Waking record to be half screamed, half sung. Then, for the follow-up, he wanted only to sing. So, claims Mudrock, Shadows knew what direction he wanted to take Avenged two years before the band started working on 2005’s City of Evil."
So... they can be played on TRL and be super shred metal?

# Jul 25, 2007 @ 3:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. RememberMetal? writes:

Bah.

Shadows probably lifted his excuse from what really did happen to Jonas Renske of Katatonia.

Shreded vocals left Renske unable to scream but instead of just switching to clean vox he recruited Ackerfeldt from Opeth to take on the roaring/screaming for a couple albums.

Weirdly, I think switching to clean vocals exclusively happend to work for Katatonia as they sound like a darker, streamlined heavy rock Porcupine Tree -- which is great in my book.

A7X will be terrible regardless of what style vocals they use. Always have been.

Now Playing: Tomahawk - "Long, Long Weary Day"

# Jul 25, 2007 @ 5:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. rk writes:

see rm no offense i didnt get porcupine tree i had fear of a blank planet for a sec and it bored the hell out of me sorry i just dont see the hype that everyone is talking about from that band. and assend semenhold news and bashing will always make me chuckle.

# Jul 25, 2007 @ 7:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Diamond Oz writes:

Hahahaha! Assend Semenhold! I'll have to remember that one!

# Jul 25, 2007 @ 7:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. AILD--()CKY writes:

well the problem with what a7x calls screaming is that they dont even sing!! they just use harsher vocals trying to replace their screaming. that doesnt make too much sense beacuse in theory that means they are still trying to scream although they're not

# Jul 25, 2007 @ 8:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. RememberMetal? writes:

rk
Porcupine Tree is one of my favorite non-metal bands. Something I turn to when Behemoth, Pig Destroyer and Nile aren't the order of the day. I can see where they would be boring to most metal fans.

I have a thing for the less timely-sounding(I can't stand 70's prog and Dream Theater's vox) modern prog acts...Tool and Cynic lead me to Opeth which lead to me to Porcupine Tree, Riverside and Katatonia among many others.

Back to the regularly scheduled subject: A7X being a tumorous blight on the armored body of the metal.

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# Jul 25, 2007 @ 8:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. rk writes:

just didnt get them. i have lighter tastes sometimes like that last gathering cd and stuff like bauhaus and so forth didnt mean to piiss off an old friend from the site. My bad.

# Jul 25, 2007 @ 8:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. kallah writes:

F*ck A7X, (Insert any true metal band here) owns them.

# Jul 25, 2007 @ 10:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. ...Just Another Number... writes:

Blah blah, just another band who is going to press their career way farther than they should... They ahve 3 songs I can stand to listen to all the way through and as for him having a "good voice"... City of Evil sounded like a new age Areosmith or GNR album. I can't wait till this band breaks up to form side projects so that mathmatically they have a better chance to come up with at least ONE good album between all of them.

# Jul 25, 2007 @ 10:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. me writes:

avenged sevenfold isnt metal. sounding the seventh trumpet was the closest they got to it and that was just metalcore. avenged sevenfold is a terrible metal band but a great rock band.

# Jul 26, 2007 @ 11:10 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. RememberMetal? writes:

rk

No way, you didn't piss me off. Takes alot more than having your own opinion to piss me off, heh. Sorry if I came off as harsh man, not my intention. I completely respect and grasp your opnion though.

Now Playing: Opeth - "Benighted"

# Jul 26, 2007 @ 2:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Diamond Oz writes:

Come on guys! Group hug! Just playing, good show of the respect we should all have for each other.

# Jul 26, 2007 @ 2:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. thor hath risen writes:

i dont see wats so bad about a7x....cept shadows.......he needs to die...i like the rest of the band though......

# Jul 26, 2007 @ 4:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Fuck Moderated Comments writes:

THR has a bit of a point. The main problem with this band is that the singer is a queer who can't sing or scream because of all the c*** he deepthroats.
Then again, the band itself is'nt quite good enough to make up for any of that, so they kinda fall into the category of "f*** This Band".

# Jul 26, 2007 @ 4:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Stephen writes:

Yeah, f*** this band is pretty much the way to go. Horrible singing aside, I'll say again that these guys won't be able to hide behind generic guitar harmonies and expensive production forever.

# Jul 26, 2007 @ 4:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. jossy writes:

i think this is bull.
y couldn't they juss come out w/ it.
i mean they should've trusted their fans 2 understand their choice.
wow im really disappointed on how they juss lied 2 us.....

# Jul 26, 2007 @ 6:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Vicarious_Intent writes:

Christ, just the fact that they're attempting to defend themselves so much just gives it away...they're totally lying. I've always hated them...but stuff like this is just sad and disgraceful, and it just looks bad. Another sh**ty band supposedly "representing" metal I suppose.

# Jul 26, 2007 @ 6:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Terminator writes:

city of evil isnt "singing", its a cry for help.

# Jul 26, 2007 @ 8:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Metallian writes:

http://gauntletwallpaper.com/wallpaper.php?wallpaperid=950

# Jul 26, 2007 @ 9:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. rk writes:

lol at terminators comment. So goddamn true.

# Jul 26, 2007 @ 9:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. rising end writes:

they're all f***ing gay, i remember there was this interview ...... i think it was for revolver, where they were d***ing around naked in their "dressing room" and overall acting like a bunch of queers on drugs.

# Jul 27, 2007 @ 11:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. SexBloodandMetal writes:

Still fails

# Jul 27, 2007 @ 12:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. thor hath risen writes:

to post 29: they're not metal at all, they're hardcore punk. its just the (emo)fans hear guitars and slightly complex vocabulary and think its metal.


np:when all is said and done-napalm death

# Jul 27, 2007 @ 10:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. Edhead writes:

there was also that picture in revolver of sam from dragonforce grabbing the bass players d***: everybody knows avenged sevenfold suck ass, it's just a given fact. They'll be gone within ten years, at least I hope so

# Jul 28, 2007 @ 1:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. Diamond Oz writes:

Ten? That's being a bit generous ain't it?

# Jul 28, 2007 @ 7:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. the antihippy writes:

i'm still laughing at them justifying using sung vocals. that's basically saying that they've f***ed up but are trying to cover it up.

np: jaga jazzist- oslo skyline

# Jul 28, 2007 @ 7:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. thor hath risen writes:

they're being much nicer about this than i would, instead of making excuses, i would just tell everybody "f*** off, ill sing if i want to"

# Jul 28, 2007 @ 9:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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