This has some good background on the album. Apparently M Shadows injured his voice pretty badly and had to have a lot of coaching the get it back up to speed. https://rocksound.tv/features/avenged-sevenfold-life-is-but-a-dream-the-album-storyI'm about halfway through the album now. As a disclaimer, I'm not an A7x fan outside of some songs I grew up with because these guys were literally inescapable from my generation. They were the only metal band that was "cool" to listen to while I was in HS.
With that said, does M Shadow smoke? His voice always sounded like that of a smoker, but his vocals here sound like a dude who's been smoking for so many years and it's now catching up to him. Either that or they're just completely shot.
I don't mind the weird experimental stuff, actually quite enjoy it, but man where are the riffs? It's nothing but electronic stuff and lead guitars.
So I watched an interview with him recently. He said he deliberately asked to not sound like M Shadows on older albums. Trying very hard to change style, using different styles, vocal effects etc. I think it's nothing to do with age. In fact, I believe his voice is better and more versatile than ever.Dudes getting old.
Also I'm surprised he didn't convince them to sell this album as an NFT lol
Definitely a good read, thanks of the info. So he did do some major damage.This has some good background on the album. Apparently M Shadows injured his voice pretty badly and had to have a lot of coaching the get it back up to speed. https://rocksound.tv/features/avenged-sevenfold-life-is-but-a-dream-the-album-story
It does sound different than before, I quite like it though. I like the grit and strain you can hear sometimes. I'm loving the album though so am very biased.