- Nov 16, 2008
- Reaction score
- Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
I mean, they could definitely be releasing this music - which is a complete departure from anything they've released in their 20 years of existence - under a different side project name. Bands do it all the time, you've got your liquid tension experiments, your prize fighter infernos etc. They aren't because in order to make money off it they need the A7x name. In order to have people pay to see it live, they have to put it in between their old stuff that people are really paying to see. I like Avenged Sevenfold, but I don't think the criticisms of these new wacky out there songs are invalid.
As a fan, I would prefer they let their good work stand for itself and lay the band down and move on. I feel the same about Metallica and In Flames and many other bands that lost what made them work along the way.
But that’s kind of their whole point; they don’t cater to anyone’s wishes but their own.
LTE was a side project, which, at the time only had 2 members of DT and isn’t that Prize Fighter Inferno just that Claudio dude’s solo thing? This is still Avenged Sevenfold, the full band, putting out music. Why in the hell would anyone spend that long building a business to do with they please as, come out under a different name this late in the game when they’re ‘thing’ since the start is to release whatever they want. That just doesn’t compute in my head at all.
I just find it interesting that the world has gotten so cynical that even when bands are writing completely non-commercial music they STILL get shit for “doing it for the money”. It just reads to me as “I don’t like it, let me reach in my back pocket for a half-assed attempt at an insult….ah, here’s a good one, the money”
Like I said, I don’t dig all their stuff, I listened to half of that Hail To The King album and haven’t heard it since because it was such a blatant “Let’s do The Black Album” and it was too on the nose for me, but I respect the hell out of them for doing whatever they want, knowing they‘ll catch shit from the people that actually buy their albums. More so, I think it’s badass they challenge their fanbase to keep up with them, semi-forcing them to get into a different genre.
As much as people want to hate it, when they were on TRL, there was no other band out there playing with the technical skill these guys were in mainstream music. It was still a few years before the djent guys, Tosins, Plinis, etc were out there and it was A7X getting a whole new group of people into that kind of music, most certainly opening a door for the previously mentioned guys to pick up fans.