AVENGED SEVENFOLD returned to the public eye last week with its new song and video "Carry On", which is included in the just-released blockbuster video game "Call Of Duty: Black Ops II". Lead singer M. Shadows told U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine about the track, "We had a relationship with Activision for a while, and they knew I was a big fan of 'Call Of Duty' years ago. I went in and met all the guys who developed the game and they asked me to do a song for 'Black Ops 1', which I did! Then a couple of years later they started 'Black Ops 2' and started throwing around ideas of putting us in the game. Eventually, they called us about being in the end credits and doing 'Carry On' for them. It was perfect timing for us, because we weren't ready for the new record yet, but we wanted to do something for our fans and something fun, quick and painless, but something that we wanted to be involved in.
"If someone asked us to be in a game that we don't play or know much about, we'd probably have reservations about it, but like I said, I've been playing 'Call Of Duty' for years, and to be a part of something that we truly enjoy was a no-brainer for us."
Asked whether he felt "Carry On" reflected where the band are musically at the moment, M. Shadows said, "I would look at it as a one-off, and to tell the truth, it sounds nothing like the album. This song had to be done quick, and it couldn't be a long song, and we wanted to make it fun. The new album has a lot more of a SABBATH/ZEPPELIN feel to it than 'Carry On'. There's definitely more SABBATH in what we're writing, and we're proud of 'Carry On', but this album is going to be on a whole new level.
"We're halfway through [writing the new album]," he continued. "We're shooting for late January, early February [to head into the studio] and to have the album out in the summer. I'm pretty sure, with what I've been told already, we're looking to go overseas first, so you guys will be seeing it before everyone else!"