AVENGED SEVENFOLD guitarist Synyster Gates and frontman M. Shadows have told MTV.com that the band is hitting the U.K. in October with openers BLEEDING THROUGH, "and then we'll be back in the States to hit all of the small cities that never get shows," Shadows said. "It will be throughout the country, but it's going to be very scattered. Like, there won't be New York or Los Angeles stops."
Shadows said that KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and BLEEDING THROUGH will provide support on that run, which should commence sometime in November.
As soon as 2006 is in the bag, Shadows said AVENGED SEVENFOLD will go into writing mode, with plans to record the follow-up to "City of Evil" — which has sold close to 673,000 copies since it was released in June 2005 — in early 2007. Gates added that the rockers haven't been tinkering with fresh tunes just yet — they've got riffs here and there that they've been collecting, but they've been putting a lot of thought into what they'd like to do on their next LP.
"There are different philosophies running through our heads about how to approach the next album and what we want to do differently," Shadows said. "We're a constantly evolving band, so we just want to do different sh-- each time."
"We've worked on it a little bit, but we're going to keep our mouths shut about it until it comes out," Shadows added. "We want our fans to be surprised. I think when you build something up too much they get all these preconceived notions of how the record should sound. All I can say is, it's going to be a different sound for us — something no one's heard before and no one expects. We'll just leave it at that."
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