AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows told the Worcester/Boston, Massachusetts radio station WAAF that he isn't bothered by recent comments from MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn, in which Flynn called the band's new "Hail To The King" CD a "covers album." Flynn specifically called the band out for songs like "This Means War", which bears a strong resemblance to METALLICA's "Sad But True", along with others.
Shadows told WAAF's Mike Hsu (hear audio below): "I think, more than anything, [Robb's comments] brought a lot of attention to the record.
"I saw a lot of people saying, 'Oh, well, I didn't like AVENGED before, but now I'm gonna check it out, and I like this record.' So that was kind of funny.
"But, you know, [I'm] just trying to be displomatic about the whole thing."
He continued: "I don't really care what anyone says, but when people ask you about it over and over, you have to have some sort of response. And my response is just, look, I know the guy. He can say whatever he says. He's a grown-ass adult. He's 40-something years old and has an opinion on our record. I guess he can write and say whatever he wants."
When Hsu suggested that the increased criticism leveled at AVENGED SEVENFOLD is the result of the band having a No. 1 record, Shadows replied: "Well, you definitely see it a little more. I guess it's expected, you know. AVENGED SEVENFOLD is selling a lot of records right now, and I can attest it to our fans more than anything.
"People seem to get a skewed opinion about us based on record sales when, really, we're just a bunch of guys that, like I said, we go and work really hard on songs sitting in a room all day, and we just wanna play them live. And there's nothing corporate about it, there's nothing different than what we've done before about it, it's just that our fan base is very strong, which is a cool thing."
Flynn didn't pull any punches in his critique, writing, "Congratulations to AVENGED SEVENFOLD On their latest 'covers album' coming in at #1. Who knew that re-recording METALLICA, GUNS N' ROSES, and MEGADETH songs could be such a worldwide hit!!?? Ba-dap Psssssss!!"
"Hail To The King" sold 159,000 copies in its first week of release, giving the California band their second straight chart-topper after 2010's "Nightmare".
WAAF interview (audio):