Avenged Sevenfold: ‘We Want to Be a Classic Band’
Avenged Sevenfold drummer Arin Ilejay has been speaking to Omaha.com about the classic rock sound on the band’s new album.
As Ilejay notes, part of that came from Avenged Sevenfold wanting to be a classic band: “It’s an evolution of what the band wants. A lot of it had to do with growing up. At a young age, they wanted to show their interest, and their interest was deeply in hard-core. They had a bit of an awakening and said, ‘Let’s look back at our roots. What do we want to do? We really want to be heard everywhere, and we want to play everywhere.’
“So we asked, ‘What do the greats do? What are the bands that are still touring today that we loved as kids?’ And those are bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden. Avenged Sevenfold wants to be a classic band, and we wanted to make a classic record that really explodes.” He also noted that the band’s extensive use of pyrotechnics often means that the rest of the band are scared to come near his drum kit: “In the beginning, the guys wouldn’t come up near my drum set. Between me and the rest of the stage and the guys, there’s these grates on the ground that has fires shooting up like 10 feet in the air. They’re walls of fire. For a time, the guys didn’t even feel comfortable coming up near my drum set. They didn’t want to get toasted.
“We even have a red light-green light on the side of the stage. Red light means, ‘Don’t go up towards my kit.'”