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LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 15: (L-R) Avenged Sevenfold bassist Johnny Christ, guitarists Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates and singer M. Shadows arrive at the 48 Hours Festival October 15, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

As much as we’d like our favorite bands to write another album that sounded like one of your favorites, it just won’t happen. Artists grow. They change. Sometimes I think that a lot of people thought the Metallica should have made 5 more “Master of Puppets” records fallowing the release of the original. I on the other hand applaud bands that grow and push the next envelope.

There will of course be a lot of new releases this year. The guys in Avenged Sevenfold have said the bands new album is “very influenced by Kanye West.” What does that mean exactly? In a new interview, singer M. Shadows revealed the band’s new project takes inspiration from the hip-hop superstar, as well as soul and jazz music too.

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