Jacky BamBam of Philadelphia’s 93.3 WMMR radio station conducted an interview with Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold on March 19, 2009 at Camden, New Jersey’s Susquehanna Bank Center. The chat is now available for download as an mp3 audio file at this location..
AVENGED SEVENFOLD recently recorded a cover version of the BLACK SABBATH classic “Paranoid” (hear audio below) for the new Warner Music Group release “Covered, A Revolution In Sound: Warner Bros. Records”, which came out on February 24. On it, 11 current Warner Music Group acts cover a classic tune from the label’s back catalog.
AVENGED vocalist M. Shadows told U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine that the band originally wanted to cover MR. BUNGLE’s 1991 track “Strubb (A Dub)” for the compilation before settling on “Paranoid”. “We were very excited to cover a song from MR. BUNGLE, but then we were told that there was a list of songs that we could cover, not choose anything Warner’s had put out,” Shadows revealed. “So after we got the list, the guys chose ‘Paranoid’. It was actually a little harder to figure out which song we could learn in time to reach the deadline, so we felt we couldn’t go wrong with a SABBATH cover.”
He added, “[SABBATH] have been very influential on all of our favorite bands. Most of the cool shit you hear coming out today is because of BLACK SABBATH. (‘Paranoid‘)’s a classic and we feel even people who aren’t SABBATH fans will know the song. Covers are fun when we find the right one. I love working on AVENGED material over anything else, though.”