Avenged Sevenfold has accompanied its headlining spot on this year’s just-started Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour with the release of a new video.
“This Means War” depicts a dark urban landscape “haunted by dark creatures and lost souls” and is the latest clip to come from A7X’s chart-topping 2013 album “Hail to the King.” “This Means War” is also one of the album’s most controversial tracks, singled out by many and criticized by some — including Machine Head’s Robb Flynn — for its resemblance to Metallica‘s “Sad But True.”
Guitarist Zacky Vengeance tells us he and his A7X mates take the barbs in stride, though:
“Everyone’s entitled to their opinions. To say that anybody that’s ever picked up a guitar and looked in the mirror wearing a Metallica shirt saying, ‘Someday I would dream of, to be in a huge metal band,’ to say that they haven’t been inspired by a band like Metallica or something, that would be almost a sin. I try not to focus on any of that. With any negative comments we’ve been faced with in our careers, we’ve been very fortunate to have been given some truly amazing compliments. Lars Ulrich sent us a text and congratulated us on our No. 1 album around the world. To me, that’s the stuff I focus on. That was huge and, y’know, just monumental to me. It made me feel really great.”
A7X will be headlining the Mayhem tour until it wraps August 10 near Houston. The group has also set an August 26 release for an expanded edition of its sophomore album, 2003’s “Waking the Fallen.”