Avenged Sevenfold's (A7X) M. Shadows has brushed aside Rob Flynn's criticism of the former's latest album, Hail To the King, as a joke.
Two days ago, Machine Head's Flynn labelled Hail To the King as a "covers album" in a tongue-in-cheek posting on the band's official Facebook page.
"Congratulations to Avenged Sevenfold on their latest 'covers album'
coming in at #1, who knew re-recording Metallica, Guns N Roses and
Megadeth songs could be such a worldwide hit!!?? Ba-dap Psssss!" he
wrote. You can read more of Flynn's comments on the album here
As reported by Blabbermouth.net, Shadows told Canadian radio station, 106.9 The Bear he was notified of Flynn's comments from wrestler, Chris Jericho.
"But I read it, and I read as a joke. I've met Robb on numerous occasions and he's always been cool to me. And I just read it as a joke.
"I really don't know what to say about it other than I agree with him on the 'Sad But True' thing - that was obviously an inspiration for that song."
In Flynn's comments, he compared the similarities between Metallica's Sad But True and A7X's This Means War on Hail to the King.
Nonetheless, Shadows agreed that Hail to the King was also inspired by the likes of AC/DC, Guns N Roses, Megadeth as well as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and the Rolling Stones.
"And so, for me, I think all those bands have always been an influence - you can hear that on City of Evil. And Metallica has, obviously, influenced every single great band that picked up a guitar and plays metal," he said.
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