Avenged Sevenfold just released their long-awaited new album, Life Is but a Dream..., but it sounds like the Deathbat crew already have a follow-up in the works.
In a new interview on the Loudwire Nights podcast, frontman M. Shadows revealed that the band have ambitious plans for album No. 9, and he hopes that A7X will be able to get into the studio "sooner than later" to get it going.
"There's something vastly different in the works," Shadows teased. "There were some avenues on this record that we really wanted to explore."
At this point, the interviewer brings up Nine Inch Nails' evolution between The Downard Spiral and The Fragile.
"I appreciate that comparison because I love that record," Shadows said. "There is so much chaos and then there's beauty in the chaos. I think of [Weezer's] Pinkerton, that's another record that's chaotic but so beautiful."
"There are things that were left on the sides of [Life Is but a Dream...] that didn't quite make it that can be explored [and] that I think will be incredible," Shadows added of the band's next release. "That will be a very cool, soothing sort of connection to this record."
Listen to Shadows' podcast appearance below.