Avenged Sevenfold’s M Shadows talks Call Of Duty appearance “career highlight”

M Shadows is now a playable character in Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Image credit: Treyarch)

Last week it was revealed that Avenged Sevenfold (opens in new tab) frontman M Shadows had been unveiled as a playable character in the Operation Apocalypse Z update for Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 (opens in new tab).

It’s the latest chapter in the band’s long association with the franchise and developer Treyarch, which has previously seen A7X record a handful of tracks specifically for the video game.

And in a new video, Shadows explains what that experience has been like for him and his bandmates – and he also delves into the creation of his new character.

The vocalist says: “When my wife saw the character, I think I could tell she thought it was a little bit better looking that I am in real life, so that kind of hurt my feelings a little bit!”

He continues: “I wasn’t sure they were going to use the model from Black Ops 2 but I was hoping they were going to upgrade it and do a new model. There’s been some changes – I look a little different.

“I feel like the technology’s better, so I was excited when I leaned I was going to go down and redo motion capture.”

Shadows explains he had to do all the voice acting for his character, which was a new experience for him, but he adds: “I was able to capture my own personality within the character and it’s been a total trip.”

Operation Apocalypse Z is currently available for the PlayStation 4 and will be released on other platforms in the near future. Check out the new video below.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 is available to purchase through Amazon – with Amazon Prime members currently receiving a 52% discount thanks to Amazon Prime Day (opens in new tab).

Scott Munro
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Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.