Synyster Gates on the reactions to Life Is But A Dream: "I think, for a lot of people, this is the death of Avenged Sevenfold."

Avenged Sevenfold on the cover of the new issue of Metal Hammer
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Synsyter Gates has discussed some of the extreme reactions to Avenged Sevenfold's bold, latest album, Life Is But A Dream, in a new interview with Metal Hammer. The record, which received critical acclaim but shocked some fans due to its fiercely progressive nature and experimental style of songwriting, has been the subject of much debate since its release in June.

“I think with an album like this, time is on its side," Gates suggests. "I’ve been using this analogy: both of my parents’ favourite band is The Beatles. My mom hates everything post-Sgt. Pepper’s, my dad couldn’t care less about the early stuff. They both still respect the fuck out of it, but it’s not for them. So, for my mom, Sgt. Pepper’s was the death of The Beatles, and I think for a lot of people this is the death of Avenged Sevenfold. But for a lot of other people, it’s a birth. The birth of a different band.”

When asked whether he's read any comments in particular about the album that seem a little too far, Gates is typically thoughtful in his response.

“Funnily enough, I thought it could go either way," he says. "We’ve actually had really amazing support from the press, so I don’t want to make people think that we feel like we aren’t supported by the press at all. I actually feel it’s good that it just hasn’t been ignored. Even the bad reviews, people have talked about it. People are still interested in us, so that’s all I could ask for, really. The negative comments, I feel they’re the minority. I think people have been really thoughtful in considering this album.”

In a glowing 9/10 review for Metal Hammer, reviewer Dave Everley wrote of Life Is But A Dream...: "A lot of people won’t want to come along for the ride, and how this stuff is going to fit alongside their older material live is anyone’s guess. But Avenged Sevenfold have scaled the mountain and looked out over all that surrounds them, then plunged headfirst into the void, not knowing where, when or even if they’ll land. What kind of madness is this? The very best kind."

Avenged will head out on a North American tour in March of next year, before returning to Europe for a run of dates in the summer, including a headline set at next year's Download festival in June. Read more from Synyster Gates in the latest issue of Metal Hammer magazine, out now.

Avenged Sevenfold North American tour dates 2024

Wed Mar 06 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center 
Thu Mar 07 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena 
Sat Mar 09 – Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse 
Mon Mar 11 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena 
Wed Mar 13 – Cincinnati, OH – Heritage Bank Center 
Fri Mar 15 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena 
Sat Mar 16 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
Mon Mar 18 – Moline, IL – Vibrant Arena at The Mark 
Tue Mar 19 – Indianapolis, IN – Gainbridge Fieldhouse 
Thu Mar 21 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Sat Mar 23 – Manchester, NH – SNHU Arena 
Mon Mar 25 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena 
Tue Mar 26 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena 
Thu Mar 28 – Knoxville, TN – Thompson–Boling Arena 
Fri Mar 29 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena 
Sun Mar 31 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center

Merlin Alderslade
Executive Editor, Louder

Merlin moved into his role as Executive Editor of Louder in early 2022, following over ten years working at Metal Hammer. While there, he served as Online Editor and Deputy Editor, before being promoted to Editor in 2016. Before joining Metal Hammer, Merlin worked as Associate Editor at Terrorizer Magazine and has previously written for the likes of Classic Rock, Rock Sound, eFestivals and others. Across his career he has interviewed legends including Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Metallica, Iron Maiden (including getting a trip on Ed Force One courtesy of Bruce Dickinson), Guns N' Roses, KISS, Slipknot, System Of A Down and Meat Loaf. He has also presented and produced the Metal Hammer Podcast, presented the Metal Hammer Radio Show and is probably responsible for 90% of all nu metal-related content making it onto the site.