Singer M. Shadows of the Huntington Beach, California-based quintet AVENGED SEVENFOLD has told MTV.com that the death of PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott inspired him to pen the track "Betrayed" from the newly released AVENGED SEVENFOLD album, "City of Evil". The song is written from the points of view of an innocent bystander, Shadows and Dime's assassin, Nathan Gale.

"The music changes to complement the feelings of each of the voices in the song," Shadows said. "It was my way of dealing with the whole thing after it happened. I never got to meet Dimebag, but he and Slash are my two greatest guitar heroes."

Regarding the musicial direction of AVENGED SEVENFOLD's third LP, "City of Evil", Shadows said, "When we started working on this record, we said, 'You know what? None of our favorite bands are super extreme, they just write really good melodic songs that are still heavy.' So we decided we didn't want to scream anymore. Instead, we wanted to make a rock record for the new ages — something with a lot of singing, textures and vocal harmonies, and we couldn't do any of that with all the screaming."

Read more at MTV.com.


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