I am fascinated by Avenged Sevenfold’s latest concept: a series of covers that has been described as an “enhancement” to their 2016 album The Stage. According to lead vocalist M. Shadows via an interview with Sirius Octane’s Jose Mangin, the plan is to release these covers “every three to four weeks” and to only have them available through streaming services (Spotify, Youtube, etc.) and satellite radio. At this time, Shadows states there is no plan to re-release an extended version of The Stage. When asked to give some clues as to what may be covered and released, Shadows responded, “Man, I don’t even want to do that. There’s no way people will guess what these are, so I don’t even want to give clues.”
The latest release (the second in this planned series) definitely fits that bill: “Retrovertigo” by the band Mr. Bungle. The original song appears on Mr. Bungle’s 1999 album California. Here is the original followed by Avenged Sevenfold’s cover released just last Friday, June 30, 2017. Did A7X do the original justice? Let us know what you think!