Brooks Wackerman Had Big Influence On Avenged Sevenfold Album

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(Metal Hammer) Avenged Sevenfold's latest album The Stage was "heavily influenced" by their new drummer Brooks Wackerman, according to bassist Johnny Christ.

The release marked the former Bad Religion man's first recording appearance with the band since he joined the lineup last year - and Christ says they wanted to showcase his ability on the follow-up to 2013's Hail To The King.

When asked how Wackerman's playing style influenced the record, Christ tells KLAQ 95.5: "Well, it was heavily influenced by that, to be honest. From the beginning of talking with Brooks, and before we even really started putting the pen to the paper, we knew that we wanted to let him go, we wanted his raw sound."

He continues: "We knew what he was capable of and his feel on everything, and we loved the way that just the natural-sounding drums sound. Not a lot of hard rock bands are just letting it all be - they're adding a lot of samples on things, or effects or whatever - and we just wanted the drums to be raw so you could really hear what Brooks Wackerman is capable of." Listen to the full interview here.

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