During a recent interview with Pablo on 93X Radio, Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows talked about his late bandmate Jimmy The Rev Sullivan and opened up about how his current feelings towards his passing and if time has made it easier to be without him.

Avenged Sevenfold or A7X is one of the most popular modern heavy metal bands of the 21st century and it was formed in California back in 1999. It was founded by childhood friends, M. Shadows, Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan, and Matt Wendt who remained in the band for only a year. Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates were added to the band’s line-up later.

The band enjoyed mainstream success at the beginning of the 2000s and still has a huge fan base. However, on December 28, 2009, the band and their devoted fans mourned the death of A7X’s talented drummer, Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan. The Rev was known for his immense talent as a drummer and he had started playing drums when he was just five years old.

After playing in numerous bands, he co-founded A7X with his childhood friends, and at the age of 20, he recorded his first album ‘Sounding the Seventh Trumpet.’ One of his greatest legacies is his signature ability ‘the double-ride thing’ or as he called it ‘The Double Octopus‘ with which The Rev doubles up at a fast tempo between the double bass and ride cymbals.

Upon The Rev’s passing, A7X released their fifth studio album ‘Nightmare‘ in 2010 which featured the final songs that were composed by The Rev. The album debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 charts and came to be known as the A7X’s last album with The Rev. In a recent interview, M. Shadows opened up about his feeling towards the passing of his childhood friend and said that it still hurts.

M. Shadows stated that, as it has been almost 12 years, he now finds it easier to talk about him because he gets to tell stories and talk about how cool The Rev was. However, he also said that it still hurts sometimes and it feels like ‘salt in the wounds‘ because he’s not here anymore but added that he feels glad that he had the chance to meet such an amazing person and ‘live with him for 18 years.’

Here’s what M. Shadows said when he was asked about whether he feels comfortable talking about the Rev’s passing:

“Yeah, absolutely. I love talking about him. It’s been a long time now so as life goes on, human beings have an ability to kind of cope, and things just get better every day.

And now I like talking about the stories; when you have the stories, you get to talk about how cool he was. And it makes you feel sad sometimes because it’s senseless that he’s not here, it’s unfortunate that he’s not here – it’s a mistake and something that didn’t have to happen.

So that kind of just sucks and it stings, its kind of salt in the wounds, but at the end of the day, I love talking about him. I’m just glad I got to know him and live with him for 18 years.”

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