Avenged Sevenfold released their new album “The Stage” last month. The sales figures for the album were a big disappointment.

Band’s basssist Johnny Christ spoke to the KLAQ 95.5 radio channel and explained the album’s influences. He said:

It was heavily influenced by [Brooks’ playing style], 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. 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.”

Previously, the band’s vocalist M. Shadows talked about the new drummer. He said:

It’s been unbelievable. We couldn’t be happier and I don’t think he could be happier. It’s been fun to do a quick run through the United States with him and we’ve done some fun festivals. We did Mexico City last week and Aftershock last night and just headlining these things and seeing him up there, to me, it’s like that’s where he’s always belonged.

“He just rips up there. There were 40,000 people last night watching him do insane stuff. It just puts a smile on my face because I feel like we’re this unbreakable team up there now and it’s been fun again. It’s been really, really good.”