Avenged Sevenfold lead guitarist Syn Gates recently shared a post on his official Instagram account, revealing his favorite album of the month. The musician didn’t only name a Kanye West album but also said that the rapper vastly inspired his band and his own guitar playing.

Since Syn Gates revealed in an interview that the band has started working on their eighth studio album in September 2018, Avenged Sevenfold fans have been patiently waiting for the band to detail their upcoming record.

The band’s frontman, M. Shadows, shared the album’s current status during a conversation with Metal Hammer last month. According to the singer, the band will be finishing the record in February and mixing it in March.

In addition to giving details about the upcoming record’s release date, Shadows gave an interesting detail about their influences. Apparently, Kanye West heavily inspired them in terms of his interest in ‘great soul music.’

While Avenged Sevenfold fans wouldn’t assume that such a band would draw inspiration from a famous rapper, another band member recently praised Kanye West in his Instagram post. Syn Gates picked West’s fifth studio album named ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ as his favorite record of the month.

In addition to appreciating the 2010 album’s songwriting, arrangement, and dynamic, Gates stated that Kanye West inspired Avenged Sevenfold to create music. Not only his band but also the guitarist himself is compelled to write music and play the guitar thanks to West.

In his IG post, Gates penned:

“Yo, Family! This month’s ‘AOTM’ is very special to me because I believe that you will learn so much from it. ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ by the eccentric Kanye West is a clinic on songwriting, arrangement, dynamic, eclectic, performance, and mixing.

I don’t expect all of you to be thrilled about this rec, but this album and this artist have elongated my band’s career by inspiring us to create when it felt like we had no more to say.

Today, what compels me to write music and play the guitar, is when I hear someone make music sound like nothing I’ve ever heard before. And to do it with master craftsmanship is the icing. Kanye delivers on all fronts with this heavy hitter.”

You can have a look at the photo he posted on Instagram below.

Photo Credit: Syn Gates – Instagram