When Avenged Sevenfold released The Stage last October, it was a surprise as there was zero promotion before the release. A year later, the band is still surprising fans by continuously expanding the album.
ICYMI last week, Avenged Sevenfold posted a cover version of the Beach Boys classic "God Only Knows," as part of the continuing expansion. The track follows the recent release of covers of Mr. Bungle's "Retrovertigo," the 1961 Del Shannon hit "Runaway" and the band's first-ever Spanish-language recording, "Malagueña Salerosa."
Avenged singer M. Shadows told Pulse of Radio about recording the Beach Boys tune, "Of all these new songs we've recorded, this one was the most difficult in terms of figuring out an arrangement. Figuring out the middle vocal melodies was also challenging. We wanted to make the song a little darker by adding a flanger and some haunting vocal nuances. The Beach Boys have always been an influence, so it was fun to tackle this one from arguably the best album of all time, Pet Sounds."
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