Avenged Sevenfold's upcoming album, Life Is But a Dream..., features contributions from the band's late drummer, The Rev.
As frontman M. Shadows tells Metal Hammer, the song "Mattel" includes a bridge composed by The Rev prior to his death in 2009, while the cut "Beautiful Morning" has lyrics he and guitarist Synyster Gates had written together.
"That's something him and [Gates] came up with a long time ago: 'It's a beautiful morning, it's a beautiful day, everybody is smiling, in a beautiful way,'" Shadows shares. "That's when it [the song] gets creepy."
Shadows adds that he thinks The Rev would be "stoked" about the experimental musical direction of Life is But a Dream... .
"Me and [Gates] know that guy better than anyone," Shadows says. "He was always the biggest proponent of instigation and trying new things."
Life Is But a Dream..., the follow-up to 2016's The Stage, arrives June 2. It includes the lead single "Nobody."