Live Nation Germany recently conducted an interview with AVENGED SEVENFOLD guitarist Synyster Gates and vocalist M. Shadows. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked to name the best current rock and/or metal band around, M. Shadows said: “GOJIRA, for me. They’re awesome.”

Pressed about whether AVENGED SEVENFOLD still gets inspired by other bands and incorporates that influence into its own music, M. Shadows said: “If they do something cool. I don’t go out there and go, ‘Oh, this is more of the same,’ but if something’s, like, really badass and cool.”

He continued: “I was listening to WOLFMOTHER the other day, and I was listening to GOJIRA, and I was thinking, ‘Man, both these bands probably had the same influences, but they both have done something completely different with them.’ It’s probably the [BLACK] SABBATH, the [LED] ZEPPELIN influences, but both bands [put] their own twist on what their interpretation of the old rock is.’

M. Shadows added: “For me, a band like GOJIRA brings something really cool and new to the table. And the latest David Bowie record, to me, is really innovative; ‘Blackstar’ is amazing. There’s a lot of stuff that’s very cool that is very influential.”

AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s latest album, “The Stage”, debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 album chart in November.

The band made the album available at midnight on October 27 with almost no promotion beforehand, save for the arrival of a new song one week earlier.