Credit: Jeff ForneyAvenged Sevenfold offers their take on a Beach Boys classic with a cover of the song “God Only Knows.” You can listen to the metal band’s rendition of Paul McCartney‘s favorite song now on YouTube.
The “God Only Knows” cover is the latest installment of Avenged Sevenfold’s continued expansion of their album The Stage, which has so far included covers of the Mexican folk song “Malaguena Salerosa,” the Mr. Bungle track “Retrovertigo,” and Del Shannon‘s “Runaway,” plus an original track called “Dose.”
“Of all these new songs we’ve recorded, this one was the most difficult in terms of figuring out an arrangement,” says frontman M. Shadows. “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,” he adds.
Avenged Sevenfold spent their summer touring with Metallica. They’ll headline the Houston Open Air festival in October.
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