Anyone that knows Avenged Sevenfold knows that M. Shadows is a huge gamer. One of his favorite series is the popular shooter Call of Duty. In fact, he placed in the top 48 for a sold-out Call of Duty tournament back in 2013. Over the years, Avenged Sevenfold have been a part of the franchise with several songs released through the game. According to a Kerrang article, the band will unveil a neat package for devoted Call of Duty fans.
Shadows talked to the publication about his relationship with Call of Duty, and the singer announced plans to release an EP featuring all of their songs for the game. Their first song for the game was 2011's "Not Ready to Die" for Call of Duty: Black Ops. That track topped the U.K. Rock Charts and peaked at number 70 on the Billboard Top 100 chart. The band continued with appearances in Call of Duty: Black Ops II ("Carry On") and Call of Duty: Black Ops III ("Jade Helm"). Unlike "Not Ready To Die" and "Carry On," "Jade Helm" was never officially released as a single. Call of Duty: Black Ops II featured an in-game cameo appearance from Shadows and guitarist Synyster Gates. That game also features their single "Shepard of Fire" as a theme for Zombies mode.
The band will unveil their fourth song for the Call of Duty franchise in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which is set to be released on Oct. 12 on Steam, PlayStation 4, and XBox One. This will be the 15th game in the long-running Call of Duty franchise. Overall, Call of Duty has sold over 250 million copies worldwide.
Shadows recently had to cancel the remaining dates of their tour with Prophets of Rage due to an infection in his vocal chords. Avenged Sevenfold were concluding their touring in support of 2016's The Stage, which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Song with its title track. The 11 track album, which was released to fans as a surprise, is the first to feature drummer Brooks Wackerman. The group will work on the follow up later this year for a 2019 release.