Choosing to cover a song written by one of the greatest songwriters of all time, Brian Wilson, and named as the favorite song by yet another songwriting titan, Paul McCartney, is a bold maneuver. Throw in the fact that Avenged Sevenfold is a hard rock band and The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” is known for its sublime understatedness makes the choice even more brazen. Avenged Sevenfold certainly do the song justice, and what’s more, the cover takes the band in the direction they want to go.
No, Avenged Sevenfold is not going to start doing beach themed love songs with complex vocal harmonies--although they do hail from Huntington Beach, CA — otherwise known as Surf City —but doing songs like “God Only Knows” keeps things fresh for the band and their fans.
“We always want to do covers,” lead singer M. Shadows told Billboard. “But we found it kind of boring to do covers of bands in our genre.”
Avenged Sevenfold’s cover of “God Only Knows” starts out pretty true to the original melodically, but the band certainly puts their own stamp on it in the second half of the song. The track also came with a video showing the band in the studio and performing live. You can check it out above.