Avenged Sevenfold Guitarist Wants To Reissue Early Music Featuring Late Drummer
Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates told musician and producer Rick Beato in an interview on the latter's YouTube channel that he wants to remaster and reissue an album by an early band he was in with late Avenged drummer James "The Rev" Sullivan, called Pinkly Smooth.
Speaking about the LP, titled Unfortunate Snort, Gates explained, "It was just this crazy, clown-goblin metal, Danny Elfman-influenced stuff and it was so fun. I can't find the masters. I hear that there's actually an ugly rumor that some have surfaced, and if I can find those then I'm going to remaster it and give it to you guys."
Sullivan was a founding member of Avenged Sevenfold and one of its main songwriters. After the drummer's death in 2009 from substance abuse, Gates told us that the fans and Sullivan's family kept the band from splitting up: "For the first two weeks after he passed, we were done as a band. We were just done. And because of the fans and Jimmy's parents and relatives and stuff like that, they just demanded that we continue on and spread the legacy that is, you know, the crazy James 'The Rev' Sullivan. And we feel so good doing that and they completely expedited that process."
Avenged Sevenfold has been keeping a low profile since last summer, when the band was forced to cancel a tour after singer M. Shadows had to go on vocal rest due to a blister on his vocal cords. The band reportedly started working on new music during the fall.