AVENGED SEVENFOLD has contributed a brand new track called “Jade Helm” to accompany a portion of the multiplayer soundtrack for Call Of Duty: Black Ops III, the third installment in the Black Ops sub-series developed by Treyarch. You can now listen to the song below.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD said in a statement: “On November 6, you can pick up a copy of the game and check out our instrumental score while you play multiplayer or in your personal bunk inside the Safe House of the Campaign.”
Call of Duty: Black Ops III wasreleased for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. This game is a sequel to Call Of Duty: Black Ops II, which came out in 2012.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD is no stranger to showing up in video games and singer M. Shadows told The Pulse Of Radio a while back about the experience of being digitally captured for an appearance in Call Of Duty: Black Ops II: “We had two full days of motion capture, so the band went in there, put on silly outfits and we danced around and pretended like we were playing in front of an audience. Hopefully none of those pictures will leak. But we did that, and then we went in there and for vocals I had to sit there and put my head in this vise, and they did motion capture of me singing the words a bunch of times. Between acting and pretending that you’re playing onstage when there’s nobody there, it was a pretty fun experience.”
AVENGED SEVENFOLD recently parted ways with drummer Arin Ilejay and replaced him with Brooks Wackerman (BAD RELIGION).
M. Shadows said: “Brooks‘ name has always been in the mix. It was one of the names we were throwing around when Jimmy [original drummer James ‘The Rev’ Sullivan] passed away in terms of who was going to step up for [2010 album] ‘Nightmare’. We felt Mike [Portnoy, ex-DREAM THEATER] was the right choice and we still feel that way. But at the time, our tour manager brought up Brooks‘ name as well. But at the time, he was also busy with BAD RELIGION and it was also…. People were going to look at it differently because he was a punk drummer at this point.”
Speaking about former drummer Arin Ilejay, whose exit after four years was announced this past July even though he had been out of the band for a year, Shadows explained: “It just became increasingly difficult to be on the same page, not only touring, but with writing and just where we want to take things.” Shadows continued: “We said, ‘Listen, we can ride this thing out the way it is right now and we’ll be fine or we can shake the nest a little bit and we want to fire on all cylinders again. We want to be the baddest band on the planet. We want to just dominate onstage.’ And I came up with the idea that I really want to talk to Brooks and see if there’s any chance and see where he’s at in his life right now.”
Wackerman added: “I’ve been a fan of the band for a decade and when [Shadows] gave me the call last year, I was absolutely thrilled. I was yearning for something new, a different style and during that time is when I got the call.” Regarding the band’s next album, Shadows said: “The idea of the last record was a very stripped-down sound and the idea of the next is a not very stripped-down sound.”
In addition to playing with BAD RELIGION, Wackerman has in the past played with SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and INFECTIOUS GROOVES, while also doing session work for KORN, Avril Lavigne, TENACIOUS D and others.