Avenged Sevenfold Release New Version of ‘Mad Hatter’ After Backlash
Avenged Sevenfold have released a new version of their song "Mad Hatter" following backlash over the original version's mix. Many fans pointed out flaws in its sound when the track was first released on Monday (Sept. 17).
Frontman M. Shadows released a statement on the situation, calling the first time he heard the song on the radio an "Oh shit" moment. "Hey guys and gals - I hope you are all doing well," he wrote. "I just wanted to update you on a situation with 'Mad Hatter.' We saw some complaints about the mix and we totally agree with you! We were pushing the limits in a lot of different ways and once the compression of streaming services and radio got a hold of it the clarity becomes muddied. I heard it on the radio and was like 'Oh shit!'"
He continued, "The good news is we live in a world where you can quickly fix your mistakes and we have done just that. On Monday all streaming services and radio will switch to this new version with more clarity but we wanted you to get it here first. Check out this link. We hope you enjoy and have a great weekend."
Avenged recently teased the song in a new video that recapped their European festival run earlier this year. The band announced they were working on a song for the video game in May. Bassist Johnny Christ said they had written it and were in the middle of the recording process at that time. He claimed the track is "a little bit of a departure from what I think our fans would expect." You can watch the official music video here.
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