Over several months, Avenged Sevenfold have been expanding their latest album, The Stage, with unique and weird cover songs, including “Malagueña Salerosa,” followed by a version of Mr. Bungle’s “Retrovertigo,” and their cover of Del Shannon’s 1961 No. 1 hit, “Runaway,” featuring a guest appearance by Vandals’ guitarist Warren Fitzgerald and lead vocals by Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Zacky Vengeance. Continuing the trend, the band recently released their version of The Beach Boys’ 1966 hit, “God Only Knows.”
Speaking about recording the cover song frontman M. Shadows said “Of all these new songs we’ve recorded, this one was the most difficult in terms of figuring out an arrangement. Figuring out the middle vocal melodies was also challenging. We wanted to make the song a little darker by adding a flanger and some haunting vocal nuances. The Beach Boys have always been an influence, so it was fun to tackle this one from arguably the best album of all time, ‘Pet Sounds.’”
Check out their version below. Recently, the band revealed plans to transform The Stage into an evolving body of work by adding new tracks over the coming months.
The band have plans for a North American tour for the beginning of next year. Details will be revealed in September. For now, you can catch them headlining the Houston Open Air festival on September 15.