Requiem

Album: Hail to the King (2013)
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  • Vocalist M Shadows told Kerrang! magazine: "We wanted to make an evil requiem instead of all those ones about, 'Oh Lord, save me.' This one is about the dark lord coming to save you and resurrecting Hell to do it. It's a crazy, out-of-control piece of music with orchestras, strings and all sorts of madness."
  • Guitarist Synyster Gates told MusicRadar.com that they wanted this song's foundation, "to be a metal band's approach to classical orchestration." He explained: "Matt's vocal is more like a lead violin part, and when my guitar chugs underneath the riff, it's almost like what low brass would do. We layered each element very carefully, and the result is one of the more cinematic tracks on the record."

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