As any Avenged Sevenfold diehard knows very well, the band’s lead singer M. Shadows is an unrepentant video game nerd with a particular love for Call of Duty. That passion has led the band to contribute numerous songs to the franchise including “Carry On,” “Not Ready to Die” and last year’s “Mad Hatter,” all three of which were compiled on 2018’s Black Reign EP along with the instrumental “Jade Helm.” A7X even appeared as an easter egg in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, popping up after players finish a single-player campaign as an animated version of themselves playing a concert for the game’s characters who dance along.
Now, Shadows has taken things next level, however. The frontman just revealed that he will appear as a playable character in Operation Apocalypse Z Blackout, a new season of Black Ops 4 content that will feature multiplayer maps and modes that channel the experience of the zombies in the game. Shadows broke the big news during a recent livestream interview and also discussed his love of the game and his longstanding involvement with Call of Duty. “My relationship came from just being a huge fan of the game, and we were playing on the road, we were playing in life in general,” Shadows said, going on to describe how he met Mark Lamia — the chairman of Treyarch, the makers of Call of Duty — after the band’s late A&R rep Craig Aaronson passed away, and how the two have come to be friends. Watch the full interview in the video below at the 1:13:00 mark. Operation Apocalypse Z Blackout is set to debut July 9th on Playstation 4 and July 16th on PC and XBox One.