Avenged Sevenfold has released a new version of the song “Mad Hatter” in response to fan complaints over the original version’s mix.
The track was recorded for the Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 video game and was first made available online September 17th. The track is included on the band’s new EP, Black Reign, which was issued on Friday (September 21st).
After a number of Avenged Sevenfold fans raised concerns about the initial “Mad Hatter” mix, singer M. Shadows took to Reddit to address the situation, saying that a corrected version, with “more clarity,” would be uploaded to all the streaming services and made available to radio stations on Monday (September 24th).
Shadows 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 become muddied . . . The good news is we live in a world were you can quickly fix your mistakes and we have done just that.”
“Mad Hatter” was recorded in Los Angeles this past March and is the first original new song Avenged Sevenfold has released since last year’s “Dose,” which originally surfaced in the Gameloft mobile game Dungeon Hunter 5. It later appeared on last year’s “deluxe edition” reissue of the group’s 2016 studio album, The Stage.