M. Shadows, the lead vocalist of Avenged Sevenfold, had issues with his vocal cords that led to a need for surgery and vocal rest. This affected the band’s touring schedule and required a period of recovery.
Matthew Charles Sanders, known professionally as M. Shadows, has been the lead singer of the American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold since its formation in 1999. Over the years, Shadows developed a distinctive voice with a wide range and a gritty, powerful style that became a hallmark of the band’s sound.
However, in 2017, Shadows came forward with news about his vocal health. He had developed a vocal condition known as a blood blister on his vocal cords. This condition is similar to a vocal polyp and can cause significant strain on the voice, leading to hoarseness and difficulty singing. The condition was serious enough that it required immediate attention to prevent long-term damage to his voice.
As a result, Avenged Sevenfold had to cancel a portion of their tour so that Shadows could undergo surgery and allow ample time for recovery. The surgery aimed to remove the blood blister and alleviate the strain on his vocal cords. Following the procedure, Shadows was put on strict vocal rest, which meant no singing or extensive talking for several months to allow for proper healing.
During his recovery, M. Shadows worked with vocal coaches to retrain his singing technique, focusing on methods that would be less taxing on his vocal cords. This period was challenging for both Shadows and the band, as they had to step back from performing and recording new material.
The band and their fans were supportive of Shadows’ need to prioritize his health. After a period of rehabilitation, Shadows was able to return to performing, albeit with a more careful approach to his vocal technique to ensure the longevity of his singing career. Avenged Sevenfold continued to make music and tour, with Shadows at the helm, showcasing his resilience and dedication to his craft.