‘Mad Hatter’ will appear in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. It is the latest collaboration between the band and Black Ops developer Treyarch after tracks ‘Not Ready To Die’, ‘Carry On’ and ‘Jade Helm’ previously appeared in the video game.
The song will be released, along with the other tracks featured in the franchise, in an EP titled Black Reign on September 21.
In a press release, frontman M. Shadows explained the influences behind ‘Mad Hatter’ lies in the 2017 investigative journalism podcast S-Town.
“Watching the initial trailers and looking at production sketches reminded me of the ‘S-Town’ podcast and its main protagonist, John B. McLemore, who was rumored to have suffered from mercury poisoning, or Mad Hatter disease.
“The idea of Mad Hatter and what it does to the brain is as frightening as the images we were shown. So I decided that the lyrics would shadow McLemore’s life. The result is a thick-grooved song that’s dynamic and has a weightiness to it.”
Listen to ‘Mad Hatter’ below:
‘Mad Hatter’ was recorded in Los Angeles in March and co-produced by the band and Joe Barresi, who was behind Avenged Sevenfold’s seventh album, ‘The Stage’. In a four-star review, NME said “it’s evident the band have begun a new chapter where they appreciate rather than become their influences. They’ve truly arrived”.
The band recently had to cancel their US tour after lead singer M. Shadows lost his voice from a viral infection following their European tour dates this summer, including their headline slot at Download Festival 2018.