Okay, this might not be the most plausible thing ever, but imagine if Avenged recruited another genius for a cameo on this album, too. Neil deGrasse Tyson set the bar high on the epic Exist, with M. Shadows telling Billboard
of their surprising collaboration: “I had the idea one night while we were on tour to write a song based around The Big Bang, a heavy metal version of that, and that’s what came when we wrote the song. And, at the end of the song, we wanted to put a little cherry on the top. So we reached out to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s people, and he called us back, and he’d always claimed he was willing to do things as long as it involved education. So we kind of pitched it to him as we wanted to educate our fans; maybe they’ll want to go out and learn more about this stuff. And he actually hit us back and gave me a call and he was in.
“He wrote that essay for us, and it’s very interesting. I don’t think there are very many astrophysicists on heavy metal records these days… or ever.”
Well, it clearly worked out the first time – so how about a repeat?!