A new AVENGED SEVENFOLD single, rumored to be titled “The Stage”, will arrive this week, possibly as early as tomorrow morning. The track will appear on the band’s long-awaited new album, reportedly named “Voltaic Oceans” (a title that has not been confirmed by the band), which is believed to be coming out on December 9. An official announcement containing details of the upcoming full-length effort will be made on October 27.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s new album will be the band’s first release for its new label Capitol following the group’s split with Warner Bros. earlier in the year.
Singer M. Shadows told the “Loudwire Nights” radio show about AVENGED‘s departure from Warner Bros.: “We left because every single person at the label… not every single person; the radio department is still intact. But the people that signed us, the A&R people, all the people that had to do with the high up at the company didn’t know who AVENGED SEVENFOLD was or cared at this point. So we had to leave.”
Shadows added: “It had nothing to do with anything other than if you’re at a place where they don’t care about your band, then you have to do somewhere where they do care about your band.”
Warner Bros. sued the band in early 2016 for breach of contract, claiming that the group owed the company one more studio effort and a live CD/DVD.
The dispute with the label may have also played a role in the abandonment of the band’s long-delayed live DVD, “This Is Bat Country”. Shadows said: “The reality is the DVD just never got there… The DVD was never quite good enough to come out, in our opinion. So I don’t know what’s happening with it right now. I know it’s still on the cutting floor. We’re still trying to make tweaks to it, but then there’s also the Warner Bros. thing. We’re not with Warner Bros. anymore and they own the rights to that footage.”
AVENGED SEVENFOLD opened for METALLICA in Minneapolis in August and completed a string of headlining and festival dates earlier this fall.
The band’s seventh studio album will be its first with new drummer Brooks Wackerman following the dismissal of Arin Ilejay in 2015.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s previous two releases, 2013’s “Hail To The King” and 2010’s “Nightmare”, both topped the Billboard album chart.