It seems like during the past week, speculations of new Avenged Sevenfold tunes has reached an all-time high. With the appearance of the band’s Deathbat logo in random locations around the world like London, Paris and Ontario and “leaked” information making its rounds on the internet, we figured it was only a matter of time before the group confirmed or denied the rumors. On Thursday (Oct. 13), the band officially confirmed the new music rumors when they released their brand new song, “The Stage.” The new, eight-and-a-half minute long song can be streamed below.
While the biggest rumor was that the band would be unleashing a new song on Friday, Oct. 14, there was also a post on Instagram by Fozzy frontman (and close friend of M. Shadows) Chris Jericho. In the now-deleted post, the wrestler posted that Avenged’s new album would be titled Voltaic Oceans and would see a release date of Dec. 9.
To coincide with the new music news, the band launched a new website which features the”Deathbot”; the gatekeeper of Avenged Sevenfold information. Music publication Loudwire asked the Deathbot several questions including “new album.” According to the publication, when they typed “new album,” the Deathbot responded with “the official answer will be given during a special live event on Oct. 27.” Cool.
Earlier this year, the band announced they had severed ties with their longtime home of Warner Bros. in favor of Capitol. During an interview with Loudwire Nights, M. Shadows unveiled that things were not good between them and 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 add: “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. So, as labels start morphing and changing over time, you have to do what’s best for you and that’s the main reason we left. For us, it’s about finding a home that care about rock music and they care about Avenged Sevenfold and want to further our career as we try to push through this thing.”
Whatever the new album ends up being titled or when it is set to be released, we do know that it will be the follow-up to 2013’s Hail to the King. The impending release will also mark the first record to feature new drummer Brooks Wackerman who replaced former drummer Arin Ilejay.
All we can say is, keep your eyes open for that special event on Oct. 27.