"The Stage" - Avenged Sevenfold
Written by: Kass
The time has finally come for all the Avenged Sevenfold fans who have been waiting for 3 years! Announced at a show last night, A7X surprised the world by releasing their latest album. Don't worry! We were just as surprised at the news as you are.
Two weeks ago, the band released a song entitled 'The Stage' with a music video, following rumors about the deathbat logo appearing all over the world. An announcement by the band said that the latest project was a new album, set to drop in December was going to be called 'Volcaic Oceans'. 'The Stage' was quite a surprise, but after hearing the record from start to finish, it's evident that the 3 year hiatus was non-hindering to A7X's creative nature.
M. Shadow's voice is unmistakable, and his vocals on this record are a powerhouse to be reckoned with. Synyster Gates is a veteran when it comes to laying down the sickest guitar licks in modern metal music. This record encompasses his impeccable skill sets while proving why he is second to none.
The tracklist for 'The Stage' is as follows:
The concept for this record is far different in terms of what A7X has to say both lyrically and metaphorically. This album explores several ideas that people usually don't discuss, which is why the band chose such controversial topics as the basis for this album.
For example, songs like 'Paradigm', is talking about nanobots and how they are being created to cure diseases that are virtually "impossible" to cure, and they introduce the idea of immortality. But, if you are 70% robot and 30% human, do you lose yourself? 'Creating God' explores the idea that computers are being built to be smarter than man. Eventually, there will come a time when technology will overpower mankind, and it's our duty as humans to remember who holds the power. Metaphorically speaking, humans "worship" technology like a God, therefore, giving it the ultimate power over us.
The next half of the album talks about space exploration, artificial intelligence, and how we as humans, treat other humans. It shows us how we can never actually understand the world through someone else's point of view because we can only see the world through our own perceptions.
The album's artwork is a nod to the concept of the overall record. Every track creates a cohesive piece that when put together with the others, it creates a true masterpiece. It's safe to say that Avenged Sevenfold has been exploring a lot more than space the last 3 years and it's paying off! "The Stage" earns a ten out of ten!