AVENGED SEVENFOLD’S M. SHADOWS Still Believes ‘The Stage’ Will ‘Continue To Grow And Stand The Test Of Time’

AVENGED SEVENFOLD leader Mr. Shadows believes the band’s latest album, “The scene”“will continue to grow and stand the test of time.”

The disc’s surprise release, announced the night it went on sale in October 2016, recorded the lowest sales of a AVENGED SEVENFOLD album in 11 years. It sold 76,000 copies in its first week, including 73,000 physical ones. The effort was a deeply complex concept album about the evolution of artificial intelligence and its possible consequences (both positive and negative) on our society.

Earlier today, Shadowswhose real name is Matt Sandersmarked the sixth anniversary of “The scene”sharing the following statement via social media: “6 years ago we were at the top of Capitol Records playing a live show broadcast around the world. At midnight we did what no other metal band had done before and the surprise released our new album ‘The scene’. For those who have spent time there… this new progressive sound has worked its way into their souls. Existentialism, artificial intelligence and world history were on the agenda. This album allowed us to spread our wings musically and declare to the world that you never know what you’re going to have on a AVENGED SEVENFOLD album. I believe that beyond any other album we’ve made, this one will continue to grow and stand the test of time. Here’s to 6 years.”

Shadows previously defended “The scene” in a 2018 issue of metal hammer magazine. At the time, he said: “I think it will stand the test of time in terms of AVENGEand I think at some point it’s going to be a lot of people’s favorite record. I just think when you’re in the middle of the process of writing a record and you know things are going to be a little complex or a little over people’s heads, then you have to know that a backlash arrived. And he did. But you know it. I just wish we weren’t doing so many crazy things at once.”

He continued, “I feel like all the initial backlash we had, people got into it. They try it and see how it goes. The backlash of ‘City of Evil’ was crazy – and then the next one was crazy because it wasn’t ‘City of Evil’. The next one was actually good because jimmy [‘The Rev’ Sullivan, drums] was dead. We didn’t have a lot of backlash because I think people felt bad for us. But then when “Hail to the King” came out, there was a huge backlash. The different thing about the backlash with ‘The scene’however, this was the first time we had a great critical response and more fan backlash.”

“The scene”, AVENGEis the first for Capitolsold half as many copies in its first week as the band’s two previous efforts, the 2010s “Nightmare” and 2013 “Hail to the King”.

The band made the album available at midnight on October 27, 2016 with almost no promotion beforehand except for a new song arriving a week early.

The deluxe version of “The scene” arrived in December 2017. This edition included seven additional studio songs as well as four previously unreleased live tracks recorded during the band’s concerts at London’s O2 arena. Among the seven bonus tracks was the band’s cover of FLOYD ROSE classic “Wish you were Here”.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD recently completed work on the long-awaited follow-up to “The scene” for a tentative release in early 2023. The LP was again produced by Joe Barresiwho previously worked on “The scene”.

AVENGED SEVENFOLDThe upcoming album was mixed by a legendary producer Andy Wallace. Wallace mixed it all up AVENGED SEVENFOLDstudio albums from since 2005 “City of Evil”.

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