Jul 18

Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:13:39 minutes | 1,57 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Capitol Records

The Stage is the seventh studio album by American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold. It is a concept album about artificial intelligence and self-destruction of society. It was released on October 28, 2016 after a live stream event on the band’s Facebook page. The Stage is the first Avenged Sevenfold album to feature Brooks Wackerman on drums, who joined the band in 2014, but wasn’t revealed as Arin Ilejay’s official replacement until Illejay’s departure in 2015. The Stage is also the band’s first album to be released through Capitol Records. It is also the band’s longest studio album at 73 minutes and 35 seconds, thus beating City of Evil by almost a minute. The album also features their longest song to date, “Exist”, with a run-time of 15 minutes and 41 seconds.

The seventh studio long-player from the veteran California-based metal ensemble, and their first new collection of music to feature ex-Bad Religion drummer Brooks Wackerman behind the kit, Stage sees Avenged Sevenfold rolling up their sleeves and delivering an ambitious concept LP. Dropped with little to no promotion — WWE superstar and Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho leaked the album’s original title, Voltaic Oceans, via his Instagram account a month prior to the release — the narrative concerns itself with the Orwellian consequences of a world struggling to adapt to the myriad complexities of artificial intelligence — there’s even a spoken word appearance by celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Despite some forays into Floyd-ian space rock — the soloing in the orchestra-driven “Roman Sky” is positively Gilmour-esque — the 11-track set mostly sticks to the kind of propulsive, melodic carnage that fans have come to expect from the group, albeit with a progressive metal twist. Avenged Sevenfold may have expanded their sonic horizons, but Stage is more Operation: Mindcrime-era Queensrÿche than it is Muse, and for all its opining on nanotechnology and interstellar travel, it still feels rooted in heavy metal tradition. ~~AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger

Tracklist:

1. The Stage 8:32
2. Paradigm 4:19
3. Sunny Disposition 6:41
4. God Damn 3:42
5. Creating God 5:35
6. Angels 5:41
7. Simulation 5:31
8. Higher 6:29
9. Roman Sky 5:00
10. Fermi Paradox 6:31
11. Exist 15:39