Tuesday, 8 November 2016



The Stage (album)

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The Stage
Studio album by Avenged Sevenfold
ReleasedOctober 28, 2016
Recorded2016 at United Recording Studios, Serenity West Recording, Capitol Studios and Joe's House of Compression
Avenged Sevenfold chronology
Hail to the King
The Stage
Singles from The Stage
  1. "The Stage"
    Released: October 13, 2016
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.[1][2] It was released on October 28, 2016 after a live stream event on the band's Facebookpage. The Stage is the first Avenged Sevenfold album to feature Brooks Wackerman on drums after the departure of Arin Ilejay in 2015, and 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.




In March 2016, Avenged Sevenfold held "March Mania"--a tournament to find the most fan loved Avenged Sevenfold song voted each week by fans. On March 31, 2016, Avenged Sevenfold released a video on their YouTube channel and announced "A Little Piece of Heaven" was the winner, then gave an update on the new album, even giving a small clip of a new song, "Exist". In October 2016, their logo, the Deathbat, was projected on major buildings around the world eventually leading up to the release of the first single entitled "The Stage" along with the music video. Deathbot was also released during this time, a link to a website with only a robot that gives certain answers to questions you may have in regards to the album. It was deathbot who first revealed that on October 27, 2016 Avenged Sevenfold was going to release information on the album. This was later confirmed by the band themselves posting on social media sites that they would perform a "must-see event" on that date and live stream it on theirFacebook page in which the band gave a global, 3D, 360-degree, live-streamed virtual reality performance.

Musical style[edit]

In interviews prior to the album's release, rhythm guitarist Zacky Vengeance described the album as "pretty much completely aggro".[3] The album deals with the concept of artificial intelligence and the future of mankind. Lyrical content of the album was inspired by the writings of Carl Sagan and Elon Musk.[4] It is also the band's longest output, which showcases the band's exploration in progressive metal, with songs such as "Exist", in which Neil deGrasse Tyson makes an audio spoken word appearance at the end, which he wrote specifically for the album. It also shows elements of thrash metal, with some songs using fast drum patterns, blast beats and rapid riff structure, along with thrash-style shouting at some points. The album also includes an influence from their earlier metalcore style, with tracks 2-5 all including metalcore-style riffs and breakdowns, with "Paradigm" going as far as to include screamed vocals.

Release and promotion[edit]

On October 28, 2016, the album was available for purchase on iTunes and for streaming on Spotify, following the band's live-streamed performance at the rooftop of the Capitol Records Building. Special bundles of the album were also made available on the band's webstore.
The band decided not to announce the album before its release, as vocalist M. Shadows stated "it completely takes away the mystique of the record" in an interview with Rolling Stone.
It was also announced on Chris Jericho's podcast "Talk is Jericho" that 7 new songs would be added via streaming services at some point.[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

Despite being a surprise release, The Stage debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 with 76,000 units, with 72,000 of that figure being pure album sales.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Avenged Sevenfold.
1."The Stage"  8:32
2."Paradigm"  4:18
3."Sunny Disposition"  6:41
4."God Damn"  3:41
5."Creating God"  5:34
6."Angels"  5:40
7."Simulation"  5:30
8."Higher"  6:28
9."Roman Sky"  5:00
10."Fermi Paradox"  6:30
11."Exist"  15:41
Total length:


Avenged Sevenfold
Session musicians
  • Papa Gates – outro guitar solo on "Angels"[7]
  • Jason Freese – keyboards on "The Stage", "Paradigm", "Higher", "Fermi Paradox" and "Exist"
  • Brian Kilgore – percussion on "God Damn", "Higher" and "Roman Sky"
  • Eric Gorfain – strings on "Creating God"
  • River James Sanders, Tennessee James Baker – backing vocals on "Simulation"
  • Valary Sanders – nurse on "Simulation"
  • Michael Suarez – additional sound effects on "Simulation"
  • Angelo Moore, Walter Kibby – additional horns on "Sunny Disposition"
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson – spoken word on "Exist"
  • John Krovoza – cello
  • Ian Walker – contrabass
  • Stephanie O'Keefe – French horn
  • David Ralicke, Nick Daley – trombone
  • Jordan Kats – trumpet
  • Leah Katz v viola
  • Daphne Chen – violin


Chart (2016)Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[9]4
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[10]79
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[11]85
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[12]
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[14]68
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[15]10
French Albums (SNEP)[16]53
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[17]14
Irish Albums (IRMA)[18]16
Italian Albums (FIMI)[19]35
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[20]9
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[21]16
Scottish Albums (OCC)[22]12
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[23]37
UK Albums (OCC)[24]13
US Billboard 200[25]

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