In a release strategy that only the world's biggest artists could pull off, Avenged Sevenfold has proven once again why they are at the top of their game - the successful surprise-release of their new album "The Stage" has placed them squarely in the Australian Album Charts at #4 in their first week.
A mammoth feat for a metal band and especially so, so close to the Christmas purchasing rush. Put that Michael Buble record down, Santa Claus - embrace your inner metalhead and send all the good children of the world some METAL this Christmas season!
AVENGED SEVENFOLD are the first-ever rock band to drop an unannounced album in both digital and physical form. THE STAGE, available HERE, is the band’s 7th studio album and first for Capitol Records.
The record has critically been greeted worldwide with immense praise, with Metal Injection giving it 10/10 and said "The Stage isn’t just a great step up from their previous work, but an outstanding addition to the halls of metal and rock that will forever be remembered." Team Rock also are fans - "...is [The Stage] the Avenged Sevenfold album we've all been waiting for? And in short, yes it is." and Australia's The NVRSPHR gave a unique, Dramatic Third-person Review of the album HERE.
The performance that ignited the instant-on sale of the record was filmed and streamed live around the world from on top of Capitol Records' iconic Los Angeles HQ. It was able to watched in Virtual Reality and 360-degree views and utilised amazing technology to give fans a once-in-a-lifetime interactive and unique experience ahead of them dropping the album. Now they have released the footage (minus the interactivity) on their Youtube account for all to relive.
The groundbreaking event saw the band give a 3D/360-degree live-streamed virtual reality performance, enabling fans around the globe to view the show on Universal Music Group’s newly released VRTGO VR platform, powered by VRLIVE’s advanced technology, and experience Avenged Sevenfold’s electrifying set as if they were there for this first-of-its-kind immersive event.
THE STAGE is the follow-up to Avenged Sevenfold’s 2013 release, Hail To The King, which entered The Billboard 200 at No. 1. Co-produced by the band and Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool), THE STAGE is a work of immense scope and ambition, featuring 11 panoramic tracks tied together by an Artificial Intelligence theme. Inspired by the writings of Carl Sagan and Elon Musk, the album is the band’s first thematic release. While the term “AI” conjures up images of robots and fantasy films, the band steers clear of a science fiction storyline. Instead, the album sees them taking a futurist’s look at the accelerated rate at which technology’s intelligence is expanding and what that means—good and bad—for the future.
Avenged Sevenfold's Album "The Stage" is out now and available for purchase at all retailers and online outlets - All Purchase options here. For more information, go to AVENGEDSEVENFOLD.COM