Avenged Sevenfold returns!! Starting with advertising their upcoming 2016 album, rumored to be called Voltaic Oceans to be released as of right now on December 9th, by showing off their signature logo, the Death Bat, in many popular cities around the world.
(Avenged Sevenfold’s signature visual, The Death Bat)
This new album is gonna bring Avenged Sevenfold back to some of the more heavy music content that they have done when they first went to Warner Bros. with their 3rd album, City of Evil. They are definitely gonna take more risks in their brand of hard rock and heavy metal than they have in a long time. For all of the long time A7X fan out there, the lead single entitled “The Stage”, which is eight and a half minutes long, you are going to be amazed with some of the risks taken by the band because this song in particular is chaotic enough to enjoy as far as their instrumental arrangements go. It starts off with an organ intro for about 30 seconds. Then, lead guitarist, Synyster Gates, does a double handed tapping guitar lick for a while. Then the song goes into one of the main riffs which utilizes the palm muting technique.
Matt Shadows starts singing in his aggressive yet melodic baritone voice. Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance both have their own chances, vocally, to shine. They both have some lines in the 1st and 2nd verses as well as the final line of the bridge where they perform as backing vocals. If you listen to the song, you’ll understand that the lead vocalist has nothing to do with singing these lines. The first 2 verses and choruses go into pretty dark and heavy lines, such as “So I arrive naked and cold” and “Jesus Christ was born to die”.
After Synyster Gates’ first guitar solo before the bridge, the guitars go from distorted and heavy to clean sounding. Synyster Gates goes for a slower tempoed lead guitar part at that point.
Matt Shadows sings his vocal part in the bridge of the song while a different riff is played, making it sound different than it started. Synyster Gates goes for another guitar solo before the final chorus. Then, Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates do their dueling guitar solos, something that they do often. Then, the metal guitars fade out as they have an outro involving the use of acoustic guitars.
Because of the fact that the band hired Brooks Wackerman, the former drummer of Bad Religion, to be their drummer, the drumming arrangements sound more chaotic and experimental than their previous, straight-forward mid tempo rock/metal album, Hail to the King.
As for the bassist, nicknamed Johnny Christ, he did his job to provide rhythm for the band without his bass playing to overpower the distorted guitars, which is mainly a production error that many people say was a little setback for the band in their debut album, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet.
Avenged Sevenfold plans to have a streaming live show on Octiber 27, 2016 to release more details about their upcoming album. This album could be their biggest signature record since City of Evil.
(Cover of Avenged Sevenfold’s New single)
(current band member line up of Avenged Sevenfold)
From left to right: Synyster Gates-lead guitar;backing vocals
Zacky Vengeance-rhythm guitar;co-lead guitar;backing vocals
Matt Shadows-lead vocals
Johnny Christ- bass guitar