As mentioned in an earlier post (The Best Metal Band of 2000) I think Avenged Sevenfold is the best Hard Rock/Metal band of this generation. And with three years since their release of the Monster album Hail to The King the band was due for some new music. What was odd was on how they released the new stuff, no fanfair. Just a quiet here's our title track released on Itunes, Amazon, Spotify oh and next few weeks the rest will be out. Hey when you are the biggest band out there you can have the luxury of people finding you.
So after a few weeks of listing to the album The Stage I am still mixed on my review of it. Let me start by saying Avenged Sevenfold has not stepped back musically or creatively. Truly it is the opposite the band is reaching for much more on this release, and my reaction is did they Overreach? The title track and first release The Stage is grand. The song clocks in at an epic 8:32 time wise and it isn't even the longest song on the album. Musically and lyricly it is ambitious and is very much worth the longer time.
Honestly all the songs on The Stage deal with deep issues and are richly layered with amazing guitar and pounding double bass drums. The final track on the album is the epic Exist, The song clocks in at an 15:41 and even has Neil deGrasse Tyson speaking on the track. So yes the songs are almost like orchestral movements on The Stage.
I loved Hail to The King and think the band reached the top of the Hard Rock world with its release. So if there is a time for a band to stretch out and go beyond their musical limits why not try when you are at the pinnacle? I am mixed on my review but I can say I have really enjoyed getting lost on The Stage. So if you want to hear a band at its height musically and popularity wise see how fat they can go you need to go listen to The Stage.
Til next time listen to the best your ears deserve it.