Today, October 28, Avenged Sevenfold released their full-length LP, 'The Stage,' making them the first metal band in history to release a secret album. Co-produced by the band and Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool), 'The Stage' is the band's first effort via their new label, Capitol Records.
The surprise release was preceded by a guerilla marketing campaign delivered by Capitol Records. Puzzling clues first started to appear when the band quietly projected their deathbat logo on landmarks around the globe. The buzz intensified when a "deathbot" appeared on the official Avenged Sevenfold website, leaving cryptic hints about what the band might have in store.
Drawing inspiration from the writings of astrophysicist Carl Sagan and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, the 11-track LP employs an Artificial Intelligence storyline and explores how technology's evolution will affect the future, for better or for worse, making this the band's first concept album. Additionally, award-winning astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson delivers a monologue during the band's epic, 15-minute closing track, "Exist."
News of the album was officially delivered during a groundbreaking, live event that took place on Thursday night, October 27, from the rooftop of the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, CA. The virtual reality 3D, 360-degree performance from the band was livestreamed worldwide through Universal Music Group's newly released VRTGO VR platform, powered by VRLIVE's advanced technology. The event drew swarms of fans who crowded the streets around the Capitol Records tower.
In conjunction with the release, the band has announced a series of pop-up shops in New York City and Los Angeles as well as "Skip the Line" contests in each respective city where five lucky fans will have a chance to win. Fans can purchase 'The Stage' as well as exclusive Avenged Sevenfold merch at the following pop-up locations:
6615 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Los Angeles "Skip The Line" contest form
"Like" the Avenged Sevenfold Los Angeles Pop-Up Facebook page.
68 Greene St.
New York, New York 10012
Saturday & Sunday: 11AM-8PM
New York City "Skip The Line" contest form
"Like" the Avenged Sevenfold New York City Pop-Up Facebook page
For more information on "The Stage" and where to purchase it, visit AvengedSevenfold.com.
Have you heard 'The Stage' yet? Tell us what you think!
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Fret not, those of you who have yet to procure a Halloween costume! While the day might be just a few days away, we've compiled a list of heavy metal costumes for quick and easy get-ups that you can throw together last minute. While some might require some overnight shipping, others can be fashioned with some basic rocker-wares, items from your local Halloween warehouse and a little D.I.Y. creativity.
Memphis May Fire have released their new song, "Wanting More," which appears on their forthcoming album, 'This Light I Hold.' The LP is due tomorrow, October 28, via Rise Records. Stream the new single below.
Additionally, the band will partake in a Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything") session today, October 27, at 3:00 P.M. ET.
What do you think of "Wanting More?"
Avenged Sevenfold will drop their new album tomorrow, October 28. Titled 'The Stage,' the LP is the band's first release via Capitol Records.
'The Stage' Track Listing:
01. The Stage (8:32)
02. Paradigm (4:19)
03. Sunny Disposition (6:41)
04. God Damn (3:42)
05. Creating God (5:35)
06. Angels (5:41)
07. Simulation (5:31)
08. Higher (6:29)
09. Roman Sky (5:00)
10. Fermi Paradox (6:31)
11. Exist (15:39)
The band will be livestreaming a groundbreaking 3D, 360 degree virtual reality performance tonight, October 27. More details on the event are available here.
The official music video for the title track can be viewed below.
Will you be picking up 'The Stage' tomorrow?
On November 25, Record Store Day – Back to Black Friday, Refused will be dropping 'Servants of Death,' their new EP via Epitaph Records. The collection will include studio tracks, a song from the 'Freedom' recording session that was only released on the Japanese edition of the album and live recordings from the band's 2015 European Tour.
'Servants of Death' Tracklist:
1. Servants Of Death
2. Stolen Voices
3. Thought is Blood (live)
4. Dawkins Christ (live)
5. The Shape of Punk to Come (live)
6. Tannhäuser / Derivé (live)
Watch Refused's official music video for 'Servants of Death' below.
In 2011, Christian melodic hardcore outfit Life In Your Way reformed after a three-year hiatus. After performing a slew of live shows and releasing their 'Kingdoms' EP series, the band became inactive once again. On Saturday, October 29, the band will perform for the first time in five years at Souled Out Fest in Poughkeepsie, NY at The Chance. Other bands on the line up include Beartooth, Every Time I Die, Stray From The Path, Fit For A King and more. Tickets are available here.
In anticipation of this rare event, Revolver has exclusively interviewed Life In Your Way founder and vocalist Joshua Kellam about the band's reunion, making it the first and only interview the band has agreed to do to discuss their forthcoming show.
REVOLVER What compelled you guys to reunite for the Souled Out Fest? Is this a one off, or do you have plans for more performances?
JOSHUA KELLAM We're going to be very selective on what shows we jump on. Between time and resources and honestly, the promise of a good turnout with a crowd that hasn't seen us before has always been priority. Souled Out Fest is a good fit for sure.
Back in May, you released a video titled "Life in Your Way 2017." Is there anything in store in the future?
Ah yes, the secret for 2017 is that we've started to write for a new record. This will be our fifth full length and it should be quite different, but still not letting down our fans. We also hope to hit the road a little, some certain parts of the states were second homes to us on tour.
The band has seen a lot of lineup changes over the years. How has this impacted your writing from 1999 to the present?
Well, it has a lot. Every time a member change needed to happen, it ensued change in the whole dynamic. Our songs, normally start with guitar writing. The guitar writers will highly prove a difference in preference. Some were more fluid and some tough.
Your faith has played a major role in your music. Do you face any challenges being a Christian band in the hardcore scene?
We've had our share of people keeping us at arm's length. Hardcore has traditionally been about speaking your mind, sharing beliefs and doing it together. Finding life in Jesus is certainly something to share, the good in that tends to come out in our songs. There are still struggles, those are relevant in our songs too.
In contrast to that, what are some ways that your faith has helped shape the band and your music?
If life is about experience, then we are always being molded. It is the same with following Jesus. We have a different set of goals than most bands. There have been times on tour when we'd give our guarantee for the night to a band who might have broken down or even needed gas for the next long drive. We also made it a point to stay with people on the road. Being with new friends in their homes is priceless. Our motives rarely had money or popularity front and center.
You and your brother have been in the band since the beginning. What differences, if any, are there between working with a family member versus other band members?
The pluses had always outweighed the bad. Knowing someone that close can mean you'll rely on them for certain things and can count on the outcome. Making and playing music is a pure artform, it comes from the heart. Doing that with family makes sense.
Watch the official video for Life In Your Way's song, "Who I Am," which is taken from their 'Kingdoms' EP collection.
Vagus Nerve/ex-God Forbid guitarist Doc Coyle has debuted "The Ex-Man," a podcast where he plans on interviewing former members of bands.
"I have FINALLY launched my own podcast called 'The Ex Man,'" stated Coyle. "I will be talking to ex-members of bands and just creative people who have gone through big transitions. My first guest is my good buddy John Boecklin ex-DevilDriver. I have been working on this for a while, and really look forward to entering a whole new realm of creative exploration."
The episode can be downloaded via iTunes.
The Pretty Reckless recently dropped by Arizona radio station 98 KUPD and did an acoustic performance of their hit single, "Take Me Down," which appears on their recently released album, 'Who You Selling For.'
Watch the performance below and tell us what you think!
After rumors and speculation, Asking Alexandria confirmed its reunion with singer Danny Worsnop. The band played its first show together last night, October 25 in Seattle, WA at Showbox SoDo. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be viewed below.
The tour is set to run through December 6. Dates and tickets are available here.
Worsnop issued an official statement through his personal Instagram account.
"Two weeks ago I was approached with a question," explained Worsnop, "that as to if I would consider touring with my former band, Asking Alexandria for their upcoming tour '10 Years In The Black.' Now, keep in mind that outside occasional 'Hey man, how've you been?' texts, Ben Bruce and I hadn't spoken since my departure, and the rest of the band, not at all… I'm now in a place mentally where this is something I can embrace again, with the men I started this crazy journey with. It's a beautiful nostalgia that feels like nothing ever changed. Whatever happened with Asking Alexandria and Denis Shaforostov [Worsnop's replacement] is between them, and for them to tell. All I can speak to is my excitement to be working with my old and dear friends, playing music we made for a decade that we are here to celebrate."
The full statement can be read below.
What do you think of Danny Worsnop's return to Asking Alexandria?