Avenged Sevenfold have just unleashed a fiery new song, "Dose." The trippy track was originally intended to appear on their latest album, The Stage, but it was ultimately cut from its track listing. Avenged Sevenfold teased the song via a special level in the hack-and-slash video game "Dungeon Hunter 5," which culminates in a showdown with a boss character inspired by last fall's LP. The band's latest sonic offering comes in the wake of two covers released earlier in the summer: a reimagining of the Mexican folk song "Malagueña Salerosa," as well as an epic take on Mr. Bungle's "Retrovertigo." Check out the video for the song below.
According to Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows, "Dose" was musically conceived as a sequel to The Stage's orchestral highlight "Roman Sky," but later morphed into a tripped-out metal song, inspired by a modern urban legend. "The lyrics were inspired by an unsolved mystery that dates back to the 1950s about an airline traveler who, if you believe the story, supposedly fell into our dimension from another," he explains. "According to reports, he showed up in a Tokyo airport with a passport from a country that didn't exist anywhere on a map. He was detained for questioning, but mysteriously vanished from a room guarded by immigration officials, taking with him all evidence of his existence. It ties into the theory that there are infinite possibilities of our lives being played out across space and time. [I] Don't know if the story is true, but I'm fascinated by that kind of stuff and thought it'd be a fun idea for a song."
"The Dose" arrives smack-dab in the middle of Avenged Sevenfold's North American tour behind The Stage. In addition to headlining shows in Wisconsin, New Hampshire, California and elsewhere, the band has been tapped to open for rock gods Metallica, with support from Gojira and Volbeat on select dates.
Jul. 14 – Cadott, WI – Rock Fest Amphitheater ***
Jul. 16 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre ^
Jul. 18 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion ***
Jul. 19 – Montreal, QB – Parc Jean-Drapeau ^
Jul. 28 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre +++
Jul. 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Rose Bowl +
Jul. 31 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center +++
Aug. 03 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater +++
Aug. 04 – Phoenix, AZ - University of Phoenix Stadium +
Aug. 06 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park +
Aug. 09 – Seattle, WA – CenturyLink Field +
Aug. 11 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre +++
Aug. 12 – Nampa (Boise), ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater +++
Aug. 14 – Vancouver, BC – BC Place +
Aug. 16 – Edmonton, AB - Commonwealth Stadium+
*** w/ Volbeat
+++ w/ A Day To Remember
^ w/ Metallica, Volbeat
+ w/ Metallica, Gojira