In October of 2017, Avenged Sevenfold took the time to perform a stripped-down acoustic set of some of their biggest songs at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, which they eventually released as a live album. Having already shared their "Hail to the King" performance from that night, today, they've released a video for their reworking of "Exist," which originally appeared on 2016's The Stage.
Their acoustic performance reveals various song parts in a new light, namely that Synyster Gates provides some pretty excellent backing vocals to the song's chorus. As the song draws to its conclusion, a string section joins in to give the song more weight. The inclusion of a string section makes the song sound out of time, like some melancholic desert-epic of the Seventies. It's a great distillation of the 15-minute original, and an excellent showcase of the band's talents.