Avenged Sevenfold has posted a video teaser online featuring a snippet of a new song. After lead singer M. Shadows says that the group is not in the recording studio yet but still demoing new material, they play a clip with a decidedly funky feel for less than a minute before stopping that one and hitting another track that plays at thrash metal speed and features some blazing guitar shredding.

Shadows told us a while back that Avenged Sevenfold holds its records to very high standards: [“We’re not writing a record for money or to go on tour again. We’re writing a record for our legacy. Like, we want to put out only good records, and we want to take our time with them and make sure it’s the best thing that represents us at this time. And so, a lot of times we sit there and go, like, we don’t want any filler, we don’t want this, we need to get it tighter, tighter, tighter, better, better, better.”] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . . better, better, better.)

  • The clip also gives fans a chance to hear new drummer Brooks Wackerman, who joined the group last year after the departure of Arin Ilejay.
  • It’s not clear when Avenged Sevenfold will begin recording its seventh studio album, since the band announced earlier this year that it was attempting to sever its contract with Warner Bros. Records.
  • At the end of 2015, Avenged Sevenfold notified Warner Bros. that they would not render services to the label, citing Section 2855 of the California Labor Code, which limits the duration of personal-services agreements to seven years — the so-called seven-year statute.
  • The label sued the group in January for breach of contract, claiming the band owed it another studio effort and a live set on its existing deal.
  • The band said in a statement, “Since we signed with the label, Warner Bros. has had three different regimes, multiple heads of marketing, and none of the senior management or A&R executives who were at the company and responsible for signing us are still there.”
  • Avenged Sevenfold’s previous two releases, 2013’s Hail To The King and 2010’s Nightmare, both topped the Billboard album chart.

CHECK IT OUT: Here’s the band’s video teaser:

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?

Matt Raible wrote: “Gotta be honest, I preferred the funky first snippet.”

Mike Forest wrote: “My favorite albums of theirs are Waking the Fallen and City of Evil. Those two alone are brilliant and solidified the band’s success. If you feel like they’re a rip off artist, you may be missing out on these earlier gems. Seriously great and they were really only kids at the time.”

Igor Kountsevich wrote: “these guys are cool.”

Luke Edgerley wrote: “A7x is a great band and the new stuff sounds really good. Great band, great talent.”

Jenll Tellya wrote: “So, on their last album, they ripped off Metallica and G’n’R, now they gonna rip off Yngwie Malmsteen? Oh sorry,I meant ‘get inspiration from.'”