As previously rumored, Avenged Sevenfold has released a new single and video for the song “The Stage.” The tune, which is streaming online, is expected to be included on the California band’s seventh studio album. The disc is rumored to be called Voltaic Oceans and has an alleged release date of December 9th. None of this has been confirmed yet by the group itself, who have promised to reveal more information in a “special live event” on October 27th.

We asked Avenged singer M. Shadows a while back what his goals were for the band as they enter the next stage of their career: [“I just want to put out a consistent amount of records that are completely top of the line. You can put any record on shuffle and you’re just gonna be bombarded with what I think are cool songs. I think a lot of bands, they get lost and they don’t really follow their heart as much as they should, and they kind of get, you know, ‘Oh, we have all these radio singles and if we put this out, the radio will never play that.’ I want to be a band that always keeps that out. You try to make people change with you, you don’t try to change to become what the people want you to be.”] 

  • Earlier this week Avenged Sevenfold launched a new website at deathbot.net to answer fan questions, although questions about the new album are met with cryptic or vague answers.
  • Avenged Sevenfold launched its campaign for the new album last week as fans began spotting projections or pictures of the band’s mascot, the Deathbat, in cities around the world.
  • The new disc will be released through Capitol Records, following the band’s termination of its contract with Warner Bros. Records earlier this year after a legal battle.
  • Avenged Sevenfold will perform at Knotfest Mexico in Mexico City this Saturday (October 15).