By: Stephen Maritnez
It has been about two and a half years since Avenged Sevenfold has released an album. The last album being Hail to the King, which was a very simplified album compared to the prior three: City of Evil, Nightmare, and their self-titled album, Avenged Sevenfold. The album was a simple one because it was the band’s first album without their former drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, who died in 2009 in the middle of recording their fifth album, Nightmare. Taking “The Rev’s” place was Arin Ilejay, and he contributed to all of the drums parts on Hail to the King. Since then, Avenged Sevenfold has gone through a lineup change. Ilejay has left the band and the band has acquired a new drummer, Brooks Wackerman. Wackerman has played in other big name bands such as Bad Religion, Tenacious D, Korn, and A Perfect Circle. Avenged Sevenfold has set a timeframe for the new album to be completed sometime in the middle of 2016. In an interview, rhythm guitarist Zacky Vengeance said that the album is almost completely “aggro.” This album should be more like the ones in the past, and not as stripped down as Hail to the King.
Avenged Sevenfold started their writing process last summer and since then has faced a temporary roadblock. In early January, the record company Warner Bros. Records has filed a lawsuit against Avenged Sevenfold for breaking their contract with them. Avenged Sevenfold had released a statement on their website saying, “We recently exercised our rights under California law and notified Warner Bros. Records we would no longer record for them. A few of the executives who have been integral to our continued success are still at the label, and we love and are grateful to them for their hard work. However, 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.” The band clearly isn’t happy with who is left at the record company. The band said that this lawsuit hasn’t stopped the writing process and are continuing to come up with ideas for the upcoming album. Hopefully this doesn’t delay the release of the much anticipated album.