Stereoboard has given Avenged Sevenfold’s “The Stage” 4/5 stars commenting that, “‘The Stage’ crashes through the cranium like a steam train on a bouncy castle: it is fucking wild,” “But that’s just Avenged Sevenfold. They don’t push the envelope here, they burn it and scatter the ashes in the faces of its nearest and dearest,” and declaring that it’s the band’s best effort since “City Of Evil.”
‘The Stage’ crashes through the cranium like a steam train on a bouncy castle: it is fucking wild. Former Bad Religion drummer Brooks Wackerman brings back the pace and gets Avenged Sevenfold thrashing on God Damn, a track that could’ve been culled from ‘Waking The Fallen’ had that LP been dipped in Cradle Of Filth’s ‘Nymphetamine’ first.
‘The Stage’ is not an instantaneous, bubblegum, give me more singles now now NOW sort of record. There are pieces you’ll pull out after a few listens – Higher’s gorgeous choral section or Angels’ splendid balladry, for example – that don’t get you during round one. But they will get you eventually. ‘The Stage’ is a conceptually and musically heavy record that deserves multiple appraisals. It’s Avenged Sevenfold’s best work since ‘City Of Evil.’