Loudwire has published their review of Avenged Sevenfold’s “The Stage” saying, “‘The Stage’ has plenty of what Avenged Sevenfold fans expect, but the band also stretches themselves to explore new musical territories.”
The title track, aptly enough, sets the stage for what’s to come. It takes a while to kick in, and there are plenty of detours,instrumental breaks and shifts in the track’s eight plus minutes. “Sunny Disposition” has a different vibe provided by a horn section that augments the guitars.
“God Damn” is the album’s shortest and most straightforward song, while “Creating God” features an extended guitar solo. Throughout the album, axemen Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance deliver memorable performances, whether it’s flashy solos, creative fills or basic riffs.
“Angels” and “Roman Sky” are the requisite ballads, with the latter including strings and a cinematic atmosphere. They are contrasted by plenty of heavy songs. While some streamlining would have benefited The Stage, the lyrical concept is compelling enough to overlook a little self-indulgence.
The album closes with the nearly 16 minute “Exist,” an opus that runs the gamut from thrash to ambient to power ballad to arena rock anthem and wraps up with deGrasse Tyson’s spoken word part. The Stage has plenty of what Avenged Sevenfold fans expect, but the band also stretches themselves to explore new musical territories.