Loudwire has listed their 20 Best Metal Albums of 2016. Avenged Sevenfold’s “The Stage” comes in at #8.
8. Avenged Sevenfold, ‘The Stage’
Many were wondering what was going on with Avenged Sevenfold this year as the band had kept their fans in the dark, merely offering that a new album was in the works. Dropping a surprise record after a tremendous teaser campaign, A7X returned to their more metallic, melodic sound after the rock flirtations of ‘Hail to the King.’ “The Stage” set the tone for the album, an sprawling eight minute epic whose length was bested by the all-time band epic “Exist.” The loose concept is one of artificial intelligence and the greater mysteries left for science to unveil, spurring the argument that this may be the band’s greatest achievement yet.