Revolver has listed their 20 Best Albums of 2016 and Avenged Sevenfold’s “The Stage” comes in at #3.
3. Avenged Sevenfold – ‘The Stage’
Everything about the OC metal band’s first album in three years is utterly bananas: its Beyonce-style surprise release, technical mastery and widescreen ambitions. A concept album about artificial intelligence, The Stage is with good reason a perfect breeding ground for dark paranoia. For 70 minutes, A7X frets about computers, space exploration, tiny robots, the Big Bang, and the enduring misery of humankind. Add in there are endless metaphors, forays into prog and a spoken-word by Neil deGrasse Tyson, who shows up on the 15 minute closer to ruminate about the universe.