Spotify updates their “New Music Friday” playlist every week with 50 new tracks hitting the service. In partnership with Billboard, Spotify editors pick the best of the group. This week Avenged Sevenfold’s “Angels” from the new album “The Stage” was chosen.
Avenged Sevenfold – “Angels”
Avenged Sevenfold tactfully and consciously skipped the formalities of a month-long promotional campaign and got right down to business, today (Oct. 28) releasing their new album, The Stage, after a three-year gap in between studio recordings. With their debut album turning fifteen years old this year, the five-piece’s latest offering showcases the Huntington Beach natives’ seemingly effortless ability to reinvent themselves, all without straying unreasonably far from their distinctive roots and happily navigating somewhere between heavy metal and hard rock. Not many bands in 2016 can expertly pull off an almost six-minute rock opera without overwhelming its listeners the way that a maturing Avenged can. As showcased with “Angels,” the group of veteran rockers has a knack for casting a spell over fans, leaving us giddy for every epic guitar solo and grasping at every word M. Shadows croons. In addition to being an incredible song in and of itself, “Angels” joins ten other songs helping contribute to a larger theme about artificial intelligence, with Avenged Sevenfold subtly, and exceptionally, reviving the lost art of the concept album.