Loud Online give “The Stage” a 90% in their review, remarking that Avenged Sevenfold “deserve all the praise they get” for it.
That is the key to this album. It is constantly moving musically so that nothing ever feels overly long, and the band are on fire throughout. Synyster Gates pulls everything he has out for this, and new drummer Brooks Wackerman (ex-Bad Religion) really brings it all together from the first track.
The more I listen to The Stage, the more I am reminded why Avenged Sevenfold will be one of the bands to keep metal in the mainstream. They really deserve all the praise they get for this, especially after their misstep last time. Like the band or not, you should give this a solid listen. It is worth your time.