theMusic.com.au spoke with Zacky Vengeance about how Avenged Sevenfold fooled everyone with decoys and chatbots to surprise release “The Stage.” They also touched on theme of the album, how Neil deGrasse Tyson got his cameo, their legal battle with Warner Brothers Records and the “Best Of” compilation.
Avenged Sevenfold’s mega-selling 2013 record Hail To The King was widely derided and even (not unjustifiably) mocked in some quarters for being derivative of hard rock’s forebears. However, the Californian metal titans opted to blaze a trail within the heavy music realm – at least regarding delivery – for the follow-up. Seventh studio album, The Stage (their first featuring new drummer Brooks Wackerman) landed on October 28. High profile artists within other genres have unleashed records without prior notice, but Avenged Sevenfold became the inaugural rock act to issue an unannounced album in digital and physical format.