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The Stage
Released October 28, 2016
Recorded 2016
Length 1:13:42
Label Capitol Records
Producer Avenged Sevenfold

Joe Barresi

The Stage is Avenged Sevenfold's seventh studio album. It is the first album recorded with former Bad Religion drummer, Brooks Wackerman. This album had been teased for a month or so prior to the surprise release, and a friend of Avenged Sevenfold, Chris Jericho, posted on his Instagram the title, "Voltaic Oceans", to be released in December of 2016. This was later determined to be a ploy of the band's to throw off their previous record label's attempt to undercut their sales. After leaving Warner Brothers Records, the company tried to sell a "Best Of Avenged Sevenfold" album to steal sales from the band's upcoming album. However, the band threw everyone off by releasing the album by surprise on October 28, 2016. One week earlier, the band had posted the music video for their opening track, The Stage, on YouTube. This is Avenged Sevenfold's longest album, clocking in at about 1 hour and 14 minutes (about a minute longer than City of Evil), and also has their longest recorded song ever, Exist, at 15 minutes and 41 seconds.

Meaning & Themes​ Edit

Tracks​ Edit

Normal TracksEdit

  1. The Stage
  2. Paradigm
  3. Sunny Disposition
  4. God Damn
  5. Creating God
  6. Angels
  7. Simulation
  8. Higher
  9. Roman Sky
  10. Fermi Paradox
  11. Exist

Deluxe Edition Track ListingEdit

  1. The Stage
  2. Paradigm
  3. Sunny Disposition
  4. God Damn
  5. Creating God
  6. Angels
  7. Simulation
  8. Higher
  9. Roman Sky
  10. Fermi Paradox
  11. Exist
  12. Dose
  13. Retrovertigo (Mr. Bungle cover)
  14. Malagueña Salerosa (La Malagueña) (Traditional cover)
  15. Runaway ft. Warren Fitzgerald (Del Shannon cover)
  16. As Tears Go By (Rolling Stones cover)
  17. Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd cover)
  18. God Only Knows (Beach Boys cover)
  19. The Stage (Live in London)
  20. Paradigm (Live in London)
  21. Sunny Disposition (Live in London)
  22. God Damn (Live in London)
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