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Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Avenged Sevenfold
Title: The Stage
Genre: Rock, Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Alternative Metal, Post-Hardcore, Thrash Metal
Label: © Capitol Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 73:40
Recorded: 2016 at United Recording Studios, Serenity West Recording, Capitol Studios and Joe's House of Compression

The Stage is the seventh studio album by American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold. It is a concept album about artificial intelligence and self-destruction of society. It was released on October 28, 2016 after a live stream event on the band’s Facebook page. The Stage is the first Avenged Sevenfold album to feature Brooks Wackerman on drums, who joined the band in 2014, but wasn’t revealed as Arin Ilejay’s official replacement until Illejay’s departure in 2015. The Stage is also the band’s first album to be released through Capitol Records. It is also the band’s longest studio album at 73 minutes and 35 seconds, thus beating City of Evil by almost a minute. The album also features their longest song to date, “Exist”, with a run-time of 15 minutes and 41 seconds.

The seventh studio long-player from the veteran California-based metal ensemble, and their first new collection of music to feature ex-Bad Religion drummer Brooks Wackerman behind the kit, Stage sees Avenged Sevenfold rolling up their sleeves and delivering an ambitious concept LP. Dropped with little to no promotion — WWE superstar and Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho leaked the album’s original title, Voltaic Oceans, via his Instagram account a month prior to the release — the narrative concerns itself with the Orwellian consequences of a world struggling to adapt to the myriad complexities of artificial intelligence — there’s even a spoken word appearance by celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Despite some forays into Floyd-ian space rock — the soloing in the orchestra-driven “Roman Sky” is positively Gilmour-esque — the 11-track set mostly sticks to the kind of propulsive, melodic carnage that fans have come to expect from the group, albeit with a progressive metal twist. Avenged Sevenfold may have expanded their sonic horizons, but Stage is more Operation: Mindcrime-era Queensrÿche than it is Muse, and for all its opining on nanotechnology and interstellar travel, it still feels rooted in heavy metal tradition. ~~AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger

1. The Stage 08:32
2. Paradigm 04:19
3. Sunny Disposition 06:41
4. God Damn 03:42
5. Creating God 05:35
6. Angels 05:41
7. Simulation 05:31
8. Higher 06:29
9. Roman Sky 05:00
10. Fermi Paradox 06:31
11. Exist 15:39

M. Shadows – lead vocals
Zacky Vengeance – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Synyster Gates – lead guitar, acoustic guitar on "The Stage", backing vocals
Johnny Christ – bass, backing vocals
Brooks Wackerman – drums
Session musicians:
Papa Gates – outro guitar solo on "Angels"
Jason Freese – keyboards on "The Stage", "Paradigm", "Higher", "Fermi Paradox" and "Exist"
Brian Kilgore – percussion on "God Damn", "Higher" and "Roman Sky"
Eric Gorfain – strings on "Creating God"
River James Sanders, Tennessee James Baker – backing vocals on "Simulation"
Valary Sanders – nurse on "Simulation"
Michael Suarez - additional sound effects on "Simulation"
Angelo Moore, Walter Kibby – additional horns on "Sunny Disposition"
Neil deGrasse Tyson – spoken word on "Exist"
John Krovoza - cello
Ian Walker - contrabass
Stephanie O'Keefe - french horn
David Ralicke, Nick Daley - trombone
Jordan Kats - trumpet
Leah Katz - viola
Daphne Chen - violin

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