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How Avenged Sevenfold pulled off one of the biggest shocks of 2016

After almost a year of rumours and speculation, Avenged surprised us all by suddenly dropping a brand new album. We look back at the journey that led to The Stage

Well, who saw that coming? After a year of hints, a splash of legal drama and no small amount of private detective-style guesswork by fans and music journalists alike, Avenged Sevenfold ambushed us all with a brand new album, fronted by an unannounced new single and video. Ahead of our special, extended feature with the band next month, we trail what led to the OC heavyweights “doing a Beyoncé”.


December, 2015

Meeting new drummer Brooks Wackerman, formerly of Bad Religion, Hammer learns that work is well underway with writing the new Avenged Sevenfold album. When asked how it’s sounding, Brooks claims to be as curious as us, saying the ideas are “at the very nascent stage”. He does reveal that, “from what we’ve worked on so far, it’ll be a completely different album to the previous one. There are going to be a lot more risks taken in this one, I can tell you that. And a few more changes here and there. But, really, it’s hard to tell at this stage. That’s all I can say about that!” And so begins the waiting game…


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