Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage


Plenty of moments on The Stage are reminiscent of the band’s glory days. Namely, the acoustic passage in ‘God Damn’ harkens back to City of Evil while the soothing harmonies in ‘Fermi Paradox’ and ‘Angel’ mirror successful ballads they’ve written in the past. The bookends hit surprisingly hard as well – the eponymous opener sets the stage, if you will, for the rest of the record with its power chord driven progressions and shredding guitar solos, and closer ‘Exist’, the band’s longest and proggiest song to date (at almost 16 minutes), combines arpeggiating synths with thrashy grooves and Neil deGrasse Tyson speaking of the cosmos, cooling down the listening experience in a suitably grandiose fashion.

Review@Sputnik Music

Rating: 3.5/5.0
Origin: USA
Worldwide Release: October 28th, 2016

01. The Stage
02. Paradigm
03. Sunny Disposition
04. God Damn
05. Creating God
06. Angels
07. Simulation
08. Higher
09. Roman Sky
10. Fermi Paradox
11. Exist
Total playing time: 1:13:35

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