Avenged Sevenfold bassist Johnny Christ talked about the band’s upcoming album during his YouTube show “Drinks With Johnny.” Johnny stated that they are in the process of completing the album and will inform fans after it is finished.
The band’s new upcoming album will be a follow-up to The Stage, which they released in 2016. Receiving positive reviews from the metal community, The Stage peaked at number 4 on the billboard 200. Debuted in 2001 with Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, Avenged Sevenfold has 7 studio albums at press time.
The Stage, the seventh studio album of Avenged Sevenfold, is the band’s longest album to date. The album consists of 11 tracks and more than 73- min listening time. The song “The Stage” from the album was nominated in the Best Rock Song category at the Grammy Awards in 2018 but won the award with the “Run” by Foo Fighters.
Anyway, the bassist of the band, Johnny Christ, spoke about the album, which will come after six years, on his own program Drinks With Johnny. Johnny says that the album was delayed for many reasons, and Covid–19 is the leading cause.
“We’re still finishing up our record that we started,” Johnny said. “We had a lot of delays, for a lot of different reasons. We’ll go into it at a later date and we’ll be letting all the fans know. But it’s just delays, and then adding COVID to some of those delays… We’re a pretty intricate band. The delays were already there, and [COVID] just made it a little longer.
“Finishing the record to the caliber that we have created… A lot of string arrangements, a lot of different things that you need — players to come in on, and they’re all part of a union and stuff, and they have different new protocols of how… ‘Oh, if we wanna do a full orchestra, we’ve gotta do these three guys and then these three guys.
“We were, like, ‘Nope. We’re just gonna wait until we can get the whole fucking thing together. Let’s do it right.’ … And that’s just one of the delays. There’s a few others. But, basically, we’re finishing that up
Johnny Says ‘Avenged Sevenfold Getting In A Great Place As A Band Again’
Stating that they have frequent meetings to plan the next years of the band, Johnny says they are excited because they think Avenged Sevenfold will rise to the top again.
“We’re literally in the talks right now, having band meetings, about what the next couple of years are gonna look like and scheduling and everything like that,” Johnny added. “So we’re excited. We’re getting in a great place as a band again. Not that there was a bad place.”
Johnny also talked about the pandemic process. Although he felt bad for not being able to make music while he was at home, he admitted that it was also a joy to watch his child grow up firsthand.
“You know what the other thing is, Chad?” Jonny continued. “We all have young families right now. So being off for a little while [during the pandemic] was kind of a silver lining, a blessing in disguise in a lot of ways. I’ve gotten to watch my five-year-old son grow up firsthand without being on the road, without really working too much. I’ve been home every day — which is good and bad for me.
Back in 2020 band’s vocalist, M. Shadows appeared in Kerrang Magazine. The singer talked about their first playing as Avenged Sevenfold and revealed a rare-known story about those days. While he was asked about those days, the successful frontman said:
“There was, like, 10 friends there and they watched us and then left, and then some other band played afterwards and 10 of their friends watched them.
“The second or third show we ever played was at Chain Reaction, and we were playing to a hardcore scene and none of the kids would walk to the front of the stage – they’d watch you from the back with their arms crossed. [Laughs]
“Our first big shows were with bands like Twelve Tribes, Eighteen Visions, Poison The Well and Shai Hulud… It would be just a bunch of hardcore bands but it felt big for us – it was awesome. We had a three-song demo out at the time!”