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It's the band's first album since 2013

Avenged Sevenfold have released a surprise new album called ‘The Stage’. Scroll below to stream it in full now.

The US metal band last released an album in 2013 with ‘Hail To The King’. ‘The Stage’ is the group’s seventh LP and was co-produced by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool, Melvins).

‘The Stage’ features a spoken word cameo from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and is the band’s first album to feature new drummer Brooks Wackerman following the departure of Arin Ilejay in 2015.

Stream below.

See the tracklist below:

‘The Stage’
‘Paradigm’
‘Sunny Disposition’
‘God Damn’
‘Creating God’
‘Angels’
‘Simulation’
‘Higher’
‘Roman Sky’
‘Fermi Paradox’
‘Exist’

Speaking to Rolling Stone, frontman M Shadows explained the reasoning behind the surprise release: “Everyone else is dropping the breadcrumbs, having four or five singles before their record comes out. It completely takes away the mystique of the record; by the time it actually comes out, you’ve already done 50 interviews about what the record’s about and is going to sound like. It’s 2016; people’s attention spans are so short at this point, who has time for three months of lead-up?”

He added: “Vocally and musically, we went ‘out’ a lot on the record – if we came up with something that made us laugh, we put it on the record… Listen to that new Bowie record – it’s a brilliant record, but it’s so fucking out there, and that’s why it’s art! It’s so exciting to us to put out something like that and be completely, 100 percent satisfied with it.”