Avenged Sevenfold released their pure concept album The Stage about artificial intelligence. Co-produced with the band by Joe Barresi (Queens Of the Stage), it is the follow-up to 2013’s Hail to The King. The album features a monologue from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on the closing track Exist. The band plunges us in an avant garde atmosphere, progressive blend of rock and metal at crossroads between Metallica, Iron Maiden and Soundgarden.
The Stage is mainly a boring, tedious listen in its entirety even if you are one of greatest fans . Moreover, If the topic doesn’t interest you at all, this is definitely the wrong album for you. The title track was misleading. Far from being engaging and convincing throughout, the album consists of undistinguished tunes. There’s no personality at any level to carry the songs through and things get generic. The band shows no emotion and no passion. The songs are nothing to offer : no hooks and melodies, no groove, weak vocals, no interesting riffs. It is easily forgettable. The guitar playing and the drums are technically solid but their tone is bland and it gets annoying pretty quickly.
All in all, The Stage is not an album worth anyone’s time. It is awfully pretentious, badly accomplished. Only recommended for die-hard fans. Absolutely not a good listening experience for music lovers. Move on. Disappointing. Nothing makes the album a must-have.