Watch Avenged Sevenfold performance 3D/360-degree virtual reality event + New album ‘The Stage’ Available Now

Last night, Avenged Sevenfold performed atop the iconic Capitol Records building in Hollywood California for a groundbreaking 3D/360-degree live-streamed virtual reality event. The Facebook Live Stream is viewable here for the next 24 hours:

Immediately following their performance the band surprised the world with the digital and physical release of The StageAvenged Sevenfold‘s seventh studio album and first for Capitol Records. Drone-captured augmented reality images of the Capitol Records Tower shot during Avenged Sevenfold‘s live-streamed performance.

The Stage is the follow-up to Avenged Sevenfold‘s 2013 release, Hail To The King, which entered The Billboard 200 at No. 1. Co-produced by the band and Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool), The album is a work of immense scope and ambition, featuring 11 panoramic tracks tied together by an Artificial Intelligence theme. Inspired by the writings of Carl Sagan and Elon Musk, the album is the band’s first thematic release. While the term “AI” conjures up images of robots and fantasy films, the band steers clear of a science fiction storyline. Instead, the album sees them taking a futurist’s look at the accelerated rate at which technology’s intelligence is expanding and what that means-good and bad-for the future.

Download The Stage album on iTunes here.