Besides its new album The Stage, Avenged Sevenfold is also the subject of a new compilation The Best of 2004-2013. The problem is the band had nothing to do with the latter; instead it was released, without band involvement, by its former label Warner Bros. Records, with whom A7X is engaged in a bitter lawsuit.
Frontman M. Shadows tells us that the band is taking The Best of… with a grain of salt, however:
"I got a Google alert on my phone; That's how I found out...It doesn't really bother us. It's kind of obvious why they're doing it, and I think people can see right through it. It is what it is; It's what labels do and unfortunately that label at one point was so good...and some of the guys that signed us. It was so artist friendly and this is kind of a good example of why we realized we couldn't be there anymore."
A7X left Warner Bros. citing a rarely used California Labor Code "seven-year rule" that allows for a contract to be terminated if "unfavorable conditions" exist. Warner Bros. has sued A7X for breach of contract, saying the group had one album left on its contract. The case is due to go to trial in June.
A7X, meanwhile, is planning to tour extensively during 2017 to support The Stage, which was surprised released during October.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.