Avenged SevenfoldJeff Forney

Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows Says Warner Bros. Records Are Being “Childish” With ‘Best Of’ Set


Avenged Sevenfold fooled many people with their red herring of a release date (and title) for their latest album, “The Stage“. Among those seemingly fooled was the band’s former label home, Warner Bros. Records, who are currently suing the band for exiting their contract without delivering their final stipulated album.

Avenged Sevenfold themselves exercised the California Labor Code’s ‘seven-year rule’ to get out of the deal, which allows for parties to exit contracts after seven years if certain unfavorable conditions exist. Avenged Sevenfold in particular were unhappy with the turnover in leadership and staff at the label. They have since setup shop with their own label imprint via Capital Records.

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In the lead-up to the album’s actual ‘surprise’ October 28th release, Warner Bros. Records announced that they would be releasing a new best of set from the band titled “The Best Of 2005-2013” on December 02nd. As the band’s new album was initially speculated to arrive on December 09th, the best of set was seen as an attempt to undercut the sales of what we now know as “The Stage“.

Speaking recently with 101/1 WJRR, band frontman M. Shadows called Warner Bros. Records attempt a childish maneuver:

“We’re not promoting that at all. That has nothing to do with us. They, basically, saw the date that Chris [Jericho] put up, and, from what we understand, they are trying to undercut our new record, so they were trying to put it out the week before. And as childish as things can be behind the scenes with lawyers and stuff, as I’m sure you can imagine, this is childish on a whole new level.

You’re gonna try to put this record out right before our new record just to undercut us and try to confuse the casual fan, like, ‘Is this the new record? Or is that the new record?’ Or parents buying stuff for Christmas. So it’s just really childish. It doesn’t even have a good pick of songs. And it’s a record label, basically, digging themselves into a deeper hole, as far as I’m concerned, because it doesn’t look good to other bands who are potentially gonna sign there, and it doesn’t look good to fans.”

Warner Bros. Records‘ case against the band is expected to go to trial in 2017.

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