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Avenged Sevenfold Seek To Block Sales Of ‘Best Of’ Set From Former Label


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Avenged Sevenfold‘s contentious relationship with their former label home of Warner Bros. Records just got a bit more heated. TMZ are reporting that the band have filed a legal motion to stop the sales of the label’s newly released Avenged Sevenfold ‘best of’ set, “The Best Of 2005-2013“, which hit stores today, December 02nd.

According to the report, the band see the compilation as a violation of the record contract they had with the label, with no authorization or involvement on their part given. Previously frontman M. Shadows called the compilation a “cash grab“. He also stated that they view it as an attempt by the label to undercut the sales of their latest release, “The Stage“.

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As the result of a secretive plan, the album we now know as “The Stage” was originally thought by the public to be lined up for a December 09th release. As such, the label announced the above-mentioned ‘best of’ set release would arrive a week ahead of that original speculated December 09th release date. As it turned out, Warner Bros. Records were likely to have been surprised as the rest of the world when “The Stage” arrived in stores on October 28th as part of a surprise release plan.

Warner Bros. Records are currently suing Avenged Sevenfold for exiting their record contract. The band departed the label sometime ago, citing the California Labor Code’s ‘seven-year rule’, which allows for parties to exit contracts after seven years if certain unfavorable conditions exist.

The band argue that various turnover in staff had left them with an undesirable working relationship at the label. The label of course dispute this with the band having been contracted to deliver one more album at the time of their exit. As such they have filed suit against the band for breaching the agreement. The case is expected to go to trial sometime in 2017.

Avenged Sevenfold themselves have since setup shop with their own label imprint at Capitol Records.

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