Avenged Sevenfold has remained relatively quiet about the progress of their next studio album, aside from a couple leaks earlier this week. They did, however, start the hype train with a new some “The Stage”. Too be perfectly honest the song didn’t grab me on the first listen. Maybe because their 2013 album Hail to the King was a masterpiece of hard rock traditions and the Avenged Sevenfold sound. “The Stage” takes a couple interesting departures from their most recent work, and didn’t grab me as something special. I took a couple days away from it and I’m listening to it again now as a write, and I gotta say I am enjoying it more than I did on that first go. Sometimes you just need to go through something more than once to really get into it. Like it or not, the song is worth a listen, and the video is actually really cool, both technically and narratively. Give it a listen.