AVENGED SEVENFOLD has released a video clip from the studio sessions for the band's forthcoming album, featuring an instrumental snippet of a brand new AVENGED track. Check it out below.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD in January filed a lawsuit against its record label, Warner Bros., alleging breach of contract. The suit sought compensatory damages because the band was refusing to fulfill its agreement with the company. AVENGED SEVENFOLD released four studio albums through the label but was seeking to exit its contract, while Warner Bros. contended that the group owed the company one more studio effort and a live CD/DVD.
The band said in its statement: "Few of the executives who have been integral to our continued success are still at (Warner), and we love and are grateful to them for their hard work. However, since we signed with the label, Warner Bros. has had three different regimes, multiple heads of marketing, and none of the senior management or A&R executives who were at the company and responsible for signing us are still there. Whatever the activity, it takes a full team to compete, and we no longer know most of our teammates."
The band continued: "You may read about the lawsuit our label filed against us for exercising our legal rights, rights the State of California granted specifically to protect artists. You may see mistaken facts or worse. One such error we want to make sure you know about: AVENGED SEVENFOLD has never renegotiated its original recording agreement with Warner Bros. Records."
The statement concluded: "Most importantly, we want our fans to know this: we are in the middle of writing a record we cannot wait for you to hear. We expect to go into the studio very soon, and look forward to releasing our new album later this year."
Singer M. Shadows told The Pulse Of Radio that the band will take as much time as it needs to complete the new record. "We don't care how many records don't sell, we don't care how many radio stations go away," he said. "This is art for us, and we want to make the best thing possible, and you can't do that — we can't do that — by just putting stuff out too quickly. So for us, go away, let the fans get some other bands and some other things that they're into, and then when we come back, we're gonna make a splash."
AVENGED SEVENFOLD was originally signed to Warner Bros. for five albums, but the label apparently tried unsuccessfully to renegotiate the deal in fall 2015 to include a sixth album.
At the end of 2015, AVENGED SEVENFOLD notified Warner Bros. that they would not render services to the label, citing Section 2855 of the California Labor Code, which limits the duration of personal-services agreements to seven years — the so-called seven-year statute.
Warner Bros. claimed it has invested significant funds in the band’s future releases based on the belief that the contract would be upheld, and the sudden decision to opt out of the deal is a breach of good faith and fair dealing.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD's previous two releases, 2013's "Hail To The King" and 2010's "Nightmare", both topped the Billboard album chart.