AVENGED SEVENFOLD is transforming its new album, "The Stage", into an evolving body of work by adding a series of new tracks over the course of the coming months. Today sees the release of the album's first new addition: an electrifying cover of Mexican folk song "Malagueña Salerosa". The track comes with a companion video that takes viewers behind the scenes and into the recording studio to watch the band and producer Joe Barresi (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, TOOL) record "Malagueña Salerosa" with horn players Sarah Bauza and Rachel Tate Herrmann.
"We've said all along that we want 'The Stage' to be a different and exciting listening experience," says vocalist M. Shadows. "For us, the idea of turning an album into a living piece of art and adding new installations is really intriguing. It expands the journey."
That journey begins by crossing the cultural divide with "Malagueña Salerosa", which is AVENGED SEVENFOLD's first-ever Spanish-language release. Says guitarist Synyster Gates: "I've always loved that song. There have been a few interesting interpretations over the years, including Chingon's version from the 'Kill Bill Volume 2' soundtrack. That's a great example of how a timeless song can be made relevant with a creative modern take. The structure, arrangement and incredible vocal work of their rendition was inspiring."
Though they originally planned to record the song in both Spanish and English, the band decided to forgo the latter in favor of the traditional version.
"We wanted to do the song justice," says M. Shadows, "and that meant singing in its original language. It was difficult, but I worked on it for weeks and had a Spanish-speaking friend come over daily to go over pronunciation. I also brought him to the studio to produce the vocals. It was important to me to get it right."
"The Stage" was released at the end of October with almost no promotion beforehand.
The surprise release of the disc, which was announced the night it went on sale, earned the lowest sales of an AVENGED album in 11 years. It sold 76,000 copies in its first week, 73,000 of which were physical.
M. Shadows recently confirmed to Kaytie of the Razor 94.7 radio station that AVENGED SEVENFOLD will embark on a full North American headlining tour in January and February 2018. The trek, which will be announced after the completion of AVENGED's current stadium run as the support act for METALLICA, was originally "supposed to happen this summer until we got that call from METALLICA, so we decided to put it on hold," the singer explained.