Watch Avenged Sevenfold Nerd Out in Breakdown of Single “The Stage”

Get a further look inside their musical genius

October 30, 2018
M. Shadows and Synyster Gates perform during Avenged Sevenfold's The Stage World Tour

Jeremy Long-USA TODAY Sports

Avenged Sevenfold’s The Stage was surprise dropped almost exactly two years ago, making one of their most sonically complex albums a toddler.

Related: Avenged Sevenfold Re-Releases New Song After Complaints

To celebrate the LP’s terrible twos, the band is starting a series where they dive into individual songs on the album. From explaining their writing process to uncovering the technical aspects of recording, this series is every music nerd’s dream.

The first episode picks apart single “The Stage,” the 8-minute, cinematic title track that introduced the world to their new sound.

Watch frontman M. Shadows and guitarist Synyster Gates unveil the workings of everything from the unexpectedly complex bending chords to spending six hours on Shadows’ mindblowing and virtually untouched vocals: