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This is a pretty exciting time to be a fan of Avenged Sevenfold. The band simultaneously released a new track and appeared in the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and they are hard at work on new material.

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We learned last week that the band has six songs ready for the new album, and today we get more info on the release from frontman M. Shadows.

Metal Hammer recently interviewed the frontman, and asked how the song "Carry On," which appears in the aforementioned video game, compares to the sound of the new album:

“I would look at it as a one-off, and to tell the truth it sounds nothing like the album,” he admits. “This song had to be done quick, and it couldn’t be a long song, and we wanted to make it fun. The new album has a lot more of a Sabbath/Zeppelin feel to it than Carry On. There’s definitely more Sabbath in what we’re writing, and we’re proud of Carry On, but this album is going to be on a whole new level.

“We’re halfway through [writing the new album],” he continues. “We’re shooting for late January-early February [to head into the studio] and to have the album out in the Summer. I’m pretty sure, with what I’ve been told already, we’re looking to go overseas first, so you guys will be seeing it before everyone else!”

Basically, he's saying these new songs are going for huge arena type sounds. I was not a fan of this band until I saw the power of their live performance at the Golden Gods a few years ago, and then I "got it" in terms of their appeal. I'm not exactly listening to their discography, but I respect what these guys do and am certainly curious to hear their new material.

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Expect a release sometime in 2013.

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