Avenged Sevenfold vocalist M. Shadows recently revealed he was in the studio recording vocals for the band's long-awaited new album. Now Shadows is back to let everyone know that there might be beatboxing on the new album, or there might not be and he's just trolling everyone. Nobody actually knows and I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
This wouldn't be the first time Avenged Sevenfold trolled fans prior to releasing new music. The band surprise released their new album The Stage in 2018, though before that had Chris Jericho "accidentally leak" information that a new album called Voltaic Oceans was due out later that year. I guess the one concrete bit of good news here is that there's definitely new Avenged Sevenfold in the works.
Avenged Sevenfold recently recorded all the orchestral parts for their new album with a 78-piece orchestra. Drummer Brooks Wackerman and vocalist M. Shadows provided a few photos of the sessions at the time, with Wackerman adding that the new record is "unlike anything we've ever released." Avenged Sevenfold made it well known that part of the reason they couldn't complete work on their new album during the pandemic was because they couldn't safely get an entire orchestra into a room, so this was pretty exciting news.
Shadows previously said the band plans to get the new album mixed in August by Andy Wallace (Slayer, Sepultura, Faith No More), and out either late 2022 or early 2023. "Status is interesting. We recorded an album, you know, a few years ago. We haven't finished it yet. We kind of took some time off for family, COVID, weird touring circumstances, some changes within our team… And we are still currently with one record left on Warner Brothers Records. We'll be finishing that record up – I think we have May locked out [for when] our producer can get back to work on it, and then we're going to mix with Andy Wallace in August.
"And then we're going to figure out if it's the first quarter, or fourth quarter, or what we're going to do. So, the status is that, and then we're going to be booking tours, put the tickets on sale when the record comes out, and the whole nine yards."