Alllllll the way back in December 2020, M. Shadows told Kerrang! that Avenged Sevenfold had been "trying to get string sections together" to record material for their new album, but had been struggling to make it all happen due to the pandemic. But now, over a year later, they've finally been able to get it done.
Taking to Twitter on February 10, the singer shared some snaps from the studio: of the huge 78-piece orchestra doing their thing, and of him and guitarist Syn Gates clearly giving their approval to what they're hearing. "Twas worth the wait," M. tweeted.
Drummer Brooks Wackerman also excitedly gave an update on the record – the follow-up to 2016's The Stage – writing on Instagram: "Well… this happened on Tuesday. We – Avenged Sevenfold – started writing this record 4 years ago and I can’t believe we are 90% done… One of the perks – in the creative process – is that we are able to track a 78-piece orchestra on our records. The fact that we are able to bring incredible musicians together to enhance our art still gives me chills…
"I can’t wait for the the world to hear this… all I can say it’s unlike anything we’ve ever released.. ALRIGHT and good night!"