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Avenged Sevenfold has announced Dec. 15 as the release date for the deluxe version of the group's album, The Stage. The heavy metal band out of Huntington Beach, California, formerly released the critically acclaimed album on Oct. 27, 2016, during a ground-breaking event from the rooftop of Capitol Records (the band's new label) in Hollywood, California. The announcement surprised millions of fans who had been watching the first-of-its-kind 3D/360-degree virtual reality live stream.

Since the release of the critically acclaimed LP (No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock, Hard Rock, and Alternative Albums charts), the quintet, consisting of M. Shadows (vocalist), Synyster Gates (guitar), Zacky Vengeance (guitar), Johnny Christ (bass), and Brooks Wackerman (drums), continued to record supplemental songs to be added singularly to the album's original 11-song tracklist. Carrying through on the group’s unique vision to do something unconventional this time around, M Shadows explained in an exclusive press release why the team had decided to record new material and add tracks to their evolving body of work. “We’ve said all along that we want The Stage to be a different and exciting listening experience. 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.”

Due to extreme Avenged Sevenfold fan demand, the ever-expanding LP will now include the band's six reworked cover songs and one A7X original song. The forward-thinking album will feature the Mexican folk song, "Malagueña Salerosa,” a reimagining of Mr. Bungle’s “Retrovertigo,” original A7X track “Dose,” a cover of Del Shannon’s 1961 No. 1 hit “Runaway,” the band’s version of The Beach Boy’s 1966 mega-hit “God Only Knows,” 1966 classic "As Tears Go By" by The Rolling Stones, and the most recent release, A7X's rendition of “Wish You Were Here," by the iconic Pink Floyd.

The science-driven release, lyrically inspired by Carl Sagan and Elon Musk, is a futurist themed concept album based on Artificial Intelligence and society's self-destructive addiction to faster living. The primary focus; living in today's technological society. The thought-provoking record raises many intriguing questions, “Is what’s suppose to free us, actually enslaving us? Is what’s suppose to help us, actually hurting us?" All factors intertwined behind this intriguing compilation of songs. The deluxe version will also include four live tracks recorded during A7X’s recent shows at The 02 arena in London. The four unreleased tracks illustrate the preponderance of the disc; nanobots (“Paradigm"), nuclear war (“Sunny Disposition"), religion (“God Damn"), and the title track, "The Stage" (over 19 million music video views) which concentrates on human interaction from the vantage point of a man whose eyes have opened to the corruption of the world. The Stage deluxe version CD and vinyl can be pre-ordered here, digital can be pre-ordered here.

A7X recently announced the first round of arena headlining 2018 tour dates for the 'The Stage World Tour' that will criss-cross North America beginning on Jan. 12 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. They’ll be joined by special guests Breaking Benjamin and Bullet For My Valentine. The first leg is booked through Feb. 11 in Fargo, North Dakota. However, additional shows are expected to be added soon. Canadian dates will be announced soon. General public tickets are now on sale here. For full details on A7X-curated VIP packages, click here.

Loudwire recently announced Avenged Sevenfold had been chosen to headline the closing set at this year's inaugural Loudwire Music Awards. The show takes place at The Novo in downtown Los Angeles on Oct. 24. Tickets for this year's ceremony and concert are available right here on AXS.

For complete tour information, and all things Avenged Sevenfold, visit their official website; like them on Facebook, and follow them on InstagramTwitter, and YouTube.

The Stage Deluxe Edition Tracklist:

01 – “The Stage”
02 – “Paradigm”
03 – “Sunny Disposition”
04 – “God Damn”
05 – “Creating God”
06 – “Angels”
07 – “Simulation”
08 – “Higher”
09 – “Roman Sky”
10 – “Fermi Paradox”
11 – “Exist”
12 – “Dose”
13 – “Retrovertigo” (Mr. Bungle cover)
14 – “Malagueña Salerosa”
15 – “Runaway” (feat. Warren Fitzgerald) (Del Shannon cover)
16 – “As Tears Go By” (The Rolling Stones cover)
17 – “Wish You Were Here” (Pink Floyd cover)
18 – “God Only Knows” (Beach Boys cover)
19 – “The Stage” (live in London)
20 – “Paradigm” (live in London)
21 – “Sunny Disposition” (live in London)
22 – “God Damn” (live in London)