First came their cover of Mexican folk song “Malagueña Salerosa,” followed by a reimagining of Mr. Bungle’s “Retrovertigo.” Now Avenged Sevenfold continue the much-buzzed-about rollout of new tracks with the release of “Dose,” a new song originally intended to be part of the track listing on newest album, THE STAGE. Click HERE for the track/video.
“Musically, ‘Dose’ was supposed to be a Part 2 to “Roman Sky” and had a very cinematic feel, but we turned it into more of a tripped-out metal song,” says vocalist M. Shadows. “The lyrics were inspired by an unsolved mystery that dates back to the 1950s about an airline traveller who, if you believe the story, supposedly fell into our dimension from another. According to reports, he showed up in a Tokyo airport with a passport from a country that didn’t exist anywhere on a map. He was detained for questioning, but mysteriously vanished from a room guarded by immigration officials, taking with him all evidence of his existence. It ties into the theory that there are infinite possibilities of our lives being played out across space and time. Don’t know if the story is true, but I’m fascinated by that kind of stuff and thought it’d be a fun idea for a song.”
The band teamed with mobile game developer/publisher Gameloft and sneak previewed “Dose” as a special level in “Dungeon Hunter 5,” the latest episode of the successful hack and slash series. The game features a thematic dungeon that pits players against hordes of undead minions and bewitched demons leading to a final confrontation against a character inspired by Avenged Sevenfold’s THE STAGE.
The band recently announced that they’re transforming the album into an evolving body of work by adding a series of new tracks over the course of the coming months.
Avenged Sevenfold (vocalist M. Shadows, guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, bassist Johnny Christ and drummer Brooks Wackerman) are currently performing select songs from the album on their stadium summer run with Metallica as well as on their own series of special headline shows (see itinerary below).
Don’t miss your chance to catch Avenged Sevenfold live. Remaining dates are as follows:
July 16 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre^
July 18 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion***
July 19 – Montreal, QB – Parc Jean-Drapeau^
July 28 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre+++
July 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Rose Bowl+
July 31 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center+++
August 3 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater+++
August 4 – Phoenix, AZ – University of Phoenix Stadium+
August 6 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park+
August 9 – Seattle, WA – CenturyLink Field+
August 11 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre+++
August 12 – Nampa (Boise), ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater+++
August 14 – Vancouver, BC – BC Place+
August 16 – Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium+
** A7X headline show or festival date
*** A7X headline show with Volbeat opening
+++A7X headline show with A Day To Remember opening
^With Metallica + Volbeat
+With Metallica + Gojira