Avenged Sevenfold‘s M. Shadows revealed during a recent appearance on a program on Minnesota radio station 93X that the band has completed about 70 percent of their upcoming album.

“We’re working on stuff. We have pretty much 70 percent of the record done. We have some things we can’t finish right now ’cause of COVID — string players, et cetera,” Shadows told 93X.

He added, “We know Andy [Wallace, Avenged Sevenfold’s longtime mixer] doesn’t wanna travel, or his management doesn’t want him to travel because of COVID. So there’s just a lot of things going on.”

When asked about the likely release of the new album, Shadows said, “It doesn’t make sense for us right now to put out a record and not be able to tour it. The world has changed. Putting out a record on Spotify without touring for a rock band, it just doesn’t make sense to us. So we’re gonna wait till everything is back, then we’ll come out with the record, finish it up, and all will be good.”

Avenged Sevenfold’s last album was The Stage in 2016.

“The [new] record sounds nothing like ‘The Stage’ — it’s a completely new direction, and it sounds nothing like anything we’ve done. That’s all I’ll say about it: it’s over the top, and it’s very eclectic and wild,” Shadows told Kerrang! last year.

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