The wait is almost over. The members of Avenged Sevenfold have been discussing a new album for what feels like forever now, but they’ve officially confirmed it will be released in 2023.
In September, drummer Brooks Wackerman stated that the plate was finished in a post on his Instagram, but given how much it’s been teased over the past year or so, we were looking for a more definitive answer. And after doing a quick search of the band’s name, the search copy for their website reads: “Official website for Avenged Sevenfold. New album out 2023.”
And that seals the deal. But it gets even better.
The band has been sending out merch packs to fans that include teasers for the new record. A fan uploaded a video of a card with the band’s logo next to an hourglass, and on the back the year 2023 is next to an illustration of flowers. An orange piece of merch can be seen in the background and the fan tagged the members of the band in the tweet, catching the frontman’s attention M. Shadows.
“It’s a beautiful morning, it’s a beautiful day… everyone’s smiling in a beautiful way,” the singer replied.
It is unclear if the person purchased the merch pack on their own or if it was sent to members of their Deathbats Club. However, Shadows posted about an exclusive “care package” in a separate tweet, noting that fan club members can redeem them online now via the club’s website. The site is open to visitors, but scrolling down further confirms that the club’s “hidden secrets” are restricted to members only.
To reiterate, we’re not sure if the mystery package has any relation to Deathbats Club, but at least we know the follow-up to 2016’s The scene will definitely be released next year. Check out the tweets below — remember Shadows’ Twitter thumbnail — and stay tuned for further updates.