Today, multi-platinum headliners Avenged Sevenfold (comprising M. Shadows, Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance, Johnny Christ and Brooks Wackerman) unleash “Nobody” (Warner Records), their first new single since 2016. The triumphant track and its accompanying stop-motion video offer the first taste of the Huntington Beach, CA band’s forthcoming eighth album, Life Is But a Dream…, which drops June 2. Watch the new video directed by award-winning director Chris Hopewell or “Nobody” below.
Avenged Sevenfold will support the release with two massive live shows this summer, at Kia Forum on June 9 and Madison Square Garden on June 23. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 17th RIGHT HERE. The newly announced arena concerts mark Avenged Sevenfold’s first proper New York City on-sale appearance since 2007 and their first Los Angeles county headline on sale since 2009.
“Nobody,” the band’s first official music release since their 2016 album, The Stage, delivers nearly 6 minutes of tension, groove and dynamics. The song twists and turns beyond conventional songwriting and leans in on discomfort before letting go. The beautifully crafted stop-motion music video, which unfolds like a short film, is a stunning and powerful journey exploring the dichotomy between life and death, love and war, and follows the main character through an existential crisis. Stop motion is a handmade labour of love, often taking 90 minutes just to capture only 2 seconds of footage.
Prior to the track’s release, the band launched an elaborate and mysterious digital scavenger hunt with puzzles, ciphers, images, and blog posts, all written by Chat GPT, DALL-E 2, and AI voice modifiers. What initiated as a cryptic hacker campaign on socials, eventually led fans to a website full of challenges to complete over the past two weeks that ultimately led to the single being ‘unlocked’ for release today.
The sprawling sound of “Nobody” is reflective of Life Is But A Dream…. Written and recorded over the span of four years, Life Is But a Dream… was inspired by the writing and philosophy of Albert Camus. Accordingly, the lyrics are rooted in existentialism and absurdism. Always on the cutting edge of music and technology, A7X have partnered with Berify to include an NFC tag with bonus content on all CDs, Vinyl, cassettes and official merchandise sold on A7XWorld.com. Additionally, the cover art and packaging are by renowned artist Wes Lang. Bold and multi-layered, the band’s new album promises to be their most daring.