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Avenged Sevenfold Frontman Slams 'Childish' Hits Release Move

11/14/2016
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(Metal Hammer) Avenged Sevenfold frontman M Shadows says Warner Brothers' upcoming A7X Best Of release is "childish on a whole new level." Warner and Avenged Sevenfold are locked in a legal dispute and the band recently sneak released their new album The Stage via their new label Capitol Records.

But as rumors - led by a social media post from Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho - circulated that Avenged Sevenfold were about to reveal details of the new album, Warner announced a 2CD compilation called The Best Of 2005-2013, which is set for release on December 2.

Shadows previously described the move as a "cash grab" designed to confuse casual fans, and he has now gone further and blasted it as "childish." Shadows tells 101.1 WJRR: "We're not promoting that at all. That has nothing to do with us. They, basically, saw the date that Chris put up, and, from what we understand, they are trying to undercut our new record, so they were trying to put it out the week before.

"And as childish as things can be behind the scenes with lawyers and stuff, as I'm sure you can imagine, this is childish on a whole new level. You're gonna try to put this record out right before our new record just to undercut us and try to confuse the casual fan, like, 'Is this the new record? Or is that the new record?' Or parents buying stuff for Christmas."

He continues: "So it's just really childish. It doesn't even have a good pick of songs. And it's a record label, basically, digging themselves into a deeper hole, as far as I'm concerned, because it doesn't look good to other bands who are potentially gonna sign there, and it doesn't look good to fans."

Meanwhile, Shadows has also posted a comment on Facebook in which he addresses how it was reported that The Stage is A7X's slowest-selling album since 2005's City Of Evil. His statement can be read in full here.

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Copyright Metal Hammer - Excerpted here with permission.

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