Californian metal outfit Avenged Sevenfold have just posted a statement on their website regarding recent activity in the band regarding their label Warner Bros. Records, who the band have stated have filed a lawsuit against them due to them no longer wishing to record and release music through them.
The main reason for their wish to leave the label appears to centre around a constant change in the team that works with the band. Avenged Sevenfold have also confirmed in the same statement that they’ll soon be returning to the studio to record a new album, and follow-up to 2013’s ‘Hail To The King’. You can read the band’s full statement below:
“We recently exercised our rights under California law and notified Warner Bros. Records we would no longer record for them. Few of the executives who have been integral to our continued success are still at the label, and we love and are grateful to them for their hard work. However, since we signed with the label, Warner Bros. has had 3 different regimes, multiple heads of marketing, and none of the senior management or A&R executives who were at the company and responsible for signing us are still there.
Whatever the activity, it takes a full team to compete, and we no longer know most of our teammates. In the coming days, you may read about the lawsuit our label filed against us for exercising our legal rights, rights the State of California granted specifically to protect artists. You may see mistaken facts or worse.
One such error we want to make sure you know about: Avenged Sevenfold has never renegotiated its original recording agreement with Warner Bros. Records. Billboard has now corrected its story to reflect the real facts.
Most importantly, we want our fans to know this: we are in the middle of writing a record we cannot wait for you to hear. We expect to go into the studio very soon, and look forward to releasing our new album later this year.
Until then, we wish all of you a happy, healthy 2016.
At the time of writing, Warner Bros. Records are yet to comment on the lawsuit that they are reportedly filing against the band.
Avenged Sevenfold have been with the label for just over 10 years, and through them have released their past four full-length records, ‘City Of Evil’, ‘Avenged Sevenfold’, ‘Nightmare’, and ‘Hail To The King’.
More news surrounding the development of their forthcoming seventh studio album will be confirmed over the coming months. It will be the first to feature their new drummer, Brooks Wackerman.