Avenged Sevenfold creating “evolving” version of “The Stage”; releases cover of Mexican folk song “Malaguena Salerosa”

Credit: Jeff ForneyLess than a year after surprise-releasing their album The Stage, Avenged Sevenfold has another surprise up their sleeve. The band is turning the sci-fi and AI-themed album into a “living piece of art,” to which they will continually add new songs.

“We’re finding ourselves in a different time and place and era of music and technology, and with the concept of the album, we wanted to embrace that,” guitarist Zacky Vengeance tells ABC Radio. “So we wanted to make an album that had the ability to constantly evolve and expand.”

The first installment of the evolving The Stage is a cover of the Mexican folk song “Malaguena Salerosa,” which was released today. While that might not be a direction you’d expect Avenged Sevenfold to take, Vengeance felt that the cover made sense to the band, which grew up in Southern California around Mexican and Spanish culture.

“Our ears kinda told us, wow, this really lends itself to our style with the dueling guitars, with the almost flamenco-esque acoustic guitars,” says Vengeance. “That’s something we’ve incorporated into our albums since we were 16, 17 years old.

The cover also finds frontman M. Shadows singing in Spanish, which was a bit of a challenge for him. As the “least bilingual member” of A7X — “It’s hard to get that guy to even say ‘gracias’ at a Mexican restaurant,’ Vengeance quips — Shadows recruited a Spanish-speaking friend to help out.

“[Shadows] really was adamant about wanting it to be true to the original song and to the heritage and the traditions of our Spanish-speaking fans,” Vengeance says.

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