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"The Stage"
Single by Avenged Sevenfold
from the album The Stage
ReleasedOctober 13, 2016 (2016-10-13)
Recorded2016
GenreProgressive metal
Length8:32
LabelCapitol
Songwriter(s)Avenged Sevenfold
Producer(s)
Avenged Sevenfold singles chronology
"Shepherd of Fire"
(2013)
"The Stage"
(2016)
"God Damn"
(2017)

"The Stage" is a song by American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold. It was released on 13 October 2016, as the first single from their studio album of the same name.

"The Stage" is featured in the video game Rock Band 4's "More Metal Pack 01" downloadable content. The song was nominated at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards for the "Best Rock Song" category.[1]

Release

The Stage was released on October 13, 2016, as the lead single for their seventh studio album.

Music video

The official music video was released to YouTube on October 13, 2016. The video shows a puppet show, depicting humans throughout history killing each other, until the present day, which shows politicians as puppets pulling strings of the crowd. At the end of the video, a reaper-like creature is shown pulling the strings of politicians, and it presses a "reset button", going back to the beginning of mankind.

Accolades

Publication Accolade Year Rank
Loudwire 20 Best Metal Songs of 2016 2016
14[2]
Loudwire 10 Best Metal Videos of 2016 2016
Revolver Magazine 30 Best Songs of 2016 2016

Charts

Chart (2016) Peak
position
UK Rock and Metal (OCC)[5] 7
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[6] 7
US Hot Rock & Alternative Songs (Billboard)[7] 10
US Rock Airplay (Billboard)[8] 24
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[9] 4

Personnel

Avenged Sevenfold
Additional musician

References

  1. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold Nominated For 2018 Grammy Award. - Avenged Sevenfold". 28 November 2017.
  2. ^ "20 Best Metal Songs of 2016". Loudwire. Loudwire. December 13, 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  3. ^ "10 Best Metal Videos of 2016". Loudwire. Loudwire. December 15, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  4. ^ "List: 30 Best Songs Of 2016 (#5 - #1)". Revolver Magazine. Revolver Magazine. December 22, 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  5. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  6. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  7. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold Chart History (Hot Rock & Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  8. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold Chart History (Rock Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  9. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2016.