Like a great deal of legal battles that take place, the one between rock band Avenged Sevenfold and heavy hitting record label Warner Music Group is still lingering. The lawsuit took place in 2015, when Warner Music Group sued Avenged Sevenfold after the band cited the “seven year rule” within the California Labor Code. The code states that individuals can exit out of a contract after seven years if unfavorable conditions are within the confines of the relationship.
“We have a couple things we’re looking at, but right now we’re still dealing with the label situation, the lawsuit [with Warner Bros. ], so we’ve still got a couple of things we have to clean up before we move on to the next record. For us right now we’re going to do [this summer’s ‘End Of The World Tour’ with Prophets of Rage and Three Days Grace], and by the time we get to September, we’re either going to South America or we’re not, and if we don’t, then we’ll start thinking about the next record,” said singer M Shadows.
Since leaving Warner, the band has moved over to Capitol Records, where they released their latest album, “The Stage.”
If Avenged Sevenfold loses, they could face a verdict between $5-10 million, plus $1.5 million in legal fees. The label is citing that the band had one more album in their contract, which they did not fulfill upon leaving to move to Capitol.
“One thing that we knew, you know, all the analytics proved that, you know, we shouldn’t do this because of the way that rock fans consume music,” Shadows added. “You know, it’s very physical-heavy, and one thing we knew is that we had to get records in stores, but we were gonna be basically setting ourselves up for a leak, which would have been a huge disaster. But Capitol Records did an amazing job of being able to get these records into stores, so we were able to be the first band to actually have a physical and digital release that was a surprise.”
JT “Doc” Berry \m/