Avenged Sevenfold fans thought they were in for an early Christmas present. Turns out they should’ve been thinking about Halloween.
On Thursday evening, as the clock ticked past midnight on the East Coast, this long-running Orange County metal band revealed that its new album, “The Stage,” was available to stream and download — a full six weeks before the Dec. 9 release date hinted at online this month.
The announcement came at the end of a concert Avenged Sevenfold played atop the Capitol Records building in Hollywood, an acknowledgement of its new deal with the label.
“The Stage” — which also introduces the...