Avenged Sevenfold don’t want to work with their label, Warner Bros. Records, anymore.
In a statement on their website, the band explain, “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.”
The band are utilising the “seven year rule” of the California Labor Code which allows artists the ability to leave personal service contracts under certain circumstances after seven years have passed.
As a counter measure, Warner Bros. Records (as reported by Billboard) has filed a breach-of-contract suit. The label claims that they’ve invested money in the band’s future, as well as financing a live CD/DVD, so the band’s opt out is unfair and breaches good-faith and fair dealings.
It’s not all bad news though, as Avenged Sevenfold write, “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.”