Avenged Sevenfold's 'Life Is But a Dream…' has arrived: M. Shadows on the band's latest

'A lot of mindfulness, a lot of almost Buddhist teachings'
M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold
M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold Photo credit Tony Woolliscroft/WireImage/Getty Images
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California rockers Avenged Sevenfold have officially dropped their 2023 album Life Is But a Dream…, their eighth studio release and first full-length in seven years featuring 11 all-new songs taking fans on a journey of mindfulness in the face of existential dread.

LISTEN NOW: M. Shadows on Avenged Sevenfold's latest

Previously described by the band as being “designed to provoke and inspire,” frontman M. Shadows told us back in April that Avenged Sevenfold's lyric-driven Life Is But a Dream… deals with universal anxieties, while at the same time offering up "a lot of mindfulness, a lot of almost Buddhist teachings where, when death is always looming, there's two ways to go about it."

The method to that madness, he says, is to find meaning in life to make it somewhat bearable. "But to talk about that," he explained, "you need the music to have tension, and you need the music to almost feel uncomfortable... The things we're talking about are uneasy, and they don't feel pleasurable or release-driven -- until we want you to get there."

Listen to our full chat with M. Shadows above and check out the official tracklisting for Life Is But a Dream… below, including the lead single, "Nobody."

Avenged Sevenfold - Life Is But A Dream... tracklist:

Game Over
We Love You
Beautiful Morning
Life Is But a Dream...

In celebration of the new album, Avenged Sevenfold is set to hit the road first with two bi-coastal shows, one on June 9 in Los Angeles and again in NYC on June 23, both with Falling In Reverse and Pussy Riot as support. After that, guests Alexisonfire join them as opening support on Leg 1 of their headlining tour beginning on July 18 in Camden, NJ. Falling In Reverse will hook back up with them again on Leg 2 starting September 16 in West Palm Beach, FL. A7X is also set to take the Aftershock festival stage this October.

Take a look at the band's full 2023 itinerary and grab your tickets HERE.

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