It's been a while since we last heard from Avenged Sevenfold, and the possible reason for that has emerged. The band has reportedly been slapped by its label Warner Bros. with a breach-of-contract lawsuit.
After four albums into their five-album contract, Billboard reports, A7X tried to play the “seven-year rule". Under California law, this states that "parties can leave personal contracts under specific circumstances after seven years." It didn't work: Warner Bros. claimed that they weren't given enough notice and that they already invested too much money into the band, including a CD/DVD that has yet to be released.
The band's attorney, Howard E. King, shared the following statement:
“Avenged Sevenfold recently exercised the rights given them by this law and ended its recording agreement with Warner Bros. Records… [the band] underwent multiple regime changes that led to dramatic turnover at every level of the company, to the point where no one on the current A&R staff has even a nodding relationship with the band.”
Warner Bros. is reportedly demanding a trial, while King says, "The band looks forward to building a relationship with a new label."