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Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Zacky Vengeance told a Quebec City radio station that the band will begin working on its sixth studio album this fall. Speaking backstage at the Orion Music + More festival last weekend, Vengeance said, "We've been home for awhile, just taking a little rest, and after these shows, we're gonna rest a little bit longer -- just for the summer. We've never really had a summer to just be home and just unwind. But after that, as soon as summertime starts winding down, it's gonna be (time to start) getting together to start writing, working on new material."
Vengeance added that he has no idea what the follow-up to 2010's Nightmare might sound like, saying, "You never know how it's gonna go once you start, but hopefully we'll have some songs we're really, really proud of and get to work on recording them and get back out on the road again."
Nightmare was the first Avenged Sevenfold album to debut at Number One on the Billboard album chart when it came out in July 2010. The gold-certified disc was recorded after the December 2009 death of drummer James "The Rev" Sullivan, who was one of the band's main songwriters.
Vengeance told us that writing an album for the first time without Sullivan will be a challenge: "You know, it comes time to write the next album, we're gonna have to face the very difficult realization that Jimmy's not there to write with us and we're gonna have to compensate and dig deep within ourselves and really find what we feel is right and what's the best thing to do. And that's what we've done our whole career."
Sullivan died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. Although ex-Dream Theatre drummer Mike Portnoy played on the album and most of the band's 2010 touring, he was later replaced by current drummer Aren Ilejay.
Avenged Sevenfold does not have any other upcoming tour dates currently on its schedule.