Having established more than ten years between Avenged Sevenfold together with Warner Bros. Records, their relationship is now tenuous. Matt Shadows and his friends sued by Warner Bros after A7X decided to move out of labels.
The lawsuit filed by Warner Bros. is a breach of contract. Because Warner Bros. Records has a contract rules that must be met.
On the rules of contract ‘seven-year rule’ in the California Labor Code, that one party can leave a personal services contract in certain circumstances after seven years. The rules in effect since 1980 to claim lost profits from the album that have not been fulfilled by the artist / band.
Avenged Sevenfold together Warner Bros. began in 2004. Liabilities A7X is made five albums, but this time they are only released four albums together with Warner Bros:
- City Of Evil
- Avenged Sevenfold (self-titled)
- Hail To The King
Avenged Sevenfold is not resigned to this situation, they have the lawyer Howard E. King. According to King, was a change of regime. This resulted in dramatic changes in the turnover of Warner Bros. And finally, Avenged Sevenfold may terminate a contract with Warner Bros. based on the 7-year rule.
Several times they negotiated since 2015, they have not found an agreement.
The following is a statement from Avenged Sevenfold vs Warner Bros:
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.
One such error we want to make sure you know about: Avenged Sevenfold has never renegotiated its original recording agreement with Warner Bros. Records. Billboard has now corrected its story to reflect the real facts.
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.
Until then, we wish all of you a happy, healthy 2016.”