Yesterday on Avenged Sevenfold’s social accounts it was announced that the band would not be playing Welcome To Rockville and Sonic Temple, currently A7X’s only live dates this year.
The announcement also came on the band’s official podcast, with M.Shadows’ voice, which turned out to be an AI.
M.Shadows immediately denied the news, saying that they would be performing at festivals and that this was the work of a hacker.
A user on Reddit named Libad5343 posted a photo on showing that he was the one who “hacked” Avenged Sevenfold’s social profiles.
Other users noticed the website called Libad5343.net with some articles about Avenged Sevenfold with fake advertisements that actually lead nowhere.
Some fans have also speculated that LIBAD is actually an acronym for the title of the band’s new album.
User Libad5343 two days before the “hack” wrote on Reddit that he had obtained the new album and that the audio had a watermark from Warner Bros. Records and that he could not share it otherwise they would trace it back to him because of the encryption.
In short, this whole thing certainly does not sound like a hack. Avenged Sevenfold has done similar things in the past before releasing an album, so I wouldn’t be surprised if a new song is released in March.
Would a hacker who manages to take over Avenged Sevenfold’s social accounts be stupid enough to reveal its website?