Avenged Sevenfold are planning on taking a lengthy break midway through next year following their current tour cycle behind last year’s ‘Nightmare’ album -- but don't call the vacation a hiatus.

"I think bands burn themselves out. I mean, look what happened to Disturbed,” AX7 frontman M. Shadows tells the Pulse of Radio. “You get caught up in the 'do a record, tour for two years, do a record, tour for two years.' We just need to make sure everybody's mentally in the right spot before we start writing and doing a new record.”

Shadows likely is referring to Disturbed's current extended hiatus, which singer David Draiman announced in July along with the news that the band had "some things going on internally." Draiman later backed away from the comments a bit, insisting the break was "really not due to any animosity" within the band.

AX7 are about to embark on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival tour, which runs through an Oct. 14 gig in San Francisco. Then, after touring Europe in the winter and summer of 2012, they plan to chillax for a while. "[We will] take six, seven months and just sit around," says Shadows. "If we decide to write, we will, if we decide not to, we won't."

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In addition, AX7 are set to headline the 48 Hours Festival, which is scheduled for Oct. 15 and 16 in Las Vegas. Godsmack, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Adelitas Way, 10 Years, Rev Theory, Seether and Three Days Grace are among the other bands on the stacked lineup of the Vegas fest, which will take place on the fairgrounds of the Luxor resort hotel and casino.