Reporting Jay Tilles
After teasing fans with song snippets for the past few weeks, Avenged Sevenfold have finally released “Hail To The King,” the first single and title track from their upcoming fifth studio album due out August 27.
“Hail To The King” appears to deliver on the promise singer M. Shadows made about channeling a classic metal sound.
“I look around now and I see a lot of heavy rock bands and metal bands getting into dubstep and electronics and incorporating this new fashionable sh*t into their sound,” M. Shadows told Kerrang! last November (via the band’s website). “That’s not us. We’re not interested in that. If anything, we’re going almost in the opposite direction by going even more old school. I mean, we’re going way back on this, to an album Black Sabbath-esque bluesy type thing, with some of the heaviest sounds we’ve ever made.”
Hail To The King is the the first A7X album to feature Arin Ilegay. The band’s former drummer and founding member, James “The Rev” Sullivan, passed away in 2009.
Last November, A7X made an appearance as characters in the Call of Duty Black Ops 2, the biggest selling video game of all time. The game featured the band’s performance of “Carry On,” a song written specifically for the game.
The Orange County metal band will hit the road for the Hail To The King Tour – a headlining U.S. arena tour taking place this October and the band’s first full American tour since 2011. Kicking off October 3 in Chicago and wrapping up on October 26th in Las Vegas, the tour will also include Deftones and Ghost B.C. (complete list of dates below). Venues and ticket on-sale details will be revealed in weeks to come, according to a release.
On August 26th, the day before the album’s release, A7X will play a free show at the Hollywood Palladium to thank fans as well as celebrate the new release.
Starting today (July 15) Avenged Sevenfold fans can pre-order a special, limited-edition box set of Hail To The King. The antique gold colored embossed foil wrapped “treasure box” will feature exclusive Hail To The King artwork and include a deluxe version of the album on CD with a download card an extra bonus track, an exclusive Canvas Print, a 20-page photo book featuring photos of the band throughout the years, a Death Bat Challenge Coin, Death Bat Skeleton Key, an instant download of the new single, and a download of the album on August 27.
Avenged Sevenfold ‘Hail To The King’ Tour:
10/3 Chicago, IL
10/5 Indianapolis, IN
10/6 Cincinnati, OH
10/8 Baltimore, MD
10/9 Boston, MA
10/12 Bloomington, IL
10/13 Detroit, MI
10/15 Atlanta, GA
10/16 Orlando, FL
10/18 Houston, TX
10/19 Dallas, TX
10/20 San Antonio, TX
10/22 Omaha, NE
10/23 Oklahoma City, OK
10/26 Las Vegas, NV