will release their sixth studio album, "Hail to the King,"
on August 27. The title and the cover artwork were uncovered
via an online scavenger hunt that led fans to different web sites that were hosting puzzle pieces.
A 30-second audio sample of what appears to be the CD's title track has been posted on Avenged Sevenfold's official web site
and can now streamed in the YouTube clip below.
Asked what fans can expect from the follow-up to 2010's "Nightmare,"
Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates told Revolver magazine: "I think our songwriting has improved by leaps and bounds. Sonically, this record is our biggest record by f--king far. When you turn this f--king thing on, it blasts your f--king head off."
reports, the new disc was once again produced by Mike Elizondo
and is the first to be wholly written without drummer and key songwriter James "The Rev" Sullivan
, who died
in December 2009. Sullivan has since been replaced by Arin Ilejay
, a former member of Confide
Regarding how Arin did during the recording sessions for the new album, Gates said:
"He came in f--king hot and tore us a new a--hole. It was really, really cool. He has impeccable groove, which we've always known. But what I don't think we knew is his proclivity for taste. He is one of the most tasteful drummers I've ever heard in my life. He got that caveman, f--king barbaric huge groove philosophy that we were trying to go for on this record. He really got it in his heart and soul. We definitely had to work with him on it. On the first day of recording, I think everybody was getting to him, so he started overplaying and trying to show his stuff a little bit more. And we said, 'Dude, you've just got to lay back and do what we've been talking about for the last f--king nine months.' And he came in the next day and just blew everybody's mind.
"Originally, we thought that maybe we'd have to write the drum parts. M. Shadows [vocals] and I play a lot of drums. I've been playing drums since I was 16. And Jimmy had given me a f--king thousand lessons if he's given me one. We're not great or anything like that, but we definitely understand the drums and are huge fans. We thought that we maybe were going to have to arrange all of these songs, especially on day one. But when he came in on day two, it was just so refreshing. Everybody had goose bumps and we were just looking at each other like, 'Holy shit, this kid's a monster.'"
Avenged Sevenfold will celebrate the album release by playing a free show at the Hollywood Palladium on August 26.