US metallers Avenged Sevenfold have officially scored a No. 1 spot debut on the Billboard 200 chart with their latest effort "Hail to the King."
With 159,000 units shipped in the US within the first week, the record still didn't beat it's predecessor "Nightmare" and 163,000 copies it sold when debuting in 2010.
As Billboard reports, "Hail to the King" also managed to bag the largest opening week sales in hard rock since July 2012 and Linkin Park's "Living Things" 223,000 units debut. Furthermore, the record's title track jumped to No. 12 spot on the Hot Rock Songs chart.
"We are honored that our fans have once again put Heavy Metal at its rightful spot of No. 1," the band stated. "Celebrate today because this victory belongs to you."
The five-piece also scored No. 1 debuts in Canada and Brazil. Earlier this week, "Hail to the King" claimed the throne of UK's Album Chart.
"Obrigado to our Brazilian fans who made 'Hail to the King' the No. 1 album in all of Brazili! See you at Rock in Rio!" reads the Brazilian crowd thank you note, with it's Canada-based follow-up saying "Canada returned metal to its rightful throne by making 'Hail to the King' the No. 1 album also this week. Let the celebration begin!"
"Hail to the King" dropped on August 27 through Warner Bros. as the group's sixth studio effort. You can check out the title track video below.
Guitar-heavy sound is back on top. Let us know your thoughts on A7X's latest triumph and the new record in the comments.