Avenged Sevenfold Top UK Albums Chart: 'It's a Monumental Achievement'

'Hail to the King' earns the band their first ever No. 1 UK debut.

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Avenged Sevenfold have officially topped the UK Albums Chart with their latest record "Hail to the King," scoring a first ever No. 1 debut in the United Kingdom.

After battling Naughty Boy and their "Hotel Cabana" effort, California metallers ultimately triumphed, knocking "Britain's Got Talent" duo Richard and Adam off the top position.

"It has been a hell of a ride thus far and having our first number 1 album in the UK is a monumental achievement for our fans and us," guitarist Zacky Vengeance told Official Charts. "I remember playing the 100 Club to prove to our fans we were willing to start from the ground up again to earn your respect."

The axeman concluded, "Thank you for putting heavy metal back on the throne. We look forward to growing old with you."

As the official chart info confirms, it's been a fairly successful week for the rockers, as legendary Bob Dylan also scored a No. 5 debut with "Another Self Portrait - 1969 - 1971." Right after Dylan, Franz Ferdinand landed at No. 6 with "Right Thoughts Right Words Right Action."

"Hail to the King" was released on August 27 via Warner Bros. as the sixth A7X studio effort. Featuring a total of 10 tunes, the album is now available for streaming in full via group's Soundcloud page. You can also check out the title track video here.

So have you checked out the record yet? And what do you think about metal being back on the throne? Let us know in the comments.

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    Good on em.... Great to see metal debut at number 1!!
    yeah, I actually didn't like the album all that much. But I'm happy for the fact that it's generating attention towards the genre. Cheers
    This is the first time I listened to Avenged Sevenfold. I have to say it's really good.
    Listen to City of Evil. It has a similar "gritty" rock/metal style as Hail to the King, but it's much less derivative and has much more interesting musicianship.
    This is their first album I've listened to and the problem here is that what they do isn't either original nor very good. They're taking influence from a bunch of bands in this album, but there are two problems: First, you can pinpoint the songs they were 'influenced by'. There is no problem in being influenced, but some songs are almost lazy. Then, there are a whole lot of bands doing the same kind of music, but much better. They are trying to focus in several aspects at once, and then not being able to do any all that well. Ah well, it might get some new people to metal, but I don't really think it's all that great. You get lucky and suddenly you're big. They might have good intentions, but I think their egos is a bit too inflated. It's not a bad album, just not a good one either, it's average at best.
    Listen to City of Evil, Nightmare and Avenged Sevenfold. They have their own style in these albums.
    Sure, but I don't like that style, that's why I've never listened to them. This one I decided to give it a try, since it was number one on the UK's chart. I'm not saying all their albums lack "personality", only the one I've listened to. Great if you like them, but not really my coup of tea.
    How do you know that you don't like their previous style's if you haven't listened to any of their other albums? And I quote, "This is their first album I've listened to..." Not all singles resemble the rest of what the album they're from has to offer.
    The problem is that this album is very derivative, and they pretty much flat out said that they're going to try to do an album in the vein of other bands. City of Evil is MUCH better, it has a much more unique sound, more interesting songs, better musicianship. This album is watered down, and honestly, not a great choice for a first listen. Somebody came right out and said that their sound isn't derivative on their older albums, yet you chose to ignore it and judge the rest of their work on this album. It makes what you're saying lose all credibility
    you mean "divisive", meaning it divides a crowd. "derivative" means it was influenced by or taken from. here to help
    "First, you can pinpoint the songs they were 'influenced by'." This. Just take a flying guess at what song "This Means War" is influenced by. Hint: It rhymes with Tad Sut Brue.
    This Means War was downright lazy, but the rest of the album is a great listen, IMO.
    That's actually pretty damn monumental considering the state of popular music in this country, and that's not just closed minded metalhead mentality - to call a lot of what's in the charts here "music" would be admitting to having no knowledge of music.
    Anything in the charts now is "music", whether you find it appalling or not. Being so objective towards music tastes kills all the fun, IMHO. I agree that it's a big achievement for Avenged Sevenfold though, considering that it's not easy to be alive in the music industry of nowadays.
    I actually like AS. I'm not a big fan, but they're okay. But this album (listened to it completely) is just boring as fluck.
    I've enjoyed listening to A7X for quite a while (loved the drumming on CoE) and I think they deserve everything they've gotten, in terms of success, but something about this album just doesn't sit well with me. I've tried listening to a few songs, several times, and just felt bored.
    UK? cool, quite a milestone for them. Now if they could do it in america, that would mean rock/metal is going mainstream again. Then my faith in humanity would be restored.
    Well, they are probably topping in america too as UG just reported... my faith in humanity is restored.
    anyone else notice how much Doing Time is a massive GnR reference and rip off lol albums great, amazing come back from such heartache
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    Just listening through the album for the first time, got to say 'This Means War' doesn't sound that much like 'Sad But True'. It has roughly the same tempo and a low D power chord at the start of the verse riff but it's not overly similar. The riff is pretty obviously different, I only noticed the similarity because I heard "one of the songs is a total rip off of 'Sad But True'" so I was waiting for it. Seems like a lot of people are just looking for something to bash because it's A7X.
    right. someone answer me this "YAY ROCK/METAL IN THE CHARTS THAT'S SO AWESOMEEE GOOD TO SEE METAL BEING MAINSTREAM" why? i know where the good bands are. i know how to researcb and find new music. why do i give a shit if it's mainstream?
    I'm not even a fan of Avenged Sevenfold, but this comment is completely and utterly ignorant. The fact that they're selling albums shows that there is still just enough monetary potential in the industry to keep the genre afloat.
    Because it shows that there is appeal for hard rock/metal, and mainstream music isn't completely dominated by lil wayne, justin bieber, and one direction.
    Loved the album. Live that they let some influences show. Love there older stuff like nightmare to.
    Am I the only one that thinks this is a really bland 90's Metallica rip-off? Cool that it hit No.1 as opposed to the other shit that's usually up there. Still bored me to tears though XD