Avenged Sevenfold Announce Album 'Hail to the King'

See the artwork and release date for their new record which is due this fall.

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Avenged Sevenfold have revealed all the juicy details of their next album "Hail to the King," which will be released on August 27.

Fans discovered the album name and artwork, which you can see below, in an online scavenger hunt which led them across the internet to different pieces of the puzzle.

The band returned to producer Mike Elizondo who also worked on 2010's chart-topping "Nightmare" album. Describing the sound of the new record, frontman M. Shadows said:

"The new album has a lot more of a [Black] Sabbath / [Led] Zeppelin feel to it than 'Carry On' [their contribution to the latest Call of Duty soundtrack]. There's definitely more Sabbath in what we're writing, and we're proud of 'Carry On', but this album is going to be on a whole new level."

It's the first album to be written entirely without drummer James "the Rev" Sullivan, their lead songwriter, who died in 2009, which the band accept has pushed them in a different direction.

"We had a decision to make on this one," said Shadows. "The decision was, okay, do we just make a record that everyone expects us to make, or do we just move forward and make another, different record that we feel more comfortable with, and we chose the latter. So right now we're looking forward to doing something new and exciting and fresh, and hopefully people give it a shot and like it."

See the Avenged Sevenfold artwork for "Hail to the King" here:

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    The album cover is cheesy
    Like... bizarrely cheesy. It's so out of character, that I'm kind of hoping it's just a joke cover so they don't have to show the proper artwork yet.
    I think it is more out of character than cheesey though. Looks like a cover art for some online MMORPG imo.
    Honestly.. I thought this was a joke cover when I first saw it.
    I assumed it was the cover for the titular single. Maybe it is and their was confusion. I think it looks like a 3 Inches of Blood album cover done by Disney
    I was seriously thinking this when I saw it. Spot on, but yeah it's kinda uncharacteristic of A7X, as their album art goes. But maybe it's a good thing
    It's no cheesier than a lot of Iron Maiden album covers. /shrug
    I wouldn't call Maiden covers cheesy. They keep a general trend of the band's mascot and artistically pretty well done. IMO
    I'm not a fan of Iron Maiden's music, and they do have a few really cool album covers. You've got to admit that a lot of them are pretty cheesy, though, regardless of whether Eddie is involved or not. This Avenged Sevenfold artwork is arguably as bad as any of Iron Maiden's though; it looks like one of the band members made it in about an hour on a computer graphics program that they weren't completely familiar with. I really hope they didn't pay somebody for this.
    No I see where you are coming from. And I mean it's art in the end, people percieve and view art very differently for sure. I wouldn't say I am a huge Maiden fan either, I like some of their songs but just not my cup of tea. A7X's cover is not the best. I keep getting downvoted for asking why it's cheesy lol. But I'm willing to admit that ,yeah, the more I look at it, the more cheesy it gets haha Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, something people on UG don't always get and I respect it, some people don't like seeing the same thing over and over again in album art and some do.
    Btw I'm not trying to diss you up there, I just thought it looked funny. I actually love Avenged Sevenfold's City of Evil era stuff, I just think the artwork of this album compared to CoE is far less visually stimulating.
    The X Factor, Virtual XI, Dance of Death. Crappy album covers, if you ask me. Dance of Death was attempted work that wasn't fixed. Look at the crappy CG that's clipping itself on the cover...
    I LOVE Iron Maiden, and even I would agree their album covers are cheesy. Cheesy need not necessarily mean bad, though.
    Same excuse to A7X, they always seem to feature a skull and bat wings. I just see it as on the same theme as usual.
    Their album cover for Nightmare definitely looked a lot better than this one, but hopefully this it won't be official.
    Why do you think it's cheesy? I'm actually curious?
    It looks like a third-grader in elementary school has done it...
    I would place the skill higher than a third grader...
    It looks like a fourth-grader in elementary school has done it...
    I think what you guys mean is.. the cover art looks so simplistic that it could be an album AIMED to 3rd or 4th graders... I don't think any elementary school kid would be able to pull that kind of art off.
    They actually said it's a concept art so I think (and hope) that they will have a better version.
    Fellas, take it easy on me. I worked hard drawing the cover with my crayons.
    This stuff was only announced today, I'm shocked UG covered it so fast. Usually they wait about a week. That is a terrible album cover though imo.
    The Rev had been an important part in their music. It should be interesting to see the extent of this Arin Ilejay kid.
    Well.. Personally I like Arin's drums more (so far) than that of Rev's. Live, and in Carry On and those little snippets we've got so far. Getting a lot of hate from rev fans for this..
    No hate from this Rev fan. A lot of the attitude towards Arin is so misplaced. It's not like The Rev quit the band... he died. They could put ANYBODY behind the drums (and they did with Mike Portnoy) and a lot of Sevenfold fans would still complain. It is physically impossible for The Rev to be in Avenged, so I will never understand why so many fans complain that Arin isn't The Rev... I think Arin is a killer drummer, and I'm really excited to see what he brings to the album. He's very faithful to The Rev's parts and style live, and he even plays a lot of stuff The Rev even stopped doing. I think they made the best choice they could have made with Arin.
    the REV is NOT the "primary" songwriter, he wrote the drums and a couple of the songs hahah! But what he did write, was awesome
    the rev wrote alot of their lyrics actually...
    His writing really only started to take off on the self-titled. The Rev's contributions on "City of Evil" and "Waking the Fallen" were just about the same as the rest of the band.
    I actually kind of like the cover. Not something I'd expect from Avenged but it's kind of engaging in its own way.