Avenged Sevenfold Announces Free LA Show

"We wanted to make a record that slams" says the band on a new album.

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To celebrate the upcoming release of their new record "Hail to the King," Avenged Sevenfold decided to host a free LA concert at the iconic Hollywood Palladium.

The show is set to take place on August 26, a day before the album's official release. As the website announcement reads, tickets will be available at "a few places around Los Angeles and Orange Counties" and are non-transferable.

Meanwhile, bassist Johnny Christ discussed the new effort with AMH Network, suggesting that the band strived to achieve a sonic slam.

"We really wanted to make an eclectic hard rock record that slams sonically," the bassist said. "It's kind of like bare bones with a guitar, a vocal and some drums all up in your face. Huge. We really studied some of the bands that had done it before, their ways and what it takes to sound sonically huge. Listening to stuff like Led Zeppelin and AC/DC, we were just listening to see just how they achieve that. We noticed that a lot of it was the space."

Christ explained further, "We wanted to make this groove record that had a lot of face and keeps slamming at you. The main riff of the songs is that same theme that keeps coming in and out. That's kind of the theme for the record but each song has its own piece to that puzzle."

"Hail to the King" is scheduled to land on August 27 via Warner Bros. as a follow-up to the 2010's "Nightmare." The record was previously announced with the title track single earlier last month.

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    August 26th is the 10 year anniversary of "Waking the Fallen." Since they're putting out a new album out the next day, I doubt they'll really do anything about it... Still, if they played "Waking the Fallen" in full, it would be the best Avenged Sevenfold concert ever.
    doubt it ever so slightly as a possibility simply coz of the epic solo in I won't see you tonight pt2 becoz it's never played live :'(
    I just think they wouldn't do it because they've made it pretty clear that they're really only interested in new material. The set lists barely even feature City of Evil songs anymore... let alone Waking the Fallen.
    this tour right now they are playing Chapter Four, and of course Unholy Confessions, and they are also playing Bat Country and Beast and the Harlot. Not that it's a ton of old songs(primarily made up of Avenged Sevenfold and Nightmare songs), but they do try to mix in one or 2. This was their set list from when I saw them on 8/11 Critical Acclaim, Beast and the Harlot, Welcome to the Family, Almost Easy, Buried Alive, Fiction, Nightmare, Hail to the King, Afterlife, Chapter Four, Bat Country,Unholy Confessions
    Yeah, but they've been sticking to the same songs though from those two albums. Like, for "Waking the Fallen" we'll get "Unholy Confessions" 100 out of 100 shows, and maybe either "Chapter Four" or "Second Heartbeat." It would be cool if they threw in some deeper cuts into the set. We'll always get "Bat Country" and "Beast and the Harlot," but no "Burn it Down" or "Strength of the World." They play it safe and really stick to the singles, which after seeing them live for about a decade, starts to really kind of bum me out :/ Oh well! I caught them last week and the set you posted was theirs as well. Maybe we'll see some different stuff at headliner shows as opposed to more festival kind of stuff...
    "It's kind of like bare bones..." the band must have gotten together and said Ok guys when they ask us what this album sounds like, this is how we sound cool since M. Shadows and syn gates have said the same thing in their interviews. I'm beginning to think they recorded some rattling skeletons on this album
    So they're supposed to be writing an article about a new show but yet again put something in there about the new album and categorise it as "upcoming releases"...
    I don't like Avenged Sevenfold but the idea of a free concert is always welcome
    Nothing will compare to City of Evil and their self titled album. They had The Rev writing for them, and now he's gone, they will never be the awesome band they once were.
    I always disliked these guys because of their names...then I happened to see them live. My feelings were completely justified.
    They cancelled their show in la crosse . . . *****s! lol they rocked it when they came through a few years ago hope they roll through again to make it up!