Avenged Sevenfold Premiere New Single

The new album's title track is available for streaming.

Avenged Sevenfold Premiere New Single
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Avenged Sevenfold presented "Hail to the King," the first single from their upcoming album with the same title, Deathbat News reports.

The follow-up to 2010's "Nightmare" is scheduled for release on August 27. It will be the sixth record in the band's catalog and the first since the band's founding drummer James "The Rev" Sullivan passed away and was replaced by Arin Ilejay.

In a recent interview with Kerrang! the A7X frontman M. Shadows stated that the likes of Pantera, Metallica and Megadeth were the new record's main influences.

"We feel that metal dropped off after the '90s in terms of production and songwriting," Shadows said.

Listen to "Hail to the King" in the player below.

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    Superperfex
    It's definitely something different for the band, and that's not always a bad thing for bands to try out new sounds. This just doesn't work for me, it's missing their signature touch. It's a good song, but I feel like if someone told me this was a cover I wouldn't be surprised. It doesn't feel natural to me, but time will tell when we have the full album to listen to so we'll see.
    thes50
    You've basically written my feelings on it. It doesn't seem to be as alive as their other songs, if that makes sense.
    hereticfive
    I get that feeling because its the first song ive heard from them that i can remember that doesnt have overdubbed/double tracked vocals.
    Raider76
    2 words.. The Rev
    vayne92
    Problem here is they even said the rev would have done the drumming the same, and they didn't want anything over the top. But there's going to be a lot of hate on Arin regardless
    a drummer
    i think he was refering to his songwriting honestly. The Rev really took it down a notch after CoE so hearing them continue with back beat drums is no surprise. Arin is really good, remember, great records can be made with simple drums.
    CoattailRider9
    Yeah. I think he's talking about The Rev's songwriting. I mean, he helped write and compose songs with other instruments, and his songwriting was just amazing.
    J.Millzzzz
    not exactly. arins drumming on not ready to die kicked ass. and the rev used lots of simple drum beats too.
    blinkdragonid
    it sounds like a freaking drum machine! same effin beat thru the whole damn song. no good fills or drop beats or anything. a 3 year old could play these drums.
    headbang123
    Agreed. It's really subtle too. When I first heard Nightmare or Critical Acclaim it was like "whoa". With this it just kinda drags for 5 minutes and doesn't have that wow factor that they usually have.
    Noob_Brood
    It's a bold move. But regardless on your thoughts on how the sound is...to me, it is impressive that A7X seem to make a living changing up their sound and doing it to a point were all people whom have known them from their beginning when they were much heavier, to the times they dealt more in melody and "radio-friendly" music as you might say, but now this would be their 3rd time changing up their sound in what will become their 5th album. Not only is that ballsy as hell, but it can only be because of two things that a band like this...who switch things up as if it's normal, could ever keep a steady fan base. 1) Even songs that don't fit your preference in music, you at least feel comfortable enough to catagorize it as a guilty pleasure song. 2) They have the musical ability to take ideas and execute successfully. They'll never be the same again...but who's to say they're done surprising us?
    Yakisobayum567
    Yeah idk, like it doesn't have that.... "Sinister" touch to it like the other albums did. It's a solid song and I'm still looking forward to the album otherwise but, i hope they don't lose that edge that I (And I'm positive a lot of others) loved about them a lot
    esky15
    I don't think I could have said it any better. I agree 100% here.
    TomWhaley
    I'm glad they're trying new things. It sounds like a throwback to bands like Metallica, Maiden and Megadeth, which is pretty cool of them. In fact, it could be the most classic metal style song the band has ever released, complete with a neoclassical guitar solo, and die-hard metal heads will still hate them for it. It does miss the chaotic guitar-harmony, fast double bass, interwoven vocal lines, which is the signature A7X style, but it's still good. I'm curious to hear some of the more longer, adventurous songs from the new album now with this style in mind.
    VíctorG
    I was definitely expecting more, but I think this song is the single because it could be the most radio-friendly track in the album, so my hopes are up high still. Anyone knows if this is the full version or the radio cut?
    bangbang!!
    I doubt it's a radio cut since it's 56 long. I sure hope this is their radio-friendly track, but then again their previous radio tracks have been way more engrossing than this, like Bat Country or Afterlife.
    Caboose097
    They definitely got that classic metal vibe they were talking about. I love it. The intro is just great.
    Noob_Brood
    Spot on comment...I agree 100%. I didn't think that until I saw your comment, then I was like "Damn...dude made a solid point." It makes me think their new album is going to feel nostalgic in a way. It's so 80's sounding, I'm not sure, but Judas Priest might already have the rights to this song. Lol.
    GioJ
    You idiots always complain that bands sell out.. Well this is the opposite.. and you are still complaining..
    vayne92
    I think it's a great song. I think the intentional oversimplifying is just a bit much. I think a few fills could spice it up more but i know that's not what they're going for. I think live the drumming will be more loose and not just a strict beat so i'm definitely excited for that. Overall though i really dig it. I look forward to the amount of hate Arin gets on the drums!
    skidlz
    I was thinking (and hoping) the same in regards to live shows. It works on the single and we know Arin can drum but live it needs to be stepped up a notch. Something to look forward to maybe?
    sideslick
    Agreed. A lot of metal-bands tend to strictly-adhere to their "script", so-to-speak (Megadeth being a great example) when they play live. They don't improvise all that much. Simpler-songs (such as this, next to most A7X) tend to be easier to improvise to. I actually wouldn't be all that surprised if Syn improvised the solo for this during recording. Let's start hoping that they realize this when they play it live!
    danatos
    Just a single, like every A7X album, the second part is always 100000x better
    IronPunk96
    I was screaming like a little b***h when it popped up on their youtube
    Noob_Brood
    Every once in a while, you do gotta scream like a beach from time to time...but, I suggest putting an ear to a shell.
    IronPunk96
    Yea normally I scream like an ocean but today I thought '**** it I'm going to beach it'
    foREVera7x7
    Love a7x but this song doesn't keep me interested with the same chords and sound over and over again. I think they should be themselves rather than trying to sound like Metallica and Iron Maiden but they can do whatever they want. I'm still looking forward to the new album but I hope that the other songs have a bit more variation
    mwallace1695
    We'll just have to wait for the full album to come out, Like everyone says, this is a radio friendly song that will get stuck in your head very easily. Most likely to hold people over till the big guns come out. But they did promise a very stripped down classic metal feel. And even if you don't like the song, or sevenfold as a band, they did do exactly what they said they were doing. And plus it blows away all the shit pop songs on the radio.
    goon316
    I think it's a solid track. I would be disappointed if it was the best song on the album obviously, but rarely is the main single my favorite song on most albums so it definitely gives me hope. I think most will agree it's much better than Carry On, and shows the album won't just be a copy/paste of their previous records.
    vppark2
    Does anyone else get an AC/DC sort of feel when listening to this? Obviously not the vocals, but the tempo and chanting of the song moreso.
    bangbang!!
    I mean, this is cool and all, but didn't M. Shadows say recently that there won't be any layering of vocals on the entire album? Like, no harmonies or anything? Maybe he just meant no double-tracking I guess.
    marcelaguiar
    Yeah, he said no layering vocals. Which sounds like a huge mistake to me.
    ChucklesMginty
    It annoys me sometimes on their earlier albums, like on Bat Country the end of one phrase overlaps with the beginning of another. So when he sings it live some phrases just get cut off if that makes sense.
    wenzje07
    i dont know if he said no layering tracks but he said they were trying to steer away from it.
    skaryguy
    He obviously never said there won't be any harmonies, since there are harmonies during the chorus of this song. You don't even have to strain your ears to hear it. It's clear as a bell. As for the song itself, while it is a little too straight-forward, compared to what we're used to from A7X, there's no doubting it has great hooks. That chorus has "Heavy Metal Hit" written all over it. The intro and solo are great too as well as the guitar harmonies during the chorus.
    MagnetMan1349
    I think this is a great song. I just didn't expect something like this from Avenged Sevenfold. That being said, it really does sound like classic metal. It's got that simplistic metal drum beat and that sort of chuggy groove to it that I really dig. I'm excited for the new album now, I wonder how the rest of the album is going to be?