Avenged Sevenfold to Release New Single Next Week

The album title track will drop on June 15, while the whole record is scheduled for release on August 27.

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Avenged Sevenfold will release its new single, the title track of the band's sixth studio album, "Hail to the King," on Monday, July 15, Blabbermouth reports.

The full-length CD will be made available on August 27. A 30-second audio sample of the album's title track was revealed earlier this week.

Asked what fans can expect from the follow-up to 2010's "Nightmare," the band guitarist Synyster Gates told Revolver magazine: "I think our songwriting has improved by leaps and bounds. Sonically, this record is our biggest record by f--king far. When you turn this f--king thing on, it blasts your f--king head off."

The new disc was once again produced by Mike Elizondo and is the first to be wholly written without drummer and key songwriter James "The Rev" Sullivan, who died in December 2009. Sullivan has since been replaced by Arin Ilejay, a former member of Confide.

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    thes50
    "this record is our biggest record by ****ing far. When you turn this ****ing thing on, it blasts your f--king head off." Nice job censoring UG, very consistent.
    Fujimaro
    It was about time with all these snippets!
    matteo cubano
    maybe all their snippets have been different parts of the same song which will be revealed by this single that will be 10 minutes long. ...one can always dream
    TomWhaley
    Hoping it's a longer song. Always liked the more progressive, adventurous side of "City of Evil" as opposed to, like, "Almost Easy." haha
    mop10893
    I agree. M.I.A., A Little Piece Of Heaven, Save Me, and Not Ready To Die are four of my favorite songs by them. Even though Critical Acclaim is my favorite A7X song, I grew up listening to Metallica, so I tend to prefer long, progressive songs.
    mitchgosche2011
    I really don't think A7X can be adventurous without the Rev. He really brought the unique ideas to the band. Without him, they just sound like a parody of themselves. Hopefully this album is not like that, but I'm expecting it.
    TomWhaley
    Eh, The Rev wasn't a huge songwriting contributor on "Waking the Fallen" and "City of Evil" where every song ran at least 5+ minutes. He wrote half of the self-titled where we started to get into the 3-4 minute territory. Minus "A Little Piece of Heaven." He didn't contribute to "Not Ready to Die" which was 7 minutes. I think they'll be fine without him (No offence to The Rev).
    Berrytjuh10
    "When you turn this ****ing thing on, it blasts your f--king head off." I hope he isn't right, otherwise i won't hear the full album... (sarcasm sorry xD)
    plankboy
    I'm actually really looking forward to this, I wasn't a great fan of the early STST and WTF, but I really liked City of Evil and self titled, but nightmare really turned me away from the band. Hopefully this album will bring me back to them.
    alert23
    How is this possible? Nightmare is their best album. Even better than CoE
    jordo246
    I liked Nightmare but it's not even close to CoE
    Jonny 25 93
    I agree, i liked the song "Nightmare" but apart from a few tracks the overall album wasnt great. It felt like some songs were there just to make up the numbers. Looking forward to this though
    mitchgosche2011
    Yeah I'm pretty much the same way. Like City of Evil, and loved the self titled. Nightmare was basically them trying to figure out how to be Avenged Sevenfold without the Rev and pretty much all of the songs on there that he didn't help with were just cliches of themselves. I don't think that without the Rev they can be creative. I expect this new album to be a bland and boring rewrite of City of Evil. But hopefully they'll prove me wrong.
    vppark2
    Just a week before their album comes out, Born of Osiris, and blessthefall are releasing their albums too! Stoked for these!
    J.Millzzzz
    im more stoked for BOO and BTF. honestly A7x dosent do it for me anymore. their talented but meh. ill check it out though. maybe I just over listened to their old stuff.
    RaisingCain199
    First, i want to say, this isnt gonna be City of Evil. This isnt gonna be the self titled. This is a totally new adventure. They reinvent themselves with every album, and if you listen to the preview, u will think one thing. SABBATH!!
    Patriot1zzy
    I'm really hoping it's a fusion of CoE and the self titled. Loved both those albums. I'm sure it will be badass either way.
    jordo246
    About time, I remember sitting there waiting for Nightmare to come out and being excited as shit and I'm doing the same now. Great band.
    SomeBlueKind
    Metal band names are just...just awful.
    vash1990
    Any worse than "Fall Out Boy", "My Chemical Romance" or "Panic! at the Disco"?
    SomeBlueKind
    Yes, because the whole point of a metal band name is to promote their "badassness" so to speak. So many metal band names are just unfinished sentences. "As I Lay Dying," "in Flames," "At the Gates," and so on.
    mop10893
    The whole point of a metal band name isn't to promote "badassness". This is the problem I have with metal fans and a lot of death metal bands. They focus too much on the image when it's supposed to be about the music. Avenged Sevenfold is a reference to the Bible, which they took a lot of themes from in their earlier lyrics.
    Sikkii
    A7X!!!!! NO MORE 7 MINUTE SONGS!!!! THIS AIN'T THE PHILHARMONIC!!!!
    Karz1993
    Funny, I want the complete opposite. To me, their longer songs are usually my favourite - they always seem more thought out, and tend to lack the 'catchier' melodies that the band has come to rely too heavily on in recent works.
    Cornysam
    Its going to be very interesting to hear. Personally, I only liked about 3 to 4 songs from nightmare and I barely even listen to it anymore. When it comes to WTF, CoE, and the self-titled, I can't get enough. I want to see if they can stop writing about losing their best friend/drummer (every song in Nightmare basically) and move on with Arin to create. Although The Rev was, and will always be my favorite drummer.
    SSympathy
    its kind of sounding like it'll be more of a concept record lyrically than anything. i'm looking forward to it.
    TomWhaley
    To be fair, The Rev passed away during the writing of Nightmare... so what else were they going to write about? This album will definitely deviate from that, since a few years have passed. I'm sure we'll see the band move forward with the next chapter of their career with this release.
    marcelaguiar
    The whole article in Kerrang about this album was singly the most excited any preview has made me. Some of the new song names: "Shepard of Fire", "Requiem", "Planets", and "Acid Rain".
    brandon.sturgis
    not really sure what it means by "sixth studio album". i know there is sounding the seventh trumpet, waking the fallen, city of evil, avenged sevenfold, diamond in the rough/live in lbc, nightmare, and now this is going to the the 7th album. love a7x!!!!! cant wait!!!
    TomWhaley
    "Diamonds in the Rough/Live in the LBC" doesn't count. It's a live album (hence, NOT "studio" album) and a CD of unused B-Sides. "Avenged Sevenfold" was the 4th album, and "Nightmare" was the 5th. "Hail to the King" is now the 6th.
    goon316
    Diamonds did have some great tracks on it though: Tension, Dancing Dead. Can't believe those didn't make "official" albums.