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Avenged Sevenfold has revealed that its new album will be called Hail To The King and will arrive on August 27th. The band has also posted the album cover artwork online. Both the title and art were uncovered via an online scavenger hunt that led fans to different websites that were hosting puzzle pieces. The new disc was once again produced by Mike Elizondo and will follow up 2010's Nightmare, which earned the band its first Number One record on the Billboard 200 album chart.
Guitarist Zacky Vengeance told us that while the band pays attention to sales figures and chart numbers, it has its own way of measuring success: "We're definitely interested and would like to know that the record's selling and radio stations are playing it and stuff. But our best indicator of how it's really doing and stuff is doing the meet-and-greets and seeing kids in the audience and just going out there and living it. Because seeing stuff on paper and then going and actually playing for your fans and seeing the shows sell out and stuff -- that's what really lets you know that these people are for real."
Avenged Sevenfold will celebrate the album release by playing a free show at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on August 26th.
The new CD is the first to be wholly written without drummer and key songwriter James "The Rev" Sullivan, who died in December 2009.
The band has lined up several festival appearances this summer, starting with Rock USA on July 17th in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.