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Avenged Sevenfold’s “Waking The Fallen: Resurrected” will be released on August 26th, 2014 – here is a list of retailers you can pre-order from:
Hopeless Records – 3 deluxe packages.
Best Buy – Waking The Fallen: Resurrected 2CD/1DVD standard version plus an exclusive Deathbat flag.
iTunes – Waking The Fallen: Resurrected digital version // 23 audio tracks + documentary + 3 music videos.
Target – Waking The Fallen: Resurrected 2CD/1DVD standard version.
Amazon Music – Waking The Fallen: Resurrected digital version // 23 audio tracks, documentary + 3 music videos.
JB Hi-Fi – Waking The Fallen: Resurrected 2CD/1DVD standard version plus an exclusive Deathbat Flag (AU/NZ).
Hastings – Waking The Fallen: Resurrected Vinyl, 4xLP on Black/White swirl vinyl (exclusive color).
Avenged Sevenfold’s “Hail To The King” has been certified Gold by the RIAA. Congratulations to the band on the achievement!
ARTISTdirect asked members of Metallica, Asking Alexandria, DevilDriver, In This Moment and Korn as well as Tech N9ne and Machine Gun Kelly what they had to say about Avenged Sevenfold and Hail To The King.
James Hetfield [Metallica]: Avenged Sevenfold is great. I dig everything they do. We had them on the first Orion Music + More, and I got up and introduced them. I’ve always got them somewhere on the playlist!
Ben Bruce [Asking Alexandria]: Hail to the King is amazing! It’s one of my favorite records of last year. I still listen to that record probably every day. They stay true to what they are. They’ve been finding their feet over the last couple of years. We’re good friends with those guys, and I know they’re huge fans of Guns N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe, and Metallica—same as we are. I think they managed to create a record that encompasses all of those things but doesn’t directly rip them off. It’s a modern interpretation of a Guns N’ Roses album or a Metallica album, which is really cool.
Tech N9ne: Oh my God, Hail to the King is wonderful! They came to Kansas City, and I was such a fan that I went to that show. I had the day off. I got backstage, and they said, “Man, you want to stand on stage behind?” I was like, “No, I’m going out into the fucking crowd at the sound booth so I can feel that shit!” They dedicated “A Little Piece of Heaven”, one of my favorite songs by them, to me. The crowd went crazy. It was fucking beautiful. I first heard them on the City of Evil album when it came out. It was that one. From them on, I’ve been with them. I was going to get M. Shadows on a track, but MGK did it on his last album. We have to do something. MGK and I are homeboys, but I can’t do the same thing! Shadows has some pipes, boy!
Jeff Kendrick [DevilDriver]: Hail To The King is one of my favorite releases of the past few years. Avenged Sevenfold really know how to pay tribute to classic metal, while at the same time being able to add their own particular flavor. It’s a well-crafted album with sickening shredding by Synyster Gates. What a player! That guy definitely inspires me.
Machine Gun Kelly: Those are my boys. Hail to the King is another great fucking record, and they continue to step it up. I’ll say it again. M. Shadows has one of the best voices ever. I love it and was blown away as a fan.
Chris Howorth [In This Moment]: I like the new Avenged Sevenfold album, Hail to the King. It sounds really great. The production is phenomenal. It’s such a great album. I’ve definitely been listening to that.
“Fieldy” [Korn]: They’re a killer band and we’ve become good friends. We’re practically neighbors. I like the new record too. It’s got that very classic metal sound. It’s dope.
Kier Kemp (Fearless Vampire Killers) chose M Shadows as his Hero Of Rock in the new issue of Kerrang! explaining:
“M. Shadows is one of the greatest frontmen of our age, and I can’t help but look up to him. There are only a few frontmen with such great stage presence, and the sort of voice that you hear and know it’s them. I wish I could live up to those levels! Performing as a frontman is more about your internal confidence, and if you’re trying to emulate something, you have to feel like you’re the fucking tits! And I certainly try to steal a bit of that. I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Avenged Sevenfold, but if I could meet M. Shadows, I’d probably say, ‘Well done for not being afraid – especially for a metal band – to do something ambitious.’ The metal scene is very close-minded, and there are rules, and you have to do things a certain way or you’re ‘selling out’, and I’m glad that Avenged Sevenfold and M. are brave enough to do what they want. They got a load of shit when they went from [2003's] Waking The Fallen to [2005's] City Of Evil, but they planned to progress and I think that it’s cool that they allowed themselves to, where as some bands are too scared, and if will stay the same their entire career. That’s what makes a hero, to me. Music is such an amazing thing to explore, and it should always simply be about the creativity. M. Shadows lets the music evolve with the band, and that’s what makes it interesting. We try to keep some of that spirit alive, and it’s inspiring that Avenged Sevenfold have done a similar thing.”
Avenged Sevenfold performed live in Tinley Park, IL at Mayhem Festival 2014 on July 20th, 2014. Photo galleries from the event can be found here. Please check back regularly for updates.
- Avenged Sevenfold’s photo from their show in Tinley Park, IL.
- Andy Xiong Photography‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Tinley Park, IL photo gallery.
- Mayhem Festival‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Tinley Park, IL photo gallery.
- Chicago Concert Photography‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Tinley Park, IL photo gallery.
- Bobby Talamine‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Tinley Park, IL photo gallery.
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Zacky Vengeance spoke to Revolver Magazine about “Waking The Fallen,” “Waking The Fallen: Resurrected,” and the early days of Avenged Sevenfold.
What are some of the extras on this reissue?
ZV: With the reissue, we’re offering the demo tracks that we recorded for the album. We basically went into a small studio with zero budget [and with Thrice’s Teppei Teranishi producing], but we wanted to hear what the songs sounded like with vocal melodies and different guitar tones before we laid it down. These demos are as real and as raw as it gets—every one of them is different from the songs that ended up on Waking the Fallen. We pulled parts out of some songs, added some to other songs and dropped some entirely. You can definitely hear the evolution.
I believe there’s five demos. One of the demos ended up being a main part of “City of Evil,” and was never even used on Waking the Fallen. At that point, we hadn’t recorded a whole lot, so it was almost experimental—like, “Wow, this is what we sound like?” [Laughs] It’s just us experimenting, trying to find our own sound for ourselves. Sounding the Seventh Trumpet didn’t really sound like us, because Matt wasn’t singing a whole lot, Brian’s not in the band at this point, Jimmy’s playing on a drum set that’s about to fall apart, and my guitar playing abilities have never exactly been virtuoso. So with these demos, that was the first time we were truly able to hear what Avenged Sevenfold was capable of sounding like.
There’s also a DVD of live footage from 2003, right?
ZV: Yeah, watching it gives me chills—it shows us as these young kids basically on this quest. Not much has changed since then in our attitude, or in our desire to put on a live show, but at this time we didn’t have the instruments, crew or fan base that we have now. It’s basically us with nothing except for our attitude and desire. We’re all a bunch of skinny, malnourished kids trying to make music and dress in as much black as possible, and borrowing money from friends so we could go buy a beer at the bar. Some people only know us as this big band that plays festivals and headlines tours, but our close friends and family see this footage and they’re like, “Wow, I totally forgot about those days!”
ARTE Concert is streaming Avenged Sevenfold’s set from Hellfest 2014.
Jim Dunlop Guitar Products has shared a photo and some information on the bass effects touring rig Johnny Christ is currently using on tour.
Note the two MXR M80 Bass DI+ pedals—one for the clean channel & one for the dirty channel—and the MXR Bass Chorus Deluxe!
TouchArcade‘s Eli Hodapp sat down with M Shadows at Mayhem Festival’s stop in Tinley Park, IL to hear the story behind Hail To The King: Deathbat and try out the game.
It’s an action adventure RPG that’s dripping with Avenged Sevenfold imagery, without ever having the link to Avenged Sevenfold in your face, at all. It’s a clever way to do it, as if you’re an Avenged Sevenfold fan, chances are you’re going to grab the game day one and love how you’re essentially playing through their songs. If you’ve got no clue who Avenged Sevenfold is, it’s been intentionally designed to just be a fun, hardcore, premium mobile game dripping with a heavy metal theme. Basically, they’ve figured out how to do what amounts to a branded game, with the only people really knowing it’s a branded game are the folks familiar with Avenged Sevenfold IP. Maybe it’ll even bring new fans to Avenged Sevenfolds from people who like the game who haven’t heard their music.
I was able to sit down with Avenged Sevenfold front man M Shadows last night and hear the story behind the game, which basically made me go from “Eh, band game, whatever” to “OK this actually sounds really cool.” We actually have pretty similar gaming roots, as most 30-something gamers seem to have these days. As M Shadows explained what they were going for with Hail To The King: Deathbat, he made constant references back to wanting to incorporate his favorite elements of old school games. I lost count of the number of times he mentioned Zelda.
Stepping back a bit, if you ask someone what kind of game you should make for the App Store, that answer almost always to look at what’s hot at this moment and just make that. We saw a bazillion Flappy Bird clones, and developers are still releasing their own re-skinned Clash of Clans knock-offs. M Shadows mentioned being advised similar things, but, that’s not how Avenged Sevenfold the band has remained relevant. They’ve continually done things that are different from what they’ve done before, and instead of following the crowd, they position themselves as the ones who are followed.
So, in a similar vein, Hail To The King: Deathbat is bucking basically every trend on the App Store right now. It’s designed to be difficult and unforgiving, it’s a premium game with a half million dollar budget, you don’t need IAP to play it, and they’re already planning a sequel. M Shadows is making the game he wants to make, instead of the game everyone thinks you should make to maximize profits, and I can’t wait to see how it’s received. It’s hard to not have massive amounts of respect to someone who is willingly designing something for what amounts to a supreme niche on the App Store.
Avenged Sevenfold performed live in Noblesville, IN at Mayhem Festival 2014 on July 19th, 2014. Photo galleries from the event can be found here. Please check back regularly for updates.
- Avenged Sevenfold’s photo set from their show in Noblesville, IN.
- Klipsch Music Center‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Noblesville, IN photo gallery.
- Mayhem Festival‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Noblesville, IN photo gallery.
- Living The Dream Foundation: Leah meets Avenged Sevenfold.
Meltdown from 101 WRIF talked with Synyster Gates about Mayhem Festival, Body Count, what he thinks about Zakk Wylde calling him the torchbearer for the new generation of guitarists, his top 5 favorite guitarists, blending eclectic elements into Avenged Sevenfold’s music, why he brings his Pro-Tools rig on tour with him, what the rig consists of, giving fans their money’s worth during live shows and more.
Avenged Sevenfold performed live in Clarkston, MI at Mayhem Festival 2014 on July 17th, 2014. Photo galleries from the event can be found here. Please check back regularly for updates.
- Avenged Sevenfold’s photo from their show in Clarkston, MI.
- Mintypics‘ Avenged Sevenfold live in Clarkston, MI photo gallery.
- The Oakland Presses Avenged Sevenfold live in Clarkston, MI photo gallery.
- Chris Schwegler‘s* Avenged Sevenfold live in Clarkston, MI photo gallery.
- DTE Energy Music Theater‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Clarkston, MI photo gallery.
- Living The Dream Foundation: Sean meets Avenged Sevenfold.
- MODE Detroit‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Clarkston, MI photo gallery.
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Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall will walk out to Avenged Sevenfold’s “This Means War” at this weekend’s UFC event in Ireland. You can catch it on UFC Fight Pass. Right now, you can use the code THIS MEANS WAR to get 20% off from his online webstore.
Avenged Sevenfold performed live in Maryland Heights, MO at Mayhem Festival 2014 on July 16th, 2014. Photo galleries from the event can be found here. Please check back regularly for updates.
- Avenged Sevenfold’s photo from their show in Maryland Heights, MO.
- Backbeat Photography‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Maryland Heights, MO photo gallery.
- KMOV‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Maryland Heights, MO photo gallery.
- Mayhem Festival‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Maryland Heights, MO photo gallery.
- Rock Revolt Magazine‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Maryland Heights, MO photo gallery.
- Examiner St Louis Concert Photography‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Maryland Heights, MO photo gallery.
- In The Now Magazine‘s Avenged Sevenfold live in Maryland Heights, MO photo gallery.
- National Rock Reviews‘ Avenged Sevenfold live in Maryland Heights, MO photo gallery.
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To mark the release of Judas Priests‘ Redeemer of Souls, Sony Entertainment Network asked Rob Halford to share some of his ‘current favorite songs with maximum head-banging potential’ with them. Avenged Sevenfold’s “Hail To The King” was featured on his playlist.
Filed under: Hail To The King: Deathbat
M Shadows dropped by the Hail To The King: Deathbat forum to give fans an update on the game’s release:
Thanks for hanging with us on this never ending journey to get this game out. Just wanted to give you people on the forums an update. Basically the way the Ipad 2, ipod 5 and 4s use memory is not ideal for a game of this size. We talked with Apple and it was clear that these are very important devices and the game needs to run smoothly on them. So basically we have been optimizing the game even more to make sure these devices work properly. Good news is we are almost done and have the game running pretty well. Maybe a week more of work and then we can submit and release. Thanks for your patience.