Avenged Sevenfold stormed to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart with their latest full-length disc, 'Hail to the King.' The rabid dedication of Avenged Sevenfold fans has shown itself once again, but not everyone is raising their voice to congratulate the hard rock / heavy metal act on their No. 1 album. In fact, Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn wrote a lengthy, highly critical and pretty amusing article on Avenged Sevenfold's "blatant jackery" of material from other acts.
To watch Avenged Sevenfold over the years, it's been fairly clear that this is a band with a plan. With each of their first five albums, A7X steadily evolved, albeit in varying degrees. Tragically, their ascension was harrowingly derailed in December 2009 with the death of their drummer, Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan.
In celebration of their new release ‘Hail to the King,’ which hit stores today, Avenged Sevenfold performed a blistering free show last night (Aug. 26) for fans who lined up for tickets last week. The jam-packed Hollywood Palladium on Sunset Strip became nothing short of an A7X religious revival meeting as thousands of fans hung on to and sang every word to most songs, even many of the new ones.
We’ve scored a handful of the coveted limited edition ‘Hail to the King’ box sets to give away to five lucky winners, four through the contest box above and one through a Twitter contest (click below). The monster box set, seen in the contest box above, features a ton of A7X goodies including: a limited edition treasure box, the deluxe version of ‘Hail to the King’ on CD, an exclusive canvas print of the album’s artwork, a photo book of the band, a death bat challenge coin, a death bat skeleton key and digital content.