Brace yourselves, because the internet is about to explode. The near-religious fan base of Avenged Sevenfold is about to flock over to iTunes in vast numbers, as the band's new album 'Hail to the King' is now streaming in full.

No matter your opinion on Avenged Sevenfold, it's an objective fact that 'Hail to the King' is one of the most anticipated releases of 2013. The followers of Avenged Sevenfold have been pining for new material since 'Nightmare' was unleashed in 2010. Now, more than three years later, 'Hail to the King' can finally be heard in its entirety one whole week before the record's official Aug. 27 release date.

Avenged Sevenfold vocalist M. Shadows posted an official statement about the album stream on the band's official Facebook page:

Hello Everyone,

We have been waiting to show you all our brand new album "Hail to the King" for far too long. It took us nine months of writing, recording and preparation so that we could put out an album we are all proud of from start to finish. Well I'm excited to announce that the wait is over. We have teamed up with our friends at iTunes to start streaming the full album right now until it's released on August 27. The stream is high quality and you can listen to the whole album as many times as you'd like. So plug in your best set of headphones and turn it up to 10. Head over there now to listen and pre order.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. See you all on the road!

Click here to listen to "Hail to the King":

M. Shadows

Check out 'Hail to the King' by clicking the link below. When the link brings you to your iTunes player, click 'Listen Now' on the page's left-hand side. Also, enter our contest below to win a limited edition box set of 'Hail to the King.'