Produced by Mike Elizondo, 2013's Hail to the King is the sixth studio album from Huntington Beach, CA's Avenged Sevenfold, an album Revolver Magazine hailed as "the band's crowning achievement." The 10-song set is the band's first written without former drummer/songwriter James "The Rev" Sullivan, who died in December of 2009.
Hail to the King is the follow up to the band's 2010 release Nightmare, which earned the group it's highest ever debut on the Billboard album chart when it took the No. 1 spot and spawned three No. 1, hit-singles "Nightmare," "So Far Away" and "Welcome To The Family." "Fusing elements of goth, screamo and what was once called nu metal with the late-Seventies new wave of British metal-metal, their sixth LP piles clarion solos atop clean, sludge-chug riffs.
Vocalist M. Shadows nearly busts a kidney calling down a Satan-y apocalypse on "Shepherd of Fire," and the ballad-storm "Acid Rain" is Romeo and Juliet by way of Queensrÿche" (Rolling Stone).