Hail to the King (song)

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This article is about the Avenged Sevenfold song. For the Sabaton song, see Metalizer.
"Hail to the King"
Single by Avenged Sevenfold
from the album Hail to the King
Released July 15, 2013 (2013-07-15)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2012 (2012) – 13 (13)
Genre Heavy metal
Length 5:05 (album version)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Mike Elizondo
Avenged Sevenfold singles chronology
"Carry On"
(2012)
"Hail to the King"
(2013)
"Shepherd of Fire"
(2013)
Music video
"Hail to the King" on YouTube

"Hail to the King" is a song by Avenged Sevenfold and the first single from their sixth studio album of the same name, released on July 15, 2013.[1] The song was premiered live on July 17, 2013, at the Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The single spent 11 weeks on top of the UK and US rock charts.

Release[edit]

The song was released on July 15, 2013, as the lead single for their sixth studio album, Hail to the King. On July 31, 2013, a limited edition CD version of the single was released, with a live version of "Nightmare" performed at The Palace of Auburn Hills attached. The song appears in the video game Rock Band 4 and as one of the official theme songs for Wrestlemania 32.

Music video[edit]

The official music video premiered on the Metal Hammer website on August 16, 2013.[2] The video depicts the band playing together, as well as shots of the king referenced in the song. The video is in black and white and is the first to feature drummer Arin Ilejay, as well as being the first Avenged Sevenfold video to feature a drummer since the video for "Dear God", which was the last to feature drummer The Rev.

Accolades[edit]

Region Year Publication Accolade Rank
United States 2015 Loudwire 10 Best Rock Songs of 2013[3] 7

Loudwire Music Awards

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
2013 Hail to the King Best Rock Song Won

Revolver Golden Gods Awards

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
2014 Hail to the King Song of the Year Nominated

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Hail to the King"   5:04
2. "Nightmare (Live at The Palace of Auburn Hills, 02/05/2011)"   6:22

Charts[edit]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bowar, Chad (July 15, 2013). "Avenged Sevenfold, DEftones and Ghost B.C. to Embark on Fall 2013 U.S. Tour". Loudwire. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ UK PREMIERE: Avenged Sevenfold Unleash ‘Hail To The King’ Video!
  3. ^ "10 Best Rock Songs of 2013". Loudwire. 
  4. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Avenged Sevenfold. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  5. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold – Chart history" Billboard Canada Rock for Avenged Sevenfold. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  6. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: New Entries Update (27.07.2013 – Week 29)". Zobbel.de. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Archive Chart: 2013-08-31" UK Rock Chart. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  8. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Avenged Sevenfold. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  9. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold – Chart history" Billboard Hot Rock Songs for Avenged Sevenfold. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  10. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold – Chart history" Billboard Rock Airplay for Avenged Sevenfold. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  11. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Avenged Sevenfold. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  12. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for Avenged Sevenfold. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  13. ^ "Hot Rock Songs: Year End 2013". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Rock Airplay Songs: Year End 2013". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Mainstream Rock Songs: 2013 (Year-End)". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014. (subscription required (help)). 

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