Hail To The King comes at a time when most of the metal fraternity is focusing on super progressive polyrhythms or extreme djent tones.
Going back to the old-school is yet another gamble, but then gambles always seem to pay off for Avenged and we suspect this one will, too. There’s talk of them being the band that could seize the metal mantle, headline festivals like Download and generally become international über-stars.
“There’s definitely a lot of talk,” says Syn, “People hear the word ‘classic’ and there’s been whispering about, ‘Are they carrying the torch?’ The bottom line is... that we happen to put in the craziest, biggest rock show around right now and we believe this to be a f**king next- level, for us, record: it’s the most brutal, biggest kick-in-the-f**king-nuts record that you’ll hear right now.”
Avenged are already living out their dreams, they already own nice houses, and they don’t have to worry about buying guitars any more. The ‘next level’ goes beyond all of that. This is about taking a stand in an era where bearded guitarists are more likely to be found fronting Mumford & Sons than metal bands.
“I hope that a whole group of metal bands are able to carry the torch,” says Zacky, getting fired up. “I don’t want to see these huge festivals handed over to bands that stomp and clap and blow into jugs and play the f**king washboard!
"I’m willing to do anything I can, whether it’s blowing s**t up, or playing guitar 20 hours a day... If we can carry the torch and we’re the band that needs to do it, then we need to do it. But if it’s not us, I hope it’s somebody else. And I hope they let us open for them!”