"Hail to the King"
Hail to the king single cover.png
Single by Avenged Sevenfold
from the album Hail to the King
ReleasedJuly 15, 2013 (2013-07-15)
Recorded2012 (2012) – 2013 (2013)
GenreHeavy metal
Length5:05 (album version)
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(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 American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold and the lead 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.

Release

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

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

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

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

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[14] Gold 40,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[15] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[16] 2× Platinum 2,000,000double-dagger

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Personnel

References

  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)". Billboard. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  5. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold Chart History (Canada Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  6. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  8. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  9. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  10. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold Chart History (Hot Rock & Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  11. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold Chart History (Rock Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  12. ^ "Hot Rock Songs: Year End 2013". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  13. ^ "Rock Airplay Songs: Year End 2013". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  14. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Avenged Sevenfold – Hail to the King". Music Canada. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  15. ^ "British single certifications – Avenged Sevenfold – Hail to the King". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved December 12, 2020.Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Hail to the King in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  16. ^ "American single certifications – Avenged Sevenfold – Hail to the King". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 4, 2021.