First we want to thank all of our friends that we just saw in Europe. Hands down the best tour that we have ever had over there. It was an honor to play for you all every night. As we promised, we are slowly filling in summer dates so we can come play for you again. We also have been getting quite a few requests for new countries that we haven't played yet. We will use this summer as an opportunity to come to few new places. Please stay tuned for that.
As for the rest of the world, we hear you, and we will be coming soon! By now you’ve already heard announcements about Download Festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, Nova Rock Festival and Aerodome, and there will be a lot more dates announced in the coming months. Right now though, we have decided to hang out at home until we get over to Australia for Soundwave Festival in February.
Since we have a couple months off we wanted to update you on a couple things that we promised a while back.
First is our "Hail to the King" animated series that we did with Machinima and Jon Schnepp. You may know Jon from his work on Metalocalypse on Adult Swim. It's funny stuff and it was an honor to work with him. Below is the trailer for the series which will debut Dec. 15th. We hope it gives you something entertaining to watch over your Holiday break. The series also plays as a backstory to our mobile game "Hail to the King: Deathbat." We felt this was the best way to tell the story and give you all an idea about the type of game we are creating.
Check out the trailer for the “Hail to the King” animated series here:
This brings us to the game. Two years ago while touring in South East Asia I looked around the bus taking us from the airport to the hotel and noticed everyone was on their phones and iPads playing different types of games. We had a discussion and decided that it would be fun to create one of our own. The problem was that we didn't feel passionate about doing a full on typical music game. We wanted to do something different. Something inspired by some of our favorite games. So we came up with the idea of turning some of our songs and art work into a living, breathing, evil world.
We wanted to bring the story of the Deathbat to life and allow you to control its destiny. While the game stands on its own in terms of the story and game play, we still wanted to add in some extras for our fans. In the game you can unlock 16 pieces of never seen before artwork from all of our albums. There will also be 7 new Cam Rackam paintings available in the game. We also recorded 7 new songs. Now these aren't metal songs, they are theme songs for each level and are done in an old school video game fashion with a new school twist. There will also be reimagined versions of older songs. Basically, we have not only packed the game with exciting gameplay, but also a lot of things for fans that might now be interested in a video game. The trailer for the game will be released with the Machinima "Hail to the King" series on December 15th as well. Expect a release date in early 2014 as we are in the BETA process now. Remember, the game and series go hand in hand. The animated series tells the story "before" the game takes place. When the series ends, the game picks up.
We hope these things keep you entertained while your hanging out at home for the Holiday Season. Most importantly we hope you all enjoy the time with your families and we will see you on the road as soon as we can make it to you.
In support of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Holiday Auction: http://bit.ly/1aAW8XD
Watch the world premiere of our new music video for "Shepherd of Fire" below.
We are proud to be announced as the first headliner for Download Festival 2014. Friday 13th June 2014 will mark a momentous occasion in the history of Avenged Sevenfold as we continue the tradition of spectacular Download performances by becoming headliners for the very first time, not just at Download, but at any UK festival.
Produced by Live Nation, the world’s leading live entertainment company, Download Festival has grown to be the second biggest festival in Europe. Over its 12 years, Download has garnered the reputation of providing fans with the very best the world of rock has to offer. The Download community has become one of the most loyal fan bases in the world, establishing the festival as a destination not only for great music, but to build lifelong friendships with likeminded people.
Tickets are available now at an Earlybird rate of £10 off 2013 prices until 9am Friday 8th November 2013, they will then increase to 2013 prices for a limited amount of time (all tickets subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) from http://www.downloadfestival.co.uk/
Our Red Bull SoundSpace performance with KROQ will be webcast live this Friday at 8:45pm PT and is streaming for 24 hours. All details can be found here: http://kroq.cbslocal.com/red-bull-sound-space-live/.