AVENGED SEVENFOLD, one of rock music's global heavyweights, has always been a trailblazing force in fusing the worlds of music and video games. In the past, the band's music and likeness have appeared in the best-selling video game Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 and the band even has their own custom Xbox controller. With their highly anticipated new album "Hail To The King" being released by Warner Bros. Records on August 27, AVENGED SEVENFOLD have joined forces with Machinima, the number one global video entertainment network for young males, to bring fans brand new original video content.
From the creative minds of AVENGED SEVENFOLD, and featuring new music from their forthcoming album, "Hail To The King" is a six-episode animated series, which tells the fictional story of the Death Bat — the band's longtime trademark. Directed by "Metalocalypse" producer Jon Schnepp, this unique and innovative animated series will air this fall on Machinima's HappyHour channel. Machinima has released the premiere trailer, providing a first-look at the series. Check it out below.
Commented AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows: "Dear friends, I wanted to start off by thanking those of you who came out to the three shows we did this weekend. We had a great time getting out of the studio and preparing for our 'Hail To The King' album release. We are excited about the 27th and we hope you all are as well.
"The reason I'm writing this is to shed some light on a few things we will be doing this fall besides touring and promoting 'Hail To The King'. First, I would like to let you all know that for the past 18 months we have been writing and developing an iOS / Android-based mobile AVENGED SEVENFOLD game.
"Without revealing too much, I will just say that it is an action-adventure game. It has been written and developed by the band and with our friends in Subscience Studios. It's turning out awesome. We can't wait to show you more when it's ready.
"What we can show you though is a trailer for the new 'Hail To The King' animated series that we and our friends at Machinima have been working on. The game and the series will go hand in hand with each other. We hope you enjoy them both, because I know we have had a great time developing them."
AVENGED SEVENFOLD has continued its ongoing relationship with game publisher Activision by contributing a song to the final pack of downloadable content for the wildly successful game Call Of Duty: Black Ops II. The final content pack, called Apocalypse, will be available on the Xbox Live online entertainment network from Microsoft on August 27. Among its features will be a Zombies experience called "Origins", which will include the brand new AVENGED SEVENFOLD track "Shepherd Of Fire" from the band's upcoming album "Hail To The King".
"Hail To The King", AVENGED SEVENFOLD's sixth album and the follow-up to 2010's chart-topping "Nightmare", is out on August 27.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD will begin a fall headlining North American tour on October 3 in Chicago, concluding on October 26 in Las Vegas. Support on the road trip will come from DEFTONES and GHOST.