Afenged Sevenfold have a loyal fan base that has supported them over the years, but even now there are still new fans coming to the group who are discovering the group for the first time. As a part of Revolver‘s ongoing “Point of Entry” series, front man M. Shadows revealed the song he feels best serves as an introduction to first-time listeners, and it’s one you can definitely expect — “Hail to the King.”
The song appeared on the 2013 album of the same name and has become a staple of the band, hitting the Top 10 on the Rock Airplay chart, while even crossing over to hit the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 83 when it was originally released.
Shadows tells Revolver, “To get people in the door who aren’t deep into the scene, I just show them ‘Hail to the King.’ It’s like they get it. The next time I see them, it’s usually on their playlist. It’s just one of those things that’s easy.”
That’s not to say it’s his most favorite song, with the rocker sharing that there are songs he’s more proud of. However, he sees the value in having a song that connects with listeners so easily.
“If I want to show someone a song that I’m really proud of, I’d start with ‘The Stage’. And then I might show them like ‘Buried Alive’ or ‘Exist,'” the singer explains, adding. “But if I have to show [my band to] a guy on the golf course or like the guy at Ralphs, I just throw him ‘Hail to the King.’ And it usually does.”
Avenged Sevenfold, “Hail to the King”
While “Hail to the King” currently takes the crown as the most relatable song for new Avenged Sevenfold fans per Shadows, there’s always a chance they might have to reconsider down the road. After taking time and fine-tuning during the pandemic, Avenged Sevenfold is expected to release a new album later this year. Stay tuned to see what’s on the horizon for the group.
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