AVENGED SEVENFOLD has released the animated series based around the band’s recently issued sixth album, “Hail To The King”. The series consists of six episodes and is available on Machimina‘s HappyHour channel on YouTube (see all six episodes below). The series serves as a prologue and back story for the group’s mobile game, “Hail To The King: Deathbat”, with M. Shadows saying, “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.”
The “Hail To The King” series was directed by Jon Schnepp, producer of the Adult Swim animated show “Metalocalypse”.
Both the series and game tell the story of AVENGED SEVENFOLD’s fictional mascot, the Deathbat.
The game will debut sometime in early 2014. Shadows said about it, “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.”
The band recorded seven brand new songs for the game, which will also include 16 pieces of never-before-seen artwork from all the group’s albums that players can unlock.
“Hail To The King” sold 159,000 copies in its first week of release, giving the California band their second straight chart-topper after 2010’s “Nightmare”.