Hail to the King (2012–present)
On April 11, 2012, Avenged Sevenfold won the award for “Best Live Band” and “Most Dedicated Fans” at the Revolver Golden Gods awards. The band toured through Asia into April and early May, and played at the Orion Music + More, Festival on June 23 and 24 in Atlantic City, New Jersey alongside Metallica and Cage the Elephant among many others.
On September 24, 2012, Avenged Sevenfold released a new song, titled “Carry On“, it was featured in the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II. On November 15, 2012, vocalist M. Shadows said that the band has been working on a new album since the recording of “Carry On” in August 2012. In December, the band said that it plans to begin recording material for their next album in January 2013, with release planned for later in the year. In January 2013 the band started recording their new album. The band started streaming snippets of their new album in May 2013 on their new radio app. There Arin Ilejay is confirmed as an official bandmember and replacement of their deceased The Rev. In an interview with Metal Hammer about the new album, M. Shadowssaid that the album would sound more blues rock-influenced and more like classic rock and classic metal like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.
The band was confirmed to play at the 2013 Rock in Rio festival on September 22, 2013. On May 24, 2013, the band have announced dates for their European tour with Five Finger Death Punch and Device serving as their support bands.
On June 26th, 2013 the band released on revolvermag.com the title, album art and release date of their 6th studio album, entitled Hail to the King. Their new album will hit stores August 27th, 2013.  This is also the first Avenged Sevenfold album without any musical contributions from deceased drummer The Rev.