Metal band Avenged Sevenfold launching mobile game in early 2014

Hail to the King: Deathbat launching next year for mobile devices featuring the band's discography and artwork.

Hail to the King: Deathbat, a mobile dungeon crawler featuring the discography and artwork of American metal band Avenged Sevenfold, will launch in early 2014, it was announced today.

The game, announced this summer, features the band's discography and artwork throughout its various stages. It is a companion experience for the Hail to the King Machinima series.

"We've been fans of games since we were kids, and we thought it would be fun to create one of our own inspired by our favorites," Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows said. "There are so many cool and innovative indie games being developed today, and we realized we could design and build the kind of game we'd love to play on our own. It is coming together amazingly well, and we can’t wait to share it."

Various Avenged Sevenfold songs are featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops titles, most recently with "Carry On" in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Check out a gameplay trailer for Hail to the King: Deathbat right here.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

146 comments
Sikrion
Sikrion

I didn't realize Avenged Sevenfold was metal.....

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

I think the real problem here is that Avenged Sevenfold was actually called a "Metal band".


Dang it this band sucks.

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

Damn, why so much hate? At least their live performances are consistent with their albums. How many bands can actually pull that off? There are far worse bands than Avenged Sevenfold. *cough* Nickelback *cough*

soilworker651
soilworker651

Avenged Sevenfold is metal?!  PFFF!!!  BAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAfuckoff!!!

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

A7X is not metal. Every A7X fan I know hates metal or laughs at me when i listen to it.

BearzUnlimited
BearzUnlimited

And the Avenged Sevenfold hate bandwagon rolls on.


When I first heard the band, I had no idea that so many people disliked them, and I was really confused when I found out. They have a lot of great songs. While not all of their work is that good (Hail to the King was quite mediocre, as was most of their self-titled album), and their image is overdone, they definitely don't deserve all of the hate they get. Also, just because you don't like the band doesn't mean they're not metal.

noandno
noandno

I still can't understand why these guys are called Avenged Sevenfold whereas there are five of them

user_pt
user_pt

Makuch you should learn a bit more about music before posting news like this one. Namely what "Metal" is. You clearly need a bit more education on the subject.

Zombrex
Zombrex

This is why mobile gaming will never surpass consoles.

kamikazeespleen
kamikazeespleen

Not only was their cartoon series a complete, and worse ripoff of Metalocalypse, this sounds pretty much a lame money grabbing POS. The definition of sellouts and I used to kinda like them. Their new album sucked as well

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

I love Avenged Sevenfold, but these guys aren't metal. None the less, this should be a fun mobile game.


It's a little disturbing to see how much anger some of the people commenting on here have. I understand they aren't metal, but I think they make some pretty high quality music. Nothing out of this world, but its still pretty solid.

Xenro4
Xenro4

City of Evil > Hail to the King     but it might be the best one since.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Metal band? Really? And M.Shadows? What the hell is that?

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

Avenged 7fold .... meh ... MTV poser  .. 

CyDidley
CyDidley

...just read through all the comments about whether they are a "Metal band" or not.   


You guys are losers.  Who gives a shit if its metal or not.   Why does everyone have to lump music into nice pretty categories?   It is what it is.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

@Dredcrumb9 I'm a big Avenged Sevenfold fan, but my favorite overall bands are Lamb of God, Born of Osiris, Slipknot, Megadeth, and many other metal bands

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

@BearzUnlimited I have been listening to metal since i was 12. I am 20 now, and I can assuredly tell you, A7X is not metal. I know loads of A7x fold fans and none of them listen to metal, and many of them have laughed at me for listening to metal. A7X is justin beiber pretending to be metal.

Mythic115
Mythic115

Genesis 4:24 "24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold."

Megamandrew
Megamandrew

@CyDidley Yeah, you're right!  Music is music!  And why do people have to lump video games into categories?  Who cares if it's a first-person-shooter or a game about farming?  Categories are stupid.  So what if things are different and have clear designations between them for a good reason?  Reasons are dumb!  When I get thirsty I just pour whatever's in the fridge into one glass!  Orange juice mixed with soda and milk is the best and it doesn't need labels!

Mythic115
Mythic115

You sound like a metal hipster

BearzUnlimited
BearzUnlimited

@Dredcrumb9 What constitutes "metal" then? I see no reason for A7X to not be considered metal other than metal fans not wanting a band they don't like to be part of their precious genre.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

@Dredcrumb9 @XboxGuy1537 I always have a hard time dealing with people like you who fail to understand the difference between opinion and fact.


I stated my opinion on this comment board. You then responded with your opinion that they sucked claiming it was a fact and that my opinion meant nothing.


I don't care if you don't like Avenged Sevenfold. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. But please don't try to list as a fact that they aren't quality music. If I said they make high quality music, that wouldn't be an an actual fact either! I didn't ask for your opinion in the first place....

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

@DarkSaber2k @XboxGuy1537  I didn't ask for your opinion man. You come off as ignorant and bitchy.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Asseen0nTV I know. Nobody should ever pay attention to tweens again. After all, they are the reason Justin Beiber is super rich and famous. Screaming fangirls have to be right up there with these console fanboys in terms of pure stupidity.

rhinemaiden
rhinemaiden

@XboxGuy1537@soilworker651I don't really see why soilworker is hating. joey and corey have been in other metal bands that are in discussions all the time, so i think its not a crime if slipknot is in them aswell

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

@soilworker651 @XboxGuy1537 Because I can choose what genre of music I believe they are. Why are you acting like such a snobby asshole? I didn't ask for your fucking opinion. 

tightwad34
tightwad34

@user_pt I know about M.Shadows, which is pretty bad, but Synyster Gates? That's almost worse. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that a band like that has some pretention going on.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

@3199eddie @XboxGuy1537 My apologies! I didn't know you were such a big metal fan. Anyways, I have no arguements against what you said. You seem to know what your talking about.

noandno
noandno

@Mythic115 Nobody hates Black Sabbath or its "mates". What are you talking about?

Mythic115
Mythic115

Cause metal hipsters that's why. The most popular metal bands get hated on.

3199eddie
3199eddie

@XboxGuy1537I would like to start by saying I am not interested in an argument over something which is obviously quite subjective.


Inm response to the statement "It seems you don't follow Metal much", I would like to state that I am a life long metal fan starting with Metallica, Megadeth, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, etc. in my early childhood facilitated by my father being a biker during the 1980s (when I was born).


Point 1: yes I have sterotyped the type of content often included in the metal genre as a whole, but I did state these were metal cliches.


Point 2: vocals in metal are not always hard edged like you get with Dave Mustaine, James Hetfield, or even Ronnie James Dio. This is shown by singers such as Freddie Mercury who could cross over to heavy rock and metal with songs such as One Vision (heavy rock) and Gimme the Prize (very much a metal song), without the hard edge present in the singers I have listed.


Point 3: You use as an example of metal a band who are generally heavier than even Black Sabbath.


I think ultimately there isn't an objective answer to what is metal as everyone will pick their favourite metal band or the heaviest they can think of to declare as the definition of heavy metal. Overall my opening statement to this reply explains it best i think: that it is subjective.


If you have further, more concise, explanations please share.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

@3199eddie It seems you don't follow Metal much, so I will tell you why Avenged Sevenfold is Rock and not Metal.


Three things:

1) Metal is not all about drugs, murder, and ESPECIALLY SATAN. You are stereotyping the genre as a whole.


2) Avenged Sevenfold doesn't have the vocals to be considered metal. M. Shadows, the vocalists, doesn't have a thrash edge to his voice, and it comes off as more of a diverse form of Rock.


3) The guitar by Zacky Venegance and Synster Gates isriffs and solos isn't exactly metal oriented and as heavy as actual metal bands such as Meshuggah.

3199eddie
3199eddie

@XboxGuy1537How aren't they metal? I have seen so many comments online on the music sites I view denouncing them as metal. I cannot understand how they are not metal though, I mean they fit all the requirements musically and even fall into the same cliches as all metal bands do; singing about satan, drugs, murder, etc. So please explain how they are not metal and put my mind at ease.