AVENGED SEVENFOLDhas scored its first-ever No. 1 U.K. album with its sixth full-length CD, "Hail To The King".
The band's previous effort, "Nightmare", peaked at No. 5 in 2010.
"It has been a hell of a ride thus far and having our first No. 1 album in the U.K. is a monumental achievement for our fans and us," guitarist Zacky Vengeance tells OfficialCharts.com. "I remember playing the 100 Club to prove to our fans we were willing to start from the ground up again to earn your respect. Thank you for putting heavy metal back on the throne. We look forward to growing old with you."
"This is a tremendous achievement, and it's been a long time coming," says Alexander Milas, TeamRock Radio host and editor-in-chief of British music magazine Metal Hammer. "We've watched AVENGED SEVENFOLD's dogged ascent for years, and their tireless efforts have created the kind of fan base that money and clever marketing just can't buy.
"Just a few months after BLACK SABBATH themselves hit the top of the official album chart. Tthis is nothing less than a landmark, historic turning point," he adds. "This isn't just a hugely well-deserved triumph for the band though; in an age of market-driven A&R, it's proof positive that rock and metal is here to stay. A long-ignored segment of the record-buying public has spoken. AVENGED SEVENFOLD's victory is a victory for us all."
"Hail To The King" is likely to sell between 170,000 and 180,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on Tuesday (August 27). That figure should be good enough to land the group its second straight No. 1 debut. AVENGED SEVENFOLD's fifth album, "Nightmare", opened with 162,500 copies back in August 2010 to land at the top of The Billboard 200 chart.