Avenged Sevenfold Announce New Album Release Date

Courtesy:  Warner Brothers Records

Courtesy: Warner Brothers Records

Warner Brothers Records and Avenged Sevenfold have announced that the band will release its new album this Summer.  Hail to the King will be released August 27th via Warner Brothers Records.  The new album, the band’s sixth full length release, was produced by Mike Elizondo, who also produced AX7’s most recent album, 2010’s Nightmare. That album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, Hard Rock Chart, and Digital Chart.  It also generated three #1 hit singles in ‘So Far Away’, ‘Welcome to the Family’, and the album’s title track.  That song was the most played current song at Rock Radio for all of 2010. 

Most recently, the band made an appearance on Activision’s hit first-person shooter, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.  The game’s soundtrack even included the band’s original song, ‘Carry On.’  That song went on to its own success, topping the Billboard Monitor Chart this past January.  The game went on to be the biggest selling game of all time. 

AX7 fans can keep up with all of the latest news and updates on the band’s upcoming release online at http://www.facebook.com/AvengedSevenfold, http://www.avengedsevenfold.com, and http://twitter.com/TheOfficialAX7

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Activision, Infinity Ward Debut New COD Trailer

Courtesy:  Activision/Infinity Ward

Courtesy: Activision/Infinity Ward

Courtesy:  Activision/Infinity Ward

Courtesy: Activision/Infinity Ward

Mark your calendars, gamers.  On November 5th, 2013, the latest installment in the highly successful Call of Duty franchise will be released. In anticipation of the game, the very first trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts has been released.  It made its debut this morning at Microsoft’s press event announcing what gamers can expect to come out this Fall.  The trailer shows that this proves to be the biggest game in the franchise yet.  Gamers get to go through big cities, jungle backdrops, and even more throughout the course of this upcoming game.  Its graphics live up to the expectations created by the series’ previous installments.

Courtesy: Activision/Infinity Ward

Courtesy: Activision/Infinity Ward

Here’s the gist of the storyline according to Mark Rubin, Executive Producer at Infinity Ward.  The game’s creators worked with Traffic and Syriana writer Stephen Gaghan on the story.  What players get in this new installment is a world n which the United States military has been devastated by a giant event.  The nation’s government is for all intents and purposes, in shambles.  Players get to play as one of the remaining U.S. military forces against those that caused all of this death and destruction.  The Ghosts are “ghost soldiers.”  They are the elite of the elite, the ultimate cream of the crop.  Fans who want even more info on the game, from its plot to everything on how the game came to life, they can check out a behind the scenes featurette on the game now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B00xKmtyfaY.

COD Ghosts_Jungle Environment

Courtesy: Activision/Infinity Ward

The mix of the trailer’s music bed and voice-over declaring, “We are ghosts, fighting for something that can’t be killed” will send chills up anyone’s spines, gamer or not.  Fans can check it out for themselves now, online right here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zxnx3W-HA18.  Also provided throughout this article is just a handful of shots from the game that is to come this holiday shopping season.  So check it out, and spread the word to the gamers of the world.  Call of Duty: Ghosts is coming!

Courtesy:  Activision/Infinity Ward

Courtesy: Activision/Infinity Ward

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New COD Game Coming This Fall From Activision, Infinity Ward

Courtesy:  Activision/Infinity Ward

Courtesy: Activision/Infinity Ward

Activision is set to release the latest in its highly successful series of games in its Call of Duty video game franchise.  The company has announced that it will release a brand new game this fall titled, Call of Duty: Ghosts on November 5th, just in time for the annual holiday shopping season.  Call of Duty: Ghosts is being touted as being a benchmark for the next generation of video games. 

Call of Duty: Ghosts was developed by Activision Blizzard and Infinity Ward, the studio responsible for the original Call of Duty and the even more popular Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series.  This latest installment in the COD franchise is set in a whole new world.  It offers to players all new characters, and new gaming experience.  Expectations are very high for this brand new, upcoming release.  “Infinity Ward set the gold standard for first-person action for a generation, and they’re going to do it again with Call of Duty: Ghosts,” said Eric Hirschberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc.  “Ghosts delivers an all-new story, all-new characters, an all-new Call of Duty world, all powered by a next generation Call of Duty engine, which is a leap forward for the franchise. Infinity Ward is going all-in to create the next generation of Call of Duty worthy of the world’s greatest fans.”

Call of Duty: Ghosts isn’t going to be just any other game.  And as Infinity Ward Executive Producer Mark Ward said of the game, it’s going to be just that; a whole new gaming experience for long-time fans of the COD series.  “Everyone was expecting us to make Modern Warfare 4, which would have been the safe thing to do. But we’re not resting on our laurels,” Ward said.  “We saw the console transition as the perfect opportunity to start a new chapter for Call of Duty. So we’re building a new sub-brand, a new engine, and a lot of new ideas and experiences for our players. We can’t wait to share them with our community.” 

While the game’s official release is still roughly seven months out, fans can still pre-order it beginning now.  It can be pre-ordered at retail outlets around the world.  It will be released on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC on the same day.  Fans can get an early look at the upcoming release online on Tuesday, May 21st at 1pm EST on Xbox LIVE, Xbox.com, or on Spike TV.  Fans can keep up with all the latest news on this upcoming release online at http://www.callofduty/com/ghosts, http://www.facebook.com/CODGhosts, and on Twitter at @InfinityWard.  Call of Duty: Ghosts is not yet rated.

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Avenged Sevenfold Featured In New COD Game

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Call of Duty:  Black Ops 2 is finally here!  The anticipation is over.  And for those who perhaps haven’t yet had the pleasure of checking out this game, fans now have one more reason to go out and pick up this game whether for themselves or for the gamer in the house.  Avenged Sevenfold is featured in the game.  The band’s new song, ‘Carry On’ is actually featured in full in the game.  And now fans can check out the official crossover video for the song.  It actually puts the band into the game.

The video features the band performing on stage in its digital form with full on pyro and audience rocking to the performance.  It should be noted that due to language, it may not be entirely suitable for some younger viewers.  Other than that, audiences can check out the official video for the song now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJbrTgUL0Dk.  Fans of Avenged Sevenfold can also get all the latest news and more from the band when they go online to http://www.avengedsevenfold.com and http://www.facebook.com/AvengedSevenFold.

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Activision, Treyarch Release New COD Trailer

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Call of Duty:  Black Ops II is coming.  One of the year’s most anticipated games will be here in just a matter of weeks.  As the big day nears, Activision and Treyarch have released another brand new trailer for the game featuring what can only be described as some of the best graphics of any game so far this year.  And it’s all set to the backdrop of AC/DC’s hit song, ‘Back in Black.’  Fans can check out this brand new trailer now online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6vOWbJ46XU.

Fans who don’t want to have to wait until the release date can pre-order the game now and get the Nuketown 2025 Bonus Map, and even get the game in very special limited editions.  To get more information on pre-ordering, fans can go online to http://www.callofduty.com/blackops2/preorder.  And to get all the latest on COD Black Ops 2 as the days tick down, fans can go online to the official COD Black Ops 2 website at http://www.callofduty.com/blackops2

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Activision, Treyarch Make COD Preorders Available

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The big day gets closer one day at a time, gamers.  On Tuesday, November 13th, Activision will release the long awaited Call of Duty:  Black Ops II to the masses.  In anticipation, Activision has officially made available pre-orders for three exclusive Collector’s Editions of the game.  These exclusive editions are available for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

PC users can pre-order the Digital Deluxe Edition for $79.99.  Among the bonus features included in the Digital Deluxe Edition are the official Black Ops II Soundtrack and a download token for Treyarch’s classic World at War game.  This edition also includes two bonus maps, Weapon Camo, and two player card backgrounds.  The Digital Deluxe Edition for PC users can be pre-ordered for a cost of $79.99.

Xbox 360 and PS3 users can pre-order the Call of Duty:  Black Ops II Hardened Edition for $79.99.  This edition includes most of the special features included in the Digital Deluxe Edition.  Along with those bonus features, it also includes the game in a collectible 2-sided SteelBook, two challenge coins, an Xbox Live CLAW Avatar prop, and Xbox Live Zombies Avatar costume.  The SteelBook is a limited edition game case featuring exclusive artwork.  Also included in the Hardened Edition is a multiplayer theme of the Turbine Map as well as Zombies that are special to this new game. 

COD fans who want the full game experience can pre-order the Call of Duty:  Black Ops II Care Package.  The Care Package includes everything in the Digital Deluxe Edition and Hardened Edition.  Along with all of the bonuses from the Digital Deluxe Edition and Hardened Edition, the Care Package also includes a remote-controlled MQ-27 Dragonfire Drone, along with the multiplayer theme of the Turbine Map with special edition Zombies.  The Call of Duty:  Black Ops II Care Package can be pre-ordered at a cost of $179.99.

Call Of Duty:  Black Ops II is rated “M” for Mature.  For more information on the game, fans can go online to http://www.callofduty/blackops2/ce, http://www.callofcuty/blackops2, and http://www.facebook.com/codblackops.  Fans can also get the latest on Twitter via @Treyarch. 

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Activision, Treyarch Reveal Black Ops 2 Multiplayer Trailer

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 is coming, gamers.  Mark your calendars.  November 13th, 2012 is the big day.  It’s just in time for the holiday shopping rush.  This is a game worth any gamer’s time.  As shown in the brand new trailer for the multiplayer option, the graphics for this game are outstanding.  Anyone who is a fan of the COD games will definitely be drooling in anticipation after checking out this new trailer.  It can be viewed at the link below.  As a warning to parents and everyone else out there, you have to be 18 or older to view it.  So parents, it’s up to your own discretion if you want your kids to see the trailer.  There is some bloodshed and other violent imagery.  For everyone else, definitely check out what Black Ops 2 has to offer in anticipation of this highly anticipated game!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dre21lBu2zU

You can pre-order the game and get the bonus Nuketown 2025 multiplayer map at http://www.callofduty.com/blackops2/preorder.  To keep up with all the latest news on Black Ops 2, just go to Facebook and like the COD Black Ops 2 FB page at http://www.facebook.com/codblackops.  There are also a pair ofTwitter pages for the game.  Check them out at http://twitter.com/CallofDuty and http://twitter.com/treyarch.

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