Hail To The King
was produced by Mike Elizondo. The Los Angeles producer and songwriter is best known for his Hip-Hop collaborations with artists such as Eminem and 50 Cent. He previously worked with Avenged Sevenfold on their 2010 album Nightmare
. Guitarist Synyster Gates told MusicRadar.com
it was Elizondo who suggested this track. "He was hearing a kind of low vocal, swagger-based rock song," he explained, "sort of a quintessential '80s or '90s vibe but with a very modern approach. It's a bad freight train that never stops."