Hail to the King and to Avenged Sevenfold. The band will release its sixth studio album 'Hail to the King' on Tuesday, Aug. 27, but fans don't have to wait a week in order to hear the whole thing. The record is streaming in full on iTunes as of today, Aug. 20. So go ahead, get your A7X on.

Stream the album here and if you like what you hear, you can pre-order it at that same location.

The album is receiving near-universal praise ahead of the release and rightfully so. The band delivered an album of no-holds-barred, modern heavy metal, free of gimmicks or trends. Frontman M. Shadows really has positioned himself as James Hetfield's heir apparent at this point in his career, as well.

Here's to hoping that 'Hail to the King' will follow the trajectory of its predecessor, 2010's 'Nightmare,' and debut in the lofty No. 1 slot on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Our fingers are crossed that these Orange County metal warriors achieve the same level of success.

We're interested in what you think. Take a listen to 'Hail to the King' and then tell us if you are totally feeling the latest heavier-than-granite slab of metal that Avenged Sevenfold have crafted. Let us know in the comments below ... when you are done banging your head so hard that your strain muscles in your neck.