Avenged Sevenfold
Hail to the King


3.5
great

Review

by Eugene1234 USER (2 Reviews)
August 27th, 2013 | 27 replies | 5,649 views


Release Date: 08/27/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gates and Vengeance's guitar work, coupled with Shadows's vocal abilities translate into a metal masterpiece.

5 of 24 thought this review was well written

It has been 3 years since Avenged Sevenfold has released an album, and the wait is finally over. To be honest I was desperate to find out what the band had in store for the fans and to my disappointment, the only song they released (Hail to the King) was a disappointment in my opinion. This resulted in me questioning the result of an album that the whole world had been longing for ever since it was announced. I just picked up the album today with the intention of listening to it a couple of times then give it away. Fortunately I was treated to an array of hair raising but enjoyable tunes. Here's a breakdown of all the tracks:

1) Shepherd of Fire
Very suitable and interesting kickoff to the album. The horns and orchestral parts of the song form the most intriguing aspect of the song. It then erupts into a combination of Illejay's pounding drum beats and guitar work. Shadows vocals complements the song very well too.
Rating: 10/10

2) Hail to the King
Single from the album. The song revolves round a repeated guitar riff and builds up slowly from there. Illejay's drum work is very plain and simplistic while the guitars are very bland. Syn's solo in the middle of the track was not very necessary. The only upside to the song is Shadows's James Hetfield-like vocals
Rating: 5/10

3) Doing Time
Intriguing guitar work through out and reminded me of the City of Evil days. However it gets boring midway through due to the repeated and predictable melodies. Sub par song
Rating: 6/10

4) This Means War
Intro was the main reason I was drawn to this track. However it began to sound like a rip off of Metallica's Sad But True. Being one of the longest tracks on the album, the repetitive melodies and Shadows's forced cries of 'This means war!' were starting to become a pain in the ass.
Rating: 5/10

5) Requiem
Starts off with some queer Latin chanting then breaks into a very catchy rhythm. The flow of the song is smooth yet erratic at times, but the overall the band is fantastic. However I do think the chants spoilt the songs a bit but Syn and Zacky made up for it with stunning displays of true metal guitar
Work.
Rating: 8/10
6) Crimson Day
Despite being one of the softer songs of the album, Crimson Day has the potential to be the best song in the whole album. It sets the tone right from the start with the clean but smooth sounding plucking by Gates and Shadows croons his way through the song so effortlessly. The chorus erupts into a power chord display but it remains under control. Effortless piece of art by Avenged and shows that they can conjure up fantastic power ballads as well. Classic.
Rating: 10/10

7) Heretic
This track contains elements from City of Evil with the occasional shredding and overall tone of the song. Johnny Christ is also very prominent on this track with the bass guitar. Nothing much to comment on the song except for it being quite well done
Rating: 8/10

8) Coming Home
My least favorite song on the album. I found it a failed copy of an Iron Maiden song and it was too lengthy. Cheesy lyrics such as 'Home is where the heart is, or so I'm told' baffles me. How can powerful material such as Crimson Day and stuff like this coexist on the same album? The guitar solos were boring and Shadows's sounded pretty whiny for most part of the song.
Rating: 3/10

9) Planets
You have to give the band credit for what they have done on this track. To me, Planets is the most experimental track on the whole album with the horns and stuff. The most impressive part is that it doesn't get boring even though it is pretty lengthy. Just a great song overall and helps to prepare the listener for the ultimate closure.
Rating: 8/10

10) Acid Rain
Softest song on the track. This song is heavily blues-influenced as seen from the guitar riffs. I loved the piano work and basically the whole instrumental aspect of the song. Also it is evident that the lyrical themes are about two lovers together during the apocalypse, making it the best song for the closure. Highlight for me would be the sorrow and yearning in Shadows's vocals. Very impressive
Rating: 9/10

Overall:
Great album again by the band that brought us Nightmare. However some songs should have been replaced by better material as they seem to be ripoffs of other bands. Experimentation was reasonably good and the ballads were the standouts for this album hands down
Overall rating: 8/10

Recommended tracks:
Shepherd of Fire
Requiem
Crimson Day
Acid Rain
Planets

Least recommended:
This Means War
Coming Home


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UnoriginalUsername
August 27th 2013



6 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review.

Gwyn.
August 27th 2013



13988 Comments


Dunno where the pos' come from

This is a pretty terrible review

Gwyn.
August 27th 2013



13988 Comments


"Starts off with some queer Latin chanting"

wait is this skele again

pedro70512
August 27th 2013



1858 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

> 8/10
> 3.5/5
> metal masterpiece

Something here doesn't quite add up.

DyingAtheist
August 27th 2013



88 Comments


Track by track.
3.5 rating but calling it a "masterpiece"

I am so very confused.

NightmareCinema16
August 27th 2013



2016 Comments


Peoples, stop reviewing this. PLEASE.

TooManyFriends
August 27th 2013



390 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Softest song on the track

BallsToTheWall
August 27th 2013



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

read summary, neg.

Spec
August 27th 2013



26834 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Can't believe how far they've dropped.

TheMoonchild
August 27th 2013



382 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

You call it a masterpiece then give it a 3.5 Half the tracks are below the 5/10 mark... this review may need a rewrite

frigyourgenre
August 27th 2013



1185 Comments


at least the album cover is original...

Spec
August 27th 2013



26834 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I don't know. Maybe if I was drunk at a pool hall I might like this.

Edit: No I don't think so. The drumming is just so fucking bland.

TrantaLocked
August 27th 2013



1386 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Frig, the funny thing is that even if it isn't actually original, at least it looks clean and simple. The original artwork looked like a children's movie poster.

frigyourgenre
August 27th 2013



1185 Comments


Lol fuk

intotheshit
August 27th 2013



3421 Comments


@trantalocked^god you're still the dumbest user ever

frigyourgenre
August 27th 2013



1185 Comments


K

Mister Twister
August 28th 2013



1435 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

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SmersH
August 28th 2013



384 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Shadows croons his way through the song so effortlessly."

lol

Feather
August 28th 2013



594 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You called an album which you rated a 3.5 a "Metal Masterpiece" in the first sentence...

INSTA-NEG

XfingTheSullen
August 28th 2013



2191 Comments


I am forced to agree that this review is quite bad. And I'm not gonna be checking out this album.



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