Avenged Sevenfold
Hail to the King


3.5
great

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by WicKed110 USER (6 Reviews)
September 22nd, 2013 | 15 replies | 2,008 views


Release Date: 08/27/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pretty good hard rock/metal album although there are some ripoffs here and there (not to be confused with doing something similar).

The band said in an interview that they'd go for a Black Sabbath/Led Zeppelin sound off this album. Well, the album doesn't really sound exactly that way. This album has a variety of things. It has some Metallica's black album moments, Ozzy Osbourne and Iron Maiden moments, typical Avenged Sevenfold moments, Guns 'N Roses moments and some Symphony of Destruction moments with also a few 1970s rock ballad moments. M. Shadows still continues his James Hetfield vocals, except for a few songs like Doing Time and Acid Rain where he sounds like how he did off maybe City of Evil with that Axl arose influence. The solos on this album aren't squeaky and all duel-friendly like they used to and in fact have some pentatonic scales used in it with some Dorian melodies. Many people say the band isn't metal, since the band aren't really that metal. This album is halfway metal. Another good thing is in the album you can easily hear the bass.

Hail to the King - It begins off with a guitar shred which reminds me of the one off of Iron Maiden's Wasted Years, then the drums pop in and the verses come. Matt Shadows' vocals including their melodies are quite identical to the ones off the verses to Enter Sandman by Metallica. The drumming is also really simplistic in this song. The chorus then comes to where the song reminds me of songs like Rainbow in the Dark by Dio or something. This is just a heavy metal song which you could call "butt-metal" which is for bands with Nickelback or Led Zeppelin lyrics and catchy choruses. But I don't really see this song that way at all.

Heretic - Another metal song. The song sounds like it was influenced a ton by Megadeth. However, the verses to the song have bass lines which sound identical to the bass lines to the verses of Megadeth's song Symphony of Destruction.

Coming Home - The intro sounds almost like a speed up version of the intro to Sweet Dreams by Marilyn Manson. Overall, it actually instead sounds like an Iron Maiden song. Matt Shadows sounds a lot like he's trying to be Bruce Dickinson and Synyster and Zacky sound like Adrian Smith, Janick Gers and Dave Murray off this song. Another cool thing is you can hear the bass extremely easily. The band basically improved with whole bass thing and this song is proof. The song sounds like an unreleased track by Iron Maiden.

Acid Rain - Definitely nowhere even close to being metal. It is just a piano rock ballad with a guitar solo that reminds me of Jimmy Page (except he has more skill than Synyster) or any other 70s rock guitarist. If you like 70s rock ballads, you'll enjoy this.

Crimson Day - It sounds a little like Nothing Else Matters by Metallica. It's another soft ballad which is really soft and melodic.

Doing Time - It's a hard rock song which sounds a whole ton like Guns 'N Roses, except M Shadows does sound like he is trying to be Axl Rose but as well as Glen Danzig. I hear a lot of influence from the song by Danzig called "Mother".

This Means War - Oh boy, we get to the controversy of this album. This song may have a similar riff to Sad But True, but it is an actually ripoff of the song. The vocals to this song especially in the verses and undeniably identical to the ones off Sad But True by Metallica. Pretty much it's a groove metal-tinged track which basically copies Metallica. It is still good though.

Requiem - It's a good song, but the worst on the album. It sounds a little bit like the band's self-titled album with all the symphonic rock sounds in this song. It first has Latin vocals used and symphonies then comes in Matt Shadows' vocals and some drop d tuned guitars. It sounds like another typical A7X hard rock song with only some symphony.

St. James - Must be about The Rev to be honest. The song first sounds like an audio clip, then on the 21st second of the song, the vocals pop in and the melodies of the vocals literally sound identical to the melodies of the main riff to "The Kids Aren't Alright" by The Offspring. It's just a hard rock song where the band leans a little to a punky side.



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ChopSuey
September 22nd 2013


2392 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

k then

OhCarrots
September 22nd 2013


335 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

then k

Sapient.
September 22nd 2013


1109 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

"this is just a heavy metal song which you could call "butt-metal" which is for bands with nickelback or led zeppelin lyrics and catchy choruses"

I'm sorry, but did you just put Nickelback in the same sentence as Led Zeppelin AND call Led Zeppelin butt rock????

Mister Twister
September 22nd 2013


1542 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

n tkhe

WicKed110
September 22nd 2013


12 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@sapient lyrics about sex and whatever then it's butt rock

led zeppelin=good "butt rock"

nickelback=bland "butt rock"

Sapient.
September 22nd 2013


1109 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

personally don't think it was a good choice of words to describe them, butt rock comes off as a negative

MosesMalone
September 22nd 2013


1836 Comments


Axl arose

Progger6009
September 23rd 2013


1099 Comments


May I suggest not doing a track by tack next time, those tend to get neggd on here.

Azn.
September 23rd 2013


5609 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"This album has a variety of things."

well then

Cashewhayride
October 1st 2013


6 Comments


This is perhaps the worst review I've read all week. So many questionable statements. Led Zeppelin lyrics and a catchy chorus equals "butt-rock?" What does that even mean? Also, rip-off and homage are two completely different things. Maybe Sevenfold was trying to create something similar, ever so evident in their talent to create a diverse library from heavy-metal

Cashewhayride
October 1st 2013


6 Comments


Sorry, accidentally hit submit.

, to pop-metal, country-metal so on and so forth. Oh no, Blink-182 copied Green Day.

gordodustin
October 15th 2013


119 Comments


This review is extremely sloppy. Decent album, but not up to par with the rest of A7X's albums.

Mister Twister
October 15th 2013


1542 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

seriously tho

what the fuck is butt metal

Rawben
February 8th 2014


168 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Sorry I laughed when you said "there are some rip offs here and there."

marbledking
February 20th 2014


43 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Avenged Sevenfold's "Hail to the King" naturally also debuts at No. 1 on the Hard Rock Albums chart, the Alternative Albums chart and the overall Rock Albums chart. In total on the Billboard 200, "Hail to the King" is the band's third top 10 effort, following "Nightmare" and a self-titled set in 2007 (No. 4).

Seems that Metallica will be huge forever! This one is not so appropriate for dope users etc, as their previous works with the crying cheesy vocals, for certain. I know that kids like to listen to stuff like "I tri-ie-ied to drive all through the night," but sorry, i'm not into this. These guys grew up at last and grew some balls. Hope their next one has more character.



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