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  • Artist(s): Arin Ilejay, Johnny Christ, M. Shadows, Synyster Gates
  • Summary: The first release with new drummer Arin Ilejay of Confide [takes over for James "The Rev" Sullivan, who passed away in 2009] for the California heavy metal band was produced by Mike Elizondo.
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  • Record Label: Warner Bros.
  • Genre(s): Emo, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal
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Hail to the King
Watch your tongue or have it cut from your head Save your life by keeping whispers unsaid Children roam the streets now orphans of war Bodies hanging... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Classic Rock Magazine
    Oct 23, 2013
    80
    It has power, darkness and bucketloads of testosterone. [Sep 2013, p.92]
  2. Kerrang!
    Sep 18, 2013
    80
    It's a brave album and, once the dust settles, it'll be remembered as a great one. [24 Aug 2013, p.52]
  3. Aug 29, 2013
    80
    It’s a big, shiny, shamelessly indulgent affair played by talented musicians, and when it comes down to it, it’s just a lot of fun.
  4. Q Magazine
    Oct 11, 2013
    80
    The next crossover metal band has arrived. [Nov 2013, p.101]
  5. Aug 29, 2013
    60
    Fusing elements of goth, screamo and what was once called nu metal with the late-Seventies new wave of British metal-metal, their sixth LP piles clarion solos atop clean, sludge-chug riffs.
  6. Aug 29, 2013
    50
    By the album's second half, Avenged Sevenfold can't help but let loose their guitar shredding theatrics a bit, and their personality starts to shine through as the tempo quickens and tracks take flight to unabashed height
  7. Sep 9, 2013
    20
    It’s as if Metallica decided to try and court the 16 year old post-mall goth crowd with a bunch of inane Black Veil Bride like lyrics, while adding in a bit of Avenged Sevenfold-lite songwriting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. Aug 31, 2013
    10
    Fantastic album by Avenged Sevenfold. They've managed to create a more consistent sound throughout the entire album with many powerful andFantastic album by Avenged Sevenfold. They've managed to create a more consistent sound throughout the entire album with many powerful and catchy songs you'll want to listen to repeatedly. More of a hard rock, less metal sound at times but a great direction they decided to go with this album. Expand
  2. Sep 3, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Avenged Sevenfold has definitely kept their word on how simple and heavy this album was going to be. Amazing vocal performance from M. Shadows, Amazing leads and solos from Synyster Gates, Great rhythm from Zacky, Amazing and in-your-face bass lines from Johnny Christ, and driving and powerful drums from Arin Ilejay. For the people and critics complaining about the simplicity and "plagiarism" on the album, they said that they wanted to take us back to the golden age of metal. Simple grooves is equal to more space for solos and leads, and better time keeping and in your face riffs. All of these factors acount for a heavier album than we've seen from A7X.

    Shepherd of Fire would most likely be from a Black Sabbath album
    Hail to the King most likley from Metallica/Iron Maiden
    Doing Time sounds like Guns 'N Roses from the Use Your Illusion era
    This Means War from Metallica's "Metallica"
    Requiem sounds like Led Zeppelin
    Crimson Day sounds like a mix of Metallica and Guns 'N Roses
    Heretic definitely sounds like a mix of Megadeth's "Symphony of Destruction and Maiden.
    Planets sounds very apocalyptic and therefore sounds like Sabbath and Maiden.
    Acid Rain reminds me of GNR.

    This album just draws from its influences and bring us back to the golden age of metal! To end this review i give this album a 10/10. Beautiful and Spectacular, simple and catchy.
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  3. Oct 9, 2013
    9
    What a great album. Seriously. I've was looking foward to this album and to say the least I was not dissapointed. This album made me realizeWhat a great album. Seriously. I've was looking foward to this album and to say the least I was not dissapointed. This album made me realize that Avenged still has gas in the tank left to go. I had thought that they would be burnt out after Nightmare and the passing of The Rev. Who wouldn't?) Seeing as The Rev was a major creative influence for A7X The majority of the songs that he wrote were amazing. Brompton Little Piece, Fiction, Just to name a few) But I was wrong. In my opinion. This album would have been alot more different if The Rev was still around. But that doesn't make the album bad. The album hits you like a ton of bricks, Right out of the gate with Shepard of Fire" It then hits you again with the title track Hail to the King", After that you get a song that is a lot faster then the last two in "Doing Time". After that you have This Means War", One of my favourite songs from the album. Sure, it sounds like Sad But True. Why is that a bad thing? It's a kickass song that gets my heart pumping every time. After that "Requiem" comes in with a badass chant in latin that sets the tone for the whole song. "Crimson Day" Is next. This song proves that A7X can still play ballads and slower songs. Coming Home is a great song that has some kind of a Iron Maiden like sound to it, "Planets" and "Acid Rain" are 2 very good songs to close out the album, BUY IT Expand
  4. Sep 2, 2014
    7
    "Hail to the King" is Avenged Sevenfold's 6th studio album. There are a lot of influences on this one from bands like Metallica,Guns n'"Hail to the King" is Avenged Sevenfold's 6th studio album. There are a lot of influences on this one from bands like Metallica,Guns n' Roses,Iron Maiden, something that is obvious in songs like "This Means War", "Doing Time", "Coming Home". The talent is undeniable. Nice metal riffs and melodies with Gates really showing how creative and talented he is on the solos. Shadows did a phenomenal job once again on the vocals, the lyrics were pretty typical for metal but interesting nonetheless. Arin did a good job on the drums, nothing mind-blowing but he helped the songs come to life . I’ve not been a fan of them from the very start (meaning “Sounding the Seventh Trumpet”). I became one in 2003 when “Waking the Fallen” came out. Since then, every album has been different but with the same A7X feel, something that “Hail to the King” failed to achieve in my opinion. I understand and respect the fact that they went in a different direction with this album but I believe they lost part of their unique sound and feel by doing so. This album to me is proof of how important The Rev was to this band. Not only because of his phenomenal drumming but also because he was a true musical genius.
    Overall, "Hail to the King" is a decent/solid metal album with "Planets, "Heretic" and "Acid Rain" definitely being the highlights.
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  5. Sep 4, 2013
    6
    First thing I should probably say is that I did really enjoy listening to this album. It's a more down-tempo, slightly tamer sound to whatFirst thing I should probably say is that I did really enjoy listening to this album. It's a more down-tempo, slightly tamer sound to what Avenged have come out with in the past but the riffs, rythms and vocals are all solid and it works pretty well. It just isn't quite as adventurous as I've come to expect from this band.
    If you listened to the title track when it was first released then you know what you can expect from the other nine songs, it doesn't really deviate much from that. The lead single kind of sums up the sound of the rest of the album and, while it isn't a bad sound, it just doesn't have a lot of energy to it.
    My biggest gripe is new drummer, Aaron Iljey (think I spelled that right). He's just boring. Throwing in the same basic beat for every song, rarely feeling brave enough to venture away from his comfort zone. It was never going to be an easy job taking over from The Rev but I was expecting better than the uninspired, half-hearted effort we hear in this album.
    Overall, this album isn't going to blow you away but it's definately worth listeing to. Shadows' voice is as strong as ever and Gates keeps the the whole thing flowing smoothly throughout. Christ and Vegeance do most of the work carrying the rythm so we can only hope that Iljey comes into his own in the future.
    If you're an A7X fan, buy it. If not, give a listen before you decide if you want to invest money in it.
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  6. Aug 30, 2013
    4
    I've been a fan of A7X since City of Evil, and this is just so generic and boring. After listening to this album i could not remember what aI've been a fan of A7X since City of Evil, and this is just so generic and boring. After listening to this album i could not remember what a single song sounds like (save the single Hail to the King). It pains me to say that this album isnt very good. Throw in the fact that their song "This Means War" sound exactly like Mettalica's "Sad But True" to the point of plagerism, I know its supposed to be a throwback, but id rather listen to the classics than this. Expand
  7. May 10, 2014
    0
    If you like metal like Iron Maiden, Megadeth and bands like that you will love this album for sure, but If you like the old avenged sevenfoldIf you like metal like Iron Maiden, Megadeth and bands like that you will love this album for sure, but If you like the old avenged sevenfold with evil metal coming out of the guitar and the voice, you will hate it.
    I miss the old avenged sevenfold, this album is repetitive as f*ck, DON'T BUY THIS SH*T
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