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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: 21 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
  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. Jun 23, 2020
    10
    Hail to the King is on of the best songs I have ever heard. Also I like listening to Doing Time
  3. Sep 1, 2013
    9
    Hail to the King is a brilliant album, and a brave step in a new direction for Avenged Sevenfold. While Nightmare and Avenged Sevenfold wasHail to the King is a brilliant album, and a brave step in a new direction for Avenged Sevenfold. While Nightmare and Avenged Sevenfold was interesting, partly because of the radical differences from song to song, Hail to the King has a clear style and is a step forward for the band. Expand
  4. Apr 29, 2020
    7
    It is safe, it is simple, but it is far from a bad album. I love blastimg this album while on the road. Planets it's by far the mostIt is safe, it is simple, but it is far from a bad album. I love blastimg this album while on the road. Planets it's by far the most overlooked song feom the band. This is truly the Black Album of Avemged Sevenfold, more commercial and simple, but still marvelous. Expand
  5. Sep 1, 2013
    6
    Face it, we're all deathbats or we wouldn't be here. That being said this album is decent. A lot of the songs remind me of metallica and ironFace it, we're all deathbats or we wouldn't be here. That being said this album is decent. A lot of the songs remind me of metallica and iron maiden, now i like both of those bands but i don't think A7X should have went in this direction. City of evil blew me away, and a lot of that had to do with the rev's drumming. I mean seriously, go listen to Beast and the Harlot and listen to him wail on those drums. Yeah idk ill always love avenged sevenfold but i hope their next album is better than this one. I actually enjoyed Nightmare actually, so it's not just the drumming that makes me say this, its more that this album feels weak and uninspired compared to their previous ones. Expand
  6. Sep 9, 2014
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This Album is a 50/50 for me. Hence the 5! Being a drummer, I always loved and admired The Rev. He gave A7X that special something. I don't expect the new drummer to BE The Rev. But I find the songs on this album to lack feeling. It almost seems as though the drummer is merely going through the motions. If you listen to the Album in its entirety, the songs are actually quite good. It's got some good (albeit monotonous) sound and style. So, A must have for the fans, but I almost regret buying it. 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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