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Release date: 27 August 2013
Style: Heavy metal, Alternative metal

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01. Shepherd Of Fire
02. Hail To The King
03. Doing Time
04. This Means War
05. Requiem
06. Crimson Day
07. Heretic
08. Coming Home
09. Planets
10. Acid Rain

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Line-up
Matthew "M. Shadows" Sanders - vocals
Brian "Synyster Gates" Haner, Jr. - guitars, piano, organ, keyboards
Zachary "Zacky Vengeance" Baker - guitars
Arin Ilejay - drums
Johnathan "Johnny Christ" Seward - bass


Additional info
Label: Warner Bros.
Producer: Mike Elizondo

Guest review by
FatherOfBodom

Rating:
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Ok, so before I start spewing off my meaningless opinions into the blogosphere and acting like people should read them, I must admit something about the piece I am about to write. I am like Avenged Sevenfold's high school girlfriend. We had a blast on our first date (Waking The Fallen), and made love all night for a while (City Of Evil). Then he stopped buying me a lot of nice stuff, but he really still loved me (Avenged Sevenfold). At one point, I thought he cheated on me with commercial rock, but he really didn't (Nightmare). I will probably always love Avenged Sevenfold, and may be the most biased person to speak of this; however, if a band I'm dating releases crap, I'll say it's crap. With that being said, I consider their latest release, Hail To The King, make-up sex.

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published 21.09.2013 | Comments (10)

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Doge of Venice - 19.08.2013 at 23:00  
Rating: 6 http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/synyster-gates-talks-avenged-sevenfolds-hail-to-the-king-track-by-track-582256/1

Interested to see how sugary it actually is, considering the amount he says some tracks aren't...
BynersA7X - 20.08.2013 at 07:27  
Rating: 10 I have to say...
Amazing.
Doge of Venice - 20.08.2013 at 16:29  
Rating: 6 For those that are interested. It's streaming on iTunes and it can be viewed on youtube in full (until it is removed).

hidden_ninja - 20.08.2013 at 19:06  
Rating: 10 For me, personally, this is the best album of the year.
BANGERS - 23.08.2013 at 05:05  
  I cannot wait for this release.
PierreStruzka - 23.08.2013 at 11:51  
  WOW some parts remind me Metallica from 1991 9/10
hadriel - 24.08.2013 at 04:56  
Rating: 5 ..Well that was sufficiently awful.
MDM87 - 27.08.2013 at 00:10  
Rating: 9 Good album with the typical avenged sevenfold style , i like it
sizito - 27.08.2013 at 01:40  
  The new Metallica album we never got!
RottingDeathHead - 27.08.2013 at 04:00  
  Still hate the album art, complete rip off of Overkill & Lich King's mascot.
BoxCar Willy - 27.08.2013 at 04:04  
 
Written by RottingDeathHead on 27.08.2013 at 04:00

Still hate the album art, complete rip off of Overkill & Lich King's mascot.

Pretty much matches the music then.
Doge of Venice - 27.08.2013 at 04:08  
Rating: 6 I was pleasantly surprised, really. First half is pretty poor, but the last half is better. Best song is Acid Rain which isn't metal in the slightest, but I like it's style.

Other decent tracks are Heretic, Coming Home (sounds like Maiden) and Planets (unusual sounding for A7X).

EDIT: Also, production is much nicer than the previous, which just felt completely flat. There is a bit more of a bite in this one.
Nicola P - 27.08.2013 at 07:15  
Rating: 8 I listened to the whole album when it was streaming online and was pleasantly surprised, especially after the gigantic disappointment that Bullet For My Valentine delivered. This is my one of my favorite albums of this year for sure.

Edit. Never realized I wrote "pleasantly surprised" just as Vieira did. Weird.
quisableed - 27.08.2013 at 07:29  
Rating: 6 Wtf, am i really listening a7x ?
quisableed - 27.08.2013 at 07:53  
Rating: 6 I think i'll giving back my rating. listening "this means war" by now. as you can easly recognize, it's the same as "sad but true" and i can say drawing inspiration is up to a point. but stealing is not good.
hidden_ninja - 27.08.2013 at 13:32  
Rating: 10 It's similar riffs sure, but i wouldn't call it stealing - it's not like Metallica have a trademark on it.
quisableed - 27.08.2013 at 15:28  
Rating: 6
Written by hidden_ninja on 27.08.2013 at 13:32

It's similar riffs sure, but i wouldn't call it stealing - it's not like Metallica have a trademark on it.

It's similar riffs sure, but i wouldn't call it stealing ? How do we call it man? I am stil getting irritated when listening the song
Doge of Venice - 27.08.2013 at 16:48  
Rating: 6 You can just call it a poor imitation. The riff is similar, but it's nowhere near close enough to call it stealing.
quisableed - 27.08.2013 at 17:23  
Rating: 6
Written by Doge of Venice on 27.08.2013 at 16:48

You can just call it a poor imitation. The riff is similar, but it's nowhere near close enough to call it stealing.

hahaha okay man, "poor imitation" defines this very well
Doge of Venice - 27.08.2013 at 18:09  
Rating: 6 To be fair, not as if Sad But True is that good anyway.
schlakt - 27.08.2013 at 19:26  
Rating: 7 Can't believe that A7X can sound this good! So much better than their previous two albums!
Doge of Venice - 30.08.2013 at 01:22  
Rating: 6 Also, is it just me that thinks Shadows should sing in the pantomime Bruce Dickinson style vocals that he does on Coming Home more often?
Mc_Twist - 30.08.2013 at 11:41  
Rating: 6 To me, they just tried to make a Tribute Album of their favourites bands.

Iron Maiden, Metallica, Dream Theater, etc.. everything is here!
Lethrokai - 30.08.2013 at 12:24  
Rating: 6
Written by Mc_Twist on 30.08.2013 at 11:41

To me, they just tried to make a Tribute Album of their favourites bands.

Iron Maiden, Metallica, Dream Theater, etc.. everything is here!


That's pretty much what I'm hearing as well... I don't know how to feel about it though. I feel like I'd rather have them show me what THEY have to offer, rather than what others have offered them.
satans nuts - 31.08.2013 at 15:17  
Rating: 9 Awesome album!!!!! Wasn't too sure of the single when I first herd it but it got under my skin in the end!!!! bring on December for the tour
Daniell - 02.09.2013 at 10:09  
Rating: 4 Why can't they have their own ideas?
PhantomLord21 - 02.09.2013 at 14:29  
  A friend of mine says this is one of their best albums (he's a fan of these guys). I've listened to it and I'm thinking "What's he mean, "One of"? I like it more than anything else they've done!"

My only complaint is the lack of any real track that screams live set material to me. However, it's consistently enjoyable and I didn't get bored listening to it, so credit to them there!
Lit. - 02.09.2013 at 20:14  
  My sister, who's been a fan of this band for quite some time, say she didn't like this album. Would that be an indication of anything?
Lethrokai - 05.09.2013 at 12:22  
Rating: 6 Pretty average to be honest.
A nice one for those who like the style of 80s classic-metal and rock, however it seems like the band has regressed from previous releases.
Too much imitation. Not enough originality.
Musically, it's catchy but has little substance.

...So yeah, average album. The last two releases have started to make me worry about the future of this band...
Savage - 05.09.2013 at 18:29  
  This is the record of the year for me. At least since Iced Earth decided to postpone their release until 2014. Brilliant melodies, great sound and vocals are the best he's delivered so far. There are some pretty obvious hints about their favorite bands (Metallica, GnR) but they are made with good taste.
Daniell - 09.09.2013 at 23:30  
Rating: 4 Having heard the whole album I must say that this shit is even worse than the previous one. a TOTALLY SHAMELESS ripoff of more famous, better bands. How can people not hear it. Are they deaf or plainly stupid? Every song on this album has its original, always better counterpart that was recorded by a better band years ago.

But don't take my word for it, read what Machine Head's Rob Flynn has to say about the album (thanks Birgit for the link):
http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/machine-head-congratulates-avenged-sevenfold-on-success-of-their-covers-album/
SuicidalCyco - 10.09.2013 at 07:08  
Rating: 4
Written by Daniell on 09.09.2013 at 23:30

Having heard the whole album I must say that this shit is even worse than the previous one. a TOTALLY SHAMELESS ripoff of more famous, better bands. How can people not hear it. Are they deaf or plainly stupid? Every song on this album has its original, always better counterpart that was recorded by a better band years ago.

But don't take my word for it, read what Machine Head's Rob Flynn has to say about the album (thanks Birgit for the link):
http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/machine-head-congratulates-avenged-sevenfold-on-success-of-their-covers-album/


Yeah I agree with you and Rob. This is my friend's new favorite album and I love to give him shit about it. Its awful.
Cynic Metalhead - 10.09.2013 at 10:15  
 
Written by Daniell on 09.09.2013 at 23:30

what Machine Head's Rob Flynn has to say about the album (thanks Birgit for the link):
http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/machine-head-congratulates-avenged-sevenfold-on-success-of-their-covers-album/


His entries sometimes sounds smelling excreta and should be avoided as much people can. Instead, Robb should start focusing on Machine's new album. I heard they're in writing process.

speaking about A7X, no fucking tributes, no fucking classic. This new record is a total rip off of "Nightmare".
Ravenous - 10.09.2013 at 12:25  
Rating: 4 I feel like I heard everything, just in a more boring fashion this time. Rip off album peaking the charts. Honestly, it's a shit.
Mattybu - 12.09.2013 at 23:09  
 
Written by Daniell on 09.09.2013 at 23:30

But don't take my word for it, read what Machine Head's Rob Flynn has to say about the album (thanks Birgit for the link):
http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/machine-head-congratulates-avenged-sevenfold-on-success-of-their-covers-album/


good god. If he is right, and I assume he is, of all the Metallica to rip off they do the black album. the thought of listening to this band ever makes me want to think happier thoughts.... kids with leprosy in 3rd world countries... getting your organs stolen and sold on the black market in thailand... ah much better.

you would think with badass nicknames like Johnny Christ and Zacky Vengeance these guys would be the best! guess not.
Cynic Metalhead - 13.09.2013 at 09:05  
  Speaking to Canadian radio station 106.9 The Bear, Shadows had this to say about how he found out:

Quote:
"Actually, [Fozzy singer/pro-wrestler] Chris Jericho sent it to me [Tuesday] morning. He's, like, 'Dude, look at this B.S.' [He was] going crazy. And I was, like, 'Ah, Chris, I love you.' But I read it, and I read it as a joke. I have met Robb on numerous occasions and he's always been cool to me. And I just read it as a joke. I really don't know what to say about it other than I agree with him on the [Metallica] 'Sad But True' thing — that was obviously an inspiration for that song. Everything else, I kind of think he… If it is a joke, it was kind of overboard, 'cause it doesn't make sense in my mind. But at the same time, he was saying it was a joke, so… I have no ill will towards those guys. I've met [Machine Head guitarist] Phil [Demmel] a couple of times; he's cool. Robb is cool. And I think the guy has the right to go make… if it's really a joke, in his mind… Some people might see it as being as an underhanded… joke. But, to me, if he just wants to go in there and write whatever he wants, I think that's totally cool. Everyone has an opinion and everyone should be entitled to say whatever they want. So it's no skin off our backs."


it's all snarky cool?!
Kuroboshi - 15.09.2013 at 05:49  
Rating: 5 This sounds like a more well-produced, cleaner version of post-"black album" Metallica. Not awful, but insanely predictable.
Lit. - 15.09.2013 at 20:08  
 
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 13.09.2013 at 09:05


it's all snarky cool?!


Respect for A7X goes up.
Respect for Machine Head goes DOOOOOOWWWWNNNN!

Seriously, he has no jurisdiction saying junk like that, considering he dived face first into the nu metal genre and started ripping off Limp Bizkit when it was popular.
Mr.Moustache69 - 16.09.2013 at 00:15  
  10/10 heres why:

MetalAce - 18.09.2013 at 11:08  
Rating: 8 Question:
What would make people hate this one?
Hey! I am serious really why? This band listed as one of top 25 bands of all time. . . but 160 here?
Marcel Hubregtse - 18.09.2013 at 12:43  
 
Written by MetalAce on 18.09.2013 at 11:08

Question:
What would make people hate this one?
Hey! I am serious really why? This band listed as one of top 25 bands of all time. . . but 160 here?


what would make people hate this album? Well, the total rip-off it is of other bands.
And who in their right mind would rate this band in a top 25 bands of all time?
Angelic Storm - 18.09.2013 at 12:53  
  I never had any intention of listening to this album, but now I want to hear whether this really is as much of a "rip-off" album, as some people have been suggesting. There is a difference between sounding similar to, and actually being a "rip-off", but many people confuse the two. It'll be interesting to hear just how much of a "rip-off" this album really is... Oh good, it's on spotify! I'll listen to it in a couple of minutes after I've fed the cat. hehe
Marcel Hubregtse - 18.09.2013 at 12:56  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 18.09.2013 at 12:53

I never had any intention of listening to this album, but now I want to hear whether this really is as much of a "rip-off" album, as some people have been suggesting. There is a difference between sounding similar to, and actually being a "rip-off", but many people confuse the two. It'll be interesting to hear just how much of a "rip-off" this album really is... Oh good, it's on spotify! I'll listen to it in a couple of minutes after I've fed the cat. hehe



oh yes it is a rip-off album, when you listen to it you can even clearly state which songs by which band they ripped-ff for their own songs
Marcel Hubregtse - 18.09.2013 at 12:58  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 18.09.2013 at 12:53

I never had any intention of listening to this album, but now I want to hear whether this really is as much of a "rip-off" album, as some people have been suggesting. There is a difference between sounding similar to, and actually being a "rip-off", but many people confuse the two. It'll be interesting to hear just how much of a "rip-off" this album really is... Oh good, it's on spotify! I'll listen to it in a couple of minutes after I've fed the cat. hehe



and I would even dare say the skull with wings on the cover is a rip-off and not an influence as well
Angelic Storm - 18.09.2013 at 13:21  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 18.09.2013 at 12:56
oh yes it is a rip-off album, when you listen to it you can even clearly state which songs by which band they ripped-ff for their own songs


Okay, I've just finished listening to the first song "Shepherd Of Fire", and although there are differences in the notes used, rhythm patterns, and the hooks, structurally, and production wise, it sounds like a castrated version of "Enter Sandman"! The intro, the way it breaks down after the solo, and the bass and drums fading out in the outro instantly made me think of that song. Even the drums sound exactly like the sound Lars had on the Black Album! Some people thought "Enter Sandman" was a sell out and commercial, yet this sounds like a wimpier version of it.

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 18.09.2013 at 12:58
and I would even dare say the skull with wings on the cover is a rip-off and not an influence as well


Oh yes... I've long seen that as a cheap looking rip-off of Chaley the winged Skull which is Overkill's mascot. lol
Marcel Hubregtse - 18.09.2013 at 13:30  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 18.09.2013 at 13:21

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 18.09.2013 at 12:56
oh yes it is a rip-off album, when you listen to it you can even clearly state which songs by which band they ripped-ff for their own songs


Okay, I've just finished listening to the first song "Shepherd Of Fire", and although there are differences in the notes used, rhythm patterns, and the hooks, structurally, and production wise, it sounds like a castrated version of "Enter Sandman"! The intro, the way it breaks down after the solo, and the bass and drums fading out in the outro instantly made me think of that song. Even the drums sound exactly like the sound Lars had on the Black Album! Some people thought "Enter Sandman" was a sell out and commercial, yet this sounds like a wimpier version of it.

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 18.09.2013 at 12:58
and I would even dare say the skull with wings on the cover is a rip-off and not an influence as well


Oh yes... I've long seen that as a cheap looking rip-off of Chaley the winged Skull which is Overkill's mascot. lol



the second song is clearly Thunderstruck the third clearly Guns 'n' Roses, track four is Sad But True. Crimson Day is a cross of Nothing Else Matters and November Rain. Heretic is Megadeth and Coming Home is Iron Maiden.

So, let's give them the benefit of the doubt and let's not call it a rip-off album but a covers album
Angelic Storm - 18.09.2013 at 14:25  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 18.09.2013 at 13:30
the second song is clearly Thunderstruck the third clearly Guns 'n' Roses, track four is Sad But True. Crimson Day is a cross of Nothing Else Matters and November Rain. Heretic is Megadeth and Coming Home is Iron Maiden.

So, let's give them the benefit of the doubt and let's not call it a rip-off album but a covers album


Hey, you should have waited to see if I made the same comparisons! The "Thunderstruck" comparison is only slight, and I might not have even have picked up on it on my own esteem, but it's definitely AC/DC influenced. "Doing Time" is clearly the band trying to sound like G n' R, right down to the vocalist trying his hardest to sound like Axl. It totally lacks the raw attitude and aggression of prime G n' R though. It doesn't appear to be a rip-off of any specific Guns track though...

"This Means War" really does rip off "Sad But True"! The main riff is very similar, whilst the vocal patterns during the verses mimic James' almost to a tee, right down to the added emphasis being placed on the first word of every sentence during the verse. And the first part of the solo is clearly an "homage" to Kirk's solo in "Sad But True". The production also sounds very much like the "Black Album". Only it's wimpier chorus, it's little bit of melody in the intro and 2nd half of the solo, and the singer lacking the aggression and power of James seperates it from Metallica's song. This one is absolutely a rip-off!
psykometal - 18.09.2013 at 18:51  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 18.09.2013 at 13:30

So, let's give them the benefit of the doubt and let's not call it a rip-off album but a covers album

Rob Flynn did post on his blog that this is the best covers album released all year, or in a long time, or something like that.

I have been wondering as well if the title was a print typo and they just decided to run with it, because Hail To The Kings seems much more apt.
Angelic Storm - 18.09.2013 at 20:28  
  Having listened to the album in full... I'd say overall, there isn't a great deal of wholesale rip-offs in terms of making carbon copies of actual songs, but there are certainly a few moments where you're thinking "hang on, I've heard this somewhere before!" I guess it depends where you draw the line, does a riff have to simply "sound similar" to another riff to be ripping it off, or does it need to be an exact copy of it? Certainly, this album features far more music that falls into the former, rather than the latter category. "Heretic" really sounds like something the more commercial Megadeth would have came up with, the verses reminding me a little of "Symphony Of Destruction" in their structure and presentation, even if the riff isn't the same. The little melodic breakdown shortly after the 2nd chorus also made me instantly think of the melodic breakdown in Megadeth's "Reckoning Day" that appears just before that song's final chorus. The intro to "Coming Home" had me going mad trying to think of which Maiden song it was aping, even if the song as a whole isn't a direct copy of any Maiden song. lol

In the end, I think to call the whole album a "covers album" is going overboard, and is definitely an exaggeration, but there are certainly enough moments where they are clearly trying to imitate other bands, rather than just being influenced by them, that it really damages the album. Because everything on this album has been done a lot better by the bands they are trying to sound like. Their older material may have attracted much scorn in the metal community (outwith mainstream circles), but at least they didn't sound like copycats...
Cynic Metalhead - 18.09.2013 at 22:33  
  Their should be no fuss about "rip off". It's clearly a cover album and more importantly it's yawning.

Even if they record to express Shadow's musical taste, still they incredibly failed. only thing i liked about is that this time they didn't include anything about Rev Sullivan. *eat uncle chips*.

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