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Hail to the King

Avenged Sevenfold

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

With its 2010 album Nightmare, Avenged Sevenfold focused more on heavy riffs than double-time metallic thrash. The group’s sixth album, Hail to the King, continues that trajectory. Blistering guitar-god wrath, dramatic symphonic orchestration, fret-burning solos and thundering drums bear the influence of the hardest rockers from the past several decades: early Metallica, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Motörhead. Dramatic, poignantly written rockers like "Shepherd of Fire", "Crimson Day" and "Hail to the King" frame M. Shadows’ menacing vocals with brooding beats and orchestral horns. And yet for all of the burning intensity, the band offers a moment of light with "St. James", a song recorded in homage to drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, who passed away in 2009.

Customer Reviews

Not their best

A7X needs to revert back to their Waking The Fallen/City of Evil ways

ehh

I've been an A7X fan since Waking the Fallen. I love this band and the Rev was a hero of mine. He was a brilliant songwriter. Sadly I think when he died, this band lost their most creative member (as he also contributed to Nightmare, which was amazing). After one listen through, I found this album quite boring.The songs all sound very similar, and they don't seem to have the versitility that they used to. I'll give it a few more listens and I'm really really hoping I find something I like about it. But for now, I think it's a swing & a miss.

Love it

It's a great album. Totally worth every penny. My only problem was the song Doing Time reminded me of that Rev Theory song "Hell Yeah". Even the laugh at the begininng and the over all flow of the song. Kinda bothers me...

Biography

Formed: 1999 in Huntington Beach, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the more successful and accessible metalcore outfits to come out of the early 2000s, Avenged Sevenfold endured changes both stylistic and internal during their rise from teenage troublemakers to mainstream success story. The members of Avenged Sevenfold (or A7X) were still attending high school in Huntington Beach, California, when they formed their band in 1999. Nevertheless, it didn't take long for M. Shadows (vocals), Zacky Vengeance (guitar), Synyster Gates (guitar), the Reverend (drums),...
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