Avenged Sevenfold’s HAIL TO THE KING album review
There is a taste of Fear, and that fear was the hype around Avenged Sevenfold’s new album. The band had a lost a family member, who meant the world to them and the fans. But they kept making music, and this new album is one of their best. Yes, Hail To The King baby, because Matt, Zacky, Johnny, Synyster and the new boy, Arin, have produced one of their best.
The album starts with Shepard of fire, a great intro song to the album. It’s enjoyable but at the same time kinda forgettable. It’s fun but not one of their best. It feels like a pre-show trailer song. I give it 7/10
Next is Hail to the king, at first listen, it seems generic but after a few listens you’ll love it. It’s a really cool song and Matt Shadow’s vocals show why this band is so loved. One of the best song on the album, if you listen multiple times. 8/10
Following that is Doing Time, which seems like an AC/DC style song and is very rockish, but the highlight is the solo which shows Synster Gates’s skill. 7/10
Up next is one of the best songs of the album, This Means War, it’s heavy, the intro is really awesome, it’s dark, thematic, and very metal If you enjoy the older stuff like Waking The Fallen, this is that style, which is a great thing. 9.5/10
Next is Requiem. It’s incredibly cool, very heavy and feels like a metal opera with the Latin. The drum’s are the star of this song, proving Portnoy is a great successor to the Rev and the guitar solo is one of the best in ages. 8/10
Over halfway through is Crimson Day, a change of pace being a slower song and a good mid album song, the vocals are great as always but feels out of theme when put next to the rest of the album. 6/10
Next is Heretic which is a good song and feels like a mix of City of Evil style and Nightmare style. I can see it being a fan favourite, 8/10
Coming Home is nothing special, but still quite cool nonetheless, very Avenged, really quite cool. 7/10
Planets is heavy, but quite generic. It’s not bad, but it’s not the best. 7/10
Acid Rain is a decent song in it’s own right, but feels out of place on the album. It feels like A Little Piece of Heaven a good song on its own, but out of place. A great finisher and possibly one of the best on the album. Some people may not like it, but I find it really good and the perfect end to the album. 9/10
Overall this is one of the best albums from Avenged Sevenfold, and I can’t wait to see them live in December. If you only buy a few songs off the album, I reccommend Hail To The King, This Means War, Requiem and Acid Rain
9/10 One of the best albums of Avenged Sevenfold, so HAIL TO THE KING, BABY!
Hail to The King comes out on 26th August but is available to stream on iTunes right now