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Hail to the King
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2013
"Their a good band, I really like there album: hopefully they're will be more..."

[Please please, children of Britain, spend more time listening in English class and less time watching Spongebob Squarepants. Or whatever it is kids do these days... ]

I'm so disappointed. I love Avenged, but have to agree with other reviewers that say that this album just feels `hollow' when compared to their earlier efforts: metal by the numbers; with too much 'verse-chorus' formula; not enough key changes; and choruses that frankly abuse the song's title. I find it hard to put my finger on what exactly is missing - but for me, and comparing it to previous albums, there is no `rise and fall'. At the risk of being too scathing, the whole thing resembles a constant indistinguishable `drone'. Track 9, Planets is a prime example of this, built and built and built, to have no alteration in tempo or resonance for the chorus, just M's rather dull elongation of the words "planets" and "collide". This Means War suffers the same fate.

It's not all bad; there are a couple of crunching riffs on the likes of (personal highlight) Coming Home, Heretic, and Requiem (all of which I like). But Acid Rain, This Means War, and the aforementioned Planets are mid-paced drudgery filler - disappointing for a 10 song album, and not what we have come to expect from A7X. Crimson Day doesn't hold a candle to the likes of Dear God and Seize the Day - which was clearly the intention. And the first three songs (including the so-so single Hail to the King) are okay, but I can't see any `classic' longevity in the vein of Unholy, Beast, Bat, Almost, Nightmare....

I'm not giving this one or two stars, because it's still a million times better than a massive amount of the dross currently in the market and I admire the boys for what they do (particularly Syn, who I think is a phenomenal guitarist). I'd like to think that it's an objective and comparative review. I actually have no doubt that they will be back with a better offering in due course...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 2013
I love Avenged Sevenfold, and before now I have literally never been able to fault them. They've always had there own creative, almost unique sound which has made them themselves, and made them so noticeable and a great metal band. Now, I know a7x are well-known for each album being a massive change to the previous one they released, but this time I think they took it a bit too far. In my opinion this is no longer Avenged Sevenfold, it is Metallic mixed with a bit of Iron Maiden. And by that I mean it's almost like they've tried to copy those bands as much as is possible without using the exact riffs/melodies/grooves as Metallica themselves. This Means War, and Crimson Day are, in my opinion scarily close to Metallica's Sad But True and Nothing Else Matters.

Having said this however, I do still like this album! The songs are catchy, heavy, grooving, and filled with energy. I just feel that the band may have taken a backwards step in terms of their creativity, seeing as 'there own sound' which makes them them, is no longer there. Though there is no doubt that there popularity will sore with this release, surely will head the up a definite road of joining the pre-mentioned Metallica as one of the greatest metal bands of all time,certainly of this generation!

So in summary, it is well worth getting!! Just be prepared, any long term, old school A7X fans (like myself)...your in for a shock. If you haven't already heard the album...this will not be what you were expecting.
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on 17 October 2014
With reverence to the Rev, the new lad does a stirling job. This album has a more classic rock 4/4 feel, as the band first stated. There are obvious influences on each track, namely Guns and Roses, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath etc. and a few are very home-grown A7X, even a nod back to the early days (Trumpet). Brilliant. Syn shows his amazing versatility on each track, as does the new drummer - better than Fortnoy and more palatable (less ego). Both I and my daughter loved every single track, so there's 2 generations happy. I won't name track by track, find out yourself. Worth the money absolutely.
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on 7 October 2013
The time has dragged by waiting for this release, and when the day came... what an album. Ok it may not have the amazing lyrics of the Rev R.I.P. but at the same time it's interesting to hear something differant from these guys that is blatantly a borrowed tune from Iron Maiden here, Metalica there as they pay homeage to bands they appreciate. I'm not doing a track by track review as they are all great sounding fist pumping, head banging tunes. You lucky sods whom are going to see them, their stage looks awesome! Just buy this album and rock out at home and on your way to the gig in December!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2014
I don't care what anyone says, this album is amazing from start to finish. Anyone complaining about them feeding off other band's success need to do their research.
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on 25 January 2014
Yep, this is yet another marvelous record from the one and only Avenged Sevenfold. A whole new sound, once again, which comes by with every album they make. This will album is much more traditional metal, with the simple, loud drums and big guitar riffs. It's very groovy and gets you moving. Avenged Sevenfold are such talented artists and get better with every album. They are inspirational and their lyrics are perfect. You're truly missing out if you don't listen to this (or any of other) album. I strongly recommend this album to any metal head.
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on 22 April 2014
Slightly different from the recent Avenged Sevenfold albums, this old-style rock/metal album is well worth it. Going back to calssic sounds and anthemic tunes, I was thoroughly impressed with the new Sevenfold instalment. The only real let down was the title track 'Hail to the King', which is a bit repetitive and simple, but the rest of the album is fantastic. Also the bonus track 'St James' is well worth a listen for anyone that hasn't already, I wish it had been part of the original album.
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on 15 April 2014
I have been aware of Avenged Sevenfold for many years, but never listened to them, but I was listening to Team Rock Radio yesterday and heard Nightmare, which I thought was very James Hetfield influenced vocally. A mate of mine said to listen to this album and to be fair, it's epic.

As an introduction to a band's music, I can only say I wish I'd listened to them much much earlier.

It's probably much heavier than I normally listen to, but I absolutely love this album
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2013
After hearing the song, Hail to the King, before buying the album my thoughts were "Good song, but if it's the best on the album, I'll be very disappointed."

I was not disappointed. Good variety within the album. Some fast tempos, killer riffs, slow thumping, powerful drumming and a very good ballad in there. It is clear this is the first album missing The Rev's influence - but they've done a brilliant job. He would be proud!

I love "This Means War." Yes, it is heavily influence by (well, almost copied) Metallica's Sad But True but I don't care - if you can't take influence from gods of metal, who can you?

Coming Home and the album's opener, Shepherd of Fire are also strong highlights of the album.

Is it their best album? No. But it's a damn good effort!
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on 14 October 2013
the amount of critics , including Rob Flynn (Machine head) whining about this being the equivilant of a cover album,
Strong influences of metailica , megadeth, guns n roses....

I don't care I love the album , even had a friend's girlfriend knocking them with the , their rubbish because they are?!?!? lol

GET A GRIP !!!

If your an fan I reckon you will love this album its a bit of grower ;)
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