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A7X - Hail To The King - Objective, Review,
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"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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Initial post: 4 Sep 2013 19:23:49 BDT
Agree with everything you say, especially your first bit. Probably still got an A in English. Anyway, yes 3 stars is about right for this. Their earlier albums were a lot more interesting. This is a bit humdrum. They seem to be suffering from what Metallica and Maiden have been doing recently- longer songs than necessary made longer by repeating the chorus over and over. Disappointed but hope the next album is better. If not, then clearly The Rev had a massive influence on their music.
Posted on 22 Nov 2013 12:23:41 GMT
That is actually really bad spelling! :-D Good advice!
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