For a full album review: see “Hail To The King” by Avenged Sevenfold – Album Review (Tristan vs. Francis)
It’s been a few years since A7X’s last album Nightmare, which bar the odd complaint about the production I thoroughly enjoyed. This is the first album written completely without the late Rev, so I was quite interested to see what sort of direction the band would go in as each album so far has offered something quite different.
So let’s get down to business, Hail To The King is the title track from the album and this is our first taste of what is to come. The song starts with a sweet pedal tone lick before the rest of the band enter. It’s a decent yet unremarkable start to the song. The next section grates on me however. Maybe it is because the mix and guitar tone don’t seem to fit, or that the rhythm part seems uninspired, something just seems off.
There are definite similarities to classic metal albums here, and while this is no bad thing, there seems to be something missing to really give this song an edge. It’s just a tiny bit bland. There are no scorching leads from Mr. Gates (even, dare I say, whilst well constructed, parts of the lead section sound surprisingly sloppy) and the hook into the chorus isn’t as catchy as it should be.
I credit Avenged Sevenfold as one of the bands to really get me into heavier music, with Waking The Fallen and City Of Evil being two fantastic albums. Unfortunately, in my opinion, they haven’t quite reached these high standards since (although Nightmare was fairly close), and whilst it is admirable that they keep altering and developing their sound, I’m a bit disappointed in this track. Hopefully the track will grow on me and that the rest of the album, when it’s out, engages with me better.
Avenged Sevenfold’s 6th album comes out on 23rd of Augsut via Warner