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Hail to the King

August 27, 2013

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 23, 2013
  • Release Date: August 23, 2013
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 2013 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 53:15
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  • ASIN: B00EOO55GW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (501 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

This one of one favorite albums and songs.
Michael
Im not going to put down the opinions of the people who dont like the album by sy saying the true ax7 will enjoy.
g wiz
Sounds very much like the Nightmare album.
michael wenzel

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77 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Joe Lynch on August 27, 2013
Format: Audio CD
First off, I've been a fan of these guys for a long time. Unlike a lot of A7X fans, I actually loved Nightmare. However, this album is a totally different approach. Musically, it's much simpler than Nightmare. Gone are the crazy drum fills from Mike Portnoy. Songs like 'Doing Time' almost remind me of Guns 'N Roses, Appetite-era . Never thought I'd say that! The whole album has a Metallica 'Black Album' feel to it. Straightforward drumbeats, guitar riffs, vocals. No crazy time changes, breakdowns, or anything like that. Usually, this would be a negative, in my eyes. It really works on this album, though! The dueling guitar solos (in basically every song) are amazing.

Oh, I almost forgot, the album itself SOUNDS AWESOME. It's well-recorded. It doesn't have the normal, ungodly clipping of most metal albums, nowadays (or any genre, for that matter). No loudness wars here. Excellent sound quality. Listen to it on something besides iPod headphones and you'll understand what I mean. Great dynamics. Crystal clear, no muddiness, excellent instrument separation.

I love it. Simple as that. If you're a fan of Metallica, or any metal, I highly suggest that you check it out!
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By D. Phillips on August 28, 2013
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I am not your average A7X fan, until a few years ago I had not even heard of them. Then one day, visiting the grandchildren I was asked to play a "rock band" type of game, since my ability with instruments was little I was handed the microphone. My introduction too A7X was "Afterlife"....I was hooked. I have listened too and enjoyed most of their material. I make a habit of listening to the entire album, niot just the "hits"....and with new albums I find it almost mandatory to give it three listens before I make a decision.....The first time I heard "Hali to the King" (single) I really didn't care for it, now I really enjoy it. On my first go around with the entire album I was somewhat displeased. My second time around I grew to like it, on my third go around I am a fan. As a 54 year old, classic rock fan, I highly endorse this album.

Edit 10/4/2013

After listening to this cd multiple times I have come too really like a couple of the "ballards" Crimson Day and Acid Rain are stand outs......
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Star on August 30, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Avenged has basically written the album that Metallica should have written after the black album. It's mid-tempo metal that sounds quite a bit like old school Metallica. I like it, but you might be disappointed if you go into it expecting the same old A7X. The closest you will get is on the bonus track, St. James. That actually sounds like older material.

For everyone claiming this is due to the Rev not having anything to do with this album, the new drummer sucks, whatever: Go read some interviews. This is what the band was aiming for. They wanted to do an album with more of a classic metal feel. If you think the new drummer, Arin Ilejay, can't play the old style, you are mistaken. Take a listen to the single they did in 2012 for Black Ops II, Carry On. Or listen to them in concert. He's good. He's no Rev, but who is?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Larry M. Smith on September 4, 2013
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WOW - that's all I can say, wow! Avenged Sevenfold's new endeavor is another triumph to savor and celebrate! Somehow, these guys keep finding a way to give us new takes on the metal/hard rock genre that both entices and delights.... and the biggest wonder is that is doesn't sound old or like a repeat - the music all sounds new and unique.... great music to enjoy!

For those of you who didn't buy the deluxe version of the CD, you definitely need to go out of your way to find a copy of the "Saint James" bonus track on that deluxe CD version - It's the crowning jewel of this album, and easily my favorite with a 5-star hook that satisfies to the very end - Enjoy folks! *****
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By EATENalive on August 27, 2013
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The songs dont really bother me, in fact I might be inclined to give it 4 or 5 stars for the music which I enjoyed, probably not as much as previous albums but bands are rarely the same when members who have previously contributed to the writing of music die. The reason for my 3 star review is that this deluxe CD is only made deluxe by some artwork, which is cool I suppose, and a little code to redeem the extra track online (where they collect your information). the reason I buy cd's is for higher than digital download quality audio files, so tricking me into some info collection scheme under the guise of a "deluxe" version and delivering an mp3 file bothers me immensely. Not only is the deluxe bonus track an mp3 but it can only be downloaded 3 times, as opposed to one you purchase from say apple. If this was obvious from the get-go I would have just bought an AAC version and skipped the hard copy.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Deering on August 27, 2013
Format: Audio CD
After Nightmare ended on such a high-note, I was worried that the band had exhausted any creative talent that they had remaining after The Rev passed. When the "Hail to the King" single came out, my worries were escalated into the "danger zone." I thought the single was awful (and still do) but luckily it is the weakest song on the album.

The album opens with "Shepherd of Fire" which is an amazing song in it's own right but then we're completely shot down when it's followed up by the mediocre "Hail to the King" single which we've all heard before. After managing to pain through "Hail to the King" you're treated to another poorly written song in "Doing Time." If you managed to make it through those songs then you're treated to "Sad but True", err no, sorry.. I meant "This Means War" and it's the third song mediocre song in a row.

I won't lie after listening to those three songs, I was ready to slam this album but then "Requiem" came up to bring the album back to where it needed to be, it's an amazing track and it's followed by an amazing ballad in "Crimson Day." "Heretic" is decent in it's own right and it's certainly better than most of the tracks on this album so far. "Coming Home" is another great track with a catchy chorus, killer guitar solo and it does a good job of showing what Arin is capable of.

Follow that track up with "Planets" which is an amazing song musically, but it's completely and totally ruined by M. Shadow's vocals. The closing track is "Acid Rain" and it's a pseudo-ballad that (once again) is a great track that's completely and totally ruined by Matt's voice. Also, what's up with the hanging minute on the last track? Was that necessary?

The mix of the album is fantastic.
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