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GREAT SOUNDING Absolutely Awesome Old-School Metal Album!!!,
This review is from: Hail to the King (Deluxe CD+MP3) (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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Initial post: Aug 27, 2013 8:04:43 PM PDT
I thought the exact same thing about Doing Time!!!!! This album freaking rocks!!!!! Guns N' Roses is my favorite band so I get defensive when I hear someone with a similar sound but A7X nailed it!!! It also helps that GN'R was one of there biggest influences.
Posted on Aug 28, 2013 1:49:32 AM PDT
I thought the same about Doing Time. I liked Nightmare a lot myself as well. It was actually one of my favorite albums of theirs. There are only a couple songs on it that I don't care much for. This new album is awesome. I love the old school metal sound that they said they were going for and in my opinion, they nailed it. Definitely album of the year.
Posted on Aug 29, 2013 5:03:35 PM PDT
R. Bisson says:
Posted on Aug 29, 2013 7:07:03 PM PDT
Dane A. Presley says:
Hate to be picky but the drum fills are from the Rev, and presented by Portnoy. This album is super clean, and I appreciate the direction they took. Unfortunately I can't help but think that it was unavoidable due to the lack of drum mastery. I'm a hardcore A7X fan so while I like it I miss Jimmy. I'm afraid they will never sound the same without him, but I'm stoked to see them live in October!
Posted on Aug 30, 2013 1:56:56 PM PDT
Good, simple review. You nailed it so I'm not going to put my $.02 in. I just saw them earlier this month. Arin is a decent drummer, they just kept it simple on this album. Raise your glasses in REVerence to St. James!
Posted on Sep 25, 2013 6:05:34 PM PDT
Tracy L. Wallace says:
I agree that you have to listen on GOOD headphones to truly appreciate the quality of this CD.
Posted on Oct 22, 2013 4:08:04 AM PDT
Matthew D. Bieberdorf says:
A lot of people happen to like those crazy drum fills.
Posted on Dec 17, 2013 4:54:43 PM PST
Dustin French says:
@R. Bisson: your comment was truly helpful. No A7X fan with rose-coloured glasses will agree with you. But I do.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2013 10:45:05 AM PST
Well just because you like Metalcore or whatever the f++k their first two albums were, doesn't mean they have to stay that way. Guns N Roses is the best band out there ( Original lineup, not Chinese Democracy crap) so it makes sense that a7x wanted to go for that sound. Ya I hate it when bands rip GN'R off, but I actually like the sound a7x makes with that
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2013 10:46:11 AM PST
Is " Rose coloured glasses" a stab at Axl? If so then you..........., nevermind