Avenged Sevenfold will release the next week their highly-anticipated 6th studio album Hail To The King produced by Mike Elizondo. The deluxe version contains a nice tribute to drummer and best friend, Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan who passed away in 2009.
The album sounds like a movie soundtrack. The songs often give a strong cinematic feeling in which the imagery takes place in a fantasy world. These tunes would be ideal choices for TV series like Game of Thrones or Doctor Who as well.
On another note, Hail To the King brings a different sound compared to their previous works. It is a welcome change. Sure it resonates with a strong deja vu. Their influences are clearly perceptible in the record. However, at the end, the band manages to create a fresh version of heavy metal combining the legacy of the past with a progressive rock touch (Requiem) and new addictive modern sounds. The outcome is a rich palette of roaring heavy metal assault , both more simplified than previously . The massive trio attack by bass/drums/guitars on Shepherd of Fire gives the tone. Furthermore, the song is the perfect choice to introduce us to their world of fantasy adventures. It will feature on a new Zombie map titled Origins in Call of Duty : Black Ops 2 Apocalypse , out August 27th.
Doing Time is a roaring mix of 80s rock. The shadow of Black Sabbath can be heard on Hail To the King which was a perfect taster of what you can expect for the rest of the album. Coming Home draws its inspiration from Iron Maiden.
This Means Wars reminds you of Sad but True by Metallica. But the new twist brought by the dual guitar attack of Syn Gates and Zacky V. is great even if it sounds like too Metallica. They turn the song into an arena-ready anthem. On this point, finally, the two guitar virtuosos unlock their full potential as well as in the whole album. Haunting guitar harmonies (Coming Home), riffage (Planets) and soloing from the outstanding dual guitar are stronger than ever ,well-balanced by a powerful bass and drums that perfectly compliment the terrific rhythm section. The new drummer Arin llejay is a great piece of puzzle to open a new chapter of Avenged Sevenfold‘s story. His great performance on Shepherd of Fire is one example among others.
To sum up, they are the perfect backdrop for M. Shadows and his exceptional wide vocal range. He shines on the entire album but specially on the ending track Acid Rain that will give you goosebumps.
All in all, with their 6th studio album Hail To The King, Avenged Sevenfold define a new heavy metal sound.
[box type=”shadow” ]Hail To The King reached #1 on the billboard Album charts in its first week of release in US with 165 815 copies sold , as well as in UK, Canada, Ireland, Mexico, Brazil. The album debuted #2 in Australia and Finland., #3 in New Zealand, #5 in Germany, #6 in Netherlands, #8 in Italy.[/box]