Avenged Sevenfold – Hail To The King
“Shepherd Of Fire”, the opening track to Avenged Sevenfold’s newest album Hail To The King feels like the epic “silence” before a major battle in a film, slowly gaining momentum that leaves you anticipating what’s ahead.
Sadly, I feel this album is a bit more generic sounding than the Avenged Sevenfold I’m used to, but it could just be the production/mix… it sounds too clean. Avenged Sevenfold are masters of their craft that should have a more raw sense to their sound, as there isn’t much that should need “fixing up” in the studio. At first glance, 10 songs seems kinda short for a full length, but the songs average around 5 minutes long (with the longest, “Acid Rain”, giving you nearly 7 minutes of epicness).
I will honestly admit, A7X rank in the top 10 live rock bands I have seen perform. They encompass everything you expect at a live hard rock show. Every song on the album has a heavyness that will draw you in and make your heart beat faster. The beginning of “Crimson Day” reminds me a lot of Guns N Roses’ “Don’t Cry”, which caused me to make a playlist that includes these two tracks and other heavy ballads.
Overall, the album is good, I just wish there was a more raw feel to it.. I guess I’ll have to go see them live to please my ears.