Released: August 23, 2013
Hail to the King is a definite step forward for Avenged Sevenfold after the release of 2010’s Nightmare which was the first album without longtime drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan after his tragic death. New drummer, Arin Llejay takes over on this album as the bands new permanent drummer and does an amazing job. While the drumming lacks the fast, hard hitting sound of the double bass that the rev produced, it sounds similar and unique in a way that is very complimentary to the bands overall sound. Other than that, the music on this album sounds like the same band fans have grown to love with maybe a little bit of polish and shine.
This album seems to get back to the bands old feel lyrically as opposed to their previous record “Nightmare” which was deeply reflective of the passing of Jimmy Sullivan. The songs on this album are more aggressive both instrumentally and lyrically compared to the bands last release. The influences of classic heavy metal is heard throughout every song both in the way the instrumentals sound as well as the overall tone and feel they produce. This album really benefits from having only ten tracks and I think adding more tracks may have stretched its length too far resulting in an overall lower quality of an album so the fact that there are only ten songs works to the bands advantage.
Looking back on the bands other work, this album is a big step forward from “Nightmare” but also has an overall different feel than their self-titled album or “City of Evil”. This is much in part due to the sound being inspired more-so from heavy metal and has an overall cleaner and more crisp sound which is a good thing if you ask me. They maintain the thrash while adding some polish. I wouldn’t call this the bands best work but it represents a new era for them. It is the first stepping stone after what could be called a recovery album into a bright future.
Hail to the King
This Means War