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Hail to the King

Hail to the King

by Avenged Sevenfold


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Following the release of "Carry On" for the Call of Duty Arms: Black Ops II video game, Avenged Sevenfold returned to the studio with new drummer, Arin Ilejay of Confide, to record 2013's Hail to the King. In a press announcement, vocalist M. Shadows announced they would be attempting to go back to their Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin roots, and at the surface, the idea of dumbing down their music to sturdy classic rock grooves made a lot of sense, since many of the compositions on their last two albums had become overwrought with studio overdubbing. Unfortunately, once they tried to take inspiration from other bands, they mimicked them so well that they lost their sense of identity in the process. "Doing Time" came straight out of the Guns N' Roses songbook, "This Means War" is a direct rip of Metallica's "Sad But True," and "Crimson Day" could be any number of '80s hair metal power ballads. By the album's second half, Avenged Sevenfold can't help but let loose their guitar shredding theatrics a bit, and their personality starts to shine through as the tempo quickens and tracks take flight to unabashed heights. "Heretic" and "Coming Home" are still firmly indebted to their roots (specifically, Megadeth and Iron Maiden) but they are exciting metal numbers, and they set the stage for the colossal "Planets,," which incorporates motifs from "The Planets" suite by 20th century composer Gustav Holst and includes all the arpeggiated soloing and operatic yowling you could ever want. If this sounds ridiculous, that's because it is, but it's undeniably more fun to hear the members pushing themselves and showboating than doing mock covers.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/27/2013
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624943099
catalogNumber: 536071
Rank: 6823

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Avenged Sevenfold   Primary Artist
John Fumo   Trumpet
John Acosta   Cello
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Charlie Bisharat   Violin,Concert Master
David Campbell   Conductor
Alan Kaplan   Trombone
Dane Little   Cello
Andy Martin   Bass Trombone
Edward Meares   Bass
Joe Meyer   French Horn
Doug Tornquist   Tuba
Josefina Vergara   Violin
John Wittenberg   Violin
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Jeff Babko   Piano
Sharlotte Gibson   Vocals
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Mike Elizondo   Keyboards
Synyster Gates   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Sara Perkins   Violin
Zacky Vengeance   Guitar,Group Member
Songa Lee   Violin
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Michelle Richards   Violin
M. Shadows   Vocals,Group Member
Johnny Christ   Bass,Group Member
Storm L. Gardner   Vocals
Ran Jackson   Vocals
Steven Holtman   Bass Trombone
John A. Reynolds   French Horn
Jessi Collins   Vocals
Papa Gates   Guitar,Soloist
Arin Ilejay   Drums,Group Member
Rick D. Wasserman   Voiceover

Technical Credits

David Campbell   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Dane Little   Principal
Mike Elizondo   Sound Effects,Producer
Ross Garfield   Drum Technician
Adam Hawkins   Engineer
Xavier Ramos   Marketing
Brian Haner   Composer
Brent Arrowood   Sound Effects
Clay Patrick McBride   Band Photo
Jonathan Seward   Composer
Paul Suarez   Pro-Tools
Matthew Charles Sanders   Composer
Rafa Alcántara   Art Direction,Layout
Cam Rackam   Paintings
D.a. Frizell   Illustrations
Jeffrey Rivera   Guitar Techician
Zackary Baker   Composer

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