Last evening my brother-in-law asked whether I’d heard the new Avenged Sevenfold album. When I told him I hadn’t had a chance yet he recommended I listen to it when I had the chance. I had that chance this morning (Spotify/internet connection – same old story). My bro-in-law described some of the songs as being a bit like Metallica, some a bit like Iron Maiden. He also thought the title track ‘Hail to the King’ was the weakest of the lot. I had heard ‘Hail to the King’ on Kerrang! and was quite impressed by it. If it was the weakest, I said, then the rest must be quite something.
I can safely say I was not disappointed.
I can see where my bro-in-law came up with the comparisons; ‘Doing Time’ is definitely Metallica-esque, as is ‘This means war’. I’ve not heard enough Iron Maiden to be able to compare.
This is another album of melodic hard-rock; Avenged Sevenfold excel at this stuff. The tracks alternate between soothing and angry/anthemic.
I think I like this more than their previous albums; I should probably add them to my list of bands I want to see live.