Avenged Sevenfold, a metal/metalcore band from Huntington Beach, Calif., released its new album, “Hail to the King” on Aug. 27. It is the band’s seventh studio album, and it’s second since the death of drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan in 2009 (replaced on this album by Arin Hejay).
This album seems to have taken the band back to the roots of heavy metal, as the new songs resemble the style of bands like Metallica or Iron Maiden. “Doing Time,” a fast-paced, rebellious song that you just can’t help but bang your head to, sounds like it should be on Guns n’ Roses’ album “Appetite for Destruction.” The title track sounds like it could come right out of Metallica’s “Black Album.”
Of course, just like any other Avenged Sevenfold album, lead guitarist Synyster Gates’ shredding guitar solos backed by guitarist Zacky Vengeance and bassist Johnny Christ’s heavy distorted riffs make for one fantastic album, especially when thrown in with M. Shadows’ haunting vocals.
Avenged Sevenfold also enlists the help of an orchestra on this album, which adds to the dark, haunting sound of songs like “Requiem” and “Acid Rain.” Also playing on the album is lead guitarist Gates’ father, listed as “Papa Gates” (aka Guitar Guy), playing on “Coming Home,” a heavy, emotional, power ballad.
All in all, “Hail to the King” is sure to please lifelong fans of the band, as well as draw in some new ones.
Andrew Rossi is a junior at North Tonawanda High School.