Hot Press has published a very complimentary review of Avenged Sevenfold’s show in Dublin, Ireland.
It looks like some diabolical temple for the damned. Wide stone steps lead up to a gigantic skull, its bat wings outstretched, casting its ghastly grin upon several thousand over-excited metalheads. If this is a temple, than Avenged Sevenfold’s frontman M. Shadows, a tattooed, muscular spook clad in black and grey with dark glasses, is its abominable priest.
As he flies about the stage, there is something tribal about the chanting of the seemingly endless crowd, who, as one body, sway, fist-pump, scream, and jump to his will. ‘Electric’ is a much overused adjective when we talk about atmosphere but whoever first came up with the phrase must have been a rock and roll fan, because every moment of this thrilling, theatrical and full-throttle show was charged with incessant and intense energy.
But beneath the splashy lightshow, the dramatic staging and the well-pummeled stadium speakers, lies the real substance that has made Avenged Sevenfold one of the biggest names in metal today.
They then proceed to unleash all the fiery enthusiasm, power and unfettered passion that metal ultimately represents – all ‘pyro’ is forgotten. Add to all this M. Shadows skilful showmanship and the band’s obvious bond with their fans (the ‘family,’ as the frontman calls them), and you have a hugely entertaining set that is essential viewing for hardcore concert lovers.
The Oakland Press has published a review of Avenged Sevenfold’s Oct 13th show in Detroit, MI.
Supporting its chart-topping sixth studio album “Hail to the King,” A7X delivered a classic kind of heavy metal exposition, a literally explosive 100 minutes of mayhem marked by plenty of pyrotechnic spectacle and musical dazzle that played right to the appetite of the mosh pit-minded, crowd-surfing that filled the Joe Louis floor (the seated areas were more sparsely populated however).
Frontman M. Shadows, meanwhile, voiced plenty of appreciation for Detroit, noting that local radio stations were among the first to support the quintet with its first single, “Unholy Confessions” — which closed the show following “Chapter Four,” another track from 2003′s “Waking the Fallen” album.
Shadows also thanked fans for coming out on a Sunday night (he might have noted competition from the Detroit Tigers’ playoff game in Boston, too). But he and his bandmates certainly put on a show that will bring everyone back — and likely generate the kind of word of mouth that will grow the audience for A7X’s next visit.
Avenged Sevenfold’s Hail To The King Tour stopped by the TD Garden in Boston, MA and the Boston Herald has published a review of the show.
The triple bill’s headliner, Avenged Sevenfold, made the most of its newfound arena status. Playing in front of a massive, cathedral-like stage set that included a gargantuan skeleton (they love skulls and bones) and video screens that flashed images of fire and brimstone, the So Cal rockers showed why they are one of the most exciting young bands in rock.
EDM and hip-hop may be red hot right now, but rock is far from dead as long as A7X are around. They’ve heard the Guns ‘N Roses-lite comments and they just don’t care, as evidenced by their romp through a dozen songs that ranged from hard-charging metal (“Shepherd of Fire”) to ratchet-tight thrash (“Bat Country”) to theatrical ballad (“Fiction”) to arena rock (“Welcome to the Family,” “Hail to the King”).
And complex, orchestral hard rock opuses like “Requiem” and “Afterlife” are evidence that there are still fans – thousands, apparently – who want more than a simple three minute pop blast.
Avenged Sevenfold performed live at Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA on Sept 15th, 2013. All photo galleries from the event can be found here. Please check back regularly for updates.
- Loudwire‘s Aftershock Day 2 review with live photos.
- Aftershock Festival‘s live performance gallery.
- Getty Images‘ live performance gallery.
- Amanda Jensen Photography‘s live performance gallery.
- Soundcheck 411‘s live performance gallery.
ARTISTdirect were on hand at Avenged Sevenfold’s “Hail To The King” album release show at the Hollywood Palladium last night and wrote up a review of the show.
It was an historic moment for Southern California’s biggest and boldest metal band. Not only did last night’s show mark their first live set at The Palladium, but it also heralded the release of their sixth and best album, Hail to the King.
Without their trademark production, Avenged Sevenfold’s true power shone through. They criss-crossed the stage doling out a sonic beatdown of epic proportions, and that’s the mark of a legendary band. You could feel it on the venomous “Chapter Four” and “The Beast and the Harlot”—especially on “Bat Country”.
Last night felt like a new beginning for Avenged Sevenfold. In many ways, 2010′s Nightmare closed the first chapter of their career, paying homage to their fallen brother while upping the ante on production to Iron Maiden-size heights. This show served as a dawn—just five musicians destroying a stage as if their lives depended on it and doing so with the best songs of their career to date.
The Palladium (and metal) will never be the same.
Chris Epting has written a review of Avenged Sevenfold’s “Hail To The King” album release show that took place at the Hollywood Palladium last night for Loudwire. You can also read his review of “Hail To The King” here.
Newly minted official member, drummer Arin Illejay was solid, but in the end it mostly came down to Shadows, Gates, Johnny Christ and Zacky Vengeance, preaching to the faithful choir before hitting the road and taking it around the world. What an incredible party to get things started.
Billboard’s “Featured Album Review” of Avenged Sevenfold’s “Hail To The King” can be seen below. Award-winning music journalist Gary Graff proclaims Avenged Sevenfold ascends to a new level on their own terms, with “Hail to the King” pitching the group into the metal mainstream. Avenged Sevenfold will also cover the new issue of Billboard Magazine.
Alex Easton of Altsounds wrote a rave review of Avenged Sevenfold’s album “Hail To The King” giving it a 94% rating saying, “['Hail To The King'] is classic metal” with “Avenged Sevenfold’s own stamp on it which will catapult them to that elite club of defining metal bands. In ten, twenty, or even thirty years time, bands will be looking to A7X as one of the bands alongside Iron Maiden and Metallica. And it’s thanks to Hail To The King. It’s got the songs, the technicality, and the pure musical passion. [...] Hail To The King is the one. This is the album that makes Avenged Sevenfold part of the thinning club of metal legends. The metal band of a generation have taken their throne. And they’re not going anywhere now.“
ARTISTdirect has given Avenged Sevenfold’s new album “Hail To The King” a 5 out of 5 stars claiming, “Avenged Sevenfold have arrived as the kings of heavy metal.”
A bell tolls at the beginning of Avenged Sevenfold’s new masterpiece Hail to the King—out August 27. That ominous tone signals a new dawn not only for the Southern California outfit but also for heavy metal itself. Hail to the King doesn’t just raise the bar for the band, but it raises the bar for everyone else to follow and compete with. The throne has been vacant for some time when it comes to hard rock, now it’s time to say Hail to the King.
Metal Hammer has given Avenged Sevenfold’s album “Hail To The King” a 9 out of 10. They call “Hail To The King” a “beast of a record, vast, ambitious and magisterial” also stating, “It is unquestionably Avenged Sevenfold’s masterpiece. Metallica, your heirs have arrived.” In the past, Metal Hammer rated “Waking The Fallen” a 9, “City Of Evil” an 8, “Avenged Sevenfold” a 7 and “Nightmare” an 8.
Soundscape Magazine has written a track-by-track review of Avenged Sevenfold’s “Hail To The King” and give the album an 8 out of 10.
The band are hitting the double kick hard in this track. Planets is a huge number. There are skins and cymbals left, right and centre, plus a riff the likes of no other on this album. They’ve got the sound to go with the title of this track perfectly and the lyrics just add to the scape of this track. It feels like War of the Worlds but done modern and metal and with all those bits we know and love so well.
The album ends with Acid Rain and instantly you fall in love. The track opens with some beautiful piano and the melody quickly takes you over as the rest of the instruments join in. The lyrics are stunning from beginning to end and quickly the story and tone is set. It’s a beautiful track to end with and one that will obviously lead to good ends for gigs before the classic tracks of an encore. I’d love to see this track used to it’s full potential in a Doctor Who episode or a movie that needs this gem type of feel behind it. This track is a heartbreaker and love maker all in one instant.
Synyster Gates described Avenged Sevenfold’s new album “Hail To The King” track by track to Music Radar.
1. Shepherd Of Fire – “We intentionally wrote it as an intro track. The idea was that the arrangement would evoke a sense of imagery with the tribal yet primordial drums. It seemed to resonate from Hell almost. It’s something of an apocalyptic call to arms.
“I love the arrangement. We wanted to set up the album and foreshadow what was to come, being that it’s a groove-based, riff-oriented record. We haven’t really done Zeppelin-style or Sabbath-like riffs before, so this is our version of an album that’s along those lines.”
6. Crimson Day – “That’s a clean-sounding electric guitar on the opening, not an acoustic – there were no mics on the guitar involved, just on the amps. It’s one of my favorite clean tones I’ve ever fucking heard.
“We stumbled onto it by accident, actually. There were a few secrets in getting it, mainly that it’s a baritone guitar with a capo on it so I could play it in open E standard tuning. It has a really sick, rich, sparkly sound. Seriously, I’m so proud of how it turned out.
“We wanted the song to have huge drums and be an epic rock ballad. It has a somber vibe, but it doesn’t make you fucking sad all the way through. We were listening to a lot of Elton John, some Ozzy ballads and some Zeppelin. Actually, the lyrics are inspired by my nephew, so the song has a very personal meaning to me.”
10. Acid Rain – “It’s a cool way to end the record –not a typical ballad, but it’s not soft or sugary, either. The song takes you to an emotional place, especially if you pay attention to the lyrics, which are some of the best Matt has ever written.
“The song is about coming to the realization that you’ve lost the battle, but at least you’re with that one special person who matters. It’s something of an apocalyptic love story, which is pretty unique for us.”
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Rock Sound Magazine has given Avenged Sevenfold’s album “Hail To The King” an 8 out of 10 calling it, “a metal album for metal lovers through and through.”
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Classic Rock Magazine (August 2013) review Avenged Sevenfold’s new album “Hail To The King” and give it an 8 out of 10.
ARTISTdirect have given Avenged Sevenfold’s “Carry On” for Call Of Duty: Black Ops II 4.5 out of 5 stars.
For Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Avenged Sevenfold unleash “Carry On” their catchiest anthem since “Bat Country”.
Coupling the impressive airtight riff mastery of Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, it’s a veritable shredfest that’ll get fans of both Iron Maiden and Dream Theater to drop their jaws. These two axeman only get more precise and powerful with every successive outing, and “Carry On” upholds that tradition of six-string evolution. Johnny Christ’s bass also rumbles with visceral heft.
Meanwhile, oscillating from his unbreakable croon to a theatrical growl, M. Shadows remains one of 21st century’s most powerful and pummeling voices. He elevates the song to heights commensurate with the best fare from City of Evil.
Avenged Sevenfold emerge from Nightmare with all guns blazing for Call of Duty: Black Ops II and one of their best songs yet.