Hail to the King [Deluxe CD + MP3]

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All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
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. [A Deluxe Edition was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2013
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624942818
  • Catalog Number: 536175
  • Sales rank: 23,119

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shepherd of Fire (5:23)
  2. 2 Hail to the King (5:04)
  3. 3 Doing Time (3:27)
  4. 4 This Means War (6:09)
  5. 5 Requiem (4:23)
  6. 6 Crimson Day (4:57)
  7. 7 Heretic (4:55)
  8. 8 Coming Home (6:26)
  9. 9 Planets (5:56)
  10. 10 Acid Rain (6:40)
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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
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
Andrew Martin Bass Trombone
Synyster Gates Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Sara Perkins Violin
Zacky Vengeance Guitar, Group Member
Songa Lee Violin
John Reynolds French Horn
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
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
Bob Ludwig Mastering
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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