March 2, 2024
Metal Shout

Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadow share thoughts about their album’s sound so similar to Metallica. The album “Hail To The King,” also gets lots of revenue according to selling numbers.

Hail To The King” album debuted in 2013 as Avenged Sevenfold‘s sixth album. The album also gets certified Platinum by the RIAA for sales of over 1,000,000 copies around the world.

In reality, Hail to the King debuted in the first week of its release at the top of the UK Albums Chart, Official Finnish Albums Chart, Number 2, Number 5, and US Billboard 200 Chart with 159,000 copies sold.

But the album always criticized for containing songs that sound too similar to Metallica. Previously Shadow already stated in an interview that the new album will sound more like classic rock and classic metal in the spirit of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, with more of a blues rock influence.

This also started when one of the AX7 band fans defend the album and wrote it on Twitter:

“Hot take: The ‘Hail to the King’ album by @TheOfficialA7X is amazing and deserves respect. So many people chaff at the ‘simple riffs’ and classic hard rock sound, but the album has incredible complexity under the surface, if you really listen.”

M. Shadow responded to the reactions: 

“‘Hail to the King’ (the song) streams more than double any other tracks we have weekly. The album is on track to out-sell all the others… Yet a portion of the fan base acts like it was a failure by all accounts. Loved the record. Still do. Although I must know one thing, was ‘Sad But True’ and ‘Enter Sandman’ running through your minds when recording ‘Shepherd of Fire’ and ‘This Means War’? Yes, in hindsight we cut a little too close. But all you can do is learn and move on.”

“There is no need to defend music. It’s just not that important and clearly subjective. Just pointing out that the album everyone loves to hate sells and streams the most. But that fact alone does not mean that its either good or bad.”

As it turns out, A7X has benefited from following the example of the most commercially successful metal album of all time. One fan tweeted that they thought the album was underestimated, and Shadows responded by saying that their album had by far the most streams. From there, the entire Twitter conversation developed.

Hail to the King tracklist:

  1. Shepherd of Fire
  2. Hail to the King
  3. Doing Time
  4. This Means War
  5. Requiem
  6. Crimson Day
  7. Heretic
  8. Coming Home
  9. Planets
  10. Acid Rain

Watch the Avenged Sevenfold – ‘Hail to the King’ live performance below!

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