Avenged Sevenfold Anxious to Start Writing New Album, 'Can't Wait to Get the Itch'

Band not interested in "triggered drums, blast beats and screaming," aiming for "hard rock approach" instead.

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Following the chart-topping success of their latest studio effort "Hail to the King," California metallers Avenged Sevenfold are already starting to think about the follow up and going down the same hard rock line of approach.

Chatting with Loudwire, singer M. Shadows noted that "Hail to the King" is still a record "that I love listening to," adding that he "can't wait to get the 'itch' and try to figure out what the next record is going to sound like."

Discussing the band's stance on metal and the direction A7X is looking to take in the future, Shadows explained, "There's obviously mixed feelings about Avenged Sevenfold and metal, but that's just because of where metal has gone, not where metal has been. I feel like 'Hail to the King' is more of a traditional metal album than anything else we've put out. Obviously, 'City of Evil' was more of a call to arms in a way. It was like more of a melodic minor type of more crazy European-influenced metal."

Focusing on the type of sound the future release might bring, the singer added, "Metal back in the '80s doesn't sound like metal sounds today - the triggered drums, the blast beats and all the screaming - that's not really what we're interested in and if people want to say we're not metal because of that, that's fine, we'll take the hard rock approach.

"We have songs like 'Little Piece of Heaven' or 'Dear God,' which are Oingo Boingo influenced and country influenced and 'Critical Acclaim' is even hip-hop influenced. We're all over the place and we're proud of that too. Do I think we're a metal band? Yeah, and we're totally proud of that word and we're proud of that scene, but when people say we're not, that's fine too. It's up to everybody's discretion, I guess," he concluded.

In related news, Avenged Sevenfold have announced plans to mark the overdue 10th anniversary of their 2003 record "Waking the Fallen." As Shadows told Loudwire, "We're going to put something together for the 10 year anniversary of 'Waking the Fallen,' which is about 11 or 12 years now. We've been trying to think of something we could put together and we found some old demos that we did with Teppei [Teranishi] from Thrice before we even did that record."

Rare footage of late drummer Jimmy Sullivan will also be included, while the band also has plans for a brand new DVD. "It is going to encompass the whole world that we've been filming for the last 5 years being in all these different countries with our camera guy," the singer said. "That'll be a fun thing I think we're going to film some big shows - I think we're filming Mexico City coming up and we have some other shows we're going to film and kind of intertwine the live performance with this huge DVD we want to do. That will probably come out before Christmas."

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    I love how he accepts all the hate they get. IMO **** all the people who give them crap for "not being metal" enough.
    And now we wait for the unnecessary butthurt to begin
    This band seriously gets way more hate than they deserve. They're not even a bad band, it's just because they are one of the more popular and mainstream metal bands out there that people get their johnsons in a jiffy over them. You don't have to like the band to not treat them like ****ing BVB.
    a7x isn't metal. they are radio rock.
    Radio rock? Wouldnt that mean... any song by any band that gets played on the radio? What a dumb "genre". Can people stop labeling music now? It is so pointless.
    as in "commercialized, dumbed down easy to listen to music" which is what you hear most of on the radio. also see: godsmack, disturbed, korn, theory of a deadman and NICKELBACK
    Please explain how they're commercialized and dumbed down. And why is 'easy to listen music' a bad thing? Complexity does not make music good, just like simplicity doesn't make it bad. Get off your elitist high horse.
    Yeah, **** people who want to relax and don't want to perform psychoanalysis on every single second of a song. Not a huge fan of easy listening either, but seriously dude, it has equal merit and use to music that's deeper.
    I feel like i'm in math class when i'm listening to Meshuggah or Between the Buried and Me. Yes, I DO understand what's going on, but I don't enjoy it most of the time. Give me A7X or another band that's fun to listen to.
    i don't think that they get hat because they're popular. i think they get hate because they're glorifying themselves way more than they've earned so far. some "torches to bear" are not to be earned by self declaration upon every media possible, but by recognition from the community and the industry, but they're not shy of self rewarding their band with titles and status that i havne't heard anyone else give them yet.
    They're not a bad band, I just don't like their music. People think they're douchey and pretentious, but why hate a band for that? Isn't the actual music the important part?
    I agree about the music being the important part, but in defense of these guys they're actually really down to earth and really involved with their fans. I've met them before and was blown away by their humility. Felt like they were just as excited to meet me as I was to meet them lol
    that really not how they're presenting themselves and i wonder if that's marketing decision or if there's a dissonance between their image and who they really are.
    First off, on the plagiarism, we can go trough decades of music matching time signatures, the songs are similar, not identical, and its a shame that is what This Means War is a part of, considering it is probably the best song on the album, unless they drop the god awful chant off of Requiem. Second, I would love to see whether each person is from the states, or the UK, etc.in the comment section that way we can match up the arguments based on what is considered mainstream in their country. Metal, Rock, or whatever you wanna call it has a loyal fanbase based upon its diversity, embrace everyone's style, it doesn't mean its your style, but you can appreciate the differences between hearing a new song, and without looking, recognize that's a Synyster Gates riff, or that's Corey Taylor on vocals, because most genres have the same sound one song after another.
    I quite enjoy this band. Gates is a beast at soloing! They have some pretty solid riffs too. Favorite albums would be Nightmare, City of Evil and the Self Titled. I did like Hail To The King. Coming Home was probably my favorite track. So I'm really looking forward to seeing what these guys put out next. Truthfully I would love some more City of Evil esque songs, but I'll give whatever they have a chance. It's their own expressions so they can do whatever they want
    You gotta hear the Diamonds in the Rough disc from Live in the LBC. It's unreleased tracks from the Self Titled sessions. Look up "Scream" and "Tension" from that release, they are awesome. They also got a great cover of "Walk" by Pantera, they pull it off very well
    With Hail to the King, the neglected the progressive parts of them, which to me is what made them interesting in the first place. Which makes me a little uneasy when they say they are going for the "hard rock" approach for the next album.
    I'm a fan of all of their albums. I love how they've evolved since StST, always producing something new. However, even though Hail To The King was pretty good, I don't think it's at the level of their previous work. It especially shows in their live shows. I've seen them twice on their Hail to the king tour. Their new songs just don't put off as much energy. I'm really excited to see what's next from the crew!
    Personally, I thought Nightmare had the most good tracks, but the self-titled album had A Little Piece of Heaven, and is therefore the better album by default. Waking the fallen in my #3, followed by Hail to the King and then Sounding the Seventh Trumpet. I'm gonna get chewed up by the community, but I didn't really care for COE. It is my #6.
    What's your favorite track off of each album? Also, if you're feeling interested, you should Youtube the making of some of their songs. Pretty neat.
    Those are my favorites too, I agree with everything you said. City of Evil is their masterpiece. Hail to the King was decent but it is definitely different.
    Its only after listening to Hail to the King that you realise how integral The Rev was to their song writing and their sound... Can't see anything other than more Hail to the King-type stuff from here, which is a shame because their other albums really demonstrate the talent and unique-ness they have, rather than imitating Guns N Roses and Metallica....
    yeah, rev died before Nightmare, which is awesome so not sure its about that
    Yeah, i think they actually used some his recordings in the songs. I know that there are clips of him singing. In the album pamphlet all of his singing is in red letters.
    nightmare was pretty much completed songwriting wise before the Rev died so thats not really a good choice as an example. however their two singles after that, not ready to die and carry on, were written and recorded without the Rev, so I'm sure they still have it in them its just not creatively where they want to go at this point in time
    Yeah im pretty sure The Rev is credited with writing parts to most songs on the album, even So Far Away was written and originally wasn't about The Rev at all, it just took on new meaning after he died... Plus the song Fiction has The Rev's vocal parts used from the demo sessions... So really Hail to the King is the first album recorded with no input from him!
    Yeah, the Rev was involved in pretty much the entire writing of Nightmare. He died after most of it was written, and the majority of the drum parts that Mike Portnoy recorded for it were actually exact recreations of parts the Rev had already recorded in demos. Just had to re-record them in the studio for album-worthy sound quality.
    "Metal back in the '80s doesn't sound like metal sounds today - the triggered drums, the blast beats and all the screaming - that's not really what we're interested in and if people want to say we're not metal because of that, that's fine, we'll take the hard rock approach." I feel like a lot of bands should start quoting this when 14 year old kvlt metal wannabes start harassing them for not being "trv metal".
    I would like to see an album based around their single "not ready to die." I really liked that song.
    This, totally this. They say it was just a track for a videogame but I still feel it's the song that represents their style best.
    I'm always excited for a new A7X album because they always deliver something different every time. Not pulling an AC/DC and releasing the same album year after year.
    Honestly, Hail to the King had a couple of great songs. They were definitely more stripped down, but damn Synyster Gates had his shit going in ways that just surprised me (solo for Shepherd of Fire). I can't wait for the next album. All you people saying plagiarism need to go smoke some weed and relax lol. If anything take "This Means War" and think of it more as a tribute to Metallica. With that being said, I hope the next album is has a hardcore feel to it like Waking the Fallen.
    Fine, go ahead. But please, save us from all the "OMG WE EAT AND SHIT METAL EVERYDAY" talk this time.
    That was one interview. UG just like to pick bits and post them often so they have news.
    i guess wishing for sounding the seventh trumpet style a7x is redundant now
    IMO Waking the Fallen is the best Avenged record thus far, and Second Heartbeat is one of my all-time favourite songs, so a reissue is pretty huge.
    I love A7X, but haul to the king was plain boring. I strive for that epicness and complexity that I feel were only achieved in City of evil, the self named album and nightmare.
    F I C T I O N
    I'm pretty disappointed with this announcement. I think that most of their fan base developed in their earlier years (Waking the Fallen and City of Evil ). This is certainly the case for me; I think those two albums are classics. I get that they want to go in whatever direction they desire and I respect that, but these drastic "genre changes" from album to album make fans feel somewhat confused. Ever since their self-titled album, I haven't really been able to determine the band's identity. Avenged Sevenfold has been one of my favorite bands for years now, and I truly think that these guys are best when they're running at full intensity rather than when they're focused on recreating 30-year-old sounds. I also agree with a lot of people in that The Rev played an essential role in the band's creative abilities. Mike Portnoy did a great job on Nightmare , but the drums on Hail to the King were utterly bland.
    For some reason I read the title as "can't wait to get rich"
    This made me wonder so I googled: M Shadows is worth and stimated $20 million. I don;t think he's "looking to get rich". If he is, you should put "more" before rich.
    he meant "can't wait to get the 'itch' and try to figure out like who the next record is going to sound like."
    okay, so let me rant here for a minute. Why the HELL are all these people still bitching about one song they did, ONE SONG, that took obvious inspiration from metallica. It was one SONG, not the whole ALBUM. Bitch about things to yourself, instead of pissing everyone else with your asinine, irrelevant comments!
    I thought Hail to the King had a few good songs. I always look forward to anything these guys do. Unlike a lot of the band wagon fans, I've stuck by them since Sounding of the Seventh trumpet. I like how versatile they are, and how no two albums of theirs sound alike.
    Everyone saying how they ripped off Metallica and Guns N Roses are idiots. They constantly kept saying, "we want to dedicate this album to our heroes/icons". Don't you all remember the 4,000 posts from UG?! I get some songs sounded exactly like them, but that's just giving those bands credit. Metallica and A7X are great friends, so they did it for that. Avenged sevenfold changes with every album, as i'm hoping they won't have another Hail To The King sound, i'm still very excited to see what's next for them. Hail was okay, some songs were absolutely amazing, the others were awful.
    It's one thing giving someone credit. It's another getting a shitton of money from ripping them of. I seriously don't care about the Metallica Guns N Roses allegations, but there's one song I do care about. Just compare A7X's Doing Time and Rev Theory's Hell Yeah.
    "we want to dedicate this album to our heroes/icons" I read "defecate" at first...
    Dont like Seventh trumpet ... I would love Waking the Fallen but the constat infantile screams destroys every great guitar and drum work thats in there ... City of Evil is pretty good ... Afterlife is just beyond great and Nightmare kick ass.... but Hail to the King ? Only song I likked fully is Shepherd of Fire (faster edition) and Hail to tjhe King ... it was just non-interestin for me, nothing special in those songs ... but I still like the band, and looking forward for the next one
    Can't wait for some more ripped off Metallica riffs
    Dude, everybody else is over it, you should be too. Seriously.
    Nuh-uh, Robb Flynn is probably still pissed.
    Robb Flynns still ****ing pissed cause Machine Heads been around close to 20 years and they've never had a number 1 album
    and yet they are better than this ****in' garbage. avenged sevenemos really suck dude. bad. in 20 more years no one will remember a7x. but they will remember the blackening and unto the locust.
    Obviously JSmith is trolling.. Lol. I'm pretty sure one day A7X is gonna be in like, the rock 'n roll hall of fame or something. Lmfao
    This is probably the same guy who says shit like this, AND still gives Metallica shit for the Napster crap, too. People are only gonna whine and bitch about things convenient for them.
    Over it? The fact, that most people have simply forgotten and moved on kind of sickens me. Their last album was pretty blatant with its plagiarism.
    You think a guy like Lars Ulrich would really let A7X slide with plagiarizing Metallica?
    Didn't he like the album?
    It wouldn't be in Lars' best interest to criticise A7X. A7X has a huge young fan base and any comparison to Metallica is only helping open Metallica up to a lot of potential fans. He also appears to have learnt from the bad publicity of the napster case. Just because he says he likes it doesn't mean it isn't plagiarism. This is coming from someone who enjoys some of A7X's music, including a bit of the new stuff.
    They invited Avenged to play at the first Orion, and have brought them out on a few tours, and then invited them to sing on stage with them. Pretty sure they like the guys.
    It would sicken me more if people had nothing better to worry about than a band writing songs that sound similar to other songs, which happens all the time, by the way. Check out Gamma Ray's "time for deliverance" and tell me it doesn't sound like Queen, but nobody's throwing a fit over that, are they?
    come one ppl if blues music can use the same chord progression for every song and their fans dont mind, i think we can let a few similar riffs slide. There is only 12 music notes in total (excluding eastern scales) there's gonna be some similarities.
    Yeah, remember that Aerosmith song "Legendary Child?" The riff is exactly the same as the wonton song by Zeppelin, but you didn't see nearly as many people making a big deal about that.
    That's pretty much like saying the kids doing math equations in college are just ripping off Hippocrates or Pythagoras. Just because a band helped lay a foundation for a particular style of music to grow don't discredit the people who apply it in their music.
    It's nothing like that. Do any of those kids claim that they created the formulas? If they did, then people would certainly call them out on it. There's a difference between being influenced by music and plagiarising. Taking certain stylistic aspects and incorporating them into your sound is fine. Taking one song and changing it up a little bit isn't okay. Avenged Sevenfold aren't the only band who have done it, but that doesn't make it okay. It's lazy songwriting. I do like them, but I hope they'll try to be original.
    Huh? Sounds to me like you're desguising your exaggerated opinion as fact. Show me a Metallica song that seems so blatantly plagiarized by them to the point it becomes obvious enough for it to be so widely seen by you, but not by Metallica's record company, because I'm sure before Blackened was created, Universal would have destroyed A7X by now with lawsuits.
    Pretty blatant plagiarism. A quick google search reveals that the album was released in 2013. Blackened was formed in 2012. Either way, a lawsuit would have been incredibly expensive and a potential PR disaster.
    Ignore this double post, UG stuffed up. Or my computer.
    Lazy songwriting eh? Lyrics were entirely different. Also, like I stated in the previous post in my analogy about math; as well to add and further explain the links of the analogy. The notes (numbers) the musicians are playing are entirely different, where as the signature (method of mathematics, I.E.: Division) is practically identical, and really that is all that is similar. I'm sure you'd agree that it is easier to switch the numbers, or even carry them over than it is to design a new method of mathematics, let alone something entirely new requiring a different subject to be taught. In fact a new method is normally only developed when there is an indisputable need for a solution that remains unsolved. And also, the only way it would have became a PR disaster is if A7X and Metallica were both with Universal, but however they are with Warner Music Group.
    I don't understand why you bother relating this to maths. I understand what you're trying to say, but it doesn't apply here. Plenty of bands have influences. Avenged Sevenfold have had influences all their life, yet they have released dozens of songs which weren't plagiarised. I'm not sure why you're so defensive. I like Avenged Sevenfold, I even own 3 of their albums. I've heard plenty of metal, and very rarely do I hear a song that I think is plagiarised. These two songs however are in the same key, at the same tempo, with the same drum beat, the vocal phrasing is very similar, with similar melodic contours, likewise with the guitars. This does nothing to advance music, building upon past music is fine, but add something new and unique. Changing the lyrics is not substantial enough for something to be considered an original work. I understand there are other differences, but stylistically there are an absurd amount of similarities. Also the reason I said it could be a PR disaster is because Metallica have received a lot of criticism due to a lawsuit in the past (hint: napster). They'd formed their own label by then anyway. A lawsuit is a long and drawn out process from which they'd gain very little. People would just call them money hungry again.
    Lol, sorry man. I don't want you feeling like I'm getting defensive. I was enjoying this convo...I apologize for making it seem like I was getting mad about it, lol. But either way, I agree that there are simularities, but all in all they are different songs, and even if they were plagerized, what difference does it make? I was trying to make the connection between music and math, because people think music is something that is formless, or has no rules to it...when it is the exact opposite. I compared it with math because the rules and laws set within math are pretty solid. But I understand what you mean as regards to their lawsuit with Napster being a PR disaster. I just don't think Universal would care about Metallica's image as much as you and I may think. But to finally put my awkward analogy to rest, the reason I think it is such a big PR disaster is because businesses in the music industry are trying to profit off an entertainment medium that isn't exactly exclusive to just a few people, or a service. Music by nature is not something that we can put a price tag on and expect it to not want to break loose from the confines of greed. It's much like how people pay for schooling, but if it came to a point of having to pay for every time we applied what we've learned in the real world...we'd start to question things justifiably. Lol...hmm. Sorry if I seemed condesending, bro.
    It's hard to tell through the internet. No need to apologise. I'm well aware that music tends to follow a lot of rules, at least within the realms of western tonal music. To me the similarities are so overwhelmingly similar that it's hard to pass it off as being 'influenced' by Metallica. Even Metallica themselves haven't got a song that sounds that similar to Sad But True. My point is you can right in a similar style without being completely derivative of a song. I call it lazy song writing for that reason. Avenged Sevenfold have proven that they can write original music, I just found it disappointing that rather than something new and unique to them, they essentially rewrote a song that's 20 years old. There's nothing substantial that sets it apart, there's just small variations. What difference does it make if they plagiarised? Depends who you ask. If they gave Metallica song writing credits and acknowledged that it was inspired directly by Sad But True I think it would be acceptable. To me they shouldn't try pass the work off as entirely their own. Whether Universal would care is a little irrelevant really as Metallica had formed Blackened. But all Metallica would be set to gain is money. They'd be set to lose A7X as friends, and face a backlash from a lot of the music community. I imagine there are a lot of Avenged Sevenfold fans who would hate Metallica if they sued A7X. It could cost Metallica big in sales (so they would effectively lose the money they gained), and hurt their reputation badly. I think Metallica is at the stage where they care more about their legacy than the money - so yes, I think Lars would let this slide.
    But metal shouldn't really be about applying age-old traditions and stuff other bands had figured out 20 years ago. Even if them being REALLY INSPIRED by famous artists isn't too upsetting, the fact that they produced a giant cliché of an album is.
    Well, we can either let it develop slow and naturally, or take huge steps at a time. Rock is like math in the way that musical notes are like numbers, and signatures are like multiplication, division and such (figuratively speaking. If we let music develop though others applying what has been brought to light from another musicians, it will sound much better. Case in point: Metallica's influence on Avenged Sevenfold and countless other bands. If it was the other way, where bands try too hard to "be unique" or other nonsense, it is figuratively as if right after Pythagoras found the Pythagorean Theorem, people attempted Calculus. The best examples I can think of that analogy taking manifest in music is any rock band trying to do anything considered "avant-garde". Case in point: Korn doing Dubstep and even Metallica with Lulu.
    I don't know about you guys, but I think Avenged is lightyears ahead of Metallica now-a-days. Their material is much more fresh and inspiring than the same old formulaic approach Metallica has given their music in the past decade or so. Not to say I hated Death Magnetic, but they haven't blown me away in a long time. I really can't stand the new song "the lords of summer". To me, it's a sign that Metallica has lost what they once were. If any band should be given shit for plagiarizing, it's Metallica...for plagiarizing themselves over and over again.
    Yeah, it seems like Avenged is on a nice steady incline, while Metallica is falling at a faster rate. It's still sad to me, because Metallica is excellent. It just seems like Metallica is trying to be something they are not...
    Yeah, because nothing gets a person more angry than comparing them to a circumcised penis. The logic is air-tight. +1 to you!
    I don't understand the "melodic minor" quote. Nothing of CoE had harmony from a melodic minor scale,they were nearly natural minor, phrygian, phrygian Dom. and harmonic minor when it came to harmonic framework.
    I don't think he actually meant "melodic minor" as in the actual scale itself. I think he was using the as two separate words, as in the album was both melodic and minor.
    I don't think he actually meant "melodic minor" as in the actual scale itself. I think he was using the as two separate words, as in the album was both melodic and minor.
    Sounds like Matt and the boys have a lot planned for 2014, especially headlining Download and a new DVD, I wonder what they're gonna do for Waking The Fallen 10th Anniversary Whatever they do, I'm sure it'll be awesome!!
    I want an album like the self titled or Nightmare, but the Rev is gone and his talent is what made those albums.
    For the anniversary of Waking the Fallen they should re-record it but actually sing instead of scream.
    I think they should only do that for Second Heartbeat because the way Matt sang it in LBC was better than the original.
    Why the hell would anyone expect them to put blast beats in their ****in music?!
    I don't care what everyone else says their last album was pretty good, hopefully the new will be too.
    I hope the new drummer gets a chance to show off his skills on the next album. The drumming on HTTK was disapointing.
    A7X is my fav band hands down. In my opinion i would like to see them put out a more prog rock album. Theyve shown hints of it with songs like Save Me and shit like that. Also it may be time to add a keyboard player...just sayin.
    Why would a metal (or hard rock i dont give a shit about the official genre anymore) have a keyboard player? They have some keyboard which you can hear in nightmare and almost easy. But if you want alot of keyboard than A7X is not the band to put it in.
    Second Rate
    I'm guessing the names Deep Purple and Uriah Heep mean nothing to you. They are two of the earliest metal bands (yes, believe it or not, Sabbath did not create the genre by themselves) and feature keyboards pretty prominently. The instrument has been in the genre just as long as the guitar. Why would a metal band want a keyboard player? To expand the sonic palette perhaps? A keyboard can actually go a long way in thickening up the sound of arrangements by filling in holes left by the guitars during harmonized lead sections, harmonized guitar/keyboard lines and guitar/keyboard solo trade offs can provide an interesting alternative to the same old guitar duel crap. Oh, and Avenged Sevenfold are a hard rock band by the way. You can go back to wallowing in ignorance now, goodnight.
    Irwin Navarro
    I hope in the next album, A7X takes a more basic approach a la Metallica's Load/Reload. It would be interesting to hear them do something like that
    If they start ripping off that era of metallica we're in a lot of trouble
    Ew, he did NOT just compare the travesty that is 'A Little Piece of Heaven' to the awesomeness that is Oingo Boingo!
    Good. Go hard rock, so ppl can start understanding that YOU ARE NOT FUCKING METAL AT ALL!
    So wait a sec...they proclaimed they were the so called "kings of metal" which was a bullshit claim anyways and now they're saying they don't mind if people don't call them metal at all? I think they just need to stop talking and write a decent album, they've not released anything I've listened to since City of Evil.
    I still don't understand why they're closing one of the biggest American metal festivals. The entire lineup is shit if it's what I saw. (Mayhem)
    So,who are they thinking about ripping off musicaly for this one?Hail to the Hetfield was a joke.I laugh my ass off if they even attempt going Megadeth-ish.
    I laugh my ass of at you people who hear two notes that are close to metalica and say they are ripping them off.
    Waking the Fallen was where it begins and ends with me for A7X. One of my favorite all time records, but I could do without the rest of their catalog.
    I'm okay with them putting out a hard rock album, as long as they're not calling it a metal album. If I wanted to listen to 80s metal, I'd listen to the bands A7X are trying to emulate. And guys (if you happen to be reading this article and comments because you're narcissists), if you wanna pay homage to your favorite bands, channel their spirit, not their riffs.
    not the band i feel in love with 10 years ago. guess i grew out of them because i really dont like what they are doing now.
    Hoping for something like "Waking the Fallen" or "City of Evil" again, but I have been for 8 years... oof. I still like what they're doing now, but when I go see them live, I kind of just wait for songs like "Welcome to the Family" to be over, so maybe they'll do something like "Eternal Rest" next haha
    A7X is finally doing what I hoped for from the beginning. When they were brought to my attention in 2000. I thought "Amazing, a band that's doing something original. There may be hope yet." When "City of Evil" dropped; I was pleased with the direction they decided to go. Thinking to myself, "Well now these guys might be the new age G n' R. They're outside the box." Praying that more metal bands would work to express more of themselves than focusing on what at the time (and still is), über homogenized formulaic composition and song structure and lackluster lead work. Instead every band and they're dog hopped on the melodic metalcore bandwagon. A slew of bands, some outright ripping off Avenged. Am I as a individual who's partial to the metalcore genre in particular pleased with the direction things have been going? Not only "no" but "HELL NO!!" Metal in nearly all forms has fallen to stereotypes. Lower tunings, more distorted vocals. There's seldom any originality anymore; nearly everything has devolved into one shapeless mass of crap. The equivalency of a creative turd.
    So I just listened to Sad But True for the first time to see what all the fussis about with A7X "ripping off" Metallica. It does sound similar. Similar in the fact that it has 4/4 beats under palm muted open D chunks followed by a short string of notes. Im assuming that the similarity is with "This Means War?" As I was listening to it, I started thinking of all the other bands that use 4/4 beats and palm muted opend d chugs followed by a string of notes... And honestly, just my opinion, I like This Means War better thatn sad but true anyways. Even if it's sad, it's true hahaha.Music is all in the ear of the listener. And if you think about it, you can tie any song nowadays to another song from another decade. I grew up listening to the music that inspired A7X, and I appluad them for making an album tibuting their influences. I loved Hail to The King, and I cant wait to see which direction they go next. I've been a fan since I was a teenager when Waking the Fallen came out, and to this day have not been disappointed by a release from these guys. Keep up the good work!
    Does anyone not realize what this album was for?? Not for all the bickering little fans that criticize everything they're doing but to jimmy . 4 ppl lost they're ****ing best friend in the world if they want to write an album modeled off their best friends favorite bands get off their ****ing backs. We know what they're capable of and shall continue to be A7x 4REVer
    They're taking the hard rock approach? Then wtf was City of Evil and every album after that...?