In a turn of events that has experts baffled and the internet in shock, it seems that complaining on the internet has actually, for the first time in recorded history, produced physically tangible results.
…because it’s streaming in it’s entirety right now over at iTunes!!
That’s right, Hail to the King, the sixth full-length album from radio-metal poster children Avenged Sevenfold can be heard in all it’s mainstream-audience pandering glory over at the iTunes store, a full week ahead of it’s official release date.
Everybody’s favourite thrash band Lich King have been having a bit of fun with the upcoming release of the new Avenged Sevenfold album over the past month, suggesting that the artwork for it is suspiciously similar to their own 2010 output World Gone Dead. Now, if you’re not familiar with Lich King (you should be), as you’ve probably noticed it’s worth noting that you should take everything they say with a grain of salt and, while laughing at the expense of people who clearly have an extremely hard time discerning sarcasm on the internet is probably mean, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t keeled over in laughter at some of the fallout from it all. Thankfully, the band screencapped some of the best ones and even went out of their way to blur out the names, so I don’t feel as bad. Enjoy:
It’s been nearly 8 or 9 years since I gave an Avenged Sevenfold album a proper listen. At that time, they were transitioning from an underground gem in the metalcore section to a media darling, with a signing to Warner Music and a new approach to their sound. I know that sort of introduction is usually the pre-cursor to a grouchy curmudgeon about to give you a lecture on how ‘it wasn’t like this in my day’ but…. Well, I won’t lie, that’s probably what’s about to happen. Regardless, with hype machine on overdrive concerning the coming of a new Avenged Sevenfold album later this year, I figured I’d give it a go, as the band released a new track by the name of ‘Hail To The King‘ a few days ago.
Now the big hubbub surrounding all this was that the band had suggested that the album would be far more influenced by classic rock than any of their other work, which, for me, made it a far more interesting prospect. I’ve heard all the singles since City Of Evil, if you listen to any slightly mainstream rock/metal radio/TV channel then it’s basically impossible not to, and while they were all semi-interesting rock/metal anthems with catchy choruses and the occasional big riff, it never really did it for me. Too wishy-washy with the heaviness to be interesting metal and too ham-fisted to be catchy rock music. So now, they’ve finally decided which direction to aim for, it should be a lot more convincing, right?
There was a time when I enjoyed Avenged Sevenfold. City of Evil was my jam in high school, but since then I’ve stopped caring for the band for reasons involving their evolution as a band and my evolution as a metal fan. Nothing against them, I suppose; people need to start somewhere! With that in mind, the band’s new tour with Deftones and Ghost is perfect, as it means I get to leave the show early and save at least an hour getting back home from Cincinnati.
Proving that America is once again behind the times when it comes to heavy music festivals, The PRP is reporting rumors that the next half of bro-tastic energy drink treks is going to be full of leftover nu-metal and radio rock — or as I like to collectively refer to it, buttrock. Here’s the rumor:
Oh well. It’s not like anyone could have expected this to be any different. I mean, it’s a step down from last year’s headliners Avenged Sevenfold, but not by much. At least we still have Summer Slaughter.
I normally complain too much about having to make day-long journeys in order to see a decent metal show. I didn’t take into account the few local shows we get in Pikeville, because I seldom actually go to them; I like metal, not country and buttrock. We did, however, get the vaguely metal Buried Alive tour, featuring the all-too stellar lineup of Avenged Sevenfold, Asking Alexandria, Hollywood Undead, and Black Veil Brides. I didn’t go to this show either, obviously. Apparently I’d rather spend a day of lost pay on the road with my money tied up in gas and hotel costs than go see this show, where I had passed the line to get in several times that very day. I’m weird like that, I guess. It sounds pretty stupid on paper, but it is what it is.
So, while in my hometown of Pikeville, KY, Avenged Sevenfold had apparently caught some of the stage on fire because someone couldn’t do their job correctly. As the pyrotechnics went off, their banner caught on fire, which forced them to stop the show until it could be put out. Apparently it was during this intermission when the crowd stopped to reflect on the show they had witnessed up to that point and realize that they were in a building where the aforementioned bands had actually performed, and just couldn’t bare to live with themselves any longer. The crowd had soon turned on Avenged Sevenfold, chanting in an amusing collective rural accent, “burn it down!”
M. Shadows pleaded with the crowd, saying, “if we burned it down, you’d go with it!” The crowd then cheers, letting their desires of death by fire being known. An honor killing if there ever was one. I mean, why else would they demand that the stage, and potentially the building, be burned down while they’re still in it? Surely they aren’t just fucking stupid? Right?