Avenged Sevenfold M.Shadows admits: “Hail To The King is musically too close to Metallica”

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Avenged Sevenfold‘s album Hail To The King, released in 2013, was certified platinum and includes two hugely successful singles, but it also got a lot of criticism because it contains songs that are too similar to Metallica.

Avenged Sevenfold singer M.Shadows, in a Twitter post, admitted that the album is a little too close to Metallica’s music.

M.Shadows responded to a fan who wrote: “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.Shadows pointed out that the album and its title track are among the band’s most successful releases, saying: “‘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.”

Another fan wrote: “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’?”

To this M.Shadows responded: “Yes, in hindsight we cut a little too close. But all you can do is learn and move on.”

Avenged Sevenfold recently finished work on the new album and it will most likely be released in 2023.


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