Feature: Metallica, Asking Alexandria, Tech N9ne and More on Avenged Sevenfold
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:50:22
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Currently, Avenged Sevenfold is laying waste to venues across the United States, while headlining the annual Rockstar Mayhem Festival. Nightly, they're literally setting the stage ablaze and keeping classic metal alive in the process.
Speaking of timeless heavy music, 2013's Hail to the King carries the fire of Metallica, Guns N' Roses, and Iron Maiden into the Instagram age with its own sense of attitude. It's the quintessential modern heavy metal record, and it's a testament to the band's power and own legendary status. The boys are also getting ready to expand their empire with the release of this year's Hail to the King: Deathbat mobile game, due out soon! It resurrects the RPG dungeon crawl—with a badass soundtrack, of course!
Given Avenged Sevenfold's impact and influence in modern metal, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino spoke to everybody from James Hetfield of Metallica to Tech N9ne about the band. Check out the feature below!
What can you say about Avenged Sevenfold and Hail to the King?
James Hetfield of Metallica
James Hetfield: Avenged Sevenfold is great. I dig everything they do. We had them on the first Orion Music + More, and I got up and introduced them. I've always got them somewhere on the playlist!
Ben Bruce of Asking Alexandria
Ben Bruce: Hail to the King is amazing! It's one of my favorite records of last year. I still listen to that record probably every day. They stay true to what they are. They've been finding their feet over the last couple of years. We're good friends with those guys, and I know they're huge fans of Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe, and Metallica—same as we are. I think they managed to create a record that encompasses all of those things but doesn't directly rip them off. It's a modern interpretation of a Guns N' Roses album or a Metallica album, which is really cool.
Tech N9ne: Oh my God, Hail to the King is wonderful! They came to Kansas City, and I was such a fan that I went to that show. I had the day off. I got backstage, and they said, "Man, you want to stand on stage behind?" I was like, "No, I'm going out into the fucking crowd at the sound booth so I can feel that shit!" They dedicated "A Little Piece of Heaven", one of my favorite songs by them, to me. The crowd went crazy. It was fucking beautiful. I first heard them on the City of Evil album when it came out. It was that one. From them on, I've been with them. I was going to get M. Shadows on a track, but MGK did it on his last album. We have to do something. MGK and I are homeboys, but I can't do the same thing! Shadows has some pipes, boy!
Jeff Kendrick of DevilDriver & Co-Founder of AllAxess.com
Jeff Kendrick: Hail To The King is one of my favorite releases of the past few years. Avenged Sevenfold really know how to pay tribute to classic metal, while at the same time being able to add their own particular flavor. It's a well-crafted album with sickening shredding by Synyster Gates. What a player! That guy definitely inspires me.
MGK: Those are my boys. Hail to the King is another great fucking record, and they continue to step it up. I'll say it again. M. Shadows has one of the best voices ever. I love it and was blown away as a fan.
Chris Howorth of In This Moment
Chris Howorth: I like the new Avenged Sevenfold album, Hail to the King. It sounds really great. The production is phenomenal. It's such a great album. I've definitely been listening to that.
Reggie "Fieldy" Arvizu of Korn & Stillwell
"Fieldy": They're a killer band and we've become good friends. We're practically neighbors. I like the new record too. It's got that very classic metal sound. It's dope.
What's your favorite song from Hail To The King?