– Revolver Magazine called “Hail To The King” the #3 Best Album of 2013.
“On their sixth album, A7X ditch the shredtacular displays of technical proficiency that marked their previous work in favor of fist-pumping choruses and swaggering hard-rock riffage, and the makeover suits the boys well. While cuts like “Shepherd Of Fire,” “This Means War,” and the title track reveal they’ve clearly done their homework on AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Pantera and “Black Album”-era Metallica, Hail To The King also proves that it’s possible to bring the classic rock and metal grooves of the 1980′s and ’90′s into the 21st century without going annoyingly ‘retro’ in the process.”
– Total Guitar called “Hail To The King” the #3 Best Album of 2013.
“The paced class here is refreshing. Gates’s solos feel cinematically grand, too – fluid neoclassicism in Heretic, wah spiralling into the abyss on the gothic grandeur of Requiem,with Slash-levels of expression in power ballads Crimson Day and Acid Rain.”
– Guitar World called “Hail To The King” the #22 Best Album of 2013.
– iTunes called “Hail To The King” the #3 Best Rock Album of 2013.
– Loudwire called “Hail To The King” the #5 Best Rock Album of 2013.
“One of the year’s most anticipated album was the latest effort from Avenged Sevenfold, and the band did not disappoint with ‘Hail to the King.’ The disc is filled with epic rockers like the title track and ‘Shepherd of Fire,’ and shows an already immensely popular band entering a new era in their storied career.”
– Kerrang! called “Hail To The King” the #5 Album that rocked 2013.
– Big Cheese Magazine called “Hail To The King” the #2 Best Album of 2013.
– Avenged Sevenfold’s “Hail To The King” came in at #82 on the Billboard 200 Albums and #16 on Billboard’s Rock Albums year-end charts. You can re-live “Hail To The King” debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 here.