Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
SPRING, Texas —
Avenged Sevenfold has left little doubt it is now part of rock royalty with its new album and tour.
Avenged Sevenfold arrived in the Houston-area on Friday, Oct. 18 in support of its new album, “Hail to the King,” and delivered a stunning 100-minute showcase of new material and classic tracks to the delight of thousands of rain-soaked fans at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.
From the first notes of “Shepherd of Fire,” the opening track off the band’s sensational new CD, “Hail to the King,” the fans in attendance roared with approval song after song. The band, led by vocalist M. Shadows, delivered a powerful set fueled by searing flames and a myriad of colorful lights that were mixed with changing digital images and, of course, the mighty skeletal king on his throne of power.
Guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance roamed the stage at will while shredding killer riffs and monster solos on songs such as “Welcome to the Family,” “Bat Country,” and “Nightmare.” Not to be overshadowed are bassist Johnny Christ and drummer Arin Ilejay whose solid performance and thunderous beats make songs like “This Means War” and “Chapter Four” the fist pumping and moshing masterpieces they are.
Highlights of the night included the performance of “Hail to the King,” the debut single from the album of the same name, in which M. Shadows bowed respectfully to the mighty king as he emerged from behind the drum riser on his throne, and the inclusion of songs “Buried Alive” and “Fiction,” which was dedicated to band’s late drummer, Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan.
Avenged Sevenfold has undoubtedly become a fixture of the American music scene over the past decade, but the group has now moved into the upper echelon of musical acts which effectively combine music with showmanship to create a truly entertaining concert.
Rumor has it the band will return to the U.S. for a big summer tour. All hail the king and let’s hope they do.
Avenged Sevenfold set:
Shepherd of Fire
Welcome to the Family
Hail to the King
This Means War