"This Means War"
Song by Avenged Sevenfold
from the album Hail to the King
Recorded2012–2013 (2012–2013)
LabelWarner Bros.
Producer(s)Mike Elizondo

"This Means War" is a song by American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold from the album Hail to the King.

Various publications have lambasted the track for its uncanny similarities to Metallica's 1992 single "Sad but True".[1] The song was singled out by Machine Head's vocalist Robb Flynn as a ripoff.[2][3] Users on Ultimate Guitar voted the song into the site's "Worst Guitar Riffs" list.[4]

A music video was released mid-summer of 2014,[5] directed by Andrew Baird.[6] The song was featured in the video game WWE 2K15.


Avenged Sevenfold



  1. ^ Rosenberg, Axl (August 21, 2013). "Footnotes: A Handy Catalog of Every Song from Which Avenged Sevenfold's Hail to the King "Borrows"". Metal Sucks. Retrieved April 7, 2015. Now that they've already cribbed the lyrical style of "Sad But True," A7X crib the actual music from that song on "This Means War." There's even a little pause at the beginning before the main riff kicks in, as is the case on "Sad"…
  2. ^ "AVENGED SEVENFOLD Releases Video For 'Sad But True'-Inspired Song 'This Means War'". Blabbermouth. July 4, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  3. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold Singer on Robb Flynn's Rant: 'I Agree on 'Sad But True' Thing'". Ultimate Guitar. September 13, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  4. ^ https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/articles/features/friday_top_15_worst_riffs_of_all_time-72685
  5. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold Premiere New Music Video, 'This Means War'". revolvermag.com. July 5, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  6. ^ "AVENGED SEVENFOLD Taps Director ANDREW BAIRD For 'This Means War' Video". blabbermouth.net. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  7. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold Chart History (Rock Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold Chart History (Hot Rock & Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Hot Rock Songs – Year-End 2014". Billboard. Retrieved June 4, 2020.