SEVENDUST

"Kill the Flaw" (7brothers Records; 2015)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

This is the tenth studio disc from Sevendust and they've only gotten better. Their latest (heavy release) was just two years ago so it's good to know that Sevendust have no plans to retire. Lajon Witherspoon's vocals on this disc are tight, as is the band's performance. He can power those songs with passion. He growls when necessary but he sings with a clear voice so you can feel the lyrics.

The guitar of Clint Lowery is awesome. He's got the metal chops to blast your hair back and he's got the melodic talent to create a great solo, Clint can also slow things down so you can feel the music while Lajon sings his heart out. The rhythm section that backs these guys are nothing short of stellar. The lyrics on "Kill the Flaw" are pretty deep, a lot of spirituality is contained within. Sevendust have never been about sex, drugs and the party lifestyle so it's no shock when they dig down and communicate with what a lot of people are feeling about life.

I recommend a couple of listens through this disc to get the full effect. You'll feel the drums on "Silly Beast," you'll feel the lyrics on "Not Today," and you'll know the direction that Sevendust is forging. They've been consistently solid for twenty years and that's something to admire.

Sevendust: Lajon Witherspoon - lead vocals; Clint Lowery - lead guitar, backing vocals; John Connolly - rhythm guitar, backing vocals; Vinnie Hornsby - bass guitar; Morgan Rose - drums, backing vocals.

Keep up with the band - http://www.sevendust.com.

"Black Out the Sun" (7brothers; 2013)

Reviewed by Austin Rogers

After almost twenty years of rocking out, Sevendust has released their ninth album. This disc is for hardcore metallers. It has pounding drums, slashing guitar, clean and growling vocals. Itís one intense disc. Lajon Witherspoon is in fine form when vocalizing.

The fourth track, "Mountain," has an awesome solo. "Cold as War," the fifth track, has an awesome solo as well ... and itís a vicious double-shot. "Decay," which is their first single, has some sick guitar and great vocals. Later on in the disc, track eleven, "Picture Perfect," has a sweet riff and ďGot a FeelingĒ is a softer song with an acoustic guitar.

Sevendust: Lajon Witherspoon - lead vocals; John Connolly - guitars, backing vocals; Clint Lowery - guitars, backing vocals; Vinnie Hornsby - bass guitar; Morgan Rose - drums, backing vocals.

For more information - http://www.sevendust.com.

"Alpha" (Asylum; 2007)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

While the reviews below aptly give Sevendust accolades, I still longed for the sound they first launched a decade ago. Back then, it was fierce and you could crank it loud because it was fresh and repeated listens became addictive. Ten years later the fierceness is still evident but "Alpha" lacks the passion behind the angst.

I donít know if this musical indifference came about because of line-up changes, the band's new label or something else entirely ... and I'm not trying to create a scapegoat. The CD cover artwork captures the gist of what I was hoping to hear, but the real meat should have been on the CD itself. The band continues to grow, as they have with each release, but ultimately everything starts to sound the same.

Thankfully, the guitar is brutal and the drums double time to create the classic sound that Sevendust still uses to knock holes in the earth.  Lajonís vocals expand a little more than I remember -- they are inching toward a more melodic tone but still keep with the growl that we all remember best. The lyrics -- although difficult to read because the font size is 2 -- are searching but not revealing. Four of the five bandmates list God first in the thank you section and, after reading their metal poetry, you get somewhat of a better understanding of their plights in life and where they're coming from. 

I listened to "Alpha" a few times through and certain parts just shine better than others. I hope and believe that Sevendust can re-group and bring back the original sound while picking up and applying what theyíve learned along the way.

Sevendust: Lajon, Vinnie, John, Sonny and Morgan.

For more information, check out: http://www.sevendust.com

"Next" (Winedark Records; 2005)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

For a band that's gone through so many changes in both line-up and and elsewhere, Sevendust's "Next" does an amazing job of bringing new life to the band, as well as delivering the goods that fans of their previous work have come to expect.

Heavy, melodic, sometimes radio friendly, sometimes not, "Next" begins with the pulverizing "Hero" and journeys through to the last track ("Shadows in Red") by touching on everything from nu-metal to ballads to rap metal to everything in between. And, surprisingly, all that variety works.

Lyrically, the band continues to grow, with "Next" being their most mature album in that department yet. 

There are those who may complain that "Next" strives too hard to be accessible here and there might be some validity to that complaint. Still, "Next" is another strong chapter in Sevendust's history and the band, despite adversity, seems destined to boldly move on.

Sevendust: Lajon John, Morgan, Vinnie and Sonny. 

For more information, check out: http://www.sevendust.com

Animosity" (TVT Records; 2003)

Reviewed by Alicia Downs

Atlanta bred rockers Sevendust are at it again with this, their third major label effort, "Animosity." I was never on the Sevendust bandwagon and only mildly cared for their self-titled debut. By the time their sophomore effort "Home" rolled around - with the exception of the single "Waffle," I was honestly bored. So it was with skeptical ears that I first spun "Animosity." 

The fact that I knew both the first single, "Praise," and the Lynn Strait tribute "Angel's Son," were on "Animosity" was enough for me to acknowledge that I would have some sort of preference for this CD over the others. 

The opening track, "Tits on a Boar," just didn't do it for me. But, as I listened on, it was a mature sound that Sevendust belts out, filled with both intelligent and acrimonious metal-esque tunes.

The Sevendust sound is evolving past the premature Ozzfest act that blew up in 1998. Songs like "Christmas Day," written by guitarist Clint Lowery, reflect a genuine intimacy rarely seen in hard music. Aaron Lewis's generic cookie cutter angst has nothing on the torment expressed in "Christmas Day."

And speaking of Aaron Lewis, "Follow" sees him making a vocal appearance alongside Lajon Witherspoon. And, for a change of pace, I can say that it was not bad!

Some tracks stand out even more so as classic Sevendust rock riffs and melodic vocal sound such as "Trust," "Crucified" and "Deadset." Nothing comes across uneven or out of place.

"Animosity" is the smoothest Sevendust trip yet. Fans and enemies alike can find something in this album worth respecting. One of the few things better then this album is Sevendust's live show.

Bands with the package caliber that Sevendust has are hard to come by in today's mainstream music arena. 

Sevendust is: Lajon Witherspoon (vocals), John Connolly (guitar), Clint Lowery (guitar/vocalist), Morgan Rose (drummer and vocals), and Vince Hornsby (bass).

For more information, check out: http://www.sevendust.com 

"Home" (TVT Records; 2000)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

There were a couple of bands that made really big splashes last year. Coal Chamber was one. As was Sevendust, whose new release, "Home" is now available at your favorite record store.

The question is this: Does "Home" live up to the impressive debut that Sevendust made last year with their first CD? The answer, happily, is yes - but let us tell you they certainly had help this outing. Producing this time is legendary producer Toby Wright (with Sevendust) and, at the mixing board, is legendary Andy Wallace. With a one-two punch like that, Sevendust couldn't - and doesn't - lose.

"Home" begins with the title track, a slower, heavily driving track with chunky guitars and a nearly funky beat. It's a great tune and sets up the new CD perfectly. "Headtrip" is up next and it rocks nearly as well and as strong as "Home." Strangely, the next few tracks on the CD don't really light any fires. They're not bad - they're just kinda there. However, beginning with "Licking Cream," the CDs eighth track, Sevendust really kicks in. The tracks from this point on are all intense and daringly creative. The guitars of "Licking Cream" blend to create an almost psychedelic soundwave that combines perfectly with above-average vocals provided by Lajon. "Grasp," the 9th track, sounds almost like a movie theme, with a gentle, rolling beginning that ascends into the throbbing Sevendust sound we've come to know and love. "Feel So" and "Grasshopper," and "Bender" round the CD out, again boasting a level of creativity that takes Sevendust to the next level.

Will "Home" do as well as the band's first CD? Of course, only time will tell (especially in this age of buy-the-band's-first-CD-never-buy-another-one). But it deserves to. "Home" will sound awesome live and Sevendust excels in the live arena. If there's any complaint about the CD it's that perhaps it's a little over-produced. There is a faint loss of the rough edge that made the band's debut CD so exciting. Regardless, fans of the first CD will probably not be disappointed.

Sevendust is: Lajon, vocals; Clint Lowery, guitars; backing vocals; John Connolly, guitars; Vince Hornsby, bass; Morgan Rose, drums, backing vocals.

For more information, please visit the TVT Records website at http://www.tvtrecords.com.

"Sevendust" (TVT Records; 1997)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Sevendustís debut 1997 release on TVT Records is nothing short of brilliant. Fast paced, energy-packed metal that showcases not only the musical talent of the band, but also their excellent songwriting ability.

Sevendust uses blistering metal, catchy hooks and, yes, even a soft side that makes the band versatile and highly explosive. This band is ultra talented and it shows in this recording unlike any other band I have heard recently. I have yet to experience the new release, but if is anything like this one, I canít wait to hear it. I can only wonder what this bitchiní band is like live and frankly I can't wait. 

Sevendust is Lajon, lead vocals; Morgan Rose, drums and vocals; John Connolly, guitar and vocals; Vince, bass and Clint Lowery, guitar/vocals. 

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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