Southern Hard Rockers Sevendust Still Making Soul Piercing Music

Sevendust

Sevendust

Hailing from Atlanta  GA, the alternative-heavy metal rock group Sevendust date their beginnings back to 1994.  The quintet continues to pump out the highly energized, emotional, rhythmic and guitar driven jams they have since then, they have just gotten better with age.  Consisting of Lajun Whiterspoon (lead vocals). Clint Lowery (guitar/vocals), Morgan Rose (drums/vocals), Vince Hornsby (bass) and John Connolly (guitar/vocals), they consider themselves a brotherhood (they even named their record label 7Bros. Records) and this family like closeness comes through in their music.

Sevendust released their self-titled debut album in April of 1997, with such singles as “Black” and “Bitch”.  Though it garnered little critical acclaim or commercial success (it took nearly a year to crack the Billboard 200, peaking at#165), it laid the groundwork for a very fan base that would last throughout their career.  After Sevendust, they released their sophomore effort, Home in August of 1999.  Home received much better success, peaking the Billboard charts at #19.  It had the singles “Denial”, “Waffle” and “Licking Cream” feat. Skin of Skunk Anasie.  In November 2001, the band released their third album, Animosity.  The single “Angel’s Son”, a dedication to the deceased frontman of Snot, Lynn Strait, is considered one of the bands best works to date.  


Seasons, the bands fourth album, was released in October 2003.  Though it debuted at #14 in the Billboard chart, and the single “Enemy” peaked at #10 (their highest single to date) the album failed to receive gold certification.  For fans of the band, this was their best release at the time, showcasing a great maturity musically.  In the middle of the tour for Seasons, guitarist Clint Lowery quit the band to join his brother Corey in his band Dark New Day.  Sevendust recruited Sonny Mayo, formerly of Snot, as a replacement.  Since that time they released two more albums Next (2005) and Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow, the later which feature Chris Daughtry and Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge.  Once Chapter VII was completed, Lowery returned, replacing Mayo.

The bands most recent release is Cold Day Memory, marking the first album with Lowery as a part of the writing process since his departure in 2004.  The recording process of CDM was chronicled on video, which can be viewed on the bands YouTube channel.  Though many fans consider Seasons, Chapter VII and Cold Day Memory  their most ambitious efforts, their sound is always unmistakably Sevendust.  Hard, riffing guitars, piercing leads, pummeling drums and diverse vocals (from sweet melodies to devilish screams) there is no mistaking Sevendust’s signature sound!

 

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