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Review of – Sevendust - All I See Is War

 

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Review of – Sevendust - All I See Is War

By Bill Baker

Sevendust was formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1994. The Band has always retained their signature sound but has not been afraid to mix it up. The initial heavy metal label being alternated with a few very successful live acoustic sets. Sevendust's twelfth album entitled All I See is War, demonstrates how The Band has evolved with a step towards a cleaner and more polished sound.

Sevendust is Lajon Witherspoon on lead vocals, Morgan Rose on drums, Vince Hornsby on bass and the dual guitar partnership of Clint Lowery on lead and John Connolly on rhythm guitar. What is amazing is that twenty plus years have passed and the original members are still intact. Even more amazing they are still firing on all cylinders.

Sevendust released their self-titled debut in 1997. It sold only 311 copies in the first week, but through constant touring they gained charting success through Billboard magazine. The album earned gold certification (Sales of 500,00 units). Their second album Home released in 1999 peaked at #19 and The Band was on their way to Metal stardom. Sevendust fourth album Seasons featured the single Enemy which peaked at #4 on the Billboard Rock Charts. The song was made the official theme song for WWE Unforgiven 2003. 2004 The Band released Southside Double -Wide Acoustic Live on cd and dvd. The music showcased a mellower side, featuring a cover of Hurt by Nine Inch Nails dedicated to Johnny Cash. 2013 release Black Out The Sun debuted at #1, a first for The Band. 2015 saw the release of Kill The Flaw featuring the song Thank You, which was nominated for a Grammy for best Metal Performance in 2016. Sevendust also found time to be involved in numerous shows for the US Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The new album All I See is War illustrates Sevendust's unyielding commitment to their craft. The Band has always done well conveying the emotions of their experiences into their music. All I See Is War provides a heavy metal feel with an aggressive blend of bottom heavy riffs and soulful accessible melodies. Winterspoon's lyrics are filled with passion. The lead singer is more flexible than most heavy metal vocalist. He is capable of soul as well as the well-placed growl displayed throughout the new album. Clint Lowery and John Connolly's raw melodies and empowering riffs incorporates ultra-low baritone and creative six string tunings. The rhythm section of Hornsby's thundering bass and Rose's double bass drum signature is stamped impressively on each song. Listening to the new material it's hard not to feel these musicians are really underrated.

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Meticulous production on All I See Is War boost the melody instead of going all out on the angry and headbanging usual song structures. It's heavy but melodic songs are diverse and interesting with a focal point on the present. Highlights are God Bites His Tongue, which is a blistering groove laden track. Not Original features cinematic guitars that lift the bluesy vocal performance of Winterspoon to another level. Medicated has the Sevendust stamp all over it with blistering hooks and an infectious chorus. Check out the video on YouTube. All I See Is War moves The Band forward. I believe old fans will appreciate the latest from Sevendust and new fans will discover a solid album filled with great songs.

Check out the new Sevendust – All I See Is War on Spotify. As with all my reviews - If you like, what I like, you will either end up buying the cd or streaming The Band's latest project.

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