Sevendust
Seasons


3.5
great

Review

by RATCHET SKANK 777 USER (203 Reviews)
December 11th, 2007 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bro Metal.

Sevendust is a heavy rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. They've been around for quite a while, since 1994 to be exact. They have released 6 full length albums as of recent times and are in the process of writing another one. This band manages to create quality music with each album having their own little charm. Although, the band had received a huge blow when long time guitarist, Clint Lowery left the band to pursue other projects, Sevendust manages to keep fighting. I have to say, after he left, Sevendust's sound had taken a big hit. There was a huge void that couldn't be replaced. And when their first album without Clint had been released, you could tell right away that something was missing. It's not that "Next" was a bad album, it's just that a key part to Sevendust's success was missing. Prior to this album, the band including Clint released one final album by the name of "Seasons".

Sevendust has a trademark sound that has needed little to no tampering over the years. With Lajon's aggressive vocals, Clint and John's hard hitting down tuned riffs, and Morgan's presence on the drum set, the music was set to leave an impact upon fans of aggressive music. Mixing various styles of heavy music, Sevendust created a sound that outclassed many of their peers. Traces of Nu Metal, Hard Rock, and Metal can be heard throughout their music. Topping their last album, "Animosity" would be difficult as that remains their most balanced and overall strongest CD they have released in their existence.

Without over exerting themselves or deciding to update their sound, Sevendust brought back the meat and potatoes heavy rock sound that they execute so well and upped the bar to a whole new level. This time, they had released their most melodic album in their career. The inclusion of the acoustic guitar is used on this album as well. That's not to say this CD lacks heaviness, because there are still plenty of thudding grooves and head banging moments for the metal crowd to mosh to.

On "Seasons" Sevendust took the play book from the past and tweaked their sound to a cutting edge performance, relying on strong song writing skills and balancing the melody between the brutality . Clint and John bring the aggressive edge into the music with their guitar work. Never exhibiting any technical prowess or sweep picking, their main goal is to start a mosh pit in the first row with memorable groove patterns destined to hit the listener straight in the face. they create intertwining patterns for hard hitting riffs based around the vocal patterns of Lajon and company. As far as they can go heavy, these guys can also hit melodic notes as demonstrated through "Honesty".

Clint also provided the band with his back up vocals since the early days. Clint has a strong voice that is used in sections of the album along with drummer Morgan who is responsible for most of the aggressive patterns, providing the back drop with his shouts whenever possible". Lajon has been the face of the band with his aggressive vocal delivery leading the way. What makes Lajon such a great vocalist isn't just that he has a great voice. He sings with power and confidence, switching from harsh to soothing in a minute flat. On "Enemy" the albums heaviest track, Lajon trades off with Clint and Morgan in a shouting fest before opening to a booming chorus. That can go for most of the album really. On the ballad of the album, "Skeleton Song", Lajon delivers a heartfelt performance as the acoustic guitar work sets the pace of the song. Lyrically, Lajon brings about daily happenings that occur to even the best of us.

Drum work is pretty solid for a hard rock/ metal album. Despite the lack of rapid blast beat masturbation and double bass abuse, Morgan is a solid drummer. He plays a lot of cool rock patterns that complement the music well. Along with providing the drum work, this former blue haired maniac adds the harsh aspect to the band with his numerous shouts that blend well with the heavy riffs. Bass work from Vinnie is practically inaudible for most of the album but can occasionally be heard regardless how uninteresting or important his contributions are.

Sevendust had released their last great album. The signature sound that has held them so far in their career has been ended. However, they have seemed to slowly recuperate from their loss and move on with "Alpha", a promising album for the future of Sevendust. Fans of rock or heavy music in general, can find something to enjoy in this album as a lot is encompassed through the music to attract a large gathering.


Lajon Witherspoon - vocals
Clint Lowery - guitars
John Connolly - guitars
Vinnie Hornsby - bass
Morgan Rose - Drums

Pros:
Heavy and melodic is balanced well.
Catchy, nothing too technical.
Easily accessible.

Cons:
Bass work is practically inaudible.
More diversity between the verse to chorus would have been great.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Willie
Moderator
December 11th 2007


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The first paragraph is a little choppy... but after that things get moving nicely... I'll vote.
... and "Next" is actually my favorite album by these guys. It's the older stuff I didn't like that much.

Digging: Skrew - Universal Immolation

BallsToTheWall
December 11th 2007


44601 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fuck it, im done reviewing obscure metal. Now im doing balls out rock and stuff. I'll revise the first paragraph. And, Next is better than I thought but not better than this nor Animosity which is their finest.

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

gasmaskman
December 11th 2007


1006 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I agree w/ everything pretty much...nice review.


Willie
Moderator
December 11th 2007


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

**** it, im done reviewing obscure metal. Now im doing balls out rock and stuff.
Why limit yourself to just one type of music to review? You could just switch back and forth from time to time... there's room for both kinds of music; Rock and Metal.This Message Edited On 12.11.07

BallsToTheWall
December 11th 2007


44601 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well, I was just messing around but i'm pissed that I can't put up Vovin's review on already. That CD is just brutual to write about.

Willie
Moderator
December 11th 2007


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well, don't rush it. When I'm writing a review that's a pain in the ass I just stop for a while and do an album that's easier... then you'll come back fresh. That seems to be what you did, so don't rush it ;)

Wizard
December 11th 2007


19493 Comments


Nice review Balls, always a pleasure to read! Home is the only album I can listen to by these guys anymore. I used to listen to these guys a long time ago during my nu-metal days. I can't say I was too interested in hearing what they had to play after Animosity, which was a train wreck of an album with wussy tunes and a more generic approach. Home at least had some variation and 'somewhat' complicated song structures for nu-metal.

Willie, check out Home again. Fantasic albumThis Message Edited On 12.11.07

Digging: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

BallsToTheWall
December 11th 2007


44601 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bahh, Animosity was pretty good. That track with Aaron Lewis was pretty cool as well. Home is good, just don't listen to it enough.

Wizard
December 11th 2007


19493 Comments


Fair enough Balls. But Aaron Lewis........isn't he from Staind? I guess I'm not one for ballads.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 11th 2007


16434 Comments


I really don't like this band, not sure why. Nice review as usual, you are getting better and better.

Digging: Swallowed - Lunarterial

Willie
Moderator
December 11th 2007


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, Aaron Lewis is from Staind... I guess I'm not one for Staind.

McP3000
December 11th 2007


3941 Comments


The summary made me lol

joshuatree
Emeritus
December 11th 2007


3742 Comments


This review was kinda choppy, but it was alright. I can't stand Sevendust though.

BallsToTheWall
December 11th 2007


44601 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Difference is, I threw this out of the hat in 15 20 minutes which is why it's not as proper or detailed as my Nightwish or Lacrimosa review. Oh well, that go's for some of my earlier ones as well.

Shattered_Future
December 11th 2007


1540 Comments


I enjoyed The Enemy. I have this cd somewhere...this band never exhibited enough variety for me though.

BallsToTheWall
December 11th 2007


44601 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Enemy is pretty good. I prefer Face To Face and Suffocate as baller tracks.

@Shattered. Did you check out Lacrimosa yet?

Pluh
December 12th 2007


579 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hmm, the weird thing is that i was contemplating listening to this like 30 minutes ago. i haven't heard their stuff in ages, i might spin this a couple of times in the next few days to see if i still like them anymore.

Pebster49
December 12th 2007


2993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I remember this having some really good songs and a lot of meh songs. "Face to Face" is awesome tho.

Asiatic667
June 14th 2009


4648 Comments


Enemy and Face to Face are awesome.

Albums lyrics are lolworthy, though

AtavanHalen
June 14th 2009


17927 Comments


I actually remember liking this a lot.



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