Sevendust
Black Out the Sun


3.5
great

Review

by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
April 10th, 2013 | 27 replies | 6,146 views


Release Date: 03/26/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Still swingin', and surprisingly leaving one hell of a mark whilst doing so.

The style that Sevendust work in has never been, and never will be about reinventing the wheel. The nu metal movement was always a flexing competition, and that custom still applies to the musical approach of the surviving alternative metal bands, such as Sevendust, in the aftermath of that scene's demise. Though Sevendust always stuck out in a world overflowing with Korn wannabes; they took the most aggressive features of Pantera-inspired groove metal, Ministry-influenced industrial metal, and Living Colour-esque funk metal, and combined with frontman Lajon Witherspoon’s unique vocal fashion that incorporated soul, R&B, and even gospel styles, Sevendust boasted a unique and masculine sound.

However, one special sound can only be done so many times over before it gets tiring, and the albums Sevendust produced in the later years of the early 2000s mainly either suffered from being just plain knuckleheaded or seemingly restrained and watered down for the sake of accessibility. The music in that timeframe in the band’s career was sorely missing lead guitarist and secondary singer Clint Lowery who left the band in 2004, to only later return as a fulltime member in 2010 to help make the group’s eighth effort, Cold Day Memory, which sounded like a severely toned down version of the assertive music he and the band were originally pumping out.

The group’s ninth album Black Out the Sun is exactly the kind of music that fans would have hoped to hear from Lowery rejoining the band. Sevendust is officially back in business with fulfilling and firm metal anthems that erupt with all the same antagonizing riffs and jabbing hooks that made the band such a powerful force at their peak. Witherspoon can still effortlessly alternate between snarling grunts and gliding melodies, and the brief lyrical phrases yelled by drummer Morgan Rose add a potent punch to the verses and choruses and heighten the effectiveness. Lowery provides his share of vocals for the album, complementing Witherspoon’s croons with just as much vocal chemistry as they’ve had in the band’s best work, which makes for very solidly layered vocal harmonies that have a significantly strong kick.

While there are nuances to be found such as the group’s experimentation with a talk box guitar effect on “Cold As War,” and the elegant atmospheric instrumental introduction track “Memory,” Black Out the Sun’s main flaw is that it still isn’t as original as it could be, but that’s really not what it’s all about anyway. What actually pushes this Sevendust album above any other mediocre alternative metal album, as well as all of the albums the group has made in a decade, is the sheer power of Black Out the Sun’s metallic aural assault. Sevendust have burst through their own floodgates, and by toning that compacted muscle in their guitar rhythms, they’ve created an album that’s both considerably well-wounded on a sonic scale, and pushes their own boundaries in how heavy and loud they can get while still remaining infectious.

It’s impressive that a band with eight other albums under their belts, whose strength and spirit was starting to deteriorate, can make a comeback album like Black Out the Sun where they’re this militant and unhinged this late into their discography. To rekindle a dwindling flame that once burned bright is no easy feat, but Sevendust have managed here to sound like they're in their prime once again, despite the type of music they're dealing in not being in the position of domination that it once was. Rumors are abound that Black Out the Sun may be Sevendust’s final album, and if that’s so, it couldn’t be a better way for the band to go out all together, and with a reverberating bang.



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breakingthefragile
April 10th 2013



2955 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Planned for this to be my one-year anniversary review, but I'm a little late in posting it. I figured that since, the first album I reviewed on the week of April 8th was from the week of March 26th, I'd do the same here since I took forever to review this Sevendust album anyway. Regardless, feedback on the review is always appreciated.

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Gyromania
April 10th 2013



15503 Comments


no

breakingthefragile
April 10th 2013



2955 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Give into the 3.5. SUBMIT.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2013



6993 Comments


yes : ] Gyro c'mon man.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2013



23806 Comments


that's a lotta dust bro

Jash
April 10th 2013



4244 Comments


M8 hmu if u lookin 4 dat dust, I got wat u needz

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2013



28466 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i'd consider this a low 5 but defintely a 5 out of possible 5.

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Sapient.
April 10th 2013



1109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Good review, I'm glad most people are enjoying this

Gyromania
April 10th 2013



15503 Comments


black out the fun

breakingthefragile
April 10th 2013



2955 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

All work and no mediocre post-grunge makes Gyro a dull boy.

Spec
April 10th 2013



27149 Comments


I also used to read Revolver Magazine.

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fromtheinside
April 11th 2013



18082 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

some of the worst music i've ever heard

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fromtheinside
April 11th 2013



18082 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

i'd consider this a low 5 but defintely a 5 out of possible 5.


completely agree

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
September 18th 2013



13007 Comments


woa 3.7 wagwagwagwag

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LocustGrove
September 18th 2013



540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rates this 2, but 5's Kanye. We live in a sick world

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
September 18th 2013



13007 Comments


yo

Epitome
September 18th 2013



129 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"some of the worst music i've ever heard"

That comment seems a bit excessive considering there is clearly much worse music in existence. For example, Linkin Park's Meteora album which you seem to think is a classic or the fact you are currently digging Fallout Boy. A 1 isnt even an honest rating with the production and instrumentation alone. You rated Hawthorne Heights, Nickelback, and N Sync much higher than this. Die already.

Sapient.
September 18th 2013



1109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"That comment seems a bit excessive considering there is clearly much worse music in existence. For example, Linkin Park's Meteora album which you seem to think is a classic or the fact you are currently digging Fallout Boy. A 1 isnt even an honest rating with the production and instrumentation alone. You rated Hawthorne Heights, Nickelback, and N Sync much higher than this. Die already."


Total respect for this comment, Epitome

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
September 22nd 2013



10069 Comments


That comment.

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DieVermFauxIllusions
September 30th 2013



22 Comments


That comment seems a bit excessive considering there is clearly much worse music in existence. For example, Linkin Park's Meteora album which you seem to think is a classic or the fact you are currently digging Fallout Boy. A 1 isnt even an honest rating with the production and instrumentation alone. You rated Hawthorne Heights, Nickelback, and N Sync much higher than this. Die already.

With the exception of Meteora's part ( because I love that album ) I agree with this comment, rating this with a lower score than nickelback, fall out boy, N Sync and hawthrone heights is a crime against humanity itself



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