Sevendust
Time Travelers and Bonfires


3.5
great

Review

by AaronBatt USER (50 Reviews)
May 18th, 2014 | 12 replies


Release Date: 04/01/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An interesting experiment from Sevendust...

After over a decade of consistency, Sevendust decided to experiment on their newest release, Time Travelers and Bonfires. The alternative metal group wrote six songs and re-recorded six of their classic tracks. Although Time Travelers and Bonfires is billed as an acoustic album, it is not 100% acoustic. Most of the songs feature electric guitar solos, and there is also an electric guitar riff buried deep within the mix of "Upbeat Sugar." Even still, the unplugged concept works beautifully, especially on the six new songs.

"Come Down" opens Time Travelers and Bonfires on a mid-tempo note. It carries a distinct Middle Eastern feel (just my opinion) and is carried by Lajon Witherspoon and his energetic vocals. Witherspoon has long been one of the best vocalists in alternative metal, and his unique mix of soul/r&b stylings with gruffer "rock" vocals are in top form. "Come Down" is not a slow acoustic ballad by any means. Like most of the tracks on TT&B, "Come Down" has a lot of activity to it. On Time Travelers & Bonfires, piano is featured prominently in tracks like "Under It All" and the gorgeous ballad "One Life." Other tracks, like the grungy "Upbeat Sugar", the up-tempo tracks "The Wait" and "Bonfire" and the aforementioned "Come Down" embody the classic groove-oriented Sevendust sound in stripped-down fashion. It would be interesting to see if Sevendust ever decided to re-work these songs as electric tracks.

The six previously released Sevendust tracks that are reworked for Time Travelers & Bonfires are pretty good as well. "Trust" and "Black" are two particular highlights. The acoustic renditions mostly retain the energy of the originals, although "Black" doesn't feel quite as powerful on acoustic form.

Time Travelers & Bonfires as a whole is a entertaining experiment that more bands should undertake. Not only did Sevendust rework six of their previously released songs for the project, but they wrote six kickass new tracks for their fans. The entire album was funded through Pledgemusic, and it's easy to see that the fans got their money's worth with Time Travelers & Bonfires. The project feels like it was done with care.



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KjSwantko
May 18th 2014


9447 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Can't wait to hear this. Sevendust has always been a huge guilty pleasure of mine.

KjSwantko
May 18th 2014


9447 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The new songs are awesome ("The Wait" in particular). The reworked acoustic versions of classics are pretty retarded to be honest.

PayneTiger777
May 19th 2014


4409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I disagree with the rating. I thought this album was fantastic and some of the newer songs are some of the best songs Sevendust has put out. "The Wait", "Under it All", and "Come Down" are great. I thought they did an excellent job creating a different atmosphere with the "Denial" and "Crucified" acoustic versions.

KjSwantko
May 19th 2014


9447 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The Trust redo is really good I'll agree there, but the rest suck to be honest. The originals are far better.

Green Baron
May 19th 2014


20248 Comments


black acoustic

KjSwantko
May 19th 2014


9447 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

m/

Thibs
May 23rd 2014


1672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this isn't a band I've listened to since animosity when I was younger but I'm always interested in hearing bands' acoustic versions. this surprised the hell out of me

katatonia released one last year that was great as well.

Digging: Ghost Brigade - IV - One with the Storm

Green Baron
May 23rd 2014


20248 Comments


sounds interestin

Mesm277
June 20th 2014


227 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love this side to Sevendust, the acoustic version of Trust is probably better than the original imo, they pull off Black greatly too.
Thought the acoustic live album they put out was great, so it's nice to hear the studio versions. Think the originals are really good too.

riffariffic7
June 23rd 2014


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree, Mesm. "Trust" is definitely better than the original IMO, I find the chorus stands out stronger in the new version than it did in the original version (I always thought he said "I hold you / and steal everything from the truth" in the original's chorus because that's exactly what it sounds like, whereas on the new version it much clearly states "I wronged you / and steal everything from the truth"). I really enjoyed this album, I'm happy I was able to be a part of it by contributing too.

Apollo
June 25th 2014


10365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this is awesome

Apollo
November 11th 2014


10365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Been jamming this a lot lately. Sevendust is such a good band.



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