Sevendust
Cold Day Memory


3.0
good

Review

by Pessimist USER (4 Reviews)
April 21st, 2010 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bro metal with a hint of chocolate. Yummy.

Sevendust is a rare gem for me. It's one of those bands that you can show to your girlfriend without fearing she'll break up with you (don't EVER introduce her to At The Gates, I'd still be dating mine if I hadn't), you can show it to your friends without being ridiculed for going soft, and you can use them to introduce your little brother to metal if he's still into Lil Wayne. Sevendust are melodic enough to appeal to most casual listeners and heavy enough to prevent you from falling asleep.

That's something most fans can agree on. It's interesting to see a certain division in taste amongst fans, however. A good number prefer their heavier side, like the one displayed in albums like Alpha. Others, like myself, prefer the softer albums like Seasons. Still, there's something for everyone in their discography. Fortunately, Sevendust turns the page on Chapter 7 and is back to delivering consistent, quality material with their 8th studio album.

Sevendust is:

Lajon Witherspoon - Reese Witherspoon's distant cousin and vocals
John Connolly - Guitars
Clint Lowery - Guitars and vocals
Vincent Hornsby - Bass
Morgan Rose - Drums and screams

Following the release of Seasons, Clint Lowery left the band to work on his own projects. Guitarist Sonny Mayo took Clint's spot and a change in the band's sound was evident. Whether it was for the better or not is down to personal opinion. I enjoyed a good number of tracks off the 3 albums he worked on personally. Alpha proved to be the heaviest album the band ever made, and despite having its flaws, it was a great piece of work. Can't say the same about Mayo's last album with the band.

So, what does the Atlanta-based band bring to the table this time" Following Chapter 7, Sevendust announced Clint Lowery would join the band again to work on their 8th studio album. This announcement alone triggered high hopes to old fans of the band in hopes they would regain their sound back. Does Cold Day Memory live up to its expectations" Barely, but it's definitely a step in the right direction. It's not as heavy as I had hoped it would be, but it's not a snoozefest either. One thing is for sure though, it's catchy as hell.

The album kicks off with "Splinter" and immediately throws some great palm-muted riffing in your face. They couldn't have chosen a better opener for the album. Drummer Morgan Rose's signature screams appear every now and then to compliment Lajon Witherspoon's vocals while doing some interesting drum fills here and there. Angry singing and a breakdown of sorts are contrasted by Lajon heartfeltedly asking "Am I the splinter in your life"" in the bridge.

"Forever Dead" is up next but I can't really get into it. Despite the excellent drum work from Rose, the guitar sections are bland and the lyrics are average at best. The short guitar solo, one of the many you'll surprisingly find on the record, does little to help the overall quality of the song. "Last Breath" slows things down and feels like Seasons all over again, except it's just not catchy at all. Very melodic and safe sound-wise, not much going on here really. Easily forgettable.

"Unraveling" is the first single in the album and it's pretty obvious why. It's one of the best songs in the album, blending beautiful lyrics with great instrumentation and very passionate singing. This is Sevendust at its best, with Lajon singing in the chorus "I want the world to see you sold a broken dream. You weren't there for me, I was unraveling." All members of the band helped write the lyrics on the album, with Clint being the main writer on this one. The bridge also features one of the few instances where Morgan Rose sings rather than screams, and it sounds great. Definitely worth checking this song out. "Confessions" is another song that follows a similar trend. It's less about despair and more about hope though. Equally catchy chorus and great lyrics. It seems to me that Sevendust's forte have become the softer songs. Not that it's a bad thing, but I wish Morgan would get pissed off more often because it's usually he who writes the heavier, angrier songs for the band.

"Karma" starts off really promising with the guitar adding textures and colors to the bass and drums. Lyrics start interesting and the song makes a very short and subtle build up into the chorus. The chorus isn't particularly bad, John C. has some nice riffs here, but sometimes you have to wonder how in the world the band came up with the lyrics: "We all feel karma, I feel karma!" This, along with a couple other dull moments in the album, make people like Chad Gray look like lyrical geniuses. That aside, I like the song's potential.

"Ride Insane", "Nowhere", and "Here And Now" are pretty standard Sevendust songs. They don't feature anything new, they sound just like the Sevendust most people know. "Nowhere" does feature a pretty nice solo though, it was a pleasant surprise. I won't call them filler songs, but they're what bring the album down to a 3.0. These songs are the safest the band has in the album, I wish they had done more with them aside from adding a couple solos.

"The End is Coming" brings the catchy riffing back. A very nu-metal guitar is accompanied by drums that lead into a soft verse. "Don't try to run!" can be heard from Morgan's throat before the song explodes into the chorus. No point in running when hell breaks loose apparently. If I had to guess, Morgan wrote most of the song. The break is one of my favorite moments in the album, it's definitely great. "Divine security..." is whisperered a couple times before Rose breaks into screams and the song ends with a solo by Clint. The man definitely has some tricks up his sleeve left and he doesn't hesitate to use them.

"Better Place" was the only song that did not receive radio play at all until the album got released. The beginning is breath-taking, it has a hint of post-rock in it. Before you know it though, a rapid guitar riff cuts it off as the drums come blasting. Lajon starts singing as the guitar slows down but is still present in the end as a palm-muted riff. The chorus is slow, yet optimistic, which makes an interesting contrast with the mildly depressing verse. I could be wrong but Clint sings along Lajon on here just like they used to in the old days.

The album ends on a heavy note with "Strong Arm Broken". It doesn't let up from the second it starts. I can't tell who does the screams in this song, they're different from most of the screams Morgan does. It's pretty refreshing though. Once again, Clint throws in another solo at the end and Lajon keeps singing "Strong arm broken!" all the way through the end. It's a pretty decent song but it's a terrible choice for a closer as far as I see it. They should have placed this song before "Better Place" instead since that would have been a more fitting closer.

If you're wondering if the album is worth buying, I'd suggest listening to a couple tracks first. If you're already a Sevendust fan though, it definitely is worth buying since it's a worthy addition to their discography. Sevendust plays it rather safe with Cold Day Memory but it's still a step in the right direction. Good thing they left Chapter 7 behind. Clint Lowery's return brings back elements from the old Sevendust and also adds new ones to the band. Let's hope the band keeps progressing and makes another solid album.

Pros:

Good guitar work
Passionate delivery from Lajon
Excelent drumming

Cons:

Bass doesn't go out of its way to stand out, there's never a memorable bass moment.
Some lyrics are marginally terrible
Some average songs bring nothing new to the table

Recommended Tracks:

Splinter
Unraveling
Confessions
Karma
Better Place


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Pessimist
April 21st 2010


191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Finally got around to doing this. All crit is appreciated, I might edit it and make it better if there are flaws in it.



I want to make some words bold but I don't know how to. Does the site use BB tags, html, or...?

Phantom
April 21st 2010


8985 Comments


BB Code

fr33convict
April 21st 2010


11723 Comments


It's kind of on the lengthy side. Maybe you can shorten it up a little? I like your descriptions though.

Inveigh
April 21st 2010


26525 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

bolding is done by (b)text(/b) only replace the parenthesis with brackets (if you want to italicize it's the same thing except w/ "i")



as far as advice goes, I'd suggest staying away from track-by-track reviews.



this album starts out ok and then just gets bad. album artwork is terrible too. it's sad, bc Sevendust used to be so good.

Pessimist
April 21st 2010


191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks, edited. I wasn't planning on anything lengthy, I'm surprised I wrote that much. I might condensate some stuff.



And I hear you. I hate doing track-by-track reviews. I just didn't know how to avoid it.



I did stop myself short of giving individual ratings though.



Thanks again.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
April 21st 2010


8573 Comments


The review stats off really well, but once it reaches the tbt stage it becomes terribly bland. You've got good descriptions but I advise you to stay away from tbt's as they're just not interesting to read, at all.

greg84
Emeritus
April 21st 2010


7598 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Sevendust plays it rather safe with Cold Day Memory"



That. I noticed that after a few tracks I listened to. For me, their best album is Home and they are not gonna top it. Animosity was the closest. After that, they basically copied their ideas over and over again.

Digging: Robyn - Honey

bloozclooz
April 21st 2010


1770 Comments


bro metal?

Pessimist
April 21st 2010


191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Bro metal.

Willie
Moderator
April 21st 2010


17611 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

TBT.... so, can't comment on the review. The album isn't bad, though. It's nothing special but when have they ever done anything special?

PayneTiger777
April 21st 2010


4511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Animosity, Home, Seasons, Chapter VII, and their self titled were quite special (to me at least, and any die hard 7D fans).



Lajon always gives a great performance on vocals and I found it interesting how Clint used heavy vocals on "Strong Arm Broken."



The album itself was decent and didn't have any mind blowing tracks, but I'll still give it a 4 rating just because they are my favorite band and I've always supported them.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 21st 2010


32190 Comments


Racism in the summary

Willie
Moderator
April 21st 2010


17611 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Animosity, Home, Seasons, Chapter VII, and their self titled were quite special (to me at least, and any die hard 7D fans).
Yeah, I'm definitely not a die hard Sevendust fan. I like "Black" from the debut, and I like Alpha and Next enough to throw them on from time to time.

Pessimist
April 21st 2010


191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

So that's Clint singing Strong Arm Broken? Wow, never expected him to be the one singing like that.



@Willie: I have a really hard time making a review that's not TBT because I can't focus on the general aspects of the album. I like pin-pointing the better moments in it. Any tips on how to improve my reviews?

PayneTiger777
April 21st 2010


4511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I was surprised that Clint could sing like that as well.



I think that what you could do is compare the songs that are similar, such as the ballads, and talk about what works and what doesn't work in them. You don't have to go into great detail about each song. You could write a paragraph that talks about the lyrics, another on how the album differs or is is similar to some of their other albums, and talk about why you rated it the way you did. You could even have different paragraphs that explain the vocals, drums, and guitar usage. It's all about how you organize it I guess. Hope that helps.

guitarplaya3eb
April 22nd 2010


46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album kicks ass. If you are a fan of Sevendust you'll love this. Probably tied with Animosity as my favorite of theirs.

IAmInsect
April 22nd 2010


3800 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

the first track is pretty great. the rest is boring.

greg84
Emeritus
April 27th 2010


7598 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah. Splinter rules. Not so sure about the rest of the album.

pedro70512
April 29th 2010


4167 Comments


haha I actually was playing Slaughter of the Soul and my girlfriend walked in and started headbanging to it as a joke. Behemoth, however, didn't go over so well...anyway, good review. I like that while it's a full review, you integrated some song-by-song pieces to give a better idea of the specifics of the album. Nice job.

Pessimist
April 30th 2010


191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thank you, good sir.



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