Sevendust
Animosity


5.0
classic

Review

by thejon93rd USER (28 Reviews)
November 21st, 2010 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Animosity is easily accessible, but wholly satisfying as well.

Sevendust, along with their third studio-album, are masterful. Here, on Animosity, the band twist together some of their strongest songs and give birth to an emotive masterwork. With the hearts of flawed, yet strong, human beings, the band form some songs that would make the small heart of a Grinch grow three sizes larger. Every verse, in every song, is powerful and sincere. Animosity is a masterpiece because it is hopeful, focused on the group and evokes sincere emotion.

Radio-friendly may be a word some may use in describing Sevendust, but it is the kind of radio-friendly music that deserves to be listened to. The music packs a punch and feels like it has been made for a reason; not a phony one. The music is inspired and inspiring, such as the engaging Redefine with the lyrics: "So I'm wrong / I'm not alone / Seems like you're scared / You're holding me back again". The band displays outstanding confidence in depicting events they, or others, must overcome to live in peace. These events are often not resolved through the lyrics of a song, but instead through the band and their rising performance. The build-up is the pay-off to overcoming these events and the build-up in their performance displays hope and release. Angel's Son is solid in depicting the loss of one closest to the group, but the song builds to a close by giving everyone within the group a spotlight together. The drumming is breathtaking during the final "I know you never said goodbye" lyric and leads into a light-shedding instrumentation beneath Lajon and his powerfully uplifting lead-vocal work.

This is not the return of Clint Lowery, like in his return for Cold Day Memory, but this record is an example of why he belongs with Sevendust. Xmas Day is a spectacular display for Lowery and is the best track on the album because it is a surprising departure from what they have delivered on the past four tracks. Opening with the beautiful sound of drums and crystal-clear guitar strums, the opening gives you the sense of entering another country; like the start of a foreign movie. Lowery takes the lead in this particular track and gives a victorious performance, evoking the raw emotion of a son and his fading mother. The electric pops played throughout the background of the final verse burn the image of snowfall into the foreground of the song, symbolizing the events of an unforgettable Christmas Day.

One thing the band has never shied away from is a sincere and emotional drive that a plethora of bands nowadays certainly do shy away from in the hope of tricking their audience into buying phony emotion for ticket price. That is unfortunate, and it shows how audiences of this generation are becoming more and more uninterested in music that expresses true thought and feeling. "One single life / Needs not to die / For such a cheap price / For one last flight / God save the child", this is from Dead Set and it is beautiful. One of the strongest songs on the release displays a life on the line, a man looking to save a sinner from a life of nothingness.... Dead Set is astonishing and is followed by the equally powerful Shine which tells the story from the eyes of a human at crisis, like Peter Parker as Spider-Man, and within the crisis trying to find themselves. "So hard / Hard for me to shine"....

With numerous albums within their arsenal, Sevendust crafts their third-studio album with relative ease and satisfaction. Pressing some dark and mature themes to the table, the band cement themselves amongst the finest of bands willing to openly reveal their hidden pains to the world. Sometimes the only cure for such a pain is to let it out, and the boys let it out in the only way they know how to: through music. A certain passion for the art must be present in presenting honesty and truth to an audience, Sevendust is one to follow. Animosity is a masterpiece.



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cb123
November 21st 2010


2215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome album

LG
November 21st 2010


3050 Comments


good old nu-metal. Tis a good album, but in no way is this a 5.

LG
November 21st 2010


3050 Comments


Cause its in no way shape or form perfect. They're faults and disappointments to be found on this record. Plus the only nu-metal album that deserves a 5 is ld.50

asaf
November 21st 2010


943 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i went to the video shoot for praise YEARS ago in orlando and the club played the song over and over and over again. We probably heard it 50-60 times throughout the night. I never want to hear that song again. "Sick man!" What lame lyrics.



the only nu metal album the deserves a 5 is taproot's gift imo

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
November 21st 2010


31393 Comments


this > gift

PayneTiger777
November 21st 2010


4511 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love you for writing this. This is my favorite album of all time.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 21st 2010


32190 Comments


Plus the only nu-metal album that deserves a 5 is ld.50


White Pony


Jesuslaves
November 21st 2010


4730 Comments


not a 5.

lol white pony moar liek white phony.

Awesomesauce
November 21st 2010


1089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Review is good, album is good but not even close to a 5.

kangaroopoo
November 21st 2010


3175 Comments


great review, animosity is a favourite of mine, it really resonated with me

incredibly consistent, catchy, rocking, emotive album

melodic rock perfection, I just couldn't stop playing it for ages when I got it

Jesuslaves
November 21st 2010


4730 Comments


i honestly dont remember this being anything special. maybe ill play it again.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2010


32190 Comments


lol white pony moar liek white phony.


Don't quit your day job sport

Jesuslaves
November 22nd 2010


4730 Comments


i wasn't considering it sport

Flyboy
November 22nd 2010


395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very good album, but not a five. Good review though dude.

DrNeoCortex
November 22nd 2010


12 Comments


if you asked me when I was like 13 I'd prolly say this is a 5, but not anymore. LD50, white pony, and MAYBE Mushroomhead's XX would be nu-metal 5's in my book. And maybe Iowa.

this is still a decent listen though, good review.

renegadestrings
November 22nd 2010


1519 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

review wasn't too bad, but some of the lines were a little awkward.



"This is not the return of Clint Lowery, like in his return for Cold Day Memory, but this record is

an example of why he belongs with Sevendust." -- this is an example. Why are you talking about Cold

Day Memory? If this isn't his return, then why is it necessary to mention it?



"feels like it has been made for a reason; not a phony one." --- so which reason is it?



These two lines just seemed a little unnecessary and interrupt the flow of your review. Otherwise,

I thought it was a good read.



And by the way, I'm really glad you saw what I see in 'Dead Set.' that song's a beast

Darkvoid67
November 23rd 2010


383 Comments


Album is pretty underwhelming. Only nu metal worth a 5 is white pony and ld5O fo sho. Review was good though

Awesomesauce
November 23rd 2010


1089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Home was, is and always will be their best record.

Jesuslaves
November 25th 2010


4730 Comments


home is crap

LG
November 25th 2010


3050 Comments


Chapter VII is their best imo



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