Sevendust
All I See Is War


2.0
poor

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (240 Reviews)
May 13th, 2018 | 66 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sevendust regress, failing to meet the simplest of expectations.

For the better part of twenty-plus years Sevendust have been that staple flavour of the Georgian alternative metal scene. The somewhat unique edge that Lajon Witherspoon and co. had during the formative years of the band defined the bridge between melodic based rock and heavy metal. The result" Beautiful Sevendust.

I know what you’re thinking. Twelve albums over the course of twenty four years has led to an impressive array of releases mostly staying on the more positive side of critical reception. Summarising a career by saying most of the releases are good and some are even excellent doesn’t give way for too much negativity, until Sevendust’s twelfth studio record, All I See Is War.

Fairly, I could see why die hard fans would enjoy Sevendust’s latest offering. At face value it is indeed more of the same. Anthemic guitars, bombastic beats and powerful crooning moments gave value to the band’s very successful formula over the years. Add to that some truly time relevant lyricism and an emotive range that capitulated the very essence of a band doing everything right (and then some). It’s just that this recycled formula fails to show anything other than the crumpled fragments of a group’s former self. The effect" Well, it’s dirty.

So I haven’t got to the nitty gritty of All I See Is War’s shortcomings. Maybe I run the risk of being not original, but the truth of the matter is Sevendust just fail to bring the same power and prestige to their latest offering. The record opener, “Dirty” placates the casual listener by recycling the Cold Day Memory era introductions. It’s like a brand new piece of paper, crumpled into a ball before being flattened out again. The build is the same but the effect is watered down, barely a whisper of the once creative energy that fueled Sevendust’s writing style recycling their sound down to the nth. The time warp back to 2010 is unwelcoming, pulling at the heartstrings of long time fans while reminding them that Sevendust as a whole are a shadow of their former selves. And while the track itself mentions the album’s title, hooking their fans into the premise; it’s clear that Sevendust can’t commit fully to bringing a socio-politically charged record past the first track as Lajon sings his way into a middling and uninspired “God Bites His Tongue”.

It’s clear that Lajon Witherspoon stands as the band’s biggest achievement. But more of the same from the group as a whole fails to expand on the usual Sevendust standard. The sickness of doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results speaks of a clear and undeniable slump in Sevendust’s ability to write great songs. Easily identifiable as the “Lajon show”, listeners receive doses of varying monotony culminating in one of the most disappointing albums all year. The highlights may be few and far between on Sevendust’s 2018 piece, but it’s difficult to simply skim over “Life Deceives You” without finding praise for its ballad-esque verses and powerful chorus lines. There’s nothing technically amazing on show here but it deviates away from the typical Sevendust formula (only just a little) but instead hints at the band’s ability to write tight, well thought grooves. Before meandering back into the disappointment found on the rest of the record.

When you take a look at each component separately and then combine them as a whole the result is less than average. On paper, this looks like the standard Sevendust affair giving way to the very notion that only comes with experience in songwriting. By all accounts the band should be gearing up for another round of cheers and applause, instead life deceives you with a flat, mundane series of rehashed ideas. If it wasn’t for “Risen” (the new album’s heaviest track) All I See Is War would be a complete write off. Blistering riffage meets stomping percussion where Lajon’s backing band actually contribute in any positive manner.

When taking the album’s production values into consideration, All I See Is War is polished by the stock standard of modern day values. Most of the group’s elements come out shining, until they’re buried behind a top heavy melodic approach. Naturally, Witherspoon’s vocal prowess dominates, allowing for some of the bass work to get lost in the mix. If Sevendust weren’t so riff orientated it would be yet another flaw to add to the monotony. As a last saving grace however, it fails to effect the act’s new music at all.

Overall, the descend in quality between such well received records as Black Out The Sun and Kill The Flaw highlight a stark change. Fairly, most listeners wouldn’t expect a Seasons Version 2, self medicated to the fact that change happens. At least listeners were warned of the upcoming song styles when Sevendust released “Not Original” a few weeks ago, but no one could anticipate just how bleak and inwardly retrospective their new album would actually be. For forty-six minutes Sevendust give way to a by numbers formula, regressing completely into their past without passable fruition. Sevendust’s once great catalogue has been smeared into destructive recollection of memory, plagiarising their own work without any heart or thought. Maybe Sevendust will be great again. Until then, god bites his tongue.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 13th 2018


8648 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Hello friends!



Now to play with some question marks. I’ll be right back.

pizzamachine
May 13th 2018


13817 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

How dare you!



Jk nice sizzling review.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 13th 2018


8648 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Do you still love me Pizza? I still love you

pizzamachine
May 13th 2018


13817 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Our love for each other can ONLY be described as intensely gay

Muse1748
May 13th 2018


182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album barely got a 3/5 from me. I dig the band, but something about this album was just lacking. It’s a shame, too, because I really enjoyed the highlights of the album, but damnit the lows were low.



Great review sir

SteakByrnes
May 13th 2018


10872 Comments


From the song that I heard, Lajon sounds great. I don't really have a want to listen to this, but good review my man

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ShadowNeko
May 13th 2018


124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

BS

X'D

Durrzo
May 13th 2018


1541 Comments


I dig these guys but this album was very blah. I hate the production, and the songs are just underwhelming.

Toondude10
May 13th 2018


12686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

if the production was better on here I think I could've enjoyed this a lot more.



It's not bad, but I got bored with this real fast.

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pizzamachine
May 13th 2018


13817 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

The production sounds like dishes out of the dishwasher

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 13th 2018


8648 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Lasagne stains and all

ShadowNeko
May 13th 2018


124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The screams are kind of watered down but the production of everything else is tight. Wtf you smoking?

gordodustin
May 14th 2018


239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I couldn't disagree with this review more. The album is better than Kill the Flaw overall. Sevendust still has their edge!

Doctuses
May 14th 2018


1163 Comments


awful band awful genre

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Durrzo
May 14th 2018


1541 Comments


"the production of everything else is tight"

Bass drum is overpowering and sounds like ass, the rest lacks bite. The singing is the only thing that sounds good.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 14th 2018


8648 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Bass drum is overpowering and sounds like ass, the rest lacks bite. The singing is the only thing that sounds good




Pretty decent summary actually

osmark86
May 14th 2018


6001 Comments


this is one of those bands that I've heard songs by on and off for as long as I can remember listening to heavier (broadly used term) music. I always found them to be so goddam utterly average. they're like the most "almost-decent" band there is.

DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
May 14th 2018


19152 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Not bad album actually, one of the better hard rock albums of 2018

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 14th 2018


8648 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

The hyperbole is real.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
May 14th 2018


23495 Comments


"Separate" is the only song I like from these guys, but wow Lajon has a pretty voice.



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