Sevendust is teasing an announcement for this Friday, June 26th, 2020. The band shared a new image to their social media channels and had it shared by its members. The band is expected to release a new album this year, produced by their frequent collaborate Elvis Baskette. Continue reading
Rock and Metal supergroup Disciples of Verity (DOV) have shared a new official music video for their new song ‘Lying To Myself’ featuring Phil Demmel of Vio-Lence. The band counts Corey Glover (vocalist Of Living Colour and Bowie Experience), George Pond (bass, ex Negative Sky), Corey Pierce (drums, God Forbid), Mark Monjoy (rhythm guitar, Sekond Skyn), and Danny Puma (lead guitar, Negative Sky) and their debut album is due out in 2020 at a date tbd. Aside from Demmel who shreds all over the new track, the album boasts guest appeances from Morgan Rose (Sevendust), Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy), Tara McLeod (Kittie), Mike Antine (Majul), JJ Sammataro (Negative Sky) and solo artist Joe Gareri. The band kick off a mini-tour of the east coast this week, with the dates and venues listed below. Watch video for ‘Lying To Myself’ and pre-order the single right now! Continue reading
Rock and Metal supergroup Disciples of Verity counts members of Living Colour, God Forbid and Negative Sky among its ranks. The band shared a new single today for the track ‘Lying To Myself’, featuring Phil Demmel of Vio-Lence (ex-Machine Head). This is the second single after their previous track released, ‘Worthy’. Their debut album is due out in 2020 and has a bevy of guests such as Morgan Rose (Sevendust), Phil Demmel (Machine Head), Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy), Tara McLeod (Kittie), Mike Antine (Majul), JJ Sammataro (Negative Sky) and solo artist Joe Gareri. Watch the lyric video for ‘Lying To Myself’ right now! Continue reading
Let’s cut the chase, shall we? Straight up: I am an unabashed Sevendust fan, and have been since their debut album dropped in 1997. Anyone who knows me also knows I have been singing their praises forever as one of the most talented, yet criminally underrated bands of our time. In a fair and just world, they’d have sold millions of albums and would be a household name. Epic songs and sick live performances have earned 7D a beloved following on several continents. While I have selfishly felt like we fans were in a little club with our own band, I also want them to just coat the earth with their goodness. My feeling going into All I See Is War, their first album for new label Rise Records, is that this is the record that will put them over the top and convert the unbelievers. The got out of their comfort zone right away by working with kingmaker producer Elvis Baskette. From the early listens, I might have been right after all. Continue reading
Sevendust has entered the recording studio, according to a post on Instagram by drummer Morgan Rose. The band is tracking the follow-up album for their new label Rise Records/BMG (Five Finger Death Punch, Of Mice and Men), and the album is due in the first half of next year. Sevendust released their Grammy-nominated album Kill The Flaw in 2015, featuring the hit single ‘Thank You’, which has tallied over 5.25 million plays on Spotify. Continue reading
At one point in time Sevendust seemed poised for superstardom. Well, the point in time was the early 2000s as they were riding high on a string of Gold certified albums and solid tour packages.
Then as we were approaching the mid-aughts the floor collapsed. Suddenly bands who were regularly playing small arenas and collecting major label royalty checks were out of favor. Sevendust and countless others were lost in the Nu-metal shuffle. Which is a damn shame as this Georgia collective was never really a Nu-metal band and had better songwriting chops than many of their contemporaries.
And the years went by and the various popular hard rock styles (garage rock, emo, metalcore, etc…) came and went with their respective enduring acts and others left on the decline. But as the musical landscape changed Sevendust remained musically consistent as their tenth and latest studio offering Kill the Flaw (7Bros, Asylum) can attest to. The sales haven’t remained as good, but the music has.
The main reason for this musical stability is that much like Deftones, Sevendust rose to prominence during the Nu-metal gravy days, but never really fit that mold. Sevendust was always about working behind Lajon Witherspoon’s strong singing (one of the more underrated vocalists working in rock today), Morgan Rose’s busy drums and John Connolly and Clint Lowery’s crunching guitars.
Look no further than the sweeping choruses of ‘Thank You’ and title track ‘Kill the Flaw.’ It’s still the Sevendust we loved in the 90s, yet we refuse to give them another Active Rock hit while Avenged Sevenfold makes a killing by aping Metallica’s self-titled. But it’s not all nostalgia since they’re adding new facets to their sound as Lowery and Connolly tap into that palm-muting style the kids love so much on ‘Death Dance’ and ‘Chop without sounding like their pandering to what younger generations like (i.e. Korn’s The Path of Totality).
Those who have stuck with Sevendust will have much to enjoy on Kill the Flaw. And even those who have hitched their wagons to other passing genres are always welcome back home.
Sevendust has completed recording their tenth studio album at Architekt Music Studios in Butler, NJ, and is slated for a July release. Band drummer Morgan Rose tweeted out this post:
10th studio record done! On my way home! Ready to squeeze my babies and smack my woman’s bootay!!!
— Morgan Rose (@morgan7d) March 27, 2015
In a series of posts to his fan page on Facebook, guitarist Clint Lowery of Sevendust announced the band has hit the studio to begin recording the bands 10th full-length original album. Due for a late-spring/early summer 2015 release, the album is expected to be a return to heavier sounds following last years’ unplugged Time Travelers and Bonfires (7 Bros/Asylum) album. The band just completed another Shiprocked Cruise which saw them perform with Limp Bizkit, Black Label Society, heavy metal all-star band Metal Allegiance, Buckcherry, P.O.D., Sevendust, Tremonti, Andrew W.K.,Living Colour, Crobot and many more.
At this point in the career, Sevendust knows they have achieved a certain status as the elder statesman of modern heavy rock or active rock, whatever industry buzzword is trending this week. They are still hungry like a new band, putting out quality releases and always putting on a fine show. At the same time, they don’t play it safe artistically. This is why in spite of my love of music that is progressive, extreme, harsh, and thrashy; I still come back to this band that I have always respected. They have been a part of my many musical journeys for a long time. Whether seeing their first tour in New York at a long gone tiny club, to watching 300,000+ people jump up and down to a song they never heard before (‘Rumblefish’) at Woodstock `99, to their recent record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, I am proud to say I was there.
We were in for a treat tonight, with no opening act and just “An Evening With” format. I didn’t even realize the show was long sold out and there were a ton of people waiting to get inside, when I arrived at The Paradise. As evidenced by my earlier show this year with Carcass, this venue should not host really extreme bands or their fans. However for some lighter, more relaxed concerts such as Crosses or the unplugged show tonight; it’s a solid choice. The first really hot day of summer in Boston meant the AC was on full blast so we were feeling chilly in the dark rectangular room. Meanwhile the stage sat ready for a while with some LED candles adding to the mood of the stage filled with guitars, bar stools, and music stands.
Sevendust finally came on stage to their intro music, and the packed crowd approved. As the band took their seated spots for the night and checked their gear, Lajon Witherspoon welcomed the crowd and promised a good time. Drawing on their new album Time Travelers & Bonfires (7Bros.) The immediately launched into ‘Trust’ and the band sound great. Playing acoustically, and only augmented by their touring piano player Kurt Wubbenhorst, they played a flawless evening of music. Even if they were just doing straight up acoustic versions of their heavier songs note for note (which they are not) it is a challenge to play electric acoustic live in a large venue. The rub is even the best acoustic guitars sound too thin at times. It’s also unforgiving for mistakes, but then again, I heard none tonight. The second song of the night was my personal favorite since their first album, ‘Prayer’. I think this song works even better given this treatment than the original. ‘Crucified’ is one of their older songs they have given a slightly new arrangement to on the new album. Known to be a hard hitter behind the kit, Morgan Rose thrashed around and smashed his drums like any other time I have seen the band. Maybe just a touch softer. The entire band also sounded great singing together, not just Lajon and Clint Lowery either. ‘Under It All’ was the first of the new songs played and it fit right in with the oldies and deep cuts too. The gems they pulled out tonight were especially sweet if you were a long-time fan.
Ever the performer, Lajon got out of his seat, prowled the stage, and connected with the crowd as much as possible. It was cool to hear the entire room sing hits like ‘Denial’ just as loudly as a new cut like ‘Gone’. Lajon told stories about the songs, and the making of the new album, thanking the fans for the support. The band left the stage briefly only to return a little later to play some more. The second set had another new song ‘Come Down’, their well known cover of ‘Hurt’ by Nine Inch Nails. ‘Karma’ is a song the band has never played live and it still sounded fiery in this format too. Before closing out the night with a fitting 1-2 punch of ‘Angel’s Son’ and closer ‘Black’, Witherspoon talked about the late Lynn Strait of Snot for whom ‘Angel’s Son’ was written for as well as Dimebag Darrell. It’s nice how the band have kept their perspective all these years. Whether or not you are a fan, if you have a chance to see this tour, do yourself a favor and go get a ticket.
Sevendust Set List:
Under It All
Hurt (Nine Inch Nails cover, Johnny Cash version)
Got a Feeling
WORDS: KEITH (KEEFY) CHACHKES
PHOTOS: ECHOES IN THE WELL
Sevendust are currently on a sweeping tour of the USA, but unlike their usually high-energy, heavy rock affairs, this tour is a rare stripped-down affair. For the second time in their career, they are again doing an acoustic tour, supporting their recent release Time Travelers and Bonfires (7Bros. Records). The new record actually charted on Billboard, which is a rare feat in this day and age and shows the bands staying power. They are in a good place with each other and with their lives. After some turmoil earlier in their career they seemed to have really fallen into a good groove, and it shows.
We started out our chat with Lajon Witherspoon talking about the current tour. A seasoned live act, Sevendust never skimps on the experience they give to their fans, no matter what kind of gig they put on. We asked about the state of the band during this run of “A” and “B” markets on the tour:
“Everything is fantastic! We are in Joliet, Illinois, this morning. We’re at a pretty cool little bar/restaurant. An Italian place. Things could not be better. It feels good to be alive! (laughs) We have been on the road already for three weeks. The tour is going in extraordinarily, crazy, weird, with incredible energy every night. I can’t believe how big it is. Last night we played my hometown of Kansas City. Last night the Midland Theater was sold out, and it’s an acoustic show! It’s been like that everywhere. It’s been a great energy man, and I can’t believe what is going on. That being said, thanks to all those beautiful people out there who put us on. I just heard that we just made Billboard this week, and I’m so amazed. I gotta thank the Lord for that! It’s a beautiful thing.”
Notorious road warriors playing over 250 shows per year, Sevendust live concerts are usually exciting and loud with the band jumping all over the stage. We asked if this type of tour was easier on the veteran band, contrasted to a normal gig:
“It’s not a regular acoustic show. It’s an energetic show, and we take people on an emotional roller-coaster. It feels incredible. We brought a piano player on the road with us, it’s just great. It’s really interesting. He helps perform the new material, and we are having a blast!. The piano player is Kurt (Wubbenhorst), we brought him from the studio. He is one of the owners of Architect Studios, that we recorded at in New Jersey. We brought him out on the road because he played it on the record, and so we asked if he would like to come out on the road with Sevendust and be part of the show, and he said yes! And there you have it. We are actually doing all the songs from the (new) record. Then we bring back in the older songs. We do an hour-long first set, then we take a 15 minute break, and then we come back out and do like another 45 more minutes. It’s pretty cool.”
Although some might argue the point, Lajon feels that it is tougher to play “unplugged” than a typical rock show: “I think we are more under the microscope when it comes to this kind of show. You don’t have the loud guitars to drown out everything. You have to be really precise. It’s very simple and straight to the point. I like it better that way actually. It really shows our talent, more so than anything.”
The band took a novel approach to making the new album. In addition to the new originals they wrote, the band let their fans vote online to choose which older songs they should choose from. We next discussed the process of arranging the older material:
“We kind of sat down the same way we are set up acoustically on the tour. We sat around and blocked out all the songs and worked on arrangements and we just slayed it. We would vibe back and forth like “that song is really slow” or “we need to change that arrangement, it’s too weird”. If you think about it like this: think of how long how long we have been playing some of these songs. I have probably sung some of the older songs differently over the last 8 years, and even more differently the decade before that. So if anyone can break these songs down and change them around, and do it differently, it would be us. It really did come easy. Now some songs we tried, didn’t sound good acoustically at all. Those songs we skipped. But for the most part we were able to nail it all. We are really happy with the way everything turned out.”
Some years ago, amid rumors of the band perhaps going their separate ways, there was talk in the music press about Lajon exploring an R&B album. With the band on better ground than ever, we asked him if that project is still alive:
“That is definitely still in the works. I just feel like I am taking my time on that. Sevendust still has so much stuff to do. I’m really busy as heck right now, we are all so busy. I always say it’s like playing chess, you have to pick the right time. But there is definitely music written for that, and I am always writing songs for it, so all in due time.”
With all of these bands from a certain era (the 1990s) reaching mature, veteran status; our talk turns to growing up, spending time with families, and time spent off the minutiae of the killing road:
“I’m originally from Nashville, Tennessee, but I moved to Kansas about a year ago. I have lived in Kansas City for about a year, me and my wife just built a house here near Overland Park, and I love it a lot. My daughter is in school here, and it’s great. It’s really very cool. The community and the town has really welcomed me, and done a lot for me, and I love being a part of it. I really love it. It’s great. I like to ride my motorcycle a lot when I’m not on tour, and I have a five year-old daughter and a 14 year-old, so I’m a busy, busy dude. There’s nothing wrong with growing up.”