Posts Tagged ‘Sevendust’

sevendustAs I stated a couple of weeks ago, one of my favorite bands besides Korn to come out of the rubble of the Nu-Metal scene is the band Sevendust. The band has soldiered through label changes, lifestyle changes, and has persevered for 24 years as a band which is a huge accomplishment these days. That is why I have decided to cover the band’s third album Animosity for this week’s Album of the Week. The album which featured Lajon Witherspoon (Lead Vocals), Clint Lowery (Lead Guitar), John Connolly (Rhythm Guitar), Vinnie Hornsby (Bass), and Morgan Rose (Drums) was released on November 13, 2001 via TVT Records. The album peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Top 200 charts where it had been for 13 straight weeks. It was certified Gold four months later which was helped by the fact that four singles out of the five all charted. It was also the number one Top Independent album on the charts as well as producing two top 15 mainstream rock charts singles. One cool thing about the album is that the band released five different versions of the album over a two year period and each varied in what it contained. The band had already proven that there was no sophomore slump with Home and they were about to prove that they were here to stay with Animosity.

sevendust 21. T.O.A.B.– The first track on the album and if you were wondering it stands for Tits on A Boar. The track starts fading in with some machine like sounds before it launches into a sledgehammer of a track that talks about that person you know that you don’t like because they are just bad in general. 4/5

2. Praise-One of the singles off the album that grooves with the best of them in a track that could be a track that is talking from Christs perspective about how people may hate him, but they praise him when they need him. Even though the hate is strong though, he still will never deny them. 5/5

3. Trust– The song starts off with a melodic intro before it launches into overdrive. The song I think is about how he had someone, but they went away because he broke their trust. 5/5

4. Crucified– an interesting track that I think is about how he may have stood up for someone and he was vilified for it while they just went on with life. 4.5/5

5. XMas Day-a very cool acoustic track that was written by Clint about his mother and the relationship they had. 5/5

6. Dead Set-A very underrated track that Lajon sounds like gold on this headbanger that is all about struggling with your inner demons. 4.5/5

animosity-4f221747cd41f7. Shine-a cool track that I think Lajon is talking about how he just doesn’t feel like himself in a relationship even though he would love to see it shine. 4/5

8. Follow– This is a track on the album that features Aaron Lewis of Staind doing some vocals as well. It’s a very melodic track, but I have to say that I love Morgan’s playing on this track. 4/5

9. Damaged– This is a very deep track lyrically in this bass driven track that I think is talking about someone who is so damaged that they are suicidal. 4/5

10. Live Again-This was the album’s second single released that I think lyrically is talking about someone who has such a bad sense of self that Lajon is trying to urge them to live again and forget the BS. 4.5/5

11. Beautiful-a track that has those monster bass riffs to go along with the hard driving guitars in a track that Lajon is talking about life on the road becoming so dull that they need something refreshing to look at. 4/5

12. Redefine– a very cool track that Lajon is talking about something that keeps holding him back, but he wants to be free so that he can accomplish the things he wants to do. 4/5

13. Angel’s Son– Probably one of the best tracks that was originally released on the Strait Up CD that was done as a tribute to former Snot singer Lynn Strait. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This album at the time was further proof that these guys were far from done and as history will state they are about to release their 12TH album this year. So many awesome tracks on the album that my favorites are Angel’s Son, Praise, Trust, and XMas Day. It’s hard to pick a least favorite track on an album that is this good, but if I had to it would be Beautiful. Check out this album, I am going to give it 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

 

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image003One of my all time favorite bands to come out of the Nu-Metal era besides Korn has always been Sevendust. Sevendust is a band that can be truly called road warriors and survivors and I say that because they have survived personal turmoils and the changing of music scenes. I also say those words because the band is gearing up to release their 12TH studio album All I See Is War which comes out May 11TH via Rise Records. That is quite an impressive feat especially considering the way things go in the rock scene, but fans should get excited about the release because Sevendust delivers so far. It’s the band’s first album since their highest charted album in the band’s history in 2015’s Kill The Flaw. The band has unleashed the first single off the album entitled Dirty and to accompany it they also filmed a music video for the track. The video is primarily a performance based video, but it’s really the music that we are paying attention to. The song is impressive and Lajon Witherspoon shines on this song that just bumps as soon as the opening chords hit your speakers. The track is exactly what you would expect and want from this dynamic five piece as they charge into the future. You can pre-order the new album here and check out the video below:

MI0002401703Now that WrestleMania week is over, it’s time to get back into business here at Moshpits and Movies. Traditionally anytime I hold a competition, I always cover an album from the winning band for the Album Of The Week and I have been meaning to cover an album by today’s featured band. I am actually quite surprised that I have never covered an album from Sevendust before especially after 200 plus albums. Sevendust back in February won MusicBowl 51 over Godsmack so traditionally we have to cover one of their albums and I chose the band’s second studio album Home for this week’s album of the week. The band was made up of Lajon Witherspoon (Vocals), John Connolly (Rhythm Guitar), Clint Lowery (Lead Guitar), Vinnie Hornsby (Bass), and Morgan Rose (Drums). The album was released on August 24, 1999 via TVT where it would peak at number 19 on The Billboard Top 200 charts and stayed there for three weeks. It also peaked at 16 on The Top Internet Album Charts and number 10 on the Top Independent Album Charts.

MI00027167821. Home– A big bass riff and those drop tuned guitar shreds open up the album in this track that seems to be about someone who is having a rough time at home which is supposed to be the safe place to be. 4/5

2. Denial– One of my favorite tracks on the album that fades in with a cool guitar riff, but when it kicks in it’s heavy as f*** and it grooves like no other. It seems to be about a guy and how he is sick of constantly opening up to a girl who refuses to do the same. My favorite part of the song is right when the 3 minute mark hits. 5/5

3. Headtrip– A very melodic intro starts the song that has a kick ass groove as soon as the music hits and it has a bad ass riff. 4.5/5

4. Insecure– A cool instrumental intro. 4/5

5. Reconnect– The last track leads right into this one which is all about how you feel that you’ve been a slave to all the BS and now you want to break free. 4/5

6. Waffle–  The track starts with a melodic riff before it kicks in with a sledgehammer like riff. It goes back to being melodic during the verses before hammering down with the choruses. The song seems to be about someone who is sick of the same old same old and is looking for something new. 5/5

home7. Rumble Fish– A sick hammering riff with groove kicks off this one about fighting against temptations that drag you down. 4.5/5

8. Licking Cream– A track on the album that features a cool bass riff during the verses and it features an English artist named Skin doing co-vocals. 4.5/5

9. Grasp– The song is about being friends with someone and when they are going through tough times, you go through it with them, but they’re always taking more and more of you. 4/5

10. Crumbled– An interesting intro to the song, but when it kicks off, it shifts into groove overdrive and it’s awesome. Hornsby shines on this track about no matter how many times you go down, you get back up. but if you don’t then you just crumble. 4.5/5

11. Feel So– A little bit of a hip hop groove in the beginning riff, but otherwise a cool track in a song about feeling hopeless. 4/5

12. Grasshopper– a quick intro of the band in the studio 2/5

13. Bender– A cool track to end the album that features Chino Moreno of the Deftones and Troy McLawhorn (of Doubledrive at the time). It’s heavy, it grooves, and it even caters to Moreno’s vocals as well. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– A kick ass album from a kick ass band that obviously avoided the sophomore jinx with this release. I have always held this band and Lajon in the higest regard because I am also a huge fan of Lajon’s vocals. I am going to give the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.

music-bowl-51It must be a blessing and a curse to be in the MusicBowl because this is the third one that we have done and it seems to me that whoever has won this has lost the SuperBowl. Last year, Corrosion Of Conformity won MusicBowl 50, but the Carolina Panthers lost SuperBowl 50. This year in record breaking numbers, Sevendust won MusicBowl 51 by getting 89% of the vote which was beating your opponent (Godsmack) by 142 votes total. Maybe it’s the curse of the MusicBowl that has happened or maybe the Russians interfered in the game which is why they lost. No matter the reason for it, Sevendust is your MusicBowl 51 winners and what that means is that I am going to cover a Sevendust record for the album of the week. So stay tuned for that when it comes, but for now enjoy this win.

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music-bowl-51This is the third time that we are doing the MusicBowl here on Moshpits and Movies, but once again we are just calling it Musicbowl 51 to go along with the SuperBowl. SuperBowl 51 is tomorrow night which means that the New England Patriots are taking on the Atlanta Falcons with one team hoping to taste glory for the first time while the other wants to be on top of the mountain for a fifth time in 15 years. For this years edition of MusicBowl 51, we are once again selecting a band that represents each team and it’s region and we are pinning them against each other with you deciding the winner. On one end, we have one of the hardest working bands from a hard working city in Godsmack who hail from Boston, MA as they take on one of Alt Metal/Nu Metal’s hardest working acts that has persevered through triumph and heartache in Atlanta’s Sevendust. Both bands have been around the scene now for more than 20 years having taken two completely different roads to where they are, but only one can come out of this contest triumphant. Is it going to be the New England Patriots and Godsmack that walk out winners or is it going to be the Atlanta Falcons and Sevendust that taste glory. You have until the start of the fourth quarter of SuperBowl 51 to decide who the winner is and let your voices be heard.

ghostFor years, we have bantering and bickering about just how the National Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences just didn’t get rock or metal. For years, they have fumbled the award and shamelessly given it out to acts who didn’t deserve like Tenacious D or even Jethro Tull. It’s not that I do not respect those bands, they just didn’t deserve the award over some of the acts that were nominated. This year, it looked as if the Grammy’s were finally getting it right when they nominated some heavy hitters for Best Metal Performance. They nominated Ghost (Cirice), August Burns Red (Identity), Lamb Of God (512), Sevendust (Thank You), and Slipknot (Custer). The other thing that bothered me the most about the award is that they never televised it, so it was always a why bother watch the show if they do not respect your genre. This year that all temporarily changed as the award was not only given to a deserving band, but it was also televised. Ghost won the award for their track Cirice which is off of their amazing album Meloira (read the review here) and they accepted the award on stage.

ghost 2The only sad thing that I saw all night was the awful interviewers on the red carpet that asked the dumbest questions. “What is your band’s overall image about?” was one of the dumb questions asked by someone who has no idea who the band is. CBS needs to hire better interviewers for their red carpet who are more diverse in music which makes it better for everyone. The Grammy’s can be an opportunity for a band to expand on their fan base, a platform so to speak. Nevertheless, congratulations are in order for Ghost on the big win. Some of the other bands that didnt fair as well were the Foo Fighters who were nominated for Best Rock Performance and didn’t win and Slipknot for Best Rock Album which they also didn’t win. Check out Ghost accepting the award below and check them out giving thanks as well.

The Deftones have just unveiled a teaser trailer for their upcoming eight album in Gore with a teaser video. The teaser trailer opens up with what looks like either flamingos or flying pink birds as the music starts to build in intensity with some driving riffs and a killer drum beat before it reveals the words Gore. The album I believe will come out in April of this year as Chino teased fans with a picture of the Depeche Mode’s Martin L. Gore with their name on it. To see the image, go here. Guitarist Stephen Carpenter revealed this information during the NAMM conference, “I’m sitting around waiting for the release of our new record. It comes out April 8 and we have some dates in Texas in March and there’s nothing I can remember or recall for April, but May/June off to Europe for some festivals out there..” Get all the official tour dates here and check out the trailer below:

2016-New-England-Metal-FestIf you are a fan of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival then you’ll certainly like this piece of news. The festival which once again returns to the Worcester Palladium April 15 and 16TH will feature Killswitch Engage as a headliner on the April 16TH show. The festival will also feature acts like Bury Your Dead, The Black Dahlia Murder, Unearth, Earth Crisis, Ringworm, Memphis May Fire, 36 Crazyfists, Zao, Reflections, and so many more. Tickets for the shows go on sale this Friday (January 29) and you can get them here. Killswitch Engage is also releasing a new album which will be out just before their appearance as they release Incarnate on March 11TH.

In other touring news, everyone’s favorite industrial rock band Filter has announced that they will be hitting the road this spring on the Make America Hate Tour with special guests Orgy, Vampires Everywhere, and Death Valley High. The tour title is a funny nood to Donald Trumps presidential slogan “Make America Great Again.” The tour will begin on April 15TH at Slims in San Francisco and it runs until May 21ST in Los Angeles. Check out the tour dates below:

unnamed9Filter / Orgy / Vampires Everywhere / Death Valley High 2016 Tour

4/13 — San Francisco, Calif. — Slim’s
4/15 — Portland, Ore. — Dante’s
4/16 — Vancouver, British Columbia — Venue
4/17 — Seattle, Wash. — Studio Seven
4/20 — Minneapolis, Minn. — Mill City Nights
4/21 — Arlington Heights, Ill. — Home Bar
4/22 — Cleveland, Ohio — Agora
4/23 — Pontiac, Mich. — The Crofoot
4/24 — Toronto, Ontario — Opera House
4/26 — Philadelphia, Pa. — TLA
4/27 — Boston, Mass. — Middle East
4/28 — Amityville, N.Y. — Revolution Music Hall
4/29 — Virginia Beach, Va. — Shaka’s (no Orgy)
4/30 — Jacksonville, Fla. — Welcome to Rockville (Filter only)
5/1 — Atlanta, Ga. — Masquerade Hall
5/3 — New York, N.Y. — Gramercy Theater
5/4 — Washington, D.C. — Howard Theater
5/5 — Knoxville, Tenn. — The International
5/6 — Charlotte, N.C. — Carolina Rebellion (Filter only)
5/7 — Athens, Ga. — Georgia Theater
5/8 — Nashville, Tenn. — Exit/In
5/10 — Houston, Texas — House of Blues
5/11 — San Antonio, Texas — Aztec Theater
5/12 — Dallas, Texas — Gas Monkey
5/13 — Tulsa, Okla. — Cains Ballroom
5/14 — Omaha, Neb. — Bourbon Theatre
5/15 — Denver, Colo. — Hermans Hideaway
5/17 — Tempe, Ariz. — Marquee
5/18 — Las Vegas, Nev. — Brooklyn Bowl
5/19 — San Diego, Calif. — House of Blues
5/20 — Pomona, Calif. — Glasshouse
5/21 — Los Angeles, Calif. — Roxy

83472616Have you ever gotten bothered by those guys outside the concert venues all across America that bug you to buy their t-shirts because it’s cheaper than inside and the t-shirts never look any good? Well, everyone’s favorite Aussie rock band AC/DC has decided to do something about it. The band has filed a lawsuit preventing anyone from selling counterfeit shirts at concerts. According to a report from TMZ and Loudwire, “the Australian rock powerhouse has moved forward in filing a lawsuit which will send U.S Marshals and police officers to several cities on their upcoming tour. The first stop will be in Tacoma, Wash. and AC/DC would like these authorities to arrest all offenders and seize all counterfeit merchandise. The band will be out in support of their 2014 release, Rock or Bust and everyone in attendance better rock or get busted!” They’re just like me, I hate crappy knockoffs and fake tour shirts.

Sevendust1In other tour news, Sevendust has just unveiled a spring tour which will see the band headline various gigs across the country with Trivium and Like A Storm. The trek starts on April 26TH in Baton Rouge. LA and heads all the way until May 28TH when the band plays at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK. Singer Lajon Witherspoon had this to say about the tour, “We can’t wait to embark on our first Kill The Flaw headline tour of the States! Looking forward to jamming with our brothers in Trivium and Like A Storm for the first time as well. Can’t wait to see you all on the road!” Check out the tour dates below to see if they are playing new you.

Sevendust / Trivium / Like a Storm 2016 Tour Dates

4/26 — Baton Rouge, La. — Varsity Theatre
4/27 — Birmingham, Ala. — Iron City
4/29 — Atlanta, Ga. — Center Stage
4/30 — Fort Myers, Fla. — Fort Rock
5/1 — Jacksonville, Fla. — Welcome to Rockville
5/3 — New York, N.Y. — Playstation Theater
5/5 — Hartford, Conn. — Webster Theater
5/7 — Charlotte, N.C. — Carolina Rebellion
5/8 — Baltimore, Md. — Rams Head
5/13 — Clear Lake, Iowa — Surf Ballroom
5/15 — Somerset, Iowa — Northern Invasion
5/17 — Sioux Falls, S.D. — The District
5/18 — Arlington Heights, Ill. — Home Bar
5/20 — Columbus, Ohio — Rock on the Range
5/21 — Reading, Pa. — Reverb
5/22 — Albany, N.Y. — Rock Derby
5/24 — Flint, Mich. — Machine Shop
5/25 — Louisville, Ky. — Mercury Ballroom
5/27 — Shreveport, La. — Riverside Warehouse
5/28 — Pryor, Okla. — Rocklahoma