Sevendust are on their way back down under.
Here’s a CD Review by Mary Boukouvalas, of their third release, Animosity, from 2001.
Sevendust Animosity FMR
Sevendust’s third album Animosity is passionate and beautiful. It is modern, mellow metal, with an eclectic mix of heaviness and melody, and the excellent vocals of Lajon Witherspoon, accompanied by Morgan Rose on drums and background vocals; Clint Lowery on guitar and background vocals; John Connolly on guitar; and Vince Hornsby on bass.
Unlike most nu metal bands, Sevendust are soulful as well as hardcore. Sevendust have always been more melodic rather than rap-metal and are noticeably different in the metal scene due to a singer whose vocals are remarkably powerful, sensitive and decipherable. There are still the occasional rumbling, blood-curdling screams but they augment the emotive feel of the songs rather than become the whole track. Witherspoon has a great range and is able to execute it perfectly, as apparent from his vocals that are as heavy as hell in Praise and Damaged to vocals that are as sensitive as heaven in Beautiful and Angel’s Son, Sevendust’s heartfelt tribute to late Snot singer Lynn Strait.
One of my favorite tracks on the album is the intense opener T.O.A.B. –Tits On A Boar, where Witherspoon forcefully sings Rose’s profound lyrics about the way you are seen by others and how they react to this image or their preconceived ideas of you and whether twisted lies come clean. Notions enhanced powerfully by the skilful guitar riffs, the incredibly heavy drum beats and the added screaming of I GOT A LIFE – YOU GET A LIFE AND SHOW ME SOMETHIN’.
Witherspoon and Lowery also add to the beauty and maturity of the lyric writing, as evidenced by the moving and poignant Trust, and as Witherspoon sings So Cold, So Cold, shivers are sure to run down your spine. Layered vocals are also prominent on the sensitive ballad X-mas Day and the dark, melodic Follow, which features Aaron Lewis of Staind.
Sevendust have excelled with Animosity. All tracks scream outrage at the unfairness of love and the injustices of life, yet they show tenderness and amiability not hostility nor animosity.
Mary Boukouvalas. First published in Beat Magazine, November 2001.
Sevendust 2016 Australian Tour information can be found here.