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The Dotted Line: Sevendust Signs To Rise Records

Here’s a little bit of news from the Sevendust camp that is sure to generate some interest in the hearts of their worldwide fans. Check out the full press copy below and I will close with some thoughts afterwards.

The Press Release:
Heavy metal legends Sevendust have inked a new record deal with Rise Records. Coming off the success of their last album Kill The Flaw, a record that brought the band their highest album sales chart position of their career, Sevendust join the an impressive roster of labelmates that includes Five Finger Death Punch, Of Mice & Men, Silverstein and PVRIS to name a few. Sevendust is comprised of iconic vocalist Lajon Witherspoon, the dual-guitar attack of John Connolly and Clint Lowery, and the driving rhythm section of Vince Hornsby on bass and Morgan Rose on drums.

“Signing Sevendust is definitely one of the highlights of my career. I’m honored to work with an artist with a legacy as great as theirs, and I’m really excited to work with them on the forthcoming album,” explains Craig Ericson, Founder of Rise Records.

“For Sevendust, it was important to find a label that understood where we’ve been and have some new ideas and strategies on where we can go. Through our 20 years playing together, we have garnered the best fans in the world that have become our extended family. Rise from the very beginning explained a very unique game plan to us that we feel like is going to help us celebrate our die hard Sevendust fans and expose us to new ones,” explains guitarist John Connolly. “There is an excitement we feel just knowing the Rise team is going to be behind this new chapter of our career”
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Sevendust’s Self-Titled Debut Hits 20 Years (1997-2017)

It was twenty years ago today that a brand new band on the Metal horizon released their self-titled debut album and I am talking about the crushing power that is Sevendust from Atlanta, GA. The guys were dishing out a sound that came to be known as Alt-Metal or to some “Nu-Metal” and I have to admit that I wasn’t paying attention at all to this kind of thing at the time. Instead, I was finding myself focusing on the stuff coming out of the European side of the Metal fence since it was something that served my own musical cravings a lot more. I disclose this information not as a slight to Sevendust at all but more as an awareness on how one can miss something exciting without even realizing it. Sevendust would be the bands final name as they began as Snake Nation, Rumblefish and then Crawlspace. I’m glad that they settled on Sevendust.

The band members at the time of the debut consisted of Lajon Witherspoon (lead vocals), Clint Lowery (lead guitar/backing vocals), John Connolly (rhythm guitar/backing vocals), Vinnie Hornsby (bass) and Morgan Rose (drums/backing vocals). Though Lowery would leave the lineup in 2003 and be replaced by Snot’s Sonny Mayo, he has since returned to the group and the full original lineup continues to tour together for their legions of fans. This body of musical work was co-produced by Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French and it was actually thanks to an episode of MTV’s “Behind The Music” that I even first heard the name Sevendust. According to historical record, French’s time working with the band was short-lived. I’ve placed the albums Wiki entry down below for all of the finer details and since I was not in “their camp”, it works out better for you readers at the end of the day. Down below are the original track listings for the release. Later on we would find an expanded release coming out with some bonus live tracks and other versions but this is only about the debut.
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Sevendust Announces Headlining “Kill The Flaw” Tour with Trivium

While we are closing up the first month of 2016 (which I cannot really believe is already here), the touring announcements are starting to build up for those suddenly organized Winter tours and the events that will hit in the Spring. That being said, below you’ll find the poster, press release and dates for the mighty Sevendust who will be touring with Trivium and Like A Storm. Check it out.

Tour - Sevendust - Spring Tour - 2016

SEVENDUST ANNOUNCE U.S. HEADLINE TOUR IN SUPPORT OF LATEST RELEASE KILL THE FLAW: Special Guests Trivium and Like A Storm Tapped To Open The Shows, Band Received First-Ever Grammy® Nomination For Debut Single “Thank You” In The Best Metal Performance Category.

(January 27th, 2016 – New York, NY) – SEVENDUST announced their first U.S. headline tour in support of their latest album Kill The Flaw this morning live on Sirius/XM’s The Opie & Jimmy Show on Opie Radio. The tour kicks off on April 26th in Baton Rouge, LA and wraps up on May 28th at the Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, OK. The headline dates will also feature special guests Trivium and Like A Storm as show openers. The tour will make stops in Atlanta, GA; New York, NY; Baltimore, MD; and Reading, PA to name a few. SEVENDUST will also be making stops at multiple festivals while out on the road including Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Rock On The Range and Rock Derby. SEVENDUST has been known for their amazing live shows as radio personality Lou Brutus recently stated: “The next time you see SEVENDUST perform at a festival, don’t watch them, watch the side of the stage, because you can bet every other band on the bill will be there taking notes & wondering how they got so fucking good.” Tickets for all of the headline shows go on sale on Friday, January 29th. Fans can go to www.sevendust.com for more info and to purchase tickets.
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“Alpha” by Sevendust

Artist: Sevendust
Title: “Alpha”
Label: Asylum/7 Bros Records
Release Date: 3/6/2007
Genre: Heavy Metal/Alt-Metal
Rating: 4/5

It is not common to find a band who sounds as fresh as their beginnings by the time that they hit their sixth album but such is the case with the one and only Sevendust. Now armed with a new label that is under their own creative control (the launched 7 Brothers, a division of Asylum Records) they present to their fans “Alpha” – an album that will forever cement why they are one of the most exciting groups in not only Alternative Metal, but in the genre as a whole. Once again, you will hear that singer Lajon Witherspoon is totally on point and one of the better singers in this genre. On the latest albums, we have found him singing with intense levels of melody but he is not your typical growler or screamer by any margin. We get that from drummer Morgan Rose who provides the necessary angst and rage from behind his kit as he performs gravity defying technical patterns at the same time. In my humble opinion, he is what more Metal drummers should be like as his skills are always commendable and stylish. The pair works well as far as the dynamics go in Sevendust and this is prevalent across the record – but mostly in the closer of the title track “Alpha”. The song “Beg To Differ” is definitely one that will set the crowd to fervor as one of their new favorites since the band once again shows how adept they are at fashioning a song that elicits crowd activity. On “Driven”, there is a lot of the feel that we found them doing on their last album Next; a record that I felt did not get enough attention even though it has been met with largely positive reviews.
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“Best Of (Chapter One 1997-2004) by Sevendust

Artist: Sevendust
Title: “Best Of (Chapter One 1997-2004)
Label: TVT Records
Release Date: 12/27/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 7.5/10

Sevendust is a band that has crossed over from the “Nu-Metal” label very well. Originally produced by Twisted Sister’s own Jay Jay French, the band released several albums on TVT Records. This CD collection entitled “Best Of (Chapter One 1997-2004) gives you a healthy sample of the bands work on the label; and for those that were not followers of the band the release surely gives you a chance to see what you might have missed. I admit that I was not a fan of the band but it was more due to not being informed about them. As I listened to the album, I found a great number of songs, such as “Enemy” and “Face To Face”, which especially showcase the dramatic style of Lajon Witherspoon’s voice. Overall, the guitar work in Sevendust is solid and the whole band is held together by drummer Morgan Rose, who is proving to be one of the better Metal drummers in the business. Morgan also provides some backing vocal, which is not always seen in the Metal groups of today. I also found myself enjoying some of the included B-Sides that make up tracks 13-16 of the CD. The CD also includes their previously unreleased take on Alice Coopers “School’s Out”. Given the version by Sevendust is so different from the original, it might intrigue some people. Covers continue with the Marvin Gaye classic “Inner City Blues”. The enhanced CD also has a video for “Praise”. As far as Best Of compilations go, this was an album that did not disappoint and featured enough quality material that might prompt you to look deeper into the bands other releases. The fold out booklet features album art from the releases and singles. There are limited liner notes and no band photos.
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