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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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“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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