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.
4. Too Close To Hate
9. Will It Bleed
10. My Ruin
11. Born To Die
Thought I might have missed out back in the original heyday as they were coming up, I have done my best to make up for lost time since I took the chance on covering one of their shows when they were opening up for Mudvayne on their “Masters Of Horror” tour. I’ve been trying to make it a point to see them whenever they come through town whether it’s as opener or headliners since it’s such a satisfying experience to be a part of and especially when it comes to the connection their diehards seem to have with them. I’ve also gotten the chance to enjoy the debut more in the live sense and can safely say that numbers such as “Black”, “Too Close To Hate” and “My Ruin” are my very favorites. You readers can let me know of your favorites from the debut and please don’t make fun of me too much for being one of the folks who missed out because that happens sometimes if you don’t have the right other Metal friends pointing you to things that are exciting their musical senses. If I’ve said this once, I’ve said it a thousand times – it’s NEVER too late to get into a band even if they’ve been around for a few decades or maybe even disbanded. Listen to the albums, purchase them and discuss with the circle you keep. To enjoy the posted Sevendust content on PiercingMetal.com just click on THIS LINK to open a global tag.