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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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“Next” by Sevendust

Artist: Sevendust
Title: “Next”
Label: Winedark Records
Release Date: 10/11/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 8/10

Sevendust returns in a triumphant fashion with two drastic changes to their existence. The first major change is the switching of record label from longtime TVT Records to the Winedark Records family of artists. This was interesting as the band had recorded “Next” on their own with no label until meeting the Winedark folks. The second major change is the addition of Sonny Mayo (former Snot) on guitar. He is great for the lineup and now there is an even fuller sound to their music. He also seems to fit right in with the rest of the group in their style of playing. For those that have not followed Sevendust before this new album is the perfect jumping on point. In its content are a number of fist-pumping head bangers as well as some truly moving tracks. The CD draws you in quick with “Hero” and showcases the power of Lajon Witherspoon right off the bat. He is accompanied by the maniacal shrieks of drummer Morgan Rose and on top of this there is such a great sense of harmony in all the songs in general. Switching dynamics from hard edged to softer is unheard of in “Nu Metal” groups and for too long I feel Sevendust has been lumped into this category. There might be some “Nu” styling, but overall this is a great Metal band with killer guitar work and drumming. Tracks like “This Life” and “Failure” are impressive and not what I expected from Sevendust at all since they lean more towards the power ballad side. “Shadows In Red” is perhaps the most subtle number on the album with a more acoustic feel. It’s a great chance to see the capabilities of these guys and a fine example of their musical maturity. However should slow numbers not win you over there is a severe ass-kicking in tracks like “The Last Song” and “Pieces”. There is a lot of great guitar by John Connolly to enjoy on these songs especially. Their overall intensity really makes you want to be in the pit while they are performed. As you listen to “Silence” and “Ugly” you will feel that they should be on the radio stations that feature heavy music because they are that accessible.
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Mudvayne @ Nokia Theatre Times Square (11/30/2005)

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Artist: Mudvayne
Venue: Nokia Theatre Times Square
Opener: Sevendust
Date: 11/30/2005
Label: Sony Music

Called “The Masters Of Horror” tour; Mudvayne would be performing a headlining set once again and in addition to the continued support of their release “Lost & Found” the band was also hot off their appearance on Ozzfest. They would also be showcasing their contributions to “The Masters Of Horror” program which currently airs on Showtime and takes the Horror film industry’s greatest directors and gives them an hour to work with. Directors have been John Carpenter and John Landis among many others and Mudvayne was one of the many bands whose music is appearing in the program. Developments in the bands career like these escalate their exposure in fantastic ways. Joining the band would be 10 Years, Bobaflex and the one and only Sevendust. I had just covered Mudvayne a few months ago and was really interested in seeing Sevendust live after so many years of hearing their music. I would miss the 10 Years and Bobaflex set but there will be plenty more times to catch them I am certain.
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