A band in disarray is not in the vocabulary or in the mind of Sevendust. Experiencing change with departure of an original member and the addition of Sonny Mayo on guitar is quoted as ‘a breath of fresh air.’ The band explains this is a ‘brotherhood’ and ‘god damn it’s sweet.’ Sonny quotes, “Aren’t I the luckiest motherfucker in the world.” These words and a great DVD are accompanied by the latest CD release by Sevendust called “Next.”
This is a milestone in the quest by the band to reach the pinnacle of a successful musical career. This is an aggressive release by the band giving the fans the diversity that Sevendust can deliver. “Hero” the opening track is on the style of Disturbed, with the growling screams and raw aggression leading in to “Ugly” which in contrast is a memorizing melodic song of strength. Mayo’s strumming puts Sevendust in the forefront of a new dynamic forceful era in the history of the band. The harder edge that Mayo brings is brilliant and should only further the status of Sevendust.
“This Life” turns the tables and brings the sensitive side of Sevendust with a tremendous ballad. Lead vocalist Lajon Witherspoon is a shining star on “Next” being one of the more unique singers in aggressive music. Sevendust could go from being in a mosh pit to playing a symphony at Carnegie Hall. The balance and change from song to song makes this a keeper.
- Lajon Witherspoon - Vocals
- Sonny Mayo - Lead Guitar
- John Connoly - Rhythm Guitar
- Vinny Hornsby - Bass
- Morgan Rose - Drums, Screamer
- This Life
- See And Believe
- Last Song
- Shadows In Red