The faithful know the story, but here's the short version. In late 2004 Clint Lowery left Sevendust to join the unimpressive post-grunge outfit Dark New Day, and was promptly replaced with ex-Snot guitarist Sonny Mayo. Then Sevendust departed longtime label TVT in favor of a Universal-distributed indie startup called Winedark. The net result of these changes? Not much. On Next Sevendust still alternate heavy, jaggedly rocking alt-metal with turns toward introspection or balladry. "Hero" opens the album with a stuttering guitar riff and Lajon Witherspoon rasping, "Stop, drop, roll, get up, take a crack at me/Like every other motherf*cker that I've seen today," through clenched teeth. Is his anger aimed at Lowery? Unclear, but it's a powerful song nonetheless. "Silence" and "Desertion" back that aggression up, "This Life" is Witherspoon's synth-supported tribute to his newborn child, and "Never" employs some processed instrumentation for an industrial metal feel. Sevendust play with feeling throughout, and Witherspoon once again shows that he has more range than most of his loud rock contemporaries. Sevendust might have pressed harder on the new wounds inherent in "Hero," but for the most part Next is another capable effort from the band.
- Release Date:
- Winedark Records
Performance CreditsSevendust Primary Artist
Technical CreditsSevendust Composer,Producer
John Connolly Producer
Morgan Rose Producer
Shawn Grove Producer,Engineer
Jerry Prater Guitar Techician
Larry Stessel Marketing Coordinator
"Viggy" Vignola Programming,Drum Technician
Erik C. Casillas Art Direction,Logo Design
Rob "Ra" Arvizu Artwork,Art Direction
Eddie Gowan Executive Producer,Management
Ian Keith Guitar Techician
Anna Lamadrid Web Design
Rob Smuder Monitor Engineer
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This is a great follow-up album. I has a totally new sound than the older stuff. It has more hard vocals and a more angry sound. I still think that Seasons was a better album, but this one is just as good but with a different sound. SEvendust Rocks!!!
thinking there going to be another band that gets lighter with age (but still a huge fan) they told me other wise by an album named NEXT. This album was good enough i don't think it left my truck cd player for about a month (literally)
Awesome! i Have always been a SevenDust fan, and this album is amazing! With Sonny Mayo from Snot with them, all of their songs are pure metal!But, some songs such as "Shadows in Red" are soothing. Lajon Witherspoon has a great voice. BEtter than Seasons, but not as good as "Animosity". The overall best songs were "Last Song" and "Hero"
Sevendust is one of the best bands out there today. If you have seen them live you know exactly how awesome they are. I've seen them twice and will continue to go everytime they come.