Released by: Rise Records
Release Date: May 11th, 2018
Lajon Witherspoon (lead vocals)
Clint Lowery (guitar, vocals)
Morgan Rose (drums, vocals)
John Connolly (guitar, vocals)
Vince Hornsby (bass)
“God Bites His Tongue”
“Life Deceives You”
It’s not easy for a band to sustain both a particular aesthetic as well as any lineup changes for over two decades. However, Sevendust is one of the very few who manages to pull it off as well as staying true to their fan base. The group’s overall twelfth studio album ‘All I See Is War’ (out now via Rise Records), is another prime example. Unlike 2015’s Grammy nominated Kill The Flaw, it took these Atlanta rockers eight months to create. It could be argued that this is their longest recording process since 7D’s inception.
The world has encountered an imminent amount of unfortunate as well as rapture-like events since 2015, and it’s unsurprising that they have circulated towards the music industry. For example, it was only a year ago when the rock world had a huge loss from the suicides of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington. These incidents have proven that us humans remain connected.
With that said, Sevendust had plenty of time to reflect on writing the record to give us a glimmer of hope as music will inevitably unify us. The title ‘All I See Is War,’ can be interpreted as the world itself has unfortunately evolved to a crumbling dark celluloid place and, instead of escaping through life’s daily distractions, we should wake up and conquer our demons.
This subliminal message begins with the first track of the album, “Dirty.” The song dives into a somewhat survival of the fittest theme as the melody holds classic Sevendust breakdowns. Regardless on what faith you have, the next song “God Bites His Tongue,” holds a strong and yet unified spiritual realization that everything has a weakness and we all yearn to see better days. These statements are backed by strong guitar riffs and melodic movements. The aggressive track “Medicated” cuts in next with Lajon Witherspoon’s admirable vocals as he expresses the corruption behind pharmaceutical companies and addiction. The song has a balance between light and dark as there is a somewhat of an emotional and ambient intermission.
The morbid and yet brutal truth continues with “Unforgiven” as it reminds us about our mortality while ironically having an uplifting and catchy sound. “Sickness” begins with a fun guitar riff that will take you back to the late 90s as it is another radio-play friendly tune. Don’t be alarmed either, playing Sevendust on the radio should always be accepted and never judged. “Cheers” and “Risen” both blast in with bombastic beats as they continue to remind us that we should be there for the ones we love as well as being ok to drop your ego and ask for help.
The album slows down with “Moment,” the Stranger Things inspired track “Not Original,” “Descend,” and “Life Deceives You.” However, this is Sevendust, each track eventually accelerates while keeping up with the record’s doomsday-esque theme. At this point, we reached the end with “The Truth,” as it somewhat takes us back to “Waffle.”
Sevendust’s All I See Is War is a flawless continuation to their always-moving career. Each song will fit well on the radio, live, your home speakers, or however else you choose to listen to music. If you love Sevendust, you will embrace this album and turn it up to eleven.
Written By, Zenae D. Zukowski