Tue. Nov 24th, 2020

Sevendust – “Blood & Stone”

Over the years, Sevendust have proven, time and time again, to be one of the most consistent rock/metal outfits out there. The Atlanta-based quintet have not only defined their own sound, but they have continually evolved on each album, without retreading things, wholesale.

  1. Dying to Live
  2. Love
  3. Blood From A Stone
  4. Feel Like Going On
  5. What You’ve Become
  6. Kill Me
  7. Nothing Left to See Here Anymore
  8. Desperation
  9. Criminal
  10. Against the World
  11. Alone
  12. Wish You Well
  13. The Day I Tried To Live

Over the years, Sevendust have proven, time and time again, to be one of the most consistent rock/metal outfits out there. The Atlanta-based quintet have not only defined their own sound, but they have continually evolved on each album, without retreading things, wholesale.

Nothing on Blood and Stone is going to surprise any long-time fan of the band, but the mainstream appeal, and their ability to cut deeper into genres that get less attention is not only admirable, but desirable of bands these days. Instead of rehashing everything, they continue to evolve their sound and expression in many new ways.

The atmospheric and moody piano introduction to “Kill Me” is hauntingly beautiful, and evokes musical ideas from the mid-2000s rock scene, but Lajon Witherspoon’s vocals on top of it before the crunching guitars give it an entirely new dimension. John Connolly and Clint Lowery’s playful, complimentary and crushing guitarwork are fully showcased on songs “Nothing Left To See Here Anymore”, “Desperation” and “Wish You Well”.

The full rhythm section of Vince Hornsby (bass) and Morgan Rose (drums) are on full-force throughout the record. Crystal clear, crunching bass and Rose’s powerful and bombastic drumming compliment each song, providing headbobbing beats that are hard to get out of your head.

Throughout the year, the band has had their fair share of difficulties, regardless of the pandemic. Rose was quite sickly earlier this year, while Witherspoon and his wife recently miscarried. However, as a band, they have always stuck together and powered through, and this record showcases that brotherhood. It seems rather fitting that it closes off with a Soundgarden cover with “The Day I Tried To Live”. These guys have the strength to carry on, without a doubt.

Final Thoughts

A band that’s never really put out a bad record, it’s also lucky number 13 for them. A solid album that’s catchy as much as it is brutal and fun. An unexpected Soundgarden cover, and standout songs “Kill Me”, “Feel Like Going On” and “Love” really push this album to the top.

Overall

95

Vocals

95

Mix

90