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Sevendust - Alpha (2007)

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Producer: John Connolly
Morgan Rose
Shawn Grove

 

Sevendust Is:

 Lajon Witherspoon – Vocals
 John Connolly – Guitar, Vocals
 Sonny Mayo – Guitar, Vocals
 Vinnie Hornsby – Bass
 Morgan Rose – Drums, Vocals


Alpha finds the band juggling a "return to form" motif with a bent for experimentation. As with all previous Sevendust albums, the opening salvo is aggressive. Bullet train drums and avalanching riffs vie with the flexible vocals of frontman Lajon Witherspoon in a downhill race to the chorus on Deathstar. Beg to Differ and the title track finds drummer/vocalist Morgan Rose alternating between machine pistol rhythms and vindictive, echoing roars to impressive results. The robust low end assault the band are known for remains potent throughout, courtesy of bassist Vinnie Hornsby. Guitar team John Connolly and Sonny Mayo crank out one head splitting riff after another but it's the jittery, squealing solos found on "Feed" and "Aggression" that resonate most. The nine minute "Burn" is also turn heads, as much for it’s length as it’s uncharacteristic twists and turns. While the band stick with familiar lyrical turf on this track, it would have been a novel place to branch out thematically. Among other lesser surprises, is liberal use of keys on select cuts. This new aspect of their sound would compliment the acoustic guitars the band historically use but no power ballads are to be found on Alpha. Also strangely absent are anthems in the vein of "Crumbled", Praise and "Terminator".  

Track:

01. Deathstar
02. Clueless
03. Driven
04. Feed
05. Suffer
06. Beg To Differ
07. Under
08. Story Of Your Life
09. Confessions Of Hatred
10. Aggression
11. Burn
12. Alpha
14. Abuse Me (Bonus Track, 192kbps)
Rating: 2.6 (53 goal.) / views: 3683 / Comments: 0 / Publisher: One_Two

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