First Reaction: Sevendust 'Kill The Flaw'
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:15:04
Atlanta rockers deserve to be in the pantheon of hard rock's best and brightest.
Sevendust return with their eleventh full-length album, Kill The Flaw [7Bros. Records/ADA Label Services], on October 2, 2015. It follows up 2013's hard-hitting Black Out the Sun and last year's acoustic foray Time Travelers & Bonfires, and it flawlessly merges the stunning guitar riffs, funked-out drums, and soulful vocals that have defined the band since day one. It's a sound they patented with their self-titled debut and Home, but it really gets its due here.
Think of Kill The Flaw as the definitive Sevendust record to date. The collection stands out as a fully realized brilliant banger and their best since 2001's Animosity. To put it simply, this is the Atlanta outfit—Lajon Witherspoon [lead vocals], Clint Lowery [lead guitar, backing vocals], John Connolly [rhythm guitar, backing vocals], Vince Hornsby [bass], and Morgan Rose [drums]—at their most fiery, fierce, and focused.
The first track and introductory single "Thank You" twists up a sidewinder of a groove into one of the band's biggest and boldest hooks yet. Lajon sounds heavenly heavy on the refrain. "Death Dance" shimmies between a tribal bounce and a decidedly punchy wallop that's tight and tough all around. "Forget" tempers a big back beat with another incendiary display of the guitar interplay between Lowery and Connolly. As a songwriting and performance duo, they remain one of the genre's most underrated, and they continue to impress and invigorate with each subsequent offering. Kill The Flaw is no exception.
Listen to "Thank You" from Sevendust: