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    Wed, 20 Mar 2013 09:22:14

    Sevendust "Black Out The Sun" Album Review – 5 out of 5 stars - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    • Sevendust - LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 18:  Drummer Morgan Rose of Sevendust performs at Hard Rock Live Las Vegas as the band tours in support of the album 'Black Out the Sun' on September 18, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    • Sevendust - LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 18:  Guitarists Clint Lowery (L) and John Connolly of Sevendust perform at Hard Rock Live Las Vegas as the band tours in support of the album 'Black Out the Sun' on September 18, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    • Sevendust - LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 18:  Singer Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust reaches out to fans as he performs at Hard Rock Live Las Vegas as the band tours in support of the album 'Black Out the Sun' on September 18, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    Sevendust never hold anything back.

    However, on their ninth studio album, Black Out the Sun, they go harder than ever before. In some ways, it's like they've transmuted the ferocity of their classic self-titled debut, Home, and Animosity into the sharp, succinct songwriting sensibility of Cold Day Memory. Be prepared to down a Molotov cocktail of razor sharp riffs, pounding rhythms, and soulful hooks.

    "Faithless" teeters between a bludgeoning groove and almost bluesy verses from vocalist Lajon Witherspoon before everything spirals out into a maddeningly heavy hook. Meanwhile, the guttural growls on "Till Death" make for one of the group's heaviest salvos ever. Morgan Rose's drumming pummels perfectly as the dual guitar assault of Clint Lowery and John Connolly volleys from vibrant to vicious on "The Mountain". Throughout Vinnie Hornsby bolts down a volatile bass groove that fortifies the heaviness. "Cold As War" rises from the wah-ed out effects Lowery and Connolly remain masters at into a soothing refrain. Then, there's the epic title track, which segues from clean strumming to a glorious elegaic hook.

    The beatdown subsides during the shimmering acoustic "Got a Feeling". It's one of the group's most poignant and poetic ruminations. However, everything gets amped back up again on the final one-two punch of "Murder Bar".

    Sevendust have made a landmark record in a career of landmark records, but they've still got even more to give.

    Rick Florino
    03.20.13


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