Since their inception in the mid-90’s, Atlanta's very own Sevendust have been steadily releasing album after album of their own brand of heavy metal to the masses. Never ones to keep fans waiting and wanting, this year sees the release of new album All I See Is War, the follow up to 2015’s Kill The Flaw.
Opening in true Sevendust fashion with big riffing guitars, tight as hell drum work and vocalist Lajon Witherspoon’s signature croon, All I See Is War hits hard from the get-go and delivers track upon track of anthemic glory. Lead single Dirty is a testament to their sound and lyrically bears the weight of a world gone mad, declaring “What makes us human, becomes a ghost, I can barely breath in, all I see is war”.
What follows is pure audio gold. Witherspoon’s vocals are amazing as always. Whether it’s the aggressiveness of tracks like Unforgiven or the more subdued stylings of Cheers and Life Deceives You, the latter of which having the softest feel of the whole album, he delivers with a passion and conviction that makes Sevendust stand out exceptionally from their peers and makes it easy to see why they have survived so long.
The only surprise on the album comes mid-way through when the piano intro of Moments segues into a crunching guitar riff before letting the piano take over yet again for the verse and providing a soothing backing to the heaviness of the chorus. But alas, the track is definitely a crowd-pleasing sing along at heart and by the end will have even the most devoted fan air-guitaring their hearts out to Clint Lowery’s smooth solo.
There’s no redefining the winning formula that they’ve perfected after over two decades in the game but there’s no need to either. This is a band that does what they do so extremely well that there’s no need for tinkering and reworking what they know works. Every album is solid from back to front and All I See Is War is no different, it most sits with great pride among their vast back catalogue.
Sevendust – ‘All I See Is War’ is out now through Rise Records