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Conceptual in nature, the Atlanta based group Sevendust explores the recesses of the mind and the torturous conflict within in questions 'Can I possibly or continue to ...?' This extremely personal revelation is inscribed upon a raw and uncompromising landscape embedded on a sixth full-length studio album entitled, Alpha. From the blood-curdling vocal introduction, courtesy of the track, 'Deathstar', to the unadulterated brutality and chaotic exit of it's twelfth and final composition, 'Alpha',: a career defining statement is an apt conclusion on the tip of the tongue as they witnesses this historic tenth anniversary marker. That is, if one can survive the unprecedented ride presented. This is the explicit version.
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Beginning with the instant assault of "Deathstar," Sevendust sound leaner and meaner than they did on their previous effort, 2005's "Next." With guitarist Sonny Mayo now fully integrated into the fold for the making of this album, the band sounds more complete than they did before. "Alpha" is 100% Sevendust. Everything good that they know how to do, all at once. Songs like "Suffer," "Under" and the first single, "Driven" are classic Sevendust, effortlessly fusing their grasp of melody with the driving intensity that is now their signature. Rest assured, though, none of the songs on "Alpha" are a bargain for radio-play. In fact, they seem to have given up any hopes of being a popular rock band, and it definitely works in their favor. "Beg To Differ" and "Story Of Your Life" show that they are still the best at making the simplest, yet most effective heavy songs on the hard rock scene. "Aggression" is probably the most experimental moment, a slow-building piano-driven song that sounds like Sevendust's best attempt at covering Nine Inch Nails. Such a song shows that Sevendust are more than just that tried-and-true road-warrior band, and are capable of doing things you probably didn't expect them to do before -- like a nine minute song by the name of "Burn."
Is there a negative aspect to this album? Well, no. It's right up there with "Home" and "Animosity" as their best work. True, if you never liked Sevendust before, you're not going to change your mind here, but if you've been with them throughout the years, you're going to find that they haven't missed a single step and still rock like they're in their prime, when many of their former peers have fallen to the wayside. "Alpha" is simply a shing 12-song example of Sevendust at their best, and lord, I can only imagine what these songs must sound like live.
While I must admit that this is an awesome album, I think "Animosity" will always be their masterpiece to me. However, I can say that its probably their best album since "Animosity." The second you press play on your stereo, the album bursts into the fast n' heavy tune "Deathstar." The album's first single is "Driven" and it reminds me a lot of "Ugly" from their last album. "Burn" clocks in somewhere around 9 minutes long, but to me this track seems like 2 songs put together as a medley rather than being just one long song. But it's definitely among the most powerful songs they've written. The album closes with the title-track "Alpha" and it's one of those very heavy "f-you" type songs. This album is a very good example of Sevendust at their loudest and heaviest. My only complaint is that the album didn't offer up much variety. Even though I prefer Sevendust to be heavy, I think 2 or 3 melodic songs are necessary to balance an album out, but this album is pretty much one cruncher after another. This album also doesn't offer up much of a change in the band's style, but I think that's ok because Sevendust sounds good as they are. This is definitely a great album by the band that you should consider picking up.
All of the reviews that have given this gem of an album 5 stars, I think have hit the nail on the head. I don't think there is one bad song on this album, and there are at least 6 or 7 downright legendary songs on this CD. More on that in a second.
Strangely, and It doesn't seem like everyone shares these feelings, but I think that every album they have put out has been pretty much excellent in my opinion. I also think that Next although a bit uneven, with a little too much screaming in some places (I prefer Lajon's majestic vocals), was their best work, up until Alpha. It contained, I believe the best individual songs that they have ever written. Between Failure, too ugly, See and Believe, Pieces, and This life, as well as Silence and Hero, I thought Next was just bonecrunching and outstanding. Then again, Seasons and Animosity were outstanding as well, but Next was better in my opinion. Strangely I thought Home was the weakest of the albums even though Denial is one of the greatest songs ever written, and to this day remains that way. that being said, Home is a great album.
Alpha outdoes Next, and everything else they have done every way. Burn may just well be one of the greatest songs ever put on a CD. ANd Under, confessions of hatred, Aggression, Driven, Feed, Suffer, Beg to Differ and ALpha are all masterpieces or near masterpieces. Death Star is great as well. I think I named pretty much the entire album. It's that good.
Even the screaming, for some odd reason does not phase me too much on Alpha. It just fits a little more smoothly. What bothers me about the way Sevendust gets treated is that for some reason, if Sevendust revert to their majestic vocals only, they are somehow seen as softer than they were. And if they go in hard as nails, they are called repetitive, and not evolving. I don't get it, every band evolves,and is allowed to evolve, all except for Sevendust. It just seems that they are the only band that is not allowed to evolve musically. I hear people complain that Sevendust needs to make up their minds as to whether they want to be hard as nails or melodic.
Well, I say this. Sevendust doesn't have to do a g-----n m------f----g thing. The diversity of their albums is what makes them so outstanding. On their worst day, they are the best band out there, and on their best day, they are simply one of the greatest bands of all time. ALpha accomplishes all of the things that I am sure they wanted to do, and brings it all together, and it's one of the hardest albums I have heard. I don't care what anyone says, screaming does not make an album hard. It's the bonecrunching distortion and double bass that does it. Alpha is as hard musically as music can be. Period.
One final note. Sevendust are gifted, they have a right to hit us between the eyes in different ways every time they come out with something new. So if their next album is unplugged with no screaming and just singing, it will probably be a masterpiece in its own right. That being said, as long as they keep returning with the super hard albums, I look forward to everything they put out. I'll keep being a fan. Maybe this is more of a diatribe than a review, but I don't care. I just hope that everyone that reads what I wrote comes to only one conclusion. That they need to buy Alpha, and support this legendary band. Thanks for your time.
1. Deathstar- Without warning, this song just blasts and abuses your eardrums! The riffing on this song is abundant as heck! In fact, some of the riffs on this song are some of the best riffs I've heard this band do ever! The drumming is very aggressive as usual, the vocals are very in your face, the guitar work is very groove based, and the bass isn't really audible to me unfortunately. This is a song that I can jam out to and blast relentlessly! VERY HEAVY, VERY GOOD! This song is a prime example of why Sevendust is one of the best in Alternative Metal!
2. Clueless- This one starts off mysteriously and then blasts at you! This song is still heavy and sits more on the groove side of alternative metal, but it does serve to be one of the more melodic songs on the album. There are some riffs through and through, but this one is more focused on filling up the listener's ear with big chords and harmonies. There is a faster, more thrashy middle section to the song, but other than that it's heavy, but not like some of the other songs on the album. GREAT SONG!!! I highly enjoy this song too!
3. Driven- So this is the single that this band gave us this time around. It starts off alright and then it slows down and I don't know, I just don't care much for the song. I feel that as a song, it's ok, but as a single, it doesn't accurately represent this album, nor this band accurately. It's heavy, yes. It's melodic, somewhat. It's a reason to buy the album, no. Singles are usually songs that are supposed to reel in potential buyers to checkout/buy the full album. This song is really just kind of middle-of-the-road Sevendust. It's not bad, but it sure isn't good besides the intro. Deathstar and Clueless are better songs by far.
4. Feed- Some people don't like this song, but I find this song to be a change in pace for the album. Some reviews state that this album is ALL heavy with no change of pace/slower songs. The obviously either didn't listen to this track or this band is the heaviest thing they've ever heard. This song is a chill, melodic song (yes, it is still heavy, but it's more of a grooving melodic song where as most of this album is abuse-your-eardrums heavy). This song is great as it is softer in spots and it does feature a guitar solo. It's a solid solo, but I feel the end is slightly awkward. Oh well, this song is still great. It is a balance of heavy and light in the sense that it is thick in parts and melodic and sparse in other parts. It's hard to explain, it's just a great song and it's different from the rest of the album. AWESOME TRACK!
5. Suffer- Ok, so when I said this album has tracks I don't like, I'm mainly glaring at this song. This song is just meh...I don't even like it. I feel that this should've been left off the album. That or thrown in as a bonus track. There are a few parts of the song that sound good and then others that just make me face palm. It has potential to be a good song, but there are certain aspects that spoil it for me. It sounds like Sevendust, but it has a Nu Metal tone to it and that just kind of ruins it for me unfortunately.
6. Beg to Differ- This song is a pretty good song. It's a darker track with a chugging verse and some more heavy riffs. The chorus to this song is very good, double bass drumming and the guitars are really riffing in the chorus. There is a spoken word part where I feel a guitar solo could've gone, but oh well, the song is good. I've come to appreciate this song. I didn't like it at first, but now it's a pretty awesome song! The chorus is full of emotion and the song's got some good riffs! GOOD STUFF!!!
7. Under- This song is another light/heavy song. It's grooving and thick in places, but it is overall lighter than other songs on the album. It's very melodic and beautiful and still has enough on it to keep your head nodding along. The guitars are melodic and also very grooving through here. The chorus is just straight up amazing! Mayo is a good guitarist in his own right. He adds quite a bit to the band on songs like this. The middle section of this song is slow and brooding and then a guitar solo comes into the mix. It's a short solo, a little clumsy, but I think this album is one of the earlier albums that feature solos on it. Great song though! I really dig it!
8. Story of Your Life- This song has a cool sounding guitar intro and then blasts directly into a pretty awesome sounding verse! In fact I really like the verses on this song! They are heavy and Lajon just adds so much to it with his voice! But the chorus of the song just ruins the momentum of the verses and just sound kind of lazy. I feel that they could've done this song a little bit better than they did, but for what it is, it ain't bad.
9. Confessions of Hatred- This song starts off with a Nu Metal sounding drum part and a spoken word part and for the longest time I absolutely hated that, but the song that comes in after that intro is absolutely amazing! Lajon's melodic vocals a absolutely amazing and Morgan's screams are pretty up in your face for the song. The guitars in this song add quite a bit to it, especially in the middle of it where they are melodic underneath Lajon's soulful singing. It's absolutely beautiful in the middle of the song. This song is a much more melodic song for the guitars than some of the other tracks. It's also an overall different song and I like the change of pace on this one. Great song!
10. Aggression- This song is the softest song of the album, yet I don't like it. It's not a bad song, but I just don't like how the band sounds on this song. It has some cool things going on musically, but I just don't care much for the song. I like the inclusion of a piano part, but I'm just not into this song.
11. Burn- If there is a song that is worth the price of this album, it's this one. At 9 minutes and 4 seconds, this song is a masterpiece! The longest song the band has put out to date and I hope they can create more long songs like this in the future. This one is where all the magic on this album is. The music is absolutely top notch, the lyrics are incredibly emotional and deep and the music kicks your butt in the verses. One reviewer called the chorus of this song the catchiest of the album. Catchiest? I really feel that word is made for songs that have no lyrical substance. This is one of Sevendust's most lyrically moving choruses and most musically atmospheric choruses. This song is just gorgeous all the way through. Yes, it has a good amount of heaviness in the verses with the riffing and screaming and then an instrumental section with lots of jamming and riffing, but all that is minuscule because the rest of the song is atmospheric and full of melody that really almost brings tears to my eyes. It is one of the biggest songs the band has made when talking about how much the song can impact the listener. The song turns into a lighter atmospheric song that is absolutely beautiful! One review said that it sounds like two songs put together. No. Just no. That review has obviously never listened to progressive music. The atmospheric section of the song would never be able to stand on it's own as a separate track. This is one of the best songs I've ever heard from this band! Absolutely beautiful song! This is a landmark in this band's career! BEST SONG OF THE ALBUM!!!
12. Alpha- This song is probably the heaviest song of the album. It starts off with a march snare part and then it blasts into a groove metal part with Morgan's death metal drumming style! Then it slows it's pace down and starts grooving immensely in its chorus! Then it kicks back into the death metal verse for round two! I really like this song for the musical styles it mixes into it. It is alternative, groove and death metal all at once. The instrumental section of this song is intense and full of riffing like no other song on the album. The drums are absolutely amazing on this song and the guitars harmonize like some of the Swedish metal I listen to! Sevendust is harmonizing!!! Oh my God! Great song! Absolutely amazing!
Verdict- This is a pretty good album. I quite enjoy listening to many of the songs on here. For fans of bands like Breaking Benjamin, Red, and Skillet, this is a band of that same style but much heavier. Buy it and you'll find yourself liking the added heaviness and finding more metal bands to like. This is also a great addition to your collection if you like modern In Flames, Soilwork, and Five Finger Death Punch. My favorite band is Evergrey so fans of that band might like this album and vice versa. This is a great album! Highly recommend it. I only wish that it included the song Losing You (as that song would fit perfectly in the place of Suffer).