I have never posted a review for an album before, but had to review Alpha from Sevendust, as I am a longtime fan of theirs, and own all of their albums, and Alpha is a bona fide monster of an album. In my opinion, Alpha is Sevendust's best and most compelte album, and it is one of the best metal/rock albums that has ever been made.
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.