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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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I've been a Sevendust fan since day one.They've had their ups and downs,but this disc is pure GENIUS!
The songs stick in your head forever,and believe me......I want them there!(Besides.....it helps drown out the other voices)
Alpha is a manifestation of the group's attempt at a return to an earlier era, as well as an attempt to harness a more brutal, less-polished sound, but it lacks conviction to me. The lyrics are weak in the sense that they attempt to express angst that sounds as though the words were composed by a 12-year-old. For example: Confessions of Hatred: "Responsible for bringing out my darkest side/I tried to hide what I feel but it's my time/
To inflict all the damage". If I were a fan of Hatebreed and their adolescent approach to angst, then maybe lyrics like these would trigger that itch that makes one want to break windows as a kid, but I am not, and they don't. The words seems empty and the rest of the lyrics in the song are a collection of rambling thought. That goes for much of the rest of the album.
The underlying music sounds more like a giant experiment instead of a composed effort. The guitar pieces are boring, even confusing, and I listen to Mudvayne, who constantly play in strange time signatures. However, most of the riffs on this album seem forced, and though I can admire a lack of flow (though, no one beats Tool for being able to play odd time signatures and create a groove), it needs to be able to flow well. By the end of the album, all the chunky parts began to run together and sound like they were cut from the same riff in the song before it.
However, it isn't a total flop, in my opinion. "Driven", "Deathstar",
"Alpha", "Story of Your Life" and (in spite of it's name) "Aggression" are all listenable tracks, in spite of my reservations on some of their lyrics and direction. Overall though, this album is weaker than most of the albums that have come before it.
I hope these guys find their direction again, complete with stronger lyrics, melody and composition. Next, Animosity, and Sevendust were all good albums, and I hope that they find that same energy in the future.