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Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow (Bonus Track Version)

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Album Review

On Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow, Sevendust open their doors to such guests as Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy and American Idol's Chris Daughtry, a move that stretches the album's sound past the usual limits of alternative metal. Daughtry may be a popular figure in the hard rock world, but he's also synonymous with the glitzy TV show that helped launch his career, and his presence here points to Sevendust's desire to tap into that same market. If 2007's Alpha prized riffs over melody, then Chapter VII is the reversal of that arrangement, with songs like "Sorrow" and "The Past" featuring the sort of tough-guy-ballad approach that often yields heavy rotation on modern rock radio. Daughtry lends his vocals to the latter song, although his moment in the spotlight is limited — perhaps because his voice outshines Sevendust's Lajon Witherspoon, or because the band doesn't want "The Past" to sound too much like a Daughtry track. "Hope," on the other hand, pitches itself closer to the Linkin Park camp with its melancholic piano intro and rainy day atmospherics, even if the chorus packs more throat-shredding power than anything Chester Bennington has mustered on a Linkin Park release. Pounding percussion, swaggering guitars, and downtrodden lyrics are still Sevendust's bread and butter — especially throughout the album's second half — and even "Hope" finds time to showcase some dazzling, fiery guitar heroics by the visiting Mark Tremonti. So while Sevendust's audience won't be thoroughly confused with this release, they'll occasionally be jolted by the changes that Chapter VII presents: pop idol cameos, heavy-handed semi-ballads, and some cautious steps outside of the alt-metal genre. [Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow was also made available in a "clean" version with all profanity removed.]

Customer Reviews

good album, but repetitive

good album from sevendust, but the riffs in like 4 of the songs at first listen sound exactly the same. sevendust is a good band, but this album is kind of weak compared to their last album alpha. some of the music nowadays is starting to sound the same, but i guess thats bound to happen, better luck next time, sevendust..

Best Sevendust Album to date!

If you like Sevendust then you will love this album, Pounding sonic riffs that are a signature of Sevendust. I loved it the first time I heard the songs. All I can say is amazing!

Their most complete album to date

When I first listened to this album, I would have rated it as a sub-par Sevendust album. However, after multiple listens, I've realized that this is their most complete album, with songs reminiscent of their self-titled debut and Home, as well as the unchained aggression of Alpha, and the harmonies of their Animosity days. What really makes this album complete are the three bonus tracks (the Itunes track, Disgust, and the Best Buy tracks, Heart in your hands and Lucky One). Buy this album, then get the torrents for the Best Buy tracks, and you won't be let down.

Biography

Formed: 1995 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The Atlanta-based quintet Sevendust became one of the rising acts in late-'90s heavy metal with an aggressive blend of bottom-heavy riffs and soulful, accessible melodies. The band, comprised of frontman Lajon Witherspoon, John Connolly (guitar), Clint Lowery (guitar), Vince Hornsby (bass), and Morgan Rose (drums), first appeared in 1995 as Crawlspace, releasing the single "My Ruin" on the Mortal Kombat: More Kombat recording. Shortly thereafter, the group changed its name to Sevendust and released...
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