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Cold Day Memory

Sevendust

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Old-school fans of Sevendust should be stoked on the band’s eighth studio album as it finds original guitarist Clint Lowery back in the band (he left in 2003 to pursue work with Dark New Day). “Splinter” opens with heavy, sternum-rattling riffs going head-to-head with dexterous metal-shredding before Witherspoon comes in growling like Gene Simmons on “God Of Thunder.” The album’s first single “Unraveling” is an obvious jewel polished with big shiny guitars that contrast melody with muscle and purgative lyrics (co-penned by Lowery) about the destruction of a relationship. More personal tension is explored on “Confessions (Without Faith),” a harmonious and matured sounding number that touches on Lowery quitting and returning to Sevendust. In aiming for radio airplay, “Karma” abounds with electronic flourishes reminiscent of ‘90s industrial rock, as does the more moody and brooding “Ride Insane,” though the latter leans harder on the bludgeoning riffs of post-grunge guitar distortion and a chorus loaded with barbed hooks honed to grapple your memory.

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THEY ARE BACK!

Cold Day Memory is excellent! it is great having clint back in the lineup. Not only has Morgan's drumming further impressed me (which i found hard to imagine), but the entire band's ability as well. After the not so great next, alpha, and chapter 7, Cold Day Memory breaks new grounds for sevendust. 6/5 if possible.

My god, this is EPIC!

I truly did not what to expect on Sevendust's 8th record, that is until I had a personl talk with the legend that is Morgan Rose himself.

"The new one coming out is my favourite, mostly because it sounds a lot like my second favourite, Animosity."

Yeah, I nearly died when I heard that, Animosity is still my favourite Sevendust record, and possibly my top record of all time! Then I heard Forever ("Dead" to us hardcore fans!) and was completely blown away! And then Unraveling made its way to my ears, damn, quite possibly the greatest single Sevendust has ever written. I indeed had high hopes or this record, and when I first got my hands on a copy (illegally, but I bought TWO copies from Best Buy!) I was taken aback by the direction they decided to take with record number eight. It starts off like any Sevendust record, with a quick and heavy punch! Splinter is probably the second best opening track, next to T.O.A.B. of course!

I will now give an in depth track-by-track review.

1. Splinter - Wow! Great opening track that immediately sets the tone for what is to come. Sevendust has clearly come back as a harder band looking to blow you away with the searing guitars and spitting vocals!

2. Forever - The first track I heard from this record, and I was not disappointed in the least bit. A great song with amazing drive behind it. Live, it is easily at the top of the WOW factor.

3. Unraveling - Amazing first single that seems to have an effect on anyone who hears it. It has the capibility to bring you to tears and move you in a way Sevendust has never before achieved.

4. Last Breath - I like this song, a lot, but for some reason I feel that it moves by far too quickly. When I'm starting to get into it, it's already over, and that's a shame. Great song, with an awesome chorus.

5. Karma - This appears to be the fan favourite at the moment. I like it, but for me, it's on the bottom of the list. It has a drive that us Svendust fans are familiar with but I feel that it just fail to deliver. I found myself waiting for it to kick in, but it never did.

6. Ride Insane - This seems to be the worst track according to many fans, but I find it original and powerful. The vocal delivery between Morgan and Lajon in the breakdown is something to marvel at. Amazing stuff.

7. Confessions (Without Faith) - Not a track that stands out, but it's not a bad one either. It's an okay piece of work that, like Karma, just leaves you feeling like there should have been more.

8. Nowhere - This is a great song that has the advantage of a wonderful chorus backed by flawless drumming in the verses as well as vocals. Simply, fantastic.

9. Here And Now - I believe that Here And Now serves as the second part to Nowhere. They are quite identical, which isn't bad when Nowhere is as good a it is.

10. The End Is Coming - Now here is the crowning jewel of the record. The into is something to listen to and be completely blown away. It's simple yet terrifying. This song is perfection in every way, from the guitars and drums to the vocals from Lajon and Morgan. Amazing song that has quickly jumped to the number two spot on my Sevendust list.

11. Better Place - The second greatest song this record has to offer. It begins with a false promise of a soothing ballad, but quickly throws that out the wondow when the Lamb Of God influenced guitars coming screaming in. To fully understand this track, you must listen, then you will know the deal.

12. Strong Arm Broken - Easily the best ending track Sevendust has written. This just grabs a hold of your senses and doesn't let go till the final note has ceased. It is pure epicness that leaves you smiling from ear to ear, just hoping that a new record comes out, and soon!

This Album Leaves the Previous Seven in the Dust

I was a fan of Sevendust several years ago, especially the "Seasons" album (which I'm sure get's referenced a lot in these reviews). Then as they released singles and albums, I just wasn't feeling it. They seemed to lose that perfect balance of heavy riffs with beautiful melodies and harmonies sitting on top.

I just saw this album get released, and said "Oh another bad Sevendust album". I read some reviews though, and read that many people who also were skeptical were surprised. So I gave the previews a listen, was oddly pleased and decided to make the purchase. It was worth it. It really does indeed meet the quality of "Seasons" (and surpasses it in my opinion!)

Despite the constant Sevendust sound, the album's tracks explore different styles, chord progressions, sounds/effects, and concepts. For example, Karma's 12/8 pulse drives much differently than the track immediately after "Ride Insane", which presents a heavy 4/4 8th note pulse with some slick processing effects, and the NEXT song "Confessions" takes a back seat to some great relaxed heavy choruses with soft harmonic verses connecting it all together. These variations span the entire album and show the maturity of the band.

I'm a believer in the band again, this album rocks. Believe the reviews!

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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  • Genres: Rock, Music, Hard Rock, Metal
  • Released: Apr 20, 2010
  • Parental Advisory

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