Sevendust has released their ninth studio album this week entitled “Black Out The Sun”. It’s hard to believe that the band is on album #9 already, but not surprising given the bands ever increasing popularity. This release seems to be timed perfectly as the first single “Decay” has spent the past four weeks hanging on to the #1 spot on Sirius XM’s Octane channel’s Big Un’s Chart.
One of the things I like about this release, is that much like the other Sevendust releases, there is a little something for everyone who likes music that ranges from hard rock to really hard rock to heavy metal. A good example of this is to listen to tracks 3 4 and 5 in a row. Track 3, “Til Death” is a heavy metal tune with some pretty heavy lyrics, then we mellow slightly with track 4 “Mountain” which I would describe as a good hard rock tune and then track #5 which is a mellower tune (if that can be said about Sevendust) with some more mainstream radio potential in “Cold As War”.
So which is the best tune on Black Out The Sun? For me this was not an easy choice because of the many styles, so it almost depends on my mood. After the first few listens, my favorite so far slides in at track #8 in Dead Roses. There’s nothing fancy about this tune at all, it’s just the one I found myself repeating. I love the full powerful sound in this tune and the chance Lajon Witherspoon has to sing a bit more melodically than on a few of the other tunes, with one exception. There is a very unique and cool song entitled “Got A Feeling” that is a mellow acoustic guitar based tune that is absolutely incredible. This is no heavy metal tune, and in fact has an almost bluesy southern sound to it, but it is a great tune.
Sevendust is a fantastic live band and the new release of “Black Out The Sun” gives the band some incredible material to continue their aggressive touring schedule. The band is out now with Lacuna Coil and Coal Chamber but has a huge touring schedule already posted for the summer. We last saw Sevendust as they rocked the ship literally aboard Shiprocked to an audience who watched in awe as this powerful live act mowed them over. We will look forward to seeing the guys in Columbus Ohio on Sunday May 19 as the band plays Rock on The Range. You can see the band’s entire schedule via their website at www.sevendust.com.
Black Out The Sun is a great release from the boys from Atlanta, GA and we give this album a hearty recommendation. If you have the chance to see the guys live as well, don’t miss it. They bring a power packed live performance and armed with these new tunes, it should be special.