Released: April 20, 2010
Atlanta, Georgia’s Sevendust released Cold Day Memory this week, marking the return of guitarist Clint Lowery. The new album, produced by Chicago based Johnny K (Airbourne, 3 Doors Down, Disturbed) is a refreshing reminder of just how powerful Sevendust can truly be.
The album is packed with crunchy guitars, gritty vocals contrasted against atmospheric melodies and harmonies, and a powerful, almost visceral energy, that feeds the mood of the album.
Track by track the album returns Sevendust fans to their prime. Cold Day Memory is their best since 2003’s Seasons, and perhaps their best to date. The album is ripe with intriguing and dynamic lyrical content, excellent and often intricate guitar riffage, and an inspired and thunderous rhythm section.
Lowery, who spent the last five years playing with his brother in Dark New Day, returns for the band’s first album with the original band members since 2003. The alternative hardcore metal group has made no secret that it is trying to return to its roots and the success it enjoyed before Lowery’s departure. The brutal smashing yet smooth chemistry and flow of this album makes me believe it has succeeded.
Coming out swinging and punching you right in the mouth is the first track “Splinter.” There is no sitting down during this powerful assault of heavy drums, killer riffs and the incredible blend of Lajon Witherspoon’s vocals. “Splinter” is the perfect opening track to prepare you for the rest of the album.
Next is the rhythmic “Forever” about a person who has finally had enough “So go play God in someone else’s life ‘Cause you and me are now forever (forever dead).” Featuring high intensity, great riffs, angry vocals and some of the the most powerful lyrics on the album.
The first single “Unraveling” was released on iTunes March 2nd and if you’ve been listening to any decent radio station you have already heard this hard-hitting, melodic tale of the demise of a relationship.
I want the world to see
You sold a broken dream.
You were not there for me.
I was Unraveling.
Showing his range of vocals, Witherspoon smoothly glides through the verses of “Karma” before pounding his growls into your ears through a roaring chorus as a heavy dose of drums and excellent riffs accompany him.
In the rhythmic “The End is Coming” Witherspoon once again brings a powerful blend of melodic and aggressive vocals. Nonstop hard-hitting intensity, heavy drums, killer riffs and extreme vocals make this my favorite track on the album.
In my opinion this is a very good album and I believe it will be a success for a band that needs it. The return of Lowery seems to have brought them back to their roots and the years of experience have made them even better overall. Diehard fans can be pleased this is no sellout album and it will draw new fans to Sevendust and the metal genre overall.