Sevendust: Still tenacious and triumphant after 20 years

Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Sevendust have had a devout following since their inception and have always put a premium on making their fans feel like family. With a career spanning over 20 years, the men of Sevendust have the distinction of being one of the few metal bands to maintain their structural integrity over the years. Sevendust is: Lajon Witherspoon (vocals), Vince Hornsby (bass), John Connolly (guitar), Clint Lowery (guitar) and Morgan Rose (drums). The only a deviation from this line up was from 2004 - 2008 when Sonny Mayo stepped in on guitar in place of Lowery.

These guys have always worked arduously to overcome the obstacles that have presented themselves, including production delays, financial hardships, and label discrepancies. Through it all Sevendust pressed on and on March 26, 2013 the band released Black Out the Sun, their ninth studio album and their first album in three years. Once again on the road, the guys made a full round of touring which included headlining dates, some joint efforts with other artists like Coal Chamber, Avatar, and Lacuna Coil, as well as the festival circuit including Carolina Rebellion.

Those that have never seen a Sevendust live show miss an integral part of who they are as band by only listening to recordings. Onstage is where they truly come alive. Witherspoon is gracious and charming as he entrances the crowd with the balance between his crooning melodies and flexible grittiness, which is often accompanied by the backing vocals of Rose, Lowery and Connnolly. Hornsby’s facial expressions are always a pleasure to watch, as he appears light up as if every night is best night of his life. Rose is merciless in his assault on the skins and can clearly be seen hammering away, hair flying without abandon. Connolly and Lowery have a more subtle, but passionate approach. They, like Hornsby, will smile and wave to the crowd, but mostly you can tell that they’re living in the music and every note they play is a part of them. Their dedicated concentration reflects that they’ll settle for nothing less than perfection.

In November 2013, the band partnered with PledgeMusic to start a crowdfunding campaign for their next endeavor- an acoustic album. Well, the Sevendust fandom did not disappoint, as the band raised 235% of their goal, according to their pledge page. Released on April 1, 2014, Time Travelers and Bonfires was the first Sevendust acoustic album. When it came to writing the album, the guys decided it was time to try something different and give the fans a chance to be part of the process. Regarding the compilation of songs, in an interview with Rose said,”We went in there with riffs and parts, and that way everyone could get involved. We thought it would be pretty easy, because we really only had to revamp six songs and then write six songs from scratch. So, in our eyes we were just like, it’ll come to us on how to redo the old songs, and as far as the new ones go, god, we only have to write six songs we’re used to writing 13 to 15 songs. So, it was real painless.”

Sevendust is far from done. These road warriors don’t know how to sit still. After a final leg of acoustic touring, they’ll be preparing for their return to the infamous ShipRocked cruise in 2015. You can keep up with Sevendust on social media and make sure to catch them on the road to see what you’ve been missing. They’ve been building this momentum for awhile now, and as they like to chant at their live shows, “Sevendust has arrived!”