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Sevendust: Best Of (Chapter One 1997-2004)

Sevendust is a band that has crossed over from the "Nu-Metal" label very well. Originally produced by Twisted Sister's own Jay Jay French, the band released several albums on TVT Records. This CD collection entitled Best Of (Chapter One 1997-2004) gives you a healthy sample of the bands work on the label; and for those that were not followers of the band the release surely gives you a chance to see what you might have missed. I admit that I was not a fan of the band but it was more due to not being informed about them. As I listened to the album, I found a great number of songs, such as "Enemy" and "Face To Face", which especially showcase the dramatic style of Lajon Witherspoon's voice. Overall, the guitar work in Sevendust is solid and the whole band is held together by drummer Morgan Rose, who is proving to be one of the better Metal drummers in the business. Morgan also provides some backing vocal, which is not always seen in the Metal groups of today. I also found myself enjoying some of the included B-Sides that make up tracks 13-16 of the CD. The CD also includes their previously unreleased take on Alice Coopers "School's Out". Given the version by Sevendust is so different from the original, it might intrigue some people. Covers continue with the Marvin Gaye classic "Inner City Blues". The enhanced CD also has a video for "Praise". As far as Best Of compilations go, this was an album that did not disappoint and featured enough quality material that might prompt you to look deeper into the bands other releases. The fold out booklet features album art from the releases and singles. There are limited liner notes and no band photos. Sevendust has moved on from TVT Records and are venturing further on another label. Grab this album to see where they've been and hit the website to see where they're going.

Track Listing
1. Black
2. Bitch
3. Too Close To Hate
4. Denial
5. Waffle
6. Assdrop
7. Bender
8. Angel's Son
9. Praise
10. Follow
11. Enemy
12. Face To Face
13. Coward bonus
14. Rain bonus
15. Inner City Blues bonus
16. School's Out bonus
17. Praise - video

Added: March 7th 2006
Reviewer: Ken Pierce
Related Link: Sevendust Website
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Language: english

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Sevendust: Best Of (Chapter One 1997-2004)
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-03-07 19:32:42
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As a reminder of Sevendust's original recordings on TVT Records (now that they have moved on to a new label) comes this best of collection culled from their original albums plus some B-sides and rarities. Most Sevendust fanatics probably have most of what is included here, but for those that haven't fully ventured into their back catalog, or maybe have just picked up their latest release Next on Winedark Records, this is a good chance to investigate some of the bands earlier material.

Long lumped into the nu-metal camp but never fully deserving of that, Sevendust over the years have been able to create muscular and groove laden metal that is always heavy on emotion, melody, and thunder. Lead singer Lajon Witherspoon has one of the best voices going today, and if you get to catch them live you will be amazed at how he goes from his melodic croon to raging metal shouts and growls at the drop of a hat. Many of the bands trademark songs are here, like "Bitch", "Black", "Enemy", and "Angel's Son", plus some interesting covers like Alice Cooper's "School's Out" and Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues". If you want classy hard rock and metal, Sevendust always seem to deliver, and with songs like "Denial" and "Waffle" in their catalog, it's not hard to see why the band has remained popular since their inception back in 1997.

While many fans will remark on how "this song got left out" and "how can they forget these songs", nevertheless, Best of Chapter One 1997-2004 is a fun look back at the first seven years in the career of one of America's hardest working metal bands. Now, it's time to focus on their next era, which should prove to be just as quality driven as their formative years.

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