Its no joke that Sevendust released their seventh studio album, Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow on April Fool's Day 2008. While that may be a day for jokes and pranks, they were not messing around in the slightest with this album.
This album did fairly well on many US charts, but only reached as high as number six on the Top Modern Rock/ Alternative Albums chart. We can't entirely understand why, due to the many guest appearances on the album. Through out the album they feature Mark Tremonti of Creed and Alter Bridge, Chris Daughtry, and Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge on different tracks. You would think that would have drawn a lot of
attention, but it doesn't appear to have done that.
The first single, "Prodigal Son" was released on February 26, and it actually feels like it has a bit of some religious undertones. You feel like you've hit rock bottom, and you're just looking for some relief and rather than begging for help, it seems like its almost a prayer. While its an interesting and well done track, to those non-religious, such as myself, I can see how it was slightly less impressive than some of Sevendust's other work.
The second single though, "The Past", on the other hand is absolutely beautiful. This one features Chris Daughtry, and it still comes from a dark place, as does most of the album. It definietly came from a place of despair, and you really feel the emotions. They brought it out beautifully and it really just makes you want to embrace them and remind them that its going to be okay.
All and all, we honestly feel like this album was simply an over looked gem. It may not be their best work, but its definitely a good album none the less. You can get this album and all their other albums wherever music is sold, and we highly recommend you do so!
We also recommend you go take a look at Sevendust's website's because they are extremely active right now. In just a few weeks they will be going out with Trivium and Like A Storm on a tour, and during that tour they will be performing at many festivals. Such festivals include Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Lunatic Luau '16,Carolina Rebellion, 98.9 The Rock's Rockfest, Northern Invasion, Rock On The Range, Rock N Derby,Rocklahoma, and River City Rockfest. For more festival information, please visit the respective festival websites and of course, you can find exact tour dates on Sevendust's website.
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