On October 7, 2003, Sevendust released their fourth studio album, Seasons. This one was dedicated to Reginald Witherspoon, younger brother of frontman Lajon Witherspoon, and Dave Williams, the original singer of Drowning Pool. Reginald was unfortunately murdered in November 2002, and Dave passed away from a heart condition in August 2002.
When asked about the album, guitarist, John Connolly had this to say in regards of this album's particular sound. "It’s really heavy and just tons of melody. We’re real big fans of melody and there’s no reason that a heavy band can’t have something to sing over, and we just really pushed it a lot farther then we had a chance to on the last few records." He also went on to say this album was a lot more mature and a lot more focused.
Some said this album was too "commercial", and blamed it on their record label at the time, TVT Records. Its been said they lost complete creative control, and clearly they felt the same way because once they completed a touring cycle in support of this album, they parted ways with TVT Records.
The album did do very well on charts, debuting at number 14 here in the US and sold over 68.000 copies in the first week alone. The lead single, "Enemy" came out on September 25, 2003, and hit number 10 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Its honestly a pretty decent way to introduce fans to your new album, and I imagine this would be a great one live as well. Something about calling someone out in the way they did just screams "mosh pit" to me. While I would avoid the pit entirely personally, I can see why that would be a good thing to hype some others up.
A song I really wanted to shed light on though is "Skeleton Song." Because its a song about losing yourself in music when things aren't going well, and that's just a beautiful thing! "And there's nothing wrong in being far from right. Another skeleton song stuck in my head all night. And there's something wrong when everything goes right. Another skeleton song will save my life tonight." Go listen to it, its beautiful!
While you're at it, you may as well listen to the rest of the album too because its great and you're already on that track anyways! If you're interested, you can also catch Sevendust on tour here very shortly with Trivium and Like A Storm! During this tour, and just after it, they will also be making many festival appearances. 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 further information, please head on over to the respective festival websites or Sevendust's official website!
We personally are hoping to catch their set at Fort Rock 2016, so please stay tuned for photographs of their performance! If we manage to get any, those will be up in early May.
We also are working on reviewing all of the albums for Fort Rock artists and below are all we have done for Sevendust so far!
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