Almost exactly two years ago, Sevendust decided to experiment with an album after over 10 years of consistency. The album is billed as acoustic but it has electric guitar solos and riffs in it. For this experimental album, they wrote six new songs and re-recorded six of their classics. The unplugged acoustic concept really works beautifully for them.
Typically, one wouldn’t expect it to work well with a metal band, but it really works, and it is incredible.
"Come Down," the opener of the album, is pretty upbeat for a song that's supposed to be acoustic - it has a lot of activity to it. "Under It All," and "One Life," have a prominent piano feature, which I personally love.
It goes really well with the acoustic vibe, but it's also a nice contrast from their other, more aggressive, work. The re-recorded tracks retain the energy of the originals. For a metal band, that must not have been easy to do, but they pulled it off very well. More bands should definitely do this, especially the ones that you wouldn’t ever expect it from. Not only did they totally release six kickass songs for this album, but they also re-worked six songs that now have a whole new feel to them. More bands should step a bit out of their comfort zone, and do this.
It may have just been an experiment, but it was definitely a success. I would recommend this album to anyone who's never heard their music before, and as someone who has listened to them many, many times, I was very impressed with this musical experiment.
I highly recommend you check out this album, along with all of their other works. This includes their newest album, Kill The Flaw. I also highly recommend that you head on over to Sevendust's official website to check out all of their upcoming adventures. They will be going on tour with Trivium and Like A storm April 26 through May 27 and will be performing at Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Lunatic Luau '16, Carolina Rebellion, Rock On The Range, Rock'n Derby, and the River City Rockfest.
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