Koen W. : Sevendust has been participating in the rock world for at least twenty-four years now and is still active with the original members in the line-up. Isn’t that unique? Of course there were some changes in crew in the past, but apparently everyone original is back in place nowadays. With 'All I See Is War' they even come out with their twelfth studio album, on which it is obvious that the band has not changed a bit over the years.
You hear that slick American rock/metal that comes equipped with a very modern production. The record starts with 'Dirty'. A solid metal song where the warm voice of singer Lajon Witherspoon is flanked by the necessary grunt in the background. Unfortunately, not all songs are of the same level. The band tries it but it just doesn’t work. Despite all additions of guitar licks, polyphonic choruses, pieces of piano and softer melodic couplets. 'Medicated' is rather a rocker in combination with a semiballad and sometimes some heavy riffs. 'Sickness' the same. 'Cheers' and 'Unforgiven' idem. Actually just about the whole album flows by in that fashion, and I really do miss a tune that really sticks. Actually, this is the typical example of an album full of American (metal) rock where they are crazy over there and will get the necessary airplay. It is therefore only in their home country that they have achieved excellent sales figures. Fortunately, here in Europe we are more critical and not so easy to convince.