Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow
I have to admit, from the beginning, I have been a 7Dust fan. From their first S/T record all the way to Chapter VII, I have followed their career. I absolutely love the vocal harmonies lead singer Lajon Witherspoon is capable of. Songs like "Prayer," "Angel's Son" and "TOAB" still resonate deeply with me.
While their regular guitarist Clint Lowery took care of sideprojects (including touring with KoRn), Sonny Mayo took over the shredding duties with 7Dust. However, weeks before the release of this new album, Clint decided he wanted to return and 7Dust swiftly kicked Sonny Mayo to the door. It is a real shame because you can truly see Sonny's signature style practically branded on this CD. He utilizes much throatier riffs and his solos (short and sweet as they may be) harken back to the days of hair metal and glam rock.
But Geist, you haven't really said if you liked the CD or not yet!
I'm aware. Another review I read about 7Dust had the writer stating that "With Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow, we get both hope and sorrow for our beloved Sevendust." I couldn't have put it better (or cheesier) if I wanted to. Some songs are absolutely phenomenal ("Lifeless" springs to mind), while others attempt to be radio-ready, pre-manufactured rock.
If I could say one thing about the CD, it is this: While Mr. Witherspoon is black, he is no rapper. There is absolutely NO NEED to have three guest vocalists on your CD. Especially someone like American Idol's Chris Daughtry. Though Altered Bridges' Miles Kennedy does mesh well with Lajon, the other two (Daughtry and Tremonti) just clash with and/or overpower the song.
Long story short: I love Sevendust. They are amazing. Great lyrics, great style. This CD should appeal to anyone (in theory), but to diehard 7Dust fans, it is a mediocre effort at best.
Rating: 5.8 out of 10