Sevendust // Truth Killer // Album Review

Atlanta-based alternative metal band Sevendust has long secured its place in the hearts of rock enthusiasts with its signature blend of heavy riffs, captivating melodies, and emotionally charged lyrics. Their fourteenth studio album, Truth Killer further solidifies the band’s exceptional musicianship, introducing a distinctive sound that changes between raw aggression and introspective vulnerability.

Sevendust’s Truth Killer begins with ‘I Might Let the Devil Win’ and this song smoothly transitions from melancholic introspection to an explosive ending, setting the stage for the band’s return to their hard-hitting roots. Lajon Witherspoon’s passionate vocals, create an atmosphere that is cathartic, leaving us with an opening track that makes you crave more.

The album’s title track, ‘Truth Killer’, showcases the band’s ability to balance heavy riffs with sensitive lyrics. Witherspoon’s emotionally charged delivery explores themes of personal struggles and the battle against inner demons while soaring choruses intertwining with Morgan Rose’s thunderous drumming leaves a lasting impact on the listener.

The next few tracks ‘Everything’ and ‘No Revolution’ encapsulates the evolution of Sevendust’s sound. The collision of heavy guitar work, groovy bass lines, and passionate vocals creates an atmosphere that is energetic. The song oscillates between intricate melodies and hard-hitting choruses, making these standout tracks that captivates from start to finish.

‘Holy Water’ adds another dimension to the album, incorporating elements of electronic and industrial influences. This adds a refreshing twist into their sound, adding a contemporary edge while seamlessly maintaining the album’s overall cohesion. Witherspoon’s performance also shines through on this catchy hook-laden track.

On the next track ‘Leave Hell Behind’, the band’s signature guitar work, pummelling drums, and thunderous bass provide a solid foundation for Witherspoon’s passionate vocals, resulting in an exhilarating sonic experience. As the album progresses, it’s clear that Sevendust has mastered the ability to balance heavy, hard-hitting anthems with moments of vulnerability, shown particularly in ‘Superficial Drug’ which is yet another one where we see Witherspoon shine, his incredible vocal range and emotive delivery against the backdrop of the band’s tight harmonious instrumentation is something to behold.

Closing the album is ‘Fence’, in a similar vein to some of the tracks earlier, incorporating elements from other genres, whilst Witherspoon’s vocals take centre stage, he sounds angrier than before and helps explode the track to life. The track offers an eruptive and fiery ending, allowing the album to close on a stormy finish; quite the opposite to the opening track.

Sevendust’s Truth Killer is an impressive addition to their already distinguished discography. The band’s ability to blend aggression with introspection showcases their evolution as a diverse musical force. With emotionally charged lyrics, impeccable musicianship, and an exploration of different sonic landscapes, Sevendust has once again delivered an album that leaves a lasting impact. Truth Killer solidifies Sevendust’s status as masters of their craft and provides enough content to leave fans craving more of their distinctive sound.

Peter Watts

Truth Killer is out via Napalm Records on the 29th July 2023



The track listing for Truth Killer is:

1)     I Might Let The Devil Win

2)     Truth Killer

3)     Won’t Stop The Bleeding

4)     Everything

5)     No Revolution

6)     Sick Mouth

7)     Holy Water

8)     Leave Hell Behind

9)     Superficial Drug

10)   Messenger

11)   Love And Hate

12)   Fence

SEVENDUST Truth Killer will be available in the following formats:                      

-1CD 6p. Digisleeve

-1LP Gatefold Vinyl BLACK

-1LP Gatefold Vinyl MINT – North American retail Only

-1LP Gatefold Vinyl *Die Hard* MARBLED BLUE/WHITE/BLACK (Slipmat, Record Butler) – Napalm Mail Order Only, limited to 300

-1LP Gatefold Vinyl GLOW IN THE DARK – Band Mail Order Only, limited to 500

-1LP Gatefold Vinyl CURACAO TRANSPARENT – Band Mail Order Only, limited to 500

-1LP Gatefold Vinyl GOLD – Band Mail Order Only, limited to 500

-1LP Gatefold Vinyl ORANGE TRANSPARENT – Band Mail Order Only, limited to 500

-Music Cassette NEON YELLOW TRANSPARENT – Napalm Mail Order Only

-1CD 6p. Digisleeve + Shirt “Truth Killer” Bundle – Napalm Mail Order Only

-Digital Album

With a reputation as being one of the best live bands and recently making headlines as the band you “don’t ever, ever, ever want to go on after,” Sevendust is getting ready to begin a long run of tour dates to support Truth Killer. The tour resumes in August with Alter Bridge and Mammoth WVH. The band also recently announced the Machine Killer Tour – a co-headline run with Static-X – that is a reunion run that is over two decades in the making kicking off in October. As a band who loves to bring the music to their fans live, 2023/2024 will be busy years for Sevendust. More information on all upcoming tour dates and ticket and VIP info can be found here:

Aug 1 – Buffalo, NY – Outer Harbor Event Complex *

Aug 2 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage *

Aug 4 – Charles Town, WV – The Event Center at Hollywood Casino *

Aug 5 – Grantville, PA – Hollywood Casino Outdoors *

Aug 7 – Richmond, VA – Virginia Credit Union LIVE! *

Aug 8 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion *

Aug 10 – Quebec City, QC – Agora Port de Québec *

Aug 12 – Mashantucket, CT – The Premier Theater (at Foxwoods Resort Casino) *

Aug 13 – Johnstown, PA – 1st Summit Arena *

Aug 17 – Fayetteville, AR – JJ’s Live *

Aug 19 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheater *

Aug 20 – San Antonio, TX – Boeing Center at Tech Port *

Aug 22 – Memphis, TN – Orpheum Theatre *

Aug 23 – Cincinnati, OH – Andrew J Brady Music Center *

Aug 25 – Grand Rapids, MI – GLC Live at 20 Monroe *

Aug 26 – Milwaukee, WI – The Eagles Ballroom *

Aug 28 – Fargo, ND – Outdoors at Fargo Brewing *

Aug 29 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore *

Aug 31 – Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s Stir Concert Cove *

October 6 – Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall ^

October 7 – Dallas, TX – The Factory Deep Ellum ^

October 8 – Little Rock, AR – The Hall ^

October 10 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle ^

October 11 – Murfreesboro, TN – Outside at Hop Springs ^

October 13 – Greensboro, NC – Piedmont Hall ^

October 14 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore ^

October 15 – Lancaster, PA – Freedom Hall ^

October 17 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore ^

October 18 – Ft. Wayne, IN – The Clyde ^

October 19 – Gary, IN – The Hard Rock ^

October 20 – Clive, IA – Horizon Event Center ^

October 22 – Chesterfield, MO – The Factory ^

October 23 – Kansas City, MO – The Midland Theatre ^

October 24 – Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Theatre ^

October 26 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium ^

October 27 – Albuquerque, NM – REVEL ^

October 28 – El Paso, TX – Speaking Rock ^

October 30 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee ^

October 31 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues ^

November 1 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern  ^

* Opening for Alter Bridge

^ Machine Killer Tour with Static-X, dope, Lines of Loyalty

L to R: Clint Lowery, Morgan Rose, Lajon Witherspoon, Vince Hornsby, John Connolly

(Photo Credit: Chuck Brueckmann)

About Sevendust:

Sevendust never follow a linear path. Instead, they continue to bulldoze a lane of their own with a proven one-two punch of rumbling grooves, unpredictable riffing, and stirringly soulful vocals unlike anything else in hard rock. As a result, their music connects straight to the heart as evidenced by their full-contact live shows and diehard “family” of fans. It’s why they’ve been around since 1994, tallied global sales of seven million, logged three gold-selling albums, delivered three Top 15 debuts on the Billboard 200, and garnered a GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best Metal Performance.” 2021 saw them deliver one of the most-acclaimed albums of their career – their thirteenth studio masterpiece – Blood & Stone, which Metal Hammer christened “Sevendust’s best work in years.” However, the Atlanta quintet—Lajon Witherspoon [lead vocals], Clint Lowery [lead guitar, backing vocals], John Connolly [rhythm guitar, backing vocals], Vince Hornsby [bass], and Morgan Rose [drums]—defy expectations yet again on their fourteenth full-length and debut for Napalm Records, Truth Killer, produced by Michael “Elvis” Baskette [Alter Bridge, Trivium, Slash]. Ultimately, Truth Killer reaffirms there’s only one Sevendust—and they’re here forever.





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