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Veritable hard rock road dogs Sevendust lost an original member, underwent major music industry strife, and yet still come back swinging with NEXT, the outfit’s latest 13-track release. Easily the Atlanta, GA’s most spirited and heaviest album since their debut, this disc displays the boys finding their sledgehammered grooves again, thanks in part to new arrival and nu-metal guitarist extraordinaire Sonny Mayo (Snot, Amen, hed PE), whose crunching presence seemingly breathes new life into the band. If you gave up on this explosive quintet, songs like the devastatingly harmonic “Pieces”, the aggressively charged “Silence”, and the anthemic “Ugly” firmly cement Sevendust’s place back atop the hard rock hierarchy.
- Mike SOS