April 22, 2010

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Sevendust, Cold Day Memory
7Bros Records, April 20

These Florida joes have made a pretty decent name for themselves by fusing a Living Colour element to the Staind same-same-ness their billions of competitors keep pouring out, a part that comes courtesy of singer Lajon Witherspoon, a black kid playing and winning a white kid’s game, which is worth a ton of rebel style points, but that’s not why they’re a lot better than all those awful HIMs and whatnot you’ve been wasting your eardums on. They love to lean on the heavy end, stubbornly beating one low chord until you see demons, but even here, 16 years out, they’ve got a knuckleball, in this case the thoughtful hammer-on ditty that leads off “Karma.”

It’s a start anyway. What would I love to see from a nu-metal band? I dunno, something nuts, a two-minute guitar-vs.-French-horn solo that blows up into something electro-metal trancey and then something Bollywood. Don’t ask me. It wasn’t my idea to make genres so disgustingly generic for your poor unfortunate generation, especially for the metal crowd, but Sevendust does try to shake things up some. BEric W. Saeger