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  1. http://teamrock.com/feature/2016-09-21/10-albums-that-changed-my-life-nothing-more-jonny-hawkins-tool-rage-against-the-machine-thrice-ben-folds This article is a year old, but Jonny Hawkins mentions that Clint Lowery helped write "Tunnels" and "Funny Little Creatures". Haven't seen that anywhere else.
  2. I was clean shaven when I started this album and I had a full beard by the end. I don't know if it's because it was so badass, or because it took approximately 2 weeks to get through every track.
  3. IMO, this is their best album since Karma and Effect. Seriously impressed.
  4. Oh man, those samples sound like old school Seether. Heavy... sour... I love it. The single is good, but REALLY similar to Chevelle's "Take Out The Gunman".
  5. Chevelle is one of my favorite bands, but I'm not really a fan of this darker/heavier direction they're going. I just don't think they do it well. I wasn't much of a fan of La Gargola, but at least they had a few stand out tracks. I honestly can't name one on this album. Maybe the last track. Pains me to say that, because these guys have been consistent for years. And I applaud them for trying to evolve. Hopefully this grows on me. It has its moments.
  6. Definitely their heaviest album. Based on a first listen, I would probably rank it middle of the pack for Nonpoint. 1. To The Pain 2. Recoil 3. Nonpoint 4. Statement 5. Poison Red <---- right there 6. Vengeance 7. Miracle 8. The Return 9. Development
  7. "Divide and Conquer" is legit. The last album was definitely lacking in variety, so this is a good step in the right direction.
  8. I can see this. The tone was darker on Next, but there are a lot of similarities in songs like Honesty/Ugly, Enemy/Desertion, and even Face to Face/See and Believe.
  9. Another solid album. For me, the thing about Skindred is that I feel like they're always swinging for the fences, and sometimes it's hit or miss. Every album they do, I end up loving half the tracks and skipping over the other half (but always admiring the effort). I've only listened to the new album once, but it seems like they toned down the energy a notch or two and played it safer. Honestly, there's not a bad track... but there aren't really GREAT ones either. The Healing and Saying it Now stick out for me. Volume as well. Overall, I would say it's just as good as any of their previous stuff--but if you took the top 3 tracks from every album, this would be closer to the bottom for me.
  10. "Speak Now" was such a great song from this album.
  11. To be fair, I'm not the biggest fan of the S/T album but I LOVE analogies and it didn't work without it.
  12. Interview with Morgan Rose, specifically mentioning Seasons John Connolly I mean, no one in the band will ever say they didn't like Seasons (I liked it as well), but you can tell it was pretty different from everything else they've done. And bringing it back to Next-- I feel like "Alpha" was the type of album they wanted to follow up with after Seasons, but things were just so screwed up at the time that we just ended up getting Next. That's just my speculation, but you could tell when Alpha came out that there was just so much energy in the way they talked about it and how crazy their tour schedule was. It just seemed like they were back from the dead. I didn't get that vibe when Next was coming out. It was more of a stepping stone-- figuring out how to do things on their own with a new lineup. If I had to make an analogy, I would say: Sevendust, Home, and Animosity was like Michael Jordan's first threepeat from 91-93. Seasons was like Michael Jordan doing Space Jam and Playing Baseball. Reaching out to different groups. Next was like Michael Jordan's return to Basketball, but he was wearing number 45 and he didn't play a full Season and didn't win the championship. Alpha, Hope & Sorrow, and Cold Day Memory was like the second threepeat. And Black Out the Sun was like Jordan playing for the Wizards.
  13. Interview before Next
  14. I felt like this was Sevendust just trying to regain their footing. They just came off an album they didn't want to make (Seasons), lost their lead guitar Clint, and started their own independent label. No bonus tracks-- unlike every other album they've done. And the mixing was a bit off. Not a bad album, but you never hear someone saying Next was their favorite from Sevendust. "Never" was definitely my favorite off this. I feel like they started to hit their stride with Alpha/Hope&Sorrow.