Sevendust- Kill The Flaw (Review)

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After a lengthy time between albums, Sevendust have returned with Kill The Flaw. Following their acoustic album, Time Travelers and Bonfires, the Georgia rockers come back with full force. The guitars are meatier, crunchier and angrier. Morgan Rose’s screaming vocals have more of a gutteral rasp and his drums are as frenetic as ever. Singer Lajon Witherspoon, as always, adds a counterpointed melody to the maelstrom.
The real standout songs for me are Not Today for its positive and inspirational lyrics that have always been a hallmark of Sevendust’s music. A lot of hard rock/metal bands can get trapped in the death/violence/blind scream frustration loop of lyrical content, but Sevendust has always had words that connected more deeply.
Another standout song is Chop. Their acoustic album really gave them that extra focus on how the acoustic guitar could be a part of them. While they’ve always done little acoustic elements in their concerts and little appearances throughout their career, this song has a maturity that really unifies both sides of their musical personality. The evolution of a song from its acoustic origins and continue that feel even as the guitars get brutally thunderous.
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My other favourite song on this album so far is Torched. The almost militaristic drive of Rose’s drums chug you forward as if you are feeling the soundtrack to war. A nonstop assault of crushing grooves carries you through the quick three minutes and change of time. In this song, Witherspoon’s vocals not only carry that familiar melodic counterpoint, but also act as a commanding officer in this ferocious track. And Rose’s screams really drive that notion home. My mind is aflame with visions of explosions and battle when I hear it.
This is not to say the rest of the album isn’t great. It’s an absolute delight from top to bottom. Several of the mid-tempo songs like Death Dance, Forget and Letters give the album a structure that make all Sevendust albums so enjoyable. They understand that you can’t hammer away at the listener without a bit of release. It makes the heavier songs have that much more impact.
As someone who loves the heavier side of Sevendust, I’d have loved to see one or two more songs like Torched or Kill The Flaw, but overall, this is Sevendust at their absolute best. I’m trying to find flaw in this new album, but they killed it 😉 (5/5)