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From left to right: John Connolly performing at Nova Rock Festival in 2009.
Background information
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres Alternative metal, heavy metal, hard rock, nu metal
Years active 1994 (1994)–present
Labels TVT, Roadrunner, Asylum, Winedark
Associated acts Call Me No One, Projected, Amen, Dark New Day, Snot
Website .com.sevendustwww
Members Lajon Witherspoon
John Connolly
Clint Lowery
Vince Hornsby
Morgan Rose
Past members Sonny Mayo

Sevendust is an American John Connolly. After their first demo, lead vocalist Lajon Witherspoon and guitarist Clint Lowery joined the group. Following a few name changes, the members settled on the name Sevendust and released their self-titled debut album on April 15, 1997.

The self-titled album sold 311 copies its first week.[1] However, through touring and TVT support, the album gained charting success through Billboard and earned gold certification. Since formation, Sevendust has released ten studio albums, earned additional charting success and gold sales certifications. Their eighth studio album, titled Cold Day Memory, was released on April 20, 2010. They have also re-released their self-titled album as Sevendust: Definitive Edition which contains five new tracks and a DVD.[2] Their acoustic album, Time Travelers & Bonfires, was released on April 15, 2014. Their tenth studio album Kill the Flaw was released October 2, 2015.


  • History 1
    • Early years (1994–2001) 1.1
    • Departure of Clint Lowery and financial troubles (2003–2008) 1.2
    • Clint Lowery's return (2008–present) 1.3
  • Style and lyrical themes 2
  • Other projects 3
  • Other appearances 4
  • Band members 5
  • Discography 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Early years (1994–2001)

Bassist Vince Hornsby joined drummer Morgan Rose in 1994, in a band called Snake Nation. John Connolly, a drummer, left his then band and joined Snake Nation as a guitarist. They recorded their first demo. Not happy with vocals, however, Snake Nation spent a year searching for a new singer before finding Lajon Witherspoon. Six months passed, Clint Lowery joined the band, and they renamed themselves Rumblefish.[1]

Rumblefish was short-lived, however, because they found another band with the same name. They renamed themselves Crawlspace, and released "My Ruin" on the Mortal Kombat soundtrack album entitled More Kombat through TVT Records in 1996. Shortly after, another band named Crawlspac' sent notice that they wanted $50,000 for the rights to their name. Rather than purchase the rights, the band members chose to rename themselves Sevendust, a name inspired by the commercial insecticide brand "Sevin Dust".[1]

Sevendust released their self-titled debut on April 15, 1997, known for its heavy riffs, angry vocals and thrash-like drumming, as in the songs "Black" and "Bitch".[3] "Black" became the opening song for nearly every Sevendust concert until 2004. The debut album also contains the song "My Ruin", from the Mortal Kombat soundtrack.[4] Sevendust appeared on the Billboard 200, remained there for sixteen weeks and peaked at 165 on April 4, 1998.[5] The album went gold on May 19, 1999.[6]

Clint Lowery is one of the band's primary songwriters

In 1998, Sevendust performed at Dynamo Open Air (May 29–31) and Ozzfest 1998 (July through August). In the same year they released a compilation called Live and Loud which featured live footage of the band's September 16, 1998 performance at Chicago's Metro.

On August 24, 1999, they released their second album, Scream 3.

In November 2001, the band released their third album, Animosity. This album went gold and gained the band commercial success thanks to the success of singles "Praise" and "Angel's Son", which peaked at 15 and 11, respectively, on the Mainstream Rock Tracks. In 2002 they covered the theme song of WWE Superstar Chris Jericho for WWF Forceable Entry. The song was never used as an official entry theme for him though. "Angel's Son" was a tribute to Lynn Strait, the lead singer of the band Snot, whom the members of Sevendust were friends with. Strait had died in a car accident in 1998. In addition to being included on Animosity, the song was included on the compilation album Strait Up. The band made an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman playing an acoustic version of "Angel's Son" featuring Paul Shaffer on keyboards.

In the same year Sevendust was seen in the Chris Rock movie Down to Earth as a partial clip of "Waffle" is played.

Another friend of the band, Dave Williams the lead singer of Drowning Pool, died in 2002. Tragedy would strike again when Lajon Witherspoon's younger brother was shot and killed later that year. Due to his death, Sevendust went on hiatus in 2002.[7]

Departure of Clint Lowery and financial troubles (2003–2008)

In 2003, Sevendust returned with their fourth album,

In 2004, for the first time in the band's career, they released a live album on a CD/DVD double disk package titled Southside Double-Wide: Acoustic Live. Both the CD and the DVD include a cover of "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails which is dedicated to Johnny Cash.

On December 11, 2004, after playing a show in Columbus, Ohio, it was announced that Clint Lowery had left the band mid-tour, because he wanted to play with his brother Corey Lowery in his new band Dark New Day, who had reportedly just signed with Warner Bros. Records. A replacement was found for the rest of the dates and was eventually replaced by Sonny Mayo (from Snot and Amen).[4] At roughly the same time, Sevendust and TVT Records parted ways.

Next album cover that is mixed with Sevendust official logo

On October 11, 2005, Sevendust joined forces with good friend Producer/Engineer Shawn Grove and released their fifth studio album, Next, on the WineDark Records label, distributed by Universal Music. In the process, Sevendust also created their own record label, 7Bros Records. The first radio single off "Next" was the track "Ugly", released to radio August 9, 2005 followed by the music video. The track "Pieces" appeared on the soundtrack for the film Saw II.[8] Next debuted at No. 20 in the US, selling around 37,000 copies in its first week. Not much longer after the release of Next, Sevendust's former label TVT Records released a greatest hits package for Sevendust, titled Best of (Chapter One 1997–2004), the label's final Sevendust release.[9] Also, an unofficial video for "Hero" was released showing footage of Bruce Lee in many of his famous film roles.[10][11]

A few months after the October 2005 release date of Next, though, it became clear that WineDark would not live up to the band's expectations. "I had people come up to me and say, 'When is the record coming out?' And it had already been out for five months", Rose grumbles. "Basically, the main person that was in charge of the whole thing fell off the face of the earth. There were no more cheques coming in, and the money had not been paid in full."[1]

In early 2006, the band themselves were considered bankrupt. WineDark Records had imploded, leaving them without distribution, tour support, or promised advance payments. The band owed money to crew members and other staffers and had a mounting credit card debt. In April, they expected that a tax refund from the US government would help ease the burden. Then, they found out their accountant hadn't paid their taxes and they owed $120,000 to the government. "We were beyond broke", says drummer and lyricist Morgan Rose. "We had a debt load close to a million dollars, and we were in a position where, no matter how much money we thought we were making, we were still having to pay and pay."[1]

Sevendust (with Shawn Grove again serving as Producer/Engineer), released their sixth full-length studio album, entitled Alpha, on March 6, 2007. The album debuted at No. 14 in the US, the band's highest chart position yet, selling over 42,000 copies of the album in its first week of sale. The disc contained the album's preceding internet track "Deathstar", the Hot Mainstream Rock top 10 smash "Driven" and a further Active Rock radio top 40 hit in the form of "Beg to Differ". Alpha is the band's second album featuring Sonny Mayo on rhythm guitar and the first with him as part of the writing process. Alpha is also the first album by the band to be released under the Warner-affiliated Asylum Records, making Sevendust the first rock band on that label. The band also headlined a 57-date tour from February 8, 2007 to April 28, 2007. Boston heavy metal band Diecast, supergroup Invitro, and modern rock Red accompanied Sevendust on the tour.[12]

Retrospective 2, a CD/DVD combo including two previously unreleased studio tracks, live concert footage never before seen, as well as the new music videos for the songs "Beg To Differ", "Ugly", "Pieces", and "Driven", was released on December 11, 2007. The song "The Rim" was released on the Alpha CD but only sold in Target retails stores as exclusive 13th track on the Alpha CD.[13] "Feed" and "Driven" were used in the soundtrack to WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008.

Sevendust joined Shawn Grove again, and returned to the studio at the end of November 2007 to finish their 7th studio album, titled Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow. The record was originally slated for a release of March 4, 2008, but was later pushed back to April 1. The album debuted at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 and has appearances from Daughtry frontman Chris Daughtry, Alter Bridge members Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti. The first single from Chapter VII was "Prodigal Son", which peaked at No. 19 on the mainstream rock chart. The second single was "The Past" and the third "Inside."

Clint Lowery's return (2008–present)

On March 26, 2008, Sevendust announced that Lowery had quit his duties as guitarist for Dark New Day and would be returning to the Sevendust lineup in place of Mayo. On Lowery's return, Rose stated "This was extremely tough considering Sonny is our brother and has been amazing to work with. [Sonny] didn't do anything wrong at all; we just owe it to ourselves and all the folks that grew up with us to put our original band back together."[14]

Sevendust performing at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan

In December 2008 Sevendust toured with Black Stone Cherry for a while and then in January 2009, Sevendust geared up to hit the road with Disturbed, as well as multiple shows for US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan in the spring. Sevendust released a very limited-edition box set in November 2008 entitled Packaged Goods. Each five-disc set is personally autographed by the entire band. The box set includes Sevendust's 2005 release Next, 2007's Alpha, 2007's Retrospective 2 (CD + DVD), and 2008's Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow.[15] Before heading into the studio to record their 8th studio album, the band headlined the End of Summer Scorcher held & sponsored by 98KUPD in Phoenix, Arizona on September 26, 2009. Along with Sevendust, other notable acts such as Corey Taylor, Five Finger Death Punch, Shadows Fall & Otep performed as well.

October 2009, Sevendust started recording Cold Day Memory in Chicago with producer Johnny K, who has produced other successful rock acts such as Disturbed, Staind, Finger Eleven, and 3 Doors Down. The band launched a newly designed website, promoting the new album. During the recording process the band posted daily videos on their official site and their YouTube channel; with updates on the new album, recording sessions in the studio and recording sessions from their new house. Stepping out of the box from regular recording sessions, they are showing the fans how the album process is done, and every step in the intricate process. On February 6, 2010, the band leaked the song "Forever Dead" on their website. Also "Unraveling" was released through iTunes on March 2.[16] On March 17, the band streamed "Last Breath" on the radio. The following day, "Confessions (Without Faith)" received play time on the radio, as did "The End is Coming." The band released its eighth album, Cold Day Memory, in April 20, 2010; the 12-song disc marked Sevendust's first studio recording with the band's original line-up since 2003's Seasons. The first official single, "Unraveling", hit No. 29 on The Rock Songs chart while the CD rocketed to No. 12 on The Billboard 200. The album includes two more singles, "Forever" and "Last Breath", both of which were welcomed by Active Rock radio.[17]

Sevendust toured with Chevelle, Shinedown, Puddle of Mudd, and 10 Years on the Carnival of Madness during the summer of 2010.[18] The band also re-released their self-titled debut album called Sevendust: Definitive Edition. The re-release contains five new songs. In November 2010, it was announced that Sevendust would play alongside Disturbed, Korn and In This Moment in the "Music As A Weapon 5" tour.[19] In February and March 2011, Sevendust toured in Australia with Iron Maiden, Slayer, Ill Niño and Stone Sour for the Soundwave Festival[20] On October 16, 2011, the band headlined the second stage on the second day of the inaugural 48 Hours Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.

On June 27, 2012 Sevendust announced that they would enter the studio for their next album on September 5, 2012.[21][22] They entered Architekt Music studios in Butler, New Jersey with engineer Mike Ferretti.[23] Sevendust has completed recording its ninth album for an early 2013 release.[24][25] In October 2012 interview, Lowery described the album as "...a basic Sevendust record", stating "There's nothing, like, too completely different than anything we've done before. It's got a darker vibe to it. We've got a good amount of the programming element in there. It's a lot of what we do. it's heavy and it's got its melodic element in it". Additionally, he discussed the possibility of touring in early 2013 with Lacuna Coil.[26] Lowery later confirmed the album's title to be Black Out the Sun as well.[27] Sevendust announced they will release the album on their own 7Bros. Records label (through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group) on March 26, 2013. The album's debut single, "Decay" was released to radio and retail outlets on Jan 22, 2013.[28][29] Sevendust and Coal Chamber have announced a co-headlining tour around the United States that begins on March 28 and runs through April 28, 2013.[30]

Black Out The Sun is Sevendust's first album to score No. 1 on the Billboard charts, landing number one on the "Top Hard Music Albums" in the first week of its release and is the band's best selling album in its first week of release since 2007's Alpha.[31] Sevendust later released another single, "Picture Perfect", to rock radio stations.

The band recorded an acoustic album in early 2014 and will support the album with an acoustic tour.[32][33][34] The album was recorded at Architekt Music in Butler, NJ, the same studio where the band’s 2013 album Black Out the Sun was recorded.[35] The record, called Time Travelers & Bonfires, was released in April 15 on 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services. On April 1, the band hit the road for their first U.S. headlining tour of the year, entitled "An Evening With Sevendust."[36][37][38] The album's first single is the acoustic version of Black (acoustic) which was added on radio stations on March 25, 2014.[39] The album sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart.[40]

In an April 13 conversation with, guitarist Clint Lowery said the band hopes to record another acoustic album in about two years and wants to make it part of the Sevendust cycle. He also shared that the band plans to release a live DVD with both standard and acoustic concerts as well as a historical retrospective of the band for an early 2015 release.[41] Guitarist John Connolly confirmed on his Facebook page that the live DVD recording was on hiatus due to business decisions and would likely be something the band would still pursue.

On February 2015, Sevendust has entered studio to begin recording its new album.[42][43] It has been reported that the band has finished recording their new album in late March 2015.[44] Sevendust has titled the new record "Kill the Flaw" which was released on October 2, 2015 via 7Bros. Records with ADA/Warner Brothers distribution. The album was self-produced and recorded at Architekt Music studio in Butler, New Jersey. On July 24th the band released their new single "Thank You" to various rock radio stations around the US, with its official release of July 27th.[45][46][47] Sevendust also announced as direct support on the upcoming Godsmack tour, which starts on September 23, 2015.[48][49] The band released lyric video for the song "Not Today" from upcoming album on August 28th.[50][51]

Style and lyrical themes

Sevendust logo

Influenced by Ministry, Anthrax, Twisted Sister, Living Colour, Sepultura and Faith No More, Sevendust has played genres like alternative metal,[52][53] post-grunge,[54] heavy metal,[55] and nu metal.[56][57][58] John Connolly, guitarist for the group was asked what the band defined their genre as;

I don't know. I've been trying to figure that out. It was back in the day. People, for five minutes called us progressive, and then it was nu-metal. Then, all of a sudden, we were playing alternative metal. We are some kind of heavy and some kind of rock and some kind of metal.[59]

According to AllMusic, Sevendust became one of the rising acts in late 90s heavy metal with an aggressive blend of bottom-heavy riffs and soulful, accessible melodies.[60]

Other projects

Call Me No One. Their debut album Last Parade released on June 5, 2012. John Connolly and bassist Vinnie Hornsby have joined forces with Alter Bridge and Creed drummer Scott Phillips and former Submersed guitarist Eric "Erock" Friedman to form a new project called Projected.[61][62] Projected released its debut album, Human, on September 18, 2012.

Other appearances

On September 16, 2010, Sevendust filmed a video for "Falcons On Top", the official theme song of the Atlanta Falcons football team. Written by Joel Wanasek of JTW Studios. The video shoot took place at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and included an appearance by the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders.[63]

Band members

Lajon Witherspoon (left) and Morgan Rose (right)
Current members
  • Lajon Witherspoon – lead vocals (1994–present)
  • Clint Lowery – lead guitar, backing vocals (1994–2004, 2008–present)
  • John Connolly – rhythm guitar (1994-2005, 2008-present), lead guitar (2005-2008), backing vocals (1994–present)
  • Vince Hornsby – bass (1994–present)
  • Morgan Rose – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1994–present)
Former members



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External links

  • Official website
  • Sevendust on Facebook
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