GRAMMY® Award-nominated metal legends Sevendust are back with the announcement of their 14th studio album Truth Killer, slated for worldwide release via the band’s new label, Napalm Records. Truth Killer is the follow-up to the band’s 2020 critically acclaimed release Blood & Stone that saw the band gain newfound notoriety with their cover of Soundgarden’s “The Day I Tried To Live.” Truth Killer showcases that the original and current lineup – comprised of Lajon Witherspoon, Clint Lowery, John Connolly, Vince Hornsby and Morgan Rose – sound as relevant today as they did on their 1997 self-titled debut. Producer, friend and collaborator Michael “Elvis” Baskette returns to produce Truth Killer.
So what did Rock Titan’s Scotty J think of Sevendust’s ‘Truth Killer’?
I Might Let the Devil Win – Right out of the gate I was met with the unexpected. In full disclosure I was expecting some intense, adrenaline rush inducing, head banging metal. This was mellow, somber, and deep. I’m not complaining. Just surprised.
Truth Killer – This is what I’m talking about! Sevendust is back and in your face. Witherspoon sounds awesome. The intensity brought by Lowery, Rose, Hornsby, and Connolly is palpable. I’d have rather they led off with the title track, but I’m not going to second guess the greatness of Sevendust.
Won’t Stop The Bleeding – Love this! Sevendust once again proves they’re one of the greatest bands of the last 20 years. Just my opinion, but I don’t think they’ve gotten the all around respect they deserve. Won’t Stop The Bleeding definitely stops the bleeding in terms of waiting for the next great album of 2023.
Everything – All things (or should I say Everything) comes to those who wait. Indeed it’s been a few years since Blood & Stone, but the wait was well worth it. There’s nothing about this album that has me left wanting so far.
No Revolution – Whiplash time! This song is definitely head bang inducing. Sevendust has brought their “A” Game without question. Clint, Lajon, Morgan, John, and Vince absolutely crush “No Revolution”. Now I’m getting stoked for what’s next!
Sick Mouth – Duuuuuude! These guys just flat out rule. You get a dose of the melodic along with the kind of growling that would scare a Rottweiler into submission. Great track.
Holy Water – This is definitely some of the best songwriting I’ve heard out of Sevendust to date. With all the bands riding off into the sunset like Godsmack and Candlebox, it’s so evident Sevendust has an incredible amount of energy and creativity left in the tank.
Leave Hell Behind – We all want to leave 2020-2022 in the rear view mirror without a doubt. With ‘Truth Killer’, you know you’ve got a future with Sevendust worth looking forward to. At this point, I’m feeling this album must enter the Grammy pool. Any category Sevendust is eligible for should garner them a nomination.
Superficial Drug – Listening to these guys now has me in shock it’s actually been 25 years. I must be on drugs saying Sevendust is one of the best bands of the last 20 years. 25 years is more like it! Who needs drugs when you’ve got the music of a band like Sevendust to put you in a better mood than any superficial drug ever could.
Messenger – These guys have already put out a few official music videos in support of Truth Killer. It’s not honestly fair to ask for more. But!, ‘Messenger’ has this feel that seems it would make an incredible official music video.
Love and Hate – I love ‘Truth Killer’ by Sevendust and I hate that it’s almost over. What an album! Everything to love. Nothing to hate. Some of Witherspoon and companies best work to date without question.
Fence – Talk about saving the best for last. There’s no being on the fence when it comes to stacking ‘Truth Killer’ up against everything else Sevendust has ever done. It’s among the best.