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Alpha

SevendustAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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There’s something almost intangible about a band with strong chemistry. When the guitarists vibe off each other just right, the bassist is lock in step with the drummer, the music almost transcends the musicians. And when the vocalist is feeding off the power of the other players, almost anything is possible. It’s something Sevendust learned early in their career when guitarist ... Read more in Amazon's Sevendust Store

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  • Audio CD (March 6, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 7Brothers Records
  • ASIN: B000MGBTIE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,815 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Deathstar
2. Clueless
3. Driven
4. Feed
5. Suffer
6. Beg To Differ
7. Under
8. Story Of Your Life
9. Confessions Of Hatred
10. Aggression
11. Burn
12. Alpha

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Alpha, the latest outing from this veteran act is both good and maddening. Good because many of the riffs and the songs to which they are affixed are driven by an element of boogie––for lack of a better term––too often absent from contemporary metal. Maddening because the group often cops out and trades in original and challenging ideas for the expected mid-song freak outs that will no doubt send listeners over the brink once the band takes the stage but do little but inspire passive listening in the current setting. As good as Sevendust may be on the stage, this is the studio and they owe it to listeners to create an experience that will last them a lifetime. A few more risks and less of an allegiance to brute force may serve this band well as it does in the more subtle moments of "Deathstar" and "Driven." ––Jedd Beaudoin

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Conceptual in nature, the Atlanta based group Sevendust explores the recesses of the mind and the torturous conflict within in questions 'Can I possibly or continue to ...?' This extremely personal revelation is inscribed upon a raw and uncompromising landscape embedded on a sixth full-length studio album entitled, Alpha. From the blood-curdling vocal introduction, courtesy of the track, 'Deathstar', to the unadulterated brutality and chaotic exit of it's twelfth and final composition, 'Alpha',: a career defining statement is an apt conclusion on the tip of the tongue as they witnesses this historic tenth anniversary marker. That is, if one can survive the unprecedented ride presented. This is the explicit version.

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten Years Later, And Still In Their Prime. March 6, 2007
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If 2006 was a tough year for the five men of Sevendust, you wouldn't know it on the first listen to "Alpha," their toughest and most cohesive album since 2001,'s "Animosity." Despite how quickly the album came together, not one shred of quality or integrity has been sacrificed. Perhaps they work best under pressure. Afterall, it was about this time last year that their previous record label had crumbled, not even half a year after the release of "Next," leaving them without tour support. Add to that a string of bad luck for drummer and song-writer Morgan Rose which landed him briefly in jail and with a difficult divorce, and it's easy to see why Sevendust sound so much hungrier than they have in years.

Beginning with the instant assault of "Deathstar," Sevendust sound leaner and meaner than they did on their previous effort, 2005's "Next." With guitarist Sonny Mayo now fully integrated into the fold for the making of this album, the band sounds more complete than they did before. "Alpha" is 100% Sevendust. Everything good that they know how to do, all at once. Songs like "Suffer," "Under" and the first single, "Driven" are classic Sevendust, effortlessly fusing their grasp of melody with the driving intensity that is now their signature. Rest assured, though, none of the songs on "Alpha" are a bargain for radio-play. In fact, they seem to have given up any hopes of being a popular rock band, and it definitely works in their favor. "Beg To Differ" and "Story Of Your Life" show that they are still the best at making the simplest, yet most effective heavy songs on the hard rock scene. "Aggression" is probably the most experimental moment, a slow-building piano-driven song that sounds like Sevendust's best attempt at covering Nine Inch Nails.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sevendust At Their Finest March 20, 2007
By Greg
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Before this album was released, I was reading a lot of reviews saying that its sound is a return to the style they had on their 1999 album, "Home." But that seemed slightly inaccurate to me because I thought that their last album, "Next", was more of a return to that sound. THIS album seems more balls-out heavy. I've also heard several Sevendust fans including my good friend say that this is possibly their best album yet.

While I must admit that this is an awesome album, I think "Animosity" will always be their masterpiece to me. However, I can say that its probably their best album since "Animosity." The second you press play on your stereo, the album bursts into the fast n' heavy tune "Deathstar." The album's first single is "Driven" and it reminds me a lot of "Ugly" from their last album. "Burn" clocks in somewhere around 9 minutes long, but to me this track seems like 2 songs put together as a medley rather than being just one long song. But it's definitely among the most powerful songs they've written. The album closes with the title-track "Alpha" and it's one of those very heavy "f-you" type songs. This album is a very good example of Sevendust at their loudest and heaviest. My only complaint is that the album didn't offer up much variety. Even though I prefer Sevendust to be heavy, I think 2 or 3 melodic songs are necessary to balance an album out, but this album is pretty much one cruncher after another. This album also doesn't offer up much of a change in the band's style, but I think that's ok because Sevendust sounds good as they are. This is definitely a great album by the band that you should consider picking up.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I have never posted a review for an album before, but had to review Alpha from Sevendust, as I am a longtime fan of theirs, and own all of their albums, and Alpha is a bona fide monster of an album. In my opinion, Alpha is Sevendust's best and most compelte album, and it is one of the best metal/rock albums that has ever been made.

All of the reviews that have given this gem of an album 5 stars, I think have hit the nail on the head. I don't think there is one bad song on this album, and there are at least 6 or 7 downright legendary songs on this CD. More on that in a second.

Strangely, and It doesn't seem like everyone shares these feelings, but I think that every album they have put out has been pretty much excellent in my opinion. I also think that Next although a bit uneven, with a little too much screaming in some places (I prefer Lajon's majestic vocals), was their best work, up until Alpha. It contained, I believe the best individual songs that they have ever written. Between Failure, too ugly, See and Believe, Pieces, and This life, as well as Silence and Hero, I thought Next was just bonecrunching and outstanding. Then again, Seasons and Animosity were outstanding as well, but Next was better in my opinion. Strangely I thought Home was the weakest of the albums even though Denial is one of the greatest songs ever written, and to this day remains that way. that being said, Home is a great album.

Alpha outdoes Next, and everything else they have done every way. Burn may just well be one of the greatest songs ever put on a CD. ANd Under, confessions of hatred, Aggression, Driven, Feed, Suffer, Beg to Differ and ALpha are all masterpieces or near masterpieces. Death Star is great as well. I think I named pretty much the entire album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Awesome Album!
I'm still fairly new to this band, but having heard 2 other albums prior to hearing this, I'm becoming more aware of the band's style and their potential. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Music 101
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
After the release of 'Next', I found myself wanting a better Sevendust album than that one. The sure did a fantastic job with this one, ranking in my top 3 albums all time by the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by JoB
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
THEY NEVER DISAPPOINT ME, I LOVE THEIR MUSIC, IVE ALWAYS LOVED HARD ROCK AND AGAIN THIS ONE IS A WINNER
Published on July 6, 2012 by LADY BIKER
5.0 out of 5 stars sevendust alpha
this is a great cd i lesion to it every day i highly recamend buy this cd if your a sevendust fan they are awesome and the live show is the best i have ever seen and i have been to... Read more
Published on April 22, 2012 by raven
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album
This is the best sevendust album yet. There is not a single track on here that I don't love. If you have never heard this band before this is definately the album to start with.
Published on April 12, 2012 by jlb2052
4.0 out of 5 stars And so Sevendust still lives on
The band returns to their roots. The entire album is much more hardcore than their previous albums, and it's a bit of a refreshment. Read more
Published on February 2, 2012 by Eric S. Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sevendust Album
Sevendust are mostly a hit and miss band for me. Alpha blew away my expectations and is easily the best album of the band's career. Read more
Published on July 20, 2011 by Gladdy
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album ever! Every song rocks!
That's the Album which completes my Sevendust-Collection. And this album defenitely is the best from Sevendust because its harder, faster and the mix of singing and screaming is... Read more
Published on January 10, 2011 by M. Schmid
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but no "Anomsity"
It's WAAAY better than their last album (2005's "Next"). But that's not saying much. It seems that since founding guitarist and principal song-writer Clint Lowery left in late... Read more
Published on September 3, 2009 by Eric D
5.0 out of 5 stars great
sevendust is the best band out there. they are hard working and this cd shows it
Published on March 14, 2009 by Costa
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2nd single - Beg to difer?????
i was under the impression that Clueless would be the second single off Alpha. But to be honest, they have had Driven on the charts for the past several months, and its climbed its way to the top ten rock, and is number 3 on the Sirius Satellite Radio rock charts, thats out of 25. Driven has been... Read More
Jul 19, 2007 by C. Gillespie |  See all 4 posts
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