Modern metal veterans Sevendust have just released their twelfth full length album All I See Is War. The band consisting of Lajon Witherspoon [lead vocals], Clint Lowery [lead guitar, backing vocals], John Connolly [rhythm guitar, backing vocals], Vince Hornsby [bass], and Morgan Rose [drums] are back on the road supporting the new album and made a tour stop in Denver, Colorado Tuesday night at the Oriental Theater.
Fans arriving early were treated some great warmup bands that included female fronted Madame Mayhem, Fire From The Gods, and Memphis May Fire. The female fronted Mayhem started off the night playing selections of songs from their three album catalog concluding the empowering underdog anthem “Monster”. Texas quintet Fire From The Gods performed a ripping set of metal songs highlighting topics of racism and society. Lead singer Eric July dedicated the bands set to the fallen students killed in the brutal school shooting that happened in Santa Fe, Texas the previous week. Current Rise Records alum Memphis May Fire only arrived forty-five minutes before showtime as their van broke down but never missed a beat as they blazed through their signature metal core songs.
Even after recording and touring for the past twenty years, Sevendust seemed rejuvenated and reenergized. The band seemed to elevate the same passion and agression fans have come to expect. The dual guitar assault of Clint Lowery and John Connolly kept hitting the crowd in the chest as drummer Morgan Rose slapped down the thunderous tempo. They gave their fans what they wanted to hear such as staples “Trust”, “Denial”,”Bitch” plus sprinkling in two new songs “Dirty” and “Medicate” from All I See Is War. Lead vocalist Lajon “LJ” Witherspoon continued his unbelievable stage presence and interaction with the audience. There were more moments for sing-alongs, handshakes, and a lot more of love. This show was sold out and a few times Lajon stopped in-between songs to make sure the crowd was safe. The crowd was hot, sweaty, and cramped in tight areas. This was clearly not just a Sevendust show but a gathering of family and friends and everyones well being was respected.
It is no wonder fans have continued to embrace and support Sevendust after all of these years. Their signature heavy sound continues to resinate with fans of all ages and musical backgrounds. With this new album and tour they have elevated their game and the fans are loving them right back.
Photos and review by Jason Bullinger