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Red Tide Rising
The band actually previewed some songs from a forthcoming album Welcome To Fat City, expected to land on September 23, 2016, including ‘Easy Money’ (played as second song), new single ‘Not For Sale’ (third song), and the title track ‘Welcome To Fat City’.
Unfortunately, their set was plagued with crackling audio problem (which you can hear when Yeagley hit the high notes). The sound engineers didn’t actually fix the problem until midset with ‘Blood On The Snow’.
With millions of albums sold since their self-titled debut (produced by Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French), Sevendust blew away the heavy metal / trash / alternative metal scene in the late 90’s with hits like ‘Black’, ‘My Ruin’, and ‘Bitch’.
For various reasons (death in the family tragedies), primary band members leaving (particularly Clint Lowery), the band stepped away from the music scene... only to come back stronger with Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow, the title which perfectly described the band’s rollercoaster story.
With their latest Kill the Flaw, the album is really a testimony of the band’s struggles. That old saying, “What doesn’t kill you” is reflected in singer Lajon Witherspoon’s description of the title of the album: “We're just trying to kill those flaws. People are trying to keep us down and I think it's made us stronger. The song ‘Thank You’ kind of goes back to that. It's the angst, to strive and to motivate us to continue.”
It’s that hopeful attitude that kept the band going, and, of course, Sevendust opened their show at Mill City Nights with that message of ‘Thank You’.
The crowd started moshing shortly after ‘Shine’ started and continued until ‘Denial’, which was slowed down because the band stripped it down to an acoustic rendition.
There’s something to be said about Sevendust’s optimistic views, and we’re happy to see that they are still surviving after 20 years.
Sevendust at Mill City Nights, Minneapolis (03 August 2016)