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“Best Of (Chapter One 1997-2004) by Sevendust

Artist: Sevendust
Title: “Best Of (Chapter One 1997-2004)
Label: TVT Records
Release Date: 12/27/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 7.5/10

Sevendust is a band that has crossed over from the “Nu-Metal” label very well. Originally produced by Twisted Sister’s own Jay Jay French, the band released several albums on TVT Records. This CD collection entitled “Best Of (Chapter One 1997-2004) gives you a healthy sample of the bands work on the label; and for those that were not followers of the band the release surely gives you a chance to see what you might have missed. I admit that I was not a fan of the band but it was more due to not being informed about them. As I listened to the album, I found a great number of songs, such as “Enemy” and “Face To Face”, which especially showcase the dramatic style of Lajon Witherspoon’s voice. Overall, the guitar work in Sevendust is solid and the whole band is held together by drummer Morgan Rose, who is proving to be one of the better Metal drummers in the business. Morgan also provides some backing vocal, which is not always seen in the Metal groups of today. I also found myself enjoying some of the included B-Sides that make up tracks 13-16 of the CD. The CD also includes their previously unreleased take on Alice Coopers “School’s Out”. Given the version by Sevendust is so different from the original, it might intrigue some people. Covers continue with the Marvin Gaye classic “Inner City Blues”. The enhanced CD also has a video for “Praise”. As far as Best Of compilations go, this was an album that did not disappoint and featured enough quality material that might prompt you to look deeper into the bands other releases. The fold out booklet features album art from the releases and singles. There are limited liner notes and no band photos.
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Nuclear Assault @ Brooklyn Music Terminal (8/26/2005)

Logo - Nuclear Assault

Artist: Nuclear Assault
Venue: Brooklyn Music Terminal (Brooklyn)
Opener: unsigned
Date: 8/26/2005
Label: SPV Records

One of the things I intend to do a little more as the main force behind my own web based magazine, is to open myself up to bands that I never really followed or had a strong level of interest in over the years. Let’s face it, you cannot like everything or find time to see all that is going on around you in the music scene. My chance to do this would come when Nuclear Assault would play at the BMT Club which is also called the Brooklyn Music Terminal. This was my second time here and I was hoping that the slight issues with the space would keep being worked out. Friends of mine loved Nuclear Assault back in the day, but they were never my fancy. To prove that Thrash Metal has not died the guys in the Legendary Nuclear Assault have returned to let you know in the only manner that they know how. On this second visit to the venue in about a one week time period I had to say that this was the perfect venue for the group. In their heyday they were often mainstays at the original L’Amour and most of the guys were neighborhood musicians. Nuclear Assault would be promoting and showcasing some new material from their upcoming release “Third World Genocide” which comes to us courtesy of SPV Records and this will be the bands first release in over 10 years. I admitted a little bit of surprise in the fact that Anthony Bramante (the bands original guitarist) had not come back by this time. I felt that with so many bands reuniting and doing recordings and touring it made me almost expect to see it happen. On “Third World Genocide” guitarist Eric Burke handles the shredding but at this show we would have Karl Cochran handling the duties. Karl is no stranger to performance and has played with Ace Frehley and Joe Lynn Turner. He was excellent at pulling off all of the riffs with relative ease.
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