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      May 20, 2018

      Sunday   7:00 PM

      104 North State Street
      Belvidere, Illinois 61008


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      You dont have to change everything. However, realigning can be the healthiest remedy after nearly two decades in the music business. Going into their eleventh full-length album, Kill The Flaw [7 Bros. Records/ADA Label Services], Sevendust changed a lot around them regarding the infrastructure of their organization, but they didnt alter what matters the mostthe music. Following their first significant break (two months) since forming, the Atlanta groupLajon Witherspoon [lead vocals], Clint lowery [lead guitar, backing vocals], John Connolly [rhythm guitar, backing vocals], Vince Hornsby [bass], and Morgan Rose [drums]entered their new creative hub, Architekt Studios in Butler, New Jersey, completely inspired and invigorated.For the first time in our careers, the avenues were swept off with all of the trash we had on them before, admits Lajon. We didnt have certain peoples hands in our pockets or helicoptering the situation to what they thought it should be. We took a lot of things in our own control. As a result, its a new chapter for us.Thats why the record is called Kill The Flaw, explains Clint. Its basically about cutting off the baggage from your life and career and trimming down the excess that holds you back. Weve had a lot of struggles with the industry. We changed everything about our business. Its a rebirth in a sense, as far as what we want to do, how were going to do it, and who were going to it with. Weve learned from our mistakes.There were a few other significant changes as well. Instead of holing up in a hotel, Lajon, Clint, and John rented a house together. The sessions became 24-hour as the guys cooked breakfast together, hit the gym, and then locked themselves in the studio until midnight every day for five weeks. They also penned the music alongside one another in the studio, jamming everything out in the same room.It made everything feel like it did when we first started, smiles Lajon. We went in, sat down, looked at each other, picked up the instruments, and began rocking out. Recording like an actual group gave everything more substance.I wanted to embrace what Sevendust is, declares Clint. Its the contrast of the melodic vocal over a very percussive, heavy musical landscape. Thats what weve always done. Thats one of those things our fan base really connected to. Theyre our lifes blood. Theres no question. We allow our fans to have more of a voice than other bands. We love putting out records that people can say, This what they do. This is the type of band I want to support.The first single and album opener Thank You upholds the pillars of their signature style with a buoyant guitar groove, bombastic drums, and soulfully striking refrain. Theres always someone trying to keep you down, sighs Lajon. At the end of the day, that negativity makes you stronger. Youre still going. It says, Thank you for putting me down. Thank you for making me work harder. Thank you for hating!Meanwhile, Death Dance builds from an eerie clean guitar into a towering distorted verse thats as robust as it is raw. Everything converges on an undeniable vocal chant during the chorus. Thats the summer dance jam right there, chuckles Lajon.Its based around the social media era were in with all of its vanity and ego, reveals Clint. We all get caught up in it. People try to enhance their looks without putting any energy towards giving back. The dead are society staring at their iPhones. Youve got to see the world. You cant look at a screen for that.Then, theres Not Today, which is equally stirring and soaring with its six-string beatdown and vulnerably vibrant vocals. Thats another one about change, continues Clint. Its us as a band basically making a choice to change who we work with and how we do what we do. Its us addressing things that have stopped that from happening. Youre lashing out at someone and explaining how youre going to be a different version of yourself.Thankfully, theyre still Sevendust through and through, and thats what forged one of hard rocks most diehard audiences. 2014s acoustic offering Time Travelers & Bonfires saw an overwhelming response from that community, being quickly funded through a highly successful PledgeMusic campaign. Just a year prior, Black Out The Sun entered Billboards Top Hard Music Albums chart at #1 and landed at #18 on the Top 200. They kicked off their illustrious career with an untouchable string of three gold albums, beginning with their self-titled 1997 debut and continuing with Home in 1999 and Animosity in 2001. Along the way, theyve sold out shows everywhere and given unforgettable performances at the likes of Rock On The Range, Woodstock, OZZfest, and Shiprocked! to name a few. However, the new chapter starts now.I hope people know were the real deal, concludes Lajon. Thats the most important thing. Theres substance here. Thats why everybody keeps coming back, and were beyond thankful for that.I want everybody to walk away surprised, Clint leaves off. I hope its better than they imagined, and they get this reassurance that were all connected. We want to give people fresh, quality music. I hope they feel prideful theyve stuck with us through all of these years. Rick Florino, July 2015

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