“FOREVER DEAD”: WHAT IF CLINT LOWERY’S ABSENCE WASN’T THE REASON FOR THOSE DISAPPOINTING SEVENDUST RELEASES?
2003’s Seasons, the last Sevendust album to feature co-guitarist Clint Lowery, was also the last really good Sevendust album. During Lowery’s absence, the band released three offerings, all of which had a few good tracks but none of which were really satisfying overall. The natural conclusion, then, was that Lowery played a really, really key role in Sevendust’s songwriting process, and his return to the fold should ensure that the band’s forthcoming Cold Day Memory will be a return to form for the band. Right?
Wrong, if the group’s new single, “Forever Dead,” is any indication.
The song isn’t terrible, the same way nothing off the Lowery-less 7D albums were really terrible; it’s just not that memorable. Granted, I liked it a little more after three listens than I did after one, but it didn’t tickle my balls right off the bat, the way you ideally want a Sevendust song to. I mean, they’re basically a pop metal band, not Psyopus; it shouldn’t take repeat listens to “get” what the band is trying to do.
Anyways, hopefully I’m way off base about this one… hell, maybe Lowery just happened to have nothing to do with the writing of this song? Whatever the case, maybe it’s no indication of Cold Day Memory‘s overall quality.
You can stream “Forever Dead” here. Cold Day Memory should be out this spring.