Taking a cue from the hit single "Angel's Son," their somber contribution to the Strait Up tribute album, Sevendust plan to reveal more of their soft side on their upcoming third album.
The Atlanta rockers, who recently wrapped up a month on the road with Creed, plan to begin recording the as-yet-untitled LP in Florida early next month. A TVT Records spokesperson said the label hopes to release the disc by midsummer, although a producer has yet to be chosen.
According to guitarist Clint Lowery, some of the new material might surprise the band's longtime fans.
"We're going to try to do a complete lighter version of ourselves for one half [of the album], and the other part will be completely ass-whipping heavy," Lowery said. "We're kind of going to make that contrast really serious on this and show both sides of the band. ... I know we'll tap into some stuff that'll be similar to ["Angel's Son,"] but I don't know if it will have acoustic [guitars] on it, or anything like that. We're gonna have a lot of different things on it."
Though Sevendust built their fanbase with the pummeling sonic assault of 1997's Sevendust and 1999's Home, the group's sensitive side is striking a chord. "Angel's Son," the first single off the tribute album to late Snot singer Lynn Strait, is #17 and rising on the Billboard Active Rock chart after hitting radio 11 weeks ago.
Lowery said he and his bandmates singer Lajon Witherspoon, guitarist John Connelly, bassist Vinnie Hornsby and drummer Morgan Rose have much of the new album written and roughly four songs in demo form, including the tentatively titled "Follow" and "Useless as Tits on a Boar." Sevendust road-tested some of the tunes on tour, and Lowery said fans helped decide what will make the album's final cut.
"The response has been good, really good," Lowery said. "It's always weird when you first play new songs because no one knows how to react to it especially when they hear us play some light stuff. But it's sounding pretty good so far."