Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home/akinits1/public_html/ on line 39

Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home/akinits1/public_html/ on line 19

Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home/akinits1/public_html/ on line 38

Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home/akinits1/public_html/ on line 21
  • Sevendust - KILL THE FLAW

    Image: Sevendust, Kill The Flaw Sevendust


    When I first saw Sevendust’s new release was titled KILL THE FLAW, my initial thought was “what exactly is the flaw?” It leads you to wonder just what it is that caused this band to not break big, while bands with lesser quality catalogs like Disturbed or Korn had such crazy amounts of success at the same time. This

    Read More
  • Iron Maiden - THE BOOK OF SOULS

    Image: Iron Maiden, The Book of Souls, Review, Classic Metal, Pitriff, Chris Akin Iron Maiden


    They don’t do it that often anymore, but there’s always excitement when Iron Maiden comes out with new music. Knowing that they are closing in on the end of their career, you really do end up hoping that when they go out for good, it will be with a bang. I think it’s universally agreed upon that

    Read More
  • Slayer - REPENTLESS

    Image: Slayer, Repentless, Pitriff, Review, Thrash Metal, Chris Akin Slayer


    Probably more than any release in their history, Slayer came into releasing this album at a crossroads. This WAS the album that, in many ways, dictated if the band could continue on or if it was indeed time to drift off quietly to Hell. The loss of guitarist Jeff Hanneman and the removal of drummer Dave Lombardo had almost every Slayer

    Read More
  • Operation: Mindcrime - THE KEY

    Image: Operation Mindcrime, Geoff Tate, Reviews, Music, heavy metal Operation: Mindcrime


    Geoff Tate’s falling out and subsequent two years of lawsuits, multiple versions of the same band and overall craziness in the press definitely tarnished a legacy that once seemed untouchable. Think about it. Even with over a decade of arguably bad releases (Q2K, TRIBE, AMERICAN SOLDIER, DEDICATED TO CHAOS), it wasn’t until the now infamous spitting incident and the

    Read More

    Image: WASP, Golgotha, Blackie Lawless, Pitriff, Review, Heavy Metal W.A.S.P.


    W.A.S.P. is one of those bands that has a ridiculously loyal fanbase...and good for them, actually. Doing THE CLASSIC METAL SHOW, we get shit on repeatedly anytime we say anything that is less than glowing about W.A.S.P., Blackie Lawless or any of the band’s former or present members. Oh well...comes with the territory, I guess. After what seems like quite a

    Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Image: Sevendust, Black Out The Sun, Pitirff, CD Review, Interview, heavy metal, rock, newsSevendust

In 2013, there are not many bands where I actually get excited to hear they have a new release coming out.  For a lot of reasons, the whole specter of a new release just doesn't get me anticipating things like it used to.  In large part, it's because I get everything sent to me months in advance that takes away from the real excitement of a release.  For a few bands though, I literally can't wait each and every time for new music.  Sevendust is one such band.  Without question, they are my favorite band of the modern era; a band criminally underappreciated when you consider that lesser bands like Disturbed and Korn surpassed them greatly in popularity throughout their respective runs.  I'm so much of a fan that I'm traveling twice in a month to see them - once in Fort Wayne, Indiana and then a few weeks later in Columbus, Ohio.  So, when BLACK OUT THE SUN was provided, you can bet your ass that it hit my iPod and stayed there for weeks.

Not much to say that really doesn't get said on every one of their releases.  BLACK OUT THE SUN is standard Sevendust faire.  If you loved them before, you will love them now.  If not, move along.  There are some subtle differences on this album from previous efforts, but ultimately this is Sevendust sounding, very much in the ANIMOSITY/SEASONS era of the band.  Certainly, there are songs like the extremely heavy "Til Death" which may surprise people, but in the grand scheme, BLACK OUT THE SUN is just another fun, rhythmic metal album from a great band.  The lead single "Decay" is every bit the first single they always do; a direct counterpart to songs like "Denial", "Praise" or "Enemy" from past efforts.  It's a song that's certainly made for radio and features more of vocalist Lajon Witherspoon singing than screaming, but like all the others, it works for active rock radio.

As for the rest of it, there's a few differences, but not too much that would lead you thinking they are trying anything to different or crazy.  Songs like "Mountain" feature a slightly thicker guitar tone from Clint Lowery and John Connolly than some of the previous efforts, and the tempo is a little more mid-tempo than Sevendust generally goes for.  It works well though.  As always, the band is anchored by the incredible, always unique style of drummer Morgan Rose and bassist Vince Hornsby.  While Rose's playing has long defined the overall vibe of Sevendust's sound, he still continues to find creative ways to mix up the sound with his form and approach.  He's simply compelling on his fills on this release's best song, "Cold As War".  As for Witherspoon, he's the most underrated vocalist in all of rock music today.  His ability to sing cleanly and mix it up with death metal screams has always been a reason to love the band.  That continues here.  In short, Sevendust are as strong as ever, and BLACK OUT THE SUN proves it.

PITRIFF RATING - 88/100 - BLACK OUT THE SUN rocks as Sevendust generally does.  Sure, they have better releases in their catalog, but this one will not disappoint anyone who's been following along.  Their lack of big time success is one of the true failings of modern music fans of the last two decades.  Maybe though, that's the reason they've stayed so hungry and true to their own sound.  BLACK OUT THE SUN is as true as it gets.

Image: Cause/Effect Metallica, Chris Akin

A look at one of the most polarizing, iconic and best selling albums of all time from author, rock critic and shock jock radio host Chris Akin.


Buy Now:  Paperback    Digital

Image: Little Victories, Book, Chris Akin

The shockingly honest and emotional first book from radio personality and rock critic Chris Akin.

CLICK HERE to learn more about LITTLE VICTORIES.

Buy Now:  Paperback     Digital


Available January 13th in Paperback and Digital Formats on Amazon and iTunes.

 Image: Keel, pitriff, heavy metal, news, reviews, interviews

Want Streets Of Rock N' Roll Radio On Your Phone - CLICK HERE To Download The New App


Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home/akinits1/public_html/ on line 62

Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home/akinits1/public_html/ on line 32

Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home/akinits1/public_html/ on line 36