Kill the Flaw
Release Date: 10/2/2015
I would love to say that I have been a Sevendust fan throughout their career. While I love their attitude and their live show (the first time I saw them was on the Animosity tour and to this day it is one of the best shows I have ever seen), I have found their albums “hit and miss” at best and mediocre at worst. Kill the Flaw, their eleventh studio album, is an album that fires on all cylinders and their best in years. Maybe ever.
What I love about Kill the Flaw is that it finally completely embraces the band’s melodic side. This side of the band has always been present but it has always felt, to me, that they didn’t want to go all the way with it. This album, however, lets the vocals soar, the guitars wail, and the melodies stay front and center. This may be bothersome to fans who old school fans autonomously listen to brutal music, but Sevendust sounds so natural in this style that it’s hard to argue with.
“Cease and Desist” is one of the best examples of what I’m talking about. The vocals in the verses are soulful and emotional as they ride atop the lead guitar, but when the bridge and chorus kicks in the rhythm section gets heavy and plods along as the guitars crunch and the vocals soar over top of it all. It’s such a great song! “Death Dance” is another brilliant song and certainly a stadium-deserving anthem. It’s heavy and aggressive without being brutal and angry and the chorus has a hook the size of the freakin’ sun. “Kill the Flaw,” “Thank You,” and “Peace and Destruction” all maintain a similar approach and it brings a wonderful cohesiveness to the album that I feel most other Sevendust albums lack.
Kill the Flaw is a late in the year shocker for me. This isn’t an album I had planned to pay much attention to but I’m stoked that I was asked to review it. If I had heard this when it first came out then it likely would have been on my year-end favorites list. If you’ve written Sevendust off or forgotten about them or even half-liked them (like me) then you need to check out Kill the Flaw because it’s damn awesome.
Reviewed by mark1340