Seasons (Sevendust album)

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Seasons
Studio album by Sevendust
Released October 7, 2003
Recorded Ruby Red Studios &
Brannon Studios
Atlanta, Georgia
Genre Alternative metal, hard rock, nu metal
Length 41:15
Label TVT
Producer Butch Walker
Sevendust
Jay Jay French
Jeff Hanson
Steve Gottlieb
Sevendust chronology
Animosity
(2001)
Seasons
(2003)
Southside Double-Wide: Acoustic Live
(2004)
Singles from Seasons
  1. "Enemy"
    Released: September 25, 2003
  2. "Broken Down"
    Released: January 19, 2004
  3. "Face to Face"
    Released: September 27, 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Exclaim! (positive)[2]
Star Pulse 4/5 stars[3]

Seasons is the fourth studio album by American heavy metal band Sevendust. It would be the band's final album with TVT Records and was dedicated to the memory of Reginald Witherspoon (Lajon Witherspoon's younger brother) and Dave Williams (Drowning Pool's original singer), the former was murdered in November 2002 and the latter died of cardiomyopathy in August.

Seasons was, for a time, the band's last album with Clint Lowery as he left in 2004. Lowery would return to Sevendust in March 2008.

A limited edition of Seasons was released. This includes a DVD featuring "Black" (live and acoustic) and other special features.

Recording and production[edit]

In an unusual choice, Butch Walker was chosen to produce the band's fourth album. Although Walker had produced some demos for the band in their early years as Crawlspace, he had a largely pop-oriented résumé. In a 2003 interview, guitarist John Connolly described the album's overall approach:

"It’s really heavy and just tons of melody. We’re real big fans of melody and there’s no reason that a heavy band can’t have something to sing over, and we just really pushed it a lot farther then we had a chance to on the last few records."

Connolly also compared Seasons to the band's previous albums:

"A lot more mature. A lot more focused. We just had a lot more time to spend with it. Working with Butch Walker in the studio just made us a lot more efficient, and we could move a lot faster. We wrote a lot of songs for this record. I think we just pushed better songs further along then we had a chance to with Animosity."[4]

In retrospect, Morgan Rose has described Seasons as too commercial. This was due to Sevendust's loss of creative control with TVT Records thinking that Seasons should be suitable for radio airplay. He noted in an interview, "When we finished our touring cycle for Seasons, and our number one priority was to figure out a way to get out of the record deal that we had been stuck in for quite a while. Once we finally got out, our next priority was not to be stuck in the same position as far as creative control and to be able to make a lot of the musical decisions on our own."[5]

Reception[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

Seasons gained substantial commercial success. It debuted at #14 in the US, selling around 68,000 copies in its first week. The lead single, "Enemy" reached #10 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks to become the group's highest charting single to date. The following two singles did not achieve such a high standard but nevertheless gained frequent airplay upon release. Despite mostly positive reviews, the album failed to sell as well as its predecessors, which all were certified gold.

Critical response[edit]

The album gained overall positive reception from critics. Its approach to heaviness and melody were commended as was the band for their continued strength in songwriting. However, Seasons provided little diversity from previous albums. Amber Authier of Exclaim! noted, "...as these Atlanta, Georgia natives release more discs, they start to blend into each other. They take small steps into a new direction but they aren’t willing to take a leap of faith into something radically outside of the style that has given them success to date."[2] Allmusic's Alex Henderson described the album as "far from a happy CD, but it's a compelling one -- perhaps too dark for some listeners, but compelling nonetheless" and added, "Sevendust continues to live up to its high standards throughout the band's fourth album."[1]

Touring and promotion[edit]

Building up to the release of Seasons, the band performed lengthy acoustic sets in various cities and had listening parties for the new album. Their performance at the Georgia Theatre would be released as the band's first live album, Southside Double-Wide: Acoustic Live, in May 2004. Following the acoustic shows, Sevendust opened for Staind.[4] They also joined Cold for a US tour in the spring of 2004.[6]

The album's lead single, "Enemy", had a music video which was shown frequently on Headbangers Ball in late 2003. It features former professional wrestler Chyna in a comical yet violent street brawl against an armless man. Two more singles were released and gained substantial airplay. The track "Separate" was also included on the MTV2 Headbangers Ball compilation in 2003.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Disease"   Morgan Rose, Clint Lowery, Lajon Witherspoon, Butch Walker 3:33
2. "Enemy"   Rose, Walker 3:03
3. "Seasons"   Rose, Walker 3:32
4. "Broken Down"   John Connolly, Rose 3:23
5. "Separate"   Lowery, Rose, Walker 3:41
6. "Honesty"   Connolly, Lowery, Rose, Walker 3:30
7. "Skeleton Song"   Lowery, Rose 4:22
8. "Disgrace"   Connolly, Lowery, Rose 3:58
9. "Burned Out"   Lowery 3:52
10. "Suffocate"   Connolly, Rose 3:22
11. "Gone"   Lowery, Rose 3:43
12. "Face to Face"   Connolly, Lowery, Rose 3:55
Total length:
41:15

B-sides[edit]

Charts[edit]

Year Album Chart Position Ref.
2003 Seasons Billboard 200 #14 [7][8]
2003 Seasons Top Independent Albums #1 [8][9]
2003 Seasons Top Internet Albums #14 [8]
2004 Seasons Top Australian Albums #38
2004 Seasons Top New Zealand Albums #20

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart Position Ref.
2003 "Enemy" Mainstream Rock Tracks 10 [10]
2003 "Enemy" Modern Rock Tracks 30 [10]
2004 "Broken Down" Mainstream Rock Tracks 20 [10]
2004 "Face to Face" Mainstream Rock Tracks 22

Personnel[edit]

Credits[edit]

Produced & Recorded by Butch Walker • Co-produced by Sevendust
Assisted by Rusty Cobb & Shawn Grove
Recorded at Ruby Red Studios & Brannon Studios, Atlanta, Georgia
Mixed by Jay Baumgardner at NRG Studios, Hollywood, California
Programming by William Vignola
Drum Tech: Mickey Wade • Guitar Tech: Brent Mullins
Mastered by Tom Baker at Precision Mastering

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sevendust Review, Allmusic, retrieved 2010-04-25 
  2. ^ a b Sevendust - Seasons Exclaim! (November 2003). Retrieved on 6-10-11.
  3. ^ Alex Henderson, Rovi Sevendust - Seasons StarPulse.com (2003). Retrieved on 6-10-11.
  4. ^ a b Joseph, Jason Throwback Interview: Sevendust ShockblastMedia.com (September 2003). Retrieved on 6-10-11.
  5. ^ Wright, James Sevendust Blistering.com (2005). Retrieved on 6-10-11.
  6. ^ SEVENDUST/COLD Tour Dates Announced Blabbermouth.net (March 7, 2004). Retrieved on 6-10-11.
  7. ^ Sevendust (Chart History: Billboard 200), Billboard, retrieved 2010-04-25 
  8. ^ a b c "Seasons > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved April 30, 2010. 
  9. ^ Sevendust (Chart History: Independent Albums), Billboard, retrieved 2010-04-25 
  10. ^ a b c "Seasons > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved April 30, 2010.