All I See Is War

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All I See Is War
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 11, 2018
RecordedLate 2017-Early 2018
StudioStudio Barbarosa in Gotha, Florida
GenreAlternative metal,[1] hard rock[2]
ProducerMichael "Elvis" Baskette
Sevendust chronology
Kill the Flaw
All I See Is War
Singles from All I See Is War
  1. "Dirty"
    Released: March 16, 2018
  2. "Unforgiven"
    Released: August 28, 2018
  3. "Risen"
    Released: January 23, 2019

All I See Is War is the twelfth studio album by Sevendust. It was released on May 11, 2018. Three songs were showcased from the album ahead of its full release; the first single, "Dirty", along with two other promotional songs, "Not Original", and "Medicated". "Unforgiven" and "Risen" followed as further singles.

Writing and recording[edit]

The band wrote far more potential songs for the album; while they usually write around 30 songs to select from when compiling a track list of an album, for All I See is War, the band wrote between 50 and 60 songs.[3] Recording for the album began in the second half of 2017.[4] The band chose to work with music producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette on the album, their first time working with an outside producer in a number of albums, where they had opted to self-produce or work band collaborator and sound engineer Mike Ferretti.[3] They chose Baskette in an effort to "reboot" the band's sound, knowing that he was very particular in scrutinizing every little detail of the music he produced.[3] The band liked him for his work producing music for Stone Temple Pilots and Incubus, while Baskette had been a fan of Sevendust since their 1999 album Home; he hoped to help the band recreate the "impact" of the sound created on Home.[3]

Themes and composition[edit]

"Dirty" was described as having a traditional Sevendust sound, featuring "heavy" guitarwork and melodic and emotional vocals by Lajon Witherspoon.[5] Contrary to that, the track "Not Original" was noted as being softer than most of their work, described as a ballad.[6] In addition, the song is inspired by Netflix's Stranger Things. "We wanted to get into some new territory," explains Clint Lowery. "It's about being in a dry spell and not able to find creativity. You don't want to repeat yourself. I thought I'd go for this new wave thing, because I was watching a lot of Stranger Things."[7]

Album title[edit]

Lowery explained the meaning behind the album title in an interview with The Daily Times:

Release and promotion[edit]

The album was released through Rise Records on May 11, 2018.[9] The band will begin touring in support of the album prior to its release, which will extend until at least June of the same year.[10] The first single from the album, "Dirty", was released ahead of the album on March 16, 2018.[11] A second song, "Not Original", was also released on April 6, 2018.[12] Both songs contained similar music videos, featuring the band playing in dark locations with futuristic electronic effects appearing around them.[13] On May 11, The band later released another music video for the song "Medicated", directed by Caleb Mallery who has previously worked on the first two music videos of this album.[14][15][16] Sevendust made the entire album available for streaming on YouTube.[17]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Blabbermouth7/10 stars[18]
The Washington Post(favorable)[2]
Ultimate Guitar7.3/10[19]

AllMusic praised the album for being what they described as a "late-era evolution" created in working with Baskette as a producer, describing the album as having a " a mature perspective, tighter delivery, and polished production" in its sound and concluding that it " extends Sevendust's maturation with skill and conviction, at once comforting in its familiarity and fresh enough to hint at more to come."[1] The Washington Post generally agreed with the sentiment, comparing the album to Foo Fighter's late career album Concrete and Gold, describing the album as "polished, heavy and melodic...It’s not a revolution — more like another step in the band’s movement toward a cleaner, polished sound."[2] "Not Original" was noted by multiple reviewers as a standout track.[1][18]

Track listing[edit]

2."God Bites His Tongue"3:45
9."Not Original"4:15
11."Life Deceives You"4:26
12."The Truth"3:41
Total length:45:35




Chart (2018) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[21] 92
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 59
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[23] 12
US Billboard 200[24] 28


  1. ^ a b c d Neil Z. Yeung. "All I See Is War – Sevendust| Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Mark Kennedy. "Sevendust polished, heavy and melodic on new album". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "SEVENDUST 'Wrote A Lot More' Songs For 'All I See Is War' Album". 10 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Sevendust Reveal 'All I See Is War' Album + Spring 2018 Tour". Loudwire.
  5. ^ "Sevendust Get "Dirty" on New Single - MetalSucks". 15 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Sevendust: Check Out an "Original" New Song - MetalSucks". 6 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Sevendust's "Not Original" Was Inspired By "Stranger Things" - Bloody Disgusting".
  8. ^ "'WAR' STORIES: Sevendust continues its modern rock tour of duty". The Daily Times. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  9. ^ "SEVENDUST Announce New Album All I See Is War, U.S. Tour With MEMPHIS MAY FIRE". 28 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Sevendust Announce New Album + Tour - MetalSucks". 28 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Sevendust Get 'Dirty' on Melodic New Song". Loudwire.
  12. ^ "Sevendust Reveal 'Not Original' Video". Loudwire.
  13. ^ "Listen to Sevendust's new song, "Not Original" - Music News - ABC News Radio". ABC News Radio.
  14. ^ "Sevendust Premiere 'Medicated' Video, Plus a Q&A With Singer Lajon Witherspoon: Exclusive".
  15. ^ "Watch SEVENDUST's 'Medicated' Video". 11 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Sevendust Release Video for 'Medicated'".
  17. ^ "SEVENDUST Streams Killer New Album All I See Is War". 12 May 2018.
  18. ^ a b Ray Van Horn, Jr. "SEVENDUST "All I See Is War"". Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  19. ^ Travis Lausch. "All I See Is War review by Sevendust". Ultimate Guitar. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  20. ^ "Sevendust Unveils 'All I See Is War' Album Details - Audio Ink Radio".
  21. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #473". auspOp. May 19, 2018. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  22. ^ " – Sevendust – All I See Is War". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  23. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  24. ^ "Sevendust Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 22, 2018.