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Truth be told, this isn't really their best album, as some would say. I say this because it lacks the diversity embraced in the other three albums. For instance, every song on Animosity sounds very different from the next, whereas you could easily confuse songs like "Terminator" and "Face" on this album. However, this is still an awesome mind-blowing experience that you owe it to yourself to pick up, and is defintely much better than their second outing Home. And it's a shame that bands like Godsmack and Staind, mediocre acts who started out opening for bands like Sevendust can sell more records but I'll be the first to point out that the music industry is pretty screwed up. Oh well, let's focus on the music, shall we?
While I may be tempted to dissect each and every song, I think I'll refrain from doing so. Like I said, some of the songs on here sound quite a bit like each other, but they're all pretty darn good. Opener "Black" is obviously the stand-out track and was the first single released on this album. Mixing catchy riffs, clever lyrics and bass with one hell of a pulse, it's no surprise that this is one of my favorite Sevendust songs.
"B*tch" is a great follow-up, and the subject material for that song is a little different from what most Sevendust fans would expect (though they sorta re-hashed this subject with "Enemy"). And then come the rapcore(ish) songs. Don't let me make this sound like a bad thing, Sevendust is NO Limp Bizkit, but the rapping can be irritating at times. But "Terminator", "Face" and "Speak" are all great, underrated songs that deserve more credit than they get. "Prayer" is probably my second favorite. This song is the only one that resembles Sevendust's more recent material. It's a nice, jazzy almost ballad-like tune with some surprisingly good lyrics. Lajon also sings his heart out here. "Will It Bleed" is also another favorite. While the tune may be repetitive, it has a brilliant finale, with guitarists John and Clint performing beautiful solos. And if I didn't know any better, I'd say that song is the absolute best of Connolly and Lowery's entire musical career. "My Ruin" acts as a bluesy ballad, actually one of the first Sevendust songs written (this appeared on the Mortal Kombat soundtrack when the band was first signed as Crawlspace). "Born to Die" is reminiscent of Pantera, incorporating thrash into the soulful atmosphere the band presents in the chorus.
Look folks, the point is, this album is better than anything else that you hear on the radio. Forget Godsmack and Disturbed, Sevendust eats them ALL for breakfast, and if it weren't for them, those bands probably wouldn't be so popular anyways. I for one am not too big on the numetal scene, I'm more into death metal, black metal, and power metal. But let me tell you one thing, no matter what music I'm listening to in 20 or 30 years from now, Sevendust's music will ALWAYS remain in my heart. This band has changed my life in such a positive way. They're not Satanic, they don't do the fake growl, and they've produced four outstanding albums. Do yourself a HUGE favor, and check them out now!