Various Artists

A Tribute to Sevendust

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Plenty of the bands hired to cover Sevendust on this Big Eye Records tribute adhere to nĂ¼-metal tenets like thick-skulled bass and scowling, overwrought vocals. While this approach capably mimics the Atlanta group's instrumental volatility, it maligns the soulful flair for melody that separates Sevendust vocalist Lajon Witherspoon from his backward hat peers. Fans of the group might still gravitate to Theomachy's take on "Will It Bleed" for its sheer and gritty power. But they'll also notice that Tribute to Sevendust contains nothing from the strong 2003 effort Seasons. In other words, the collection never fires on all cylinders, and gets lost in Big Eye's ever-growing stack of confused, moment-baiting tributes.

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