Members: Lajon Witherspoon, John Connolly, Clint Lowery, Vince Hornsby, Morgan Rose
Genre: Heavy metal, Alternative Metal
Formed: Atlanta, Georgia
Albums: Sevendust (1997); Home (1999); Animosity (2001); Seasons (2003); Next (2005); Alpha (2007); Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow (2008); Cold Day Memory (2010); Black Out the Sun (2013)
Hits: "Enemy", "Driven", "Unraveling"
Other: Performed at Woodstock 1999.
The core of what would become Sevendust formed in in Atlanta, GA in 1994. One of the band's first challenges was settling on a name. The original group, consisting of Vince Hornsby, Morgan Rose, and John Connolly called themselves Snake Nation. After Clint Lowery joined up later, they changed the name to Rumblefish. This name didn't last long, as it had been recently used by a UK pop group. While the English Rumblefish had already disbanded at the time, they went with Crawlspace instead.
As Crawlspace the band did release a track called "My Ruin" on an anthology album called Mortal Kombat: More Kombat. This brought them to the attention of another band called Crawlspace, who promptly demanded a fee for the use of the name. Declining the offer, the band became Sevendust, and have remained so ever since. Their early naming problems can be forgiven perhaps, as Google only started up their web search a year after the band became Sevendust.
A self titled debut album arrived in 1997. While it did not chart very high, it spawned some successful singles and standards the band is known for including in most live shows. Their second album, Home, performed better, peaking at #9 on the charts. Sevendust's popularity grew as they toured with other established acts and landed some late night TV appearances. They appeared in the big Woodstock 1999 festival as well.
A third album, Animosity, delivered the band's first #1. The good times did not last, though as the band suffered some personal tragedy in the following year and would go on hiatus in 2002. That hiatus did not last too long, as they returned in 2003 with Seasons. Seasons picked up where Animosity left off, also hitting the top of the Independent Albums chart and spawning the successful single "Enemy". Next scored a final #1 on the Independent Albums chart in 2005.
While Next was a hit, their independent label was in the process of imploding, leaving the band in dire financial straits. They moved to Asylum Records and released Alpha in 2007. This helped turn the band's fortunes around, with a major label success at #6 on the US Rock chart. They remained with Asylum while starting their own label on the side, releasing 2 more albums before the end of the decade.
Sevendust continues to record and tour, bringing their metal riffs to audiences all over the world. Their mix of hard rock and metal has spawned a fierce following that packs the venues when they play. Sevendust shows no signs of slowing down, make sure to catch them when they rock a venue near you.