SEVENDUST Return With 'Straightforward' New Album

SEVENDUST drummer Morgan Rose recently spoke to about the recording process for the group's new album, "Next". SEVENDUST's fifth disc, "Next" is the band's first release for the Universal-affiliated WineDark Records after a lengthy stint with TVT Records.

Regarding the songwriting process for the new CD, Rose said, "There was no one really to tell us what to do — and over the past few records, there had been a lot of opinions from a lot of people on a lot of different aspects of the records. We pretty much had the reins to do what we wanted on this record, so we really were able to not worry about any outside influences. I don't want to sound too cliché, but we went back to our roots, because we were able to do some stuff that hadn't been accepted very readily over the last few records.

"Over the last few records, the powers that be were telling us that we didn't need to be doing what we were doing," Rose explained. "We were told, 'You need to be listening to the WHITE STRIPES and the STROKES' — we were told, point blank, to go buy WHITE STRIPES and STROKES records to see what they sound like. I almost fell out of my chair when I heard that. It was like, 'Houston, there's a major f---ing problem here.' "

Rose decribes the new album, due on October 11, as "definitely a hybrid of heavy stuff and melodic stuff, but we don't leave much room for interpretation. It's a straightforward record."



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