t was the hammer of the gods. The thunder of demons. And for a crowd of hard rock loving, fist-raising fans in Biloxi, it was heaven. Sevendust, a metal-leaning, powerdrill of a band out of Atlanta, is the epitome of hard work finally paying off. Formed in the mid-90’s by guitar player John Connolly, bass player Vinnie Hornsby and drummer Morgan Rose – with vocalist Lajon Witherspoon and guitarist Clint Lowery joining soon after – they forged ahead even when things looked bleak. That fierce tenacity mixed with a massive sound and eye-opening lyrics is what finally elevated them above all the hundreds of other young bands struggling to get their music heard.
After 15 years with Sevendust, guitar player John Connolly has finally stepped out of his comfort zone to take his vocal chords for a test drive on their own. Along with his longtime friends – bandmate Vince Hornsby, Alter Bridge/Creed drummer Scott Phillips and Creed touring guitarist/vocalist Eric “Erock” Friedman – Connolly took what was supposed to be something more solo yet found the energy and chemistry too strong to keep under wraps in his Florida recording studio.
Following Finger Eleven and before the big boys of Korn and Papa Roach, Sevendust did what a lot of bands just cannot do under these circumstances. They shot out of the cannon, kept going at breakneck speed and left the crowd begging for more. Six songs were just not enough to feed the quench they had so satisfyingly created.
Buzzing with a Protestant work ethic that would put Donald Trump to shame, Sevendust took their advance money from Universal and have been spending it as if it had come from a political organization, busying themselves at a campaign trail of odd but strategic guest appearances at motorcycle races, special radio meet-and-greets and anything else short of toastmastering a Weight Watchers meeting.