With an album title like All I See is War, you’re not going to expect to listen to anything less then an angry social commentary in the form of heavy drum beats and cutting guitar riffs. In a society full of distrust, violence, addiction, etc. etc., Sevendust set out to record a series of songs with a theme embedded with righteous rage and hope. The Grammy award winning quintet recorded this album with legendary producer, Michael “Elvis” Baskette at the Studio Barbarossa in Orlando, marking their first producer since Cold Day Memory. The Album starts heavy with its opening track “Dirty” with a powerful drum introduction and impressive lyrics, such as “what makes us human is now a ghost” and “I’m no stranger to this thing called war.”
“Medicated” is an emotional conversation on the opioid crisis. The song has a deeply personal sound that lends the feel of authenticity. A beautiful, yet brief use of a piano adds to this as well. This album, for the most part, is held up by its well written, meaningful lyrics but in terms of music, “Life Deceives You” and “Unforgiving” make the album. There is so much raw emotion mixed with beautiful musicianship cut beyond what your average metal band can accomplish. These songs inspire such feeling, they’re worth the price of the album themselves.