Sevendust - Loud & tight, the way we like it!On June the first, Sevendust played in Tivoli de Helling in Utrecht (The Netherlands). In their long carreer (the band was founded in 1992) they only played a handful of shows in The Netherlands, and I was happy to see that the venue was packed.
The supporting act was Intwine but somehow I managed to miss that, probably due to an odd alignment of the planets. Sevendust kicked off with 'Inside' from their latest record, Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow, and the crowd instantly knew that this was going to be a loud and tight show. Singer Lajon Witherspoon is a great frontman and probably has one of the most unique voices in rock and metal. He also apologised for 'keeping us waiting' so long for the band to play over here: their previous record company didn't really like the idea of the band playing a lot of European shows. More proof that some Americans are weird!
The band played a nice selection of old and new songs, including my personal favorites 'Waffle' and 'Rumblefish' from their sophomore record Home, mixed up with more recent tracks like 'Enemy'. It was awesome to see drummer Morgan Rose play his parts, the dude must be one of the hardest hitters around, and a great showman as well. Another crowd-favorite was the Lynn Strait tribute 'Angel's Son', and it was cool to hear people singing along with this already 9 year old track. Sevendust closed with a cool medley of Metallica's 'Master of Puppets' and Pantera's 'Walk' followed by the band's own classic, 'Bitch'. The crowd still wanted more, so we got treated with 'Face To Face', the closer from the Seasons album.
All in all, the crowd and the band both had a great evening, and if I understood correctly, the band will be back later this year (or early next year). I'll be there, and if you're a fan of heavy music, you should too!