I heard Denial on the radio in ’99 and something just immediately clicked for me with this band. The thick heavy low end of their sound combined with their ability to keep it musical and melodic has been the reason they’ve been my favorite band ever since. I thought this would be a fun exercise. They have 10 albums at this point and have another on the way, so it’s a perfect time to rank ‘em. I’m not including the acoustic album. Best to Worst: 1. Animosity – I think this album captures the essence of 7D the best. Drums and guitar tone are phenomenal on this record. Having “Praise” and “Angel’s Son”, two of the bands biggest singles, gives the album instant credibility. The latter half of the album has some highly underrated tracks like “Shine” and “Damaged” which are gripping lyrically. Still sounds great 15 years after release. 2. Home – In my opinion, their heaviest record. They came out of the gate with the title track “Home”, which had guitars tuned down to G#. Not many bands were doing that back in 1999. “Denial”, “Waffle”, and “Rumble Fish” were all monster tracks while one of my personal favorites, “Crumbled”, had an absolutely crushing bass tone. The two featured tracks, “Licking Cream” and “Bender” are probably the best guest vocals they've had. 3. Black Out the Sun – I think this is the band’s best work after Clint Lowery returned. “Decay” was a good lead track, while “Faithless” and “Black out the Sun” are examples of strong songwriting. I felt that they maintained a great balance of style on this record, with “Till Death” among their heaviest tracks ever, coupled with an impressive acoustic/ballad in “Got a Feeling”. 4. Seasons – Some Sevendust die-hard fans lost faith in the band with the release of Seasons because of a more radio-friendly sound. However, years later, this album still fits very well in the 7D body of work. “Enemy”, “Seasons”, and “Face to Face” are extremely strong tracks. 5. Sevendust – Their debut release had some good moments with “Black” and “Bitch”, however I always felt that things tapered off a bit after about the first 4 tracks. Very raw sound here and some glimpses of masterful songwriting are evident, but to me, things always felt a little disjointed on the latter half of this album. 6. Cold Day Memory – When Clint Lowery came back to the band in 08, the expectations were extremely high. I believe this album outperformed all three prior releases but did not top their earlier work. It was more consistent and mature sounding (I’ll attribute that to their work with producer Johnny K), but not an album I have to listen to over and over. 7. Alpha – Lots of chugging on this and very heavy, but that doesn’t make it the best. I always thought “Feed” and “Suffer” were highlights here, while “Deathstar” , “Confessions of Hatred”, and “Alpha” were face rippers, but the rest of the album, to me, was not memorable. 8. Kill the Flaw – This record was solid but I thought it felt a little boring and it just didn’t do it for me. Very few harmonies stuck in my head from this album. My theory is that they lost a little bit of the magic on this record after recording three straight albums at the same studio. 9. Next – “Ugly” was radio-ready, “Pieces” was added to many of their live shows, but other than that, there isn’t very much to remember here. The two acoustic songs on the album are not particularly good, and many of the songs are littered with Morgan’s screams. I believe they were trying to fill the void that was lost when Clint left the band and the product was just a bit messy. 10. Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow – I think this was their weakest effort for a variety of reasons. Sure, nothing is terrible here, but there’s just nothing that stands out. “Prodigal Son” is the main single here, and while it is catchy, I always thought it was one of their weakest singles. Tell me why my list is wrong!