Sound — 10
Alpha is Sevendust's 6th full length album and easily is one of their best. This album has all the elements of the Sevendust's back in the Home and Animosity days when they were on top form. As far as the bands sound goes, they can't get any better. Lajon still keeps singing his melodies and Morgan still is yelling and cursing throughout the entire album. Also, Sevendust's guitar playing stepped up since Sonny joined the band as the replacement of Clint. This is shown on songs like Deathstar and Feed where they added solos that last about a good 30 seconds on Feed. With this album, Sevendust has gotten heavier and more to their roots.
Lyrics — 9
As far as lyrics are concerned, not much has changed. Still the angry lyrics from Morgan and melodies from Lajon. I was concerned when they were going to release this album that they would take a hit in the lyrics department since Clint is now gone and he did a lot of the lyric writing for Sevendust. But, it's not the case on Alpha. Lajon has great vocal range, he can go from singing melodically to singing like on Deathstar and Alpha. Great combination of Lajon and Morgan.
Overall Impression — 9
People say that this album is most compared to Animosity and Home and I can't agree with them more. It has the aggression of Home, but the melodies of Animosity and since those are my two favorite albums from Sevendust, the combination is lethal. The most impressive songs on the album are Deathstar, Driven, Aggression, and Burn. Aggression and Burn are very different from traditional Sevendust songs. Aggression begins with a piano, yes a piano, I believe that's the first appearance of a piano in a Sevendust song and Burn lasts over 9 minutes! People were calling it an epic. Burn is easily one of the best Sevendust songs to date. But, there are two songs on the album that I tend to skip and they are Beg To Differ and Confessions Of Hatred. I've never had to do this before on a Sevendust album, I consider these the first two filler tracks that Sevendust have ever released(except for Grasshopper on Home, but that doesn't really count since it's 12 seconds long). But, the rest of the songs on the album make up for it. If it were lost or stolen, I would 100% buy this album again, not just because I'm a Sevendust fan, but because it's a great album. To me this is their second best album, Animosity is still my favorite.