Hard rockers Sevendust did something atypical before making its new album, "Black Out the Sun." The group took some time off.
The Atlanta quintet took much of 2012 away from the road while the group members worked on outside projects. "I think it did wonders for us," drummer and album co-producer Morgan Rose says now. "It was a good break for us. We liked being around each other again. We appreciated each other and each other's talent. The people want to see us a little bit more now.
"We want to be out there a little bit more now. I think it helped in every aspect -- in the (song) writing as well."
In fact, Rose and guitarist Clint Lowery felt their side project -- Call Me No One, which released its first album, "Last Parade," in 2012 -- made a significant impact on "Black Out the Sun," which debuted at No. 18 on the Billboard 200 after March 26 release. "For that album we went in with very little material, and it was really exciting and we had a good time doing it," Rose, 44, explains. "It was fresh. We didn't overthink stuff too much.
So we kinda sold the rest of the guys on trying to do it that way. We were maybe a little apprehensive going in, but it worked exactly the way we had hoped. We didn't have any songs, but everybody grabbed their station and kind of picked up whatever needed help or work, and we were able to bang out it with nothing but riffs. It was really from the cuff, y'know?"
Sevendust, Coal Chamber, Lacuna Coil and Candlelight Red perform Friday, April 12, at Harpo's, 14238 Harper Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call (313) 779-9278 or visit www.harposconcerttheatre.com.
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