Hard rock never had it so good as it does in the hands of Chattanooga outfit SevenStones. And while it’s often easy to dismiss hard rock as simply the sound of a series of cover bands (yeah, we’ve all heard “Black Sabbath,” “Led Zeppelin II” and “Machine Head” too) playing semi-original material, the band never falls into a rut of overblown imitation. Instead, they opt for a re-imagining of those familiar hard rock influences. Sure, we’ve been here before, but they know how to write a colossal rock song which doesn’t feel inert and weighed down by its well-worn inspirations.
Equal parts concentrated amplitude and oceanic riffs, their work feels necessary at a time when most modern rock feels drained of its energy and ability to induce various neck-related injuries. They released their self-titled debut record last year, and it was filled with enough chugging guitar lines and bone-rattling concussive beats to shake down Lookout Mountain. What really set them apart from their like-minded hard rock brethren was a focus on and fascination for melody. Volume was in abundance but so was an underlying awareness that even rock needs to be catchy in its own thunderous way and built in a manner which allows it to stick in the deeper crevasses of your brain.
The band is currently gearing up for the release of their sophomore record, “A Hope for Tomorrow,” which is due out Sept. 20. And even in the short period of time since their debut, the band has refined and evolved their sound to a point where they’ve clearly outpaced their peers and settled in on a sound that’s wholly their own and completely subsumes your senses.
With recent single and title track, “A Hope for Tomorrow,” they’ve found a perfect equilibrium between a more muscular melodic tone and an overt desire to destroy their amps. The guitars are just as ragged and dense as ever but they’re in service to something that feels aware of its history while also possessing an innate need to break free from its influences. This is hard rock that doesn’t feel lyrically weightless or inconsequential – the band is digging into some heady thoughts here, with emphasis on sustaining good mental health and overcoming the darkness which often seems to creep up on us from every direction.
Guitarist Abraham Montalvo offers this comfort: “Beyond every trial, all the sorrows and hell we face in this life, just know that there is a hope for tomorrow. The darker days definitely help shape the better ones to come. Don’t lose hope, life is too short to let any negativity win.”