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Time Travelers & Bonfires is an acoustic album by the band Sevendust, released on 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services on April 15, 2014. It includes several previously released songs re-recorded as acoustic versions, as well as six new acoustic tracks.[3] Although the band released their critically acclaimed Southside Double-Wide: Acoustic Live in 2004, Time Travelers & Bonfires is their first acoustic studio album.[4] The album sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart.[5]

Time Travelers & Bonfires
Time Travelers & Bonfires by Sevendust.jpg
Studio album by Sevendust
Released April 15, 2014 (2014-04-15)
Recorded January 2014 Recorded and Mixed at Architekt Music in Butler, New Jersey[1]
Genre Acoustic rock
Length 50:33
Label Asylum, 7Bros.
Producer Sevendust
Sevendust chronology
Black Out the Sun
(2013)Black Out the Sun2013
Time Travelers & Bonfires
(2014)
Kill the Flaw
(2015)Kill the Flaw2015
Singles from Time Travelers & Bonfires
  1. "Black (acoustic)[2]"
    Released: March 25, 2014

Contents

Writing and productionEdit

On November 22, 2013, Sevendust partnered with PledgeMusic for a direct-to-fan campaign to help fund the creation of 'Time Travelers & Bonfires' and was set to last 130 days. It is said they reached their goal over the course of the first weekend.[6][7] Therefore, the band reconvened at Architekt Studios in Butler, New Jersey, where they recorded their ninth studio album, to work on six brand new songs which had been written and recorded for the acoustic album and re-recorded some of their previous released songs and fan-selected cuts from their catalog included "Black", "Gone", "Denial", "Karma", "Trust" and "Crucified" in the sounds of acoustics.[8]

Lead singer Lajon Witherspoon stated that the band decided to do an acoustic studio album after the strong positive reaction Southside Double-Wide received from their fanbase.[9] Also Morgan Rose explained that the band looked into utilizing PledgeMusic upon the suggestion of their band manager, and pursued it because it allowed for close communication and feedback from the fanbase.[10]

"Time Travelers & Bonfires was a perfect way to revisit some older songs and give them a different twist and it gives us a chance to showcase the melodic side of the band and focus on vocals."[11]
Clint Lowery on writing "Time Travelers & Bonfires"

Time Travelers & Bonfires is the follow-up to Sevendust's ninth studio album, Black Out the Sun, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s "Top Hard Music Albums' chart.

TouringEdit

Following the release of album, Sevendust started ‘An Evening With Sevendust’ acoustic tour, which was kicked off in Athens, Georgia at the Georgia Theatre on April 1, 2014. It's their first acoustic tour since 2004, when they were touring in support of their fourth album, Seasons.[12] Also the band recently announced that they planned for a second leg to ‘An Evening With’ acoustic trek which is starting in St. Louis on May 27 and goes through June 28, ending in Kent, Connecticut.[13] According to Clint Lowery the two legs will cover most of the areas of the United States.[1]

Sevendust also have added dates for the final leg of acoustic tour. Dates began on November 4 and ran through November 26th, 2014.[14]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic      [15]
About.com      [16]
Rate Your Music      [17]
KNAC      [18]
Rock Revolt Magazine      [19]
AntiHero Magazine 10/10[20]

The album received generally favorable reviews from music critics. Gregory Heaney from Allmusic gave the album three out of five stars, describing it as "Time Travelers & Bonfires gives fans of the band a clearer look at the emotional core that lives at the heart of Sevendust's music, further stressing the importance of singer Lajon Witherspoon's vocal performances." The About.com review gave the album three and a half out of five stars, praised lead singer voice, saying that "Witherspoon is the focus on all the songs and especially so on Come Down. He is always been a controlled modulator of the melody, a vocalist who gets it right and never leaves a bad aftertaste." Thomas Woroniak from Rock Revolt Magazine, stated "Time Travelers & Bonfires shines with energy throughout the twelve tracks...This is a must have for any Sevendust fan of old and the acoustic format potentially opens their music to a wider demographic...just as intense as any of their previous studio releases."[21]

The album was Revolver's album of the week upon its release.[22]

SinglesEdit

"Black" is the album's first single, which is already getting spins on Octane (Sirius XM) channel, is currently available on iTunes and other digital outlets.[23] The song climbed the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, reaching number 23.

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Sevendust, except for where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Come Down" Lowery 4:04
2. "Under It All" Lowery 3:59
3. "The Wait" Lowery, Connolly 4:23
4. "Upbeat Sugar"   3:52
5. "One Life"   4:25
6. "Bonfire" Lowery, Rose 3:56
7. "Gone" (from Seasons, 2003) Lowery, Rose 3:35
8. "Denial" (from Home, 1999) Lowery, Rose 4:12
9. "Trust" (from Animosity, 2001) Lowery, Witherspoon 5:06
10. "Crucified" (from Animosity, 2001) Connolly, Rose 4:43
11. "Karma" (from Cold Day Memory, 2010) Lowery, Rose 3:41
12. "Black" (from Sevendust, 1997)   4:32
Total length: 50:33

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Rock Access – Rock News » Release Day!". Rockaccess.net. 2014-03-11. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  3. ^ "SEVENDUST To Release 'Time Travelers & Bonfires' Acoustic Album In April". Blabbermouth.com. 2014-01-23. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  4. ^ "SEVENDUST: 'Time Travelers & Bonfires' Cover Artwork Unveiled". Blabbermouth.com. 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  5. ^ "SEVENDUST's 'Time Travelers & Bonfires' Cracks U.S. Top 20". Blabbermouth.net. 2014-04-23. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  6. ^ "SEVENDUST Announces Second Leg Of 'An Evening With Sevendust' Tour". Broadwayworld.com. 2014-03-24. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  7. ^ "Sevendust Turn to Crowdfunding for New Acoustic Album". Loudwire.com. 2013-11-23. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  8. ^ "Famous firsts: Sevendust's Clint Lowery". MusicRadar.com. 2014-04-14. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  9. ^ "Sevendust, 'Bonfire': Exclusive Song Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  10. ^ "Morgan Rose of Sevendust". Hardrockhaven. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  11. ^ "Exclusive Stream: Sevendust ‘Time Travelers & Bonfires’ Premiere". Guitar World.com. 2014-04-15. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  12. ^ "Sevendust Announce ‘Time Travelers & Bonfires’ Acoustic Album and Tour". Loudwire.com. 2014-01-23. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  13. ^ "Sevendust Add Second Leg to ‘An Evening With’ Acoustic Trek". Loudwire.com. 2014-03-24. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  14. ^ "Sevendust Announce Final Leg Of Acoustic Tour". RockAccess.net. 2014-10-03. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  15. ^ Gregory Heaney. "Time Travelers & Bonfires - Sevendust | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  16. ^ "Sevendust - Time Travelers & Bonfires Review". Heavymetal.about.com. 2014-04-08. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  17. ^ "Time Travelers & Bonfires by Sevendust (Album, Acoustic Rock): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  18. ^ "SEVENDUST Time Travelers & Bonfires". KNAC. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  19. ^ Thomas Woroniak (2014-04-07). "Album Review: Sevendust - Time Travelers And Bonfires". RockRevolt Magazine. 
  20. ^ Thomas Woroniak (2014-04-07). "Album Review: SEVENDUST - Time Travelers and Bonfires". antiheromagazine.com. AntiHero Magazine. 
  21. ^ Thomas Woroniak. "Album Review: Sevendust - Time Travelers And Bonfires". RockRevolt Magazine. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  22. ^ Sammi Chichester. "Album of the Week: Sevendust, Time Travelers & Bonfires". Revolver. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  23. ^ "SEVENDUST ANNOUNCE SECOND LEG OF ACOUSTIC TOUR". Rock Revolt Magazine. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 

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