Doc welcomes this week’s guest, guitarist and backing vocalist of Sevendust, Clint Lowery. They talk about why he left Sevendust years ago to start Dark New Day with his brother, the musical background and chemistry with his family, when God Forbid failed to open up for Sevendust back in the 90s and how it inspired Doc, the secret to their longevity and connection with their fans, how his creative energy inspires him to do side projects, the difficulty of dealing with life outside of Sevendust, his stint with Korn, and expounds on his unique songwriting style.
This episode features the songs “Omens” by Beneath The Hollow and “Biggest Fan” by Call Me No One.
Doc speaks with prolific guitar player, Sonny Mayo, about the benefits of therapy, being influenced by James Hetfield, coming up in Northern Virginia with his thrash band Silence, opening up for an upcoming Pantera, how he moved west and joined Snot, falling in with drugs and how that led to him leaving Snot and joining Amen, getting sober and subsequently joining HeD PE, how playing with Sevendust was the best thing and hardest thing he ever did, going to school to become a producer, playing with Ugly Kid Joe, and his new life working with Rock to Recovery.
This episode features the song “Coulda Woulda Shoulda” by Snot.
When it comes to music (and other things really), I tend to play devil’s advocate. If everyone is shitting on a certain band, for some reason, I become more attracted to that band and seek them out. I don’t know what it is about my personality, but I think it stems from the same perspective that inspired me to write the antagonistic blog about rethrash. It may be a character flaw, but I’m sure it has something to do with a need to be an individual. From what I gather, this website is inhabited mainly by “true” metal heads. What I define as “true” are people whom are purists in the realm of metal and usually scoff at any band or trend that reeks of premeditated commercialism or an overt play for popularity, and who usually demand a certain level of musicianship and underground credibility. These fans usually hate every Metallica record after …And Justice For All, and for that matter always prefer any particular band’s older releases, which usually have a more raw and unrefined recording quality, as well as more abstract, less traditional song writing. For example, they will prefer Carcass’s Necrotiscim to Heartwork, or Morbid Angel’s Blessed Are The Sick toDomination. Oh yeah, and these guys gave up on In Flames and Soilwork years ago.
I have a good deal of that purism in my bones, but it always seemed short sighted and close minded. You have no idea how many arguments the Adler brothers from Lamb of God and I have gotten into over the merits of a particluar Metallica or Megadeth record. If you even bring up Disturbed or Limp Bizkit on MetalSucks, it is mocked and disregarded 100% of the time. I think metal heads often have a sheep mentality because of the fear of being viewed by their peers as less credible for liking bands that aren’t considered “true” or “real” enough. We all have guilty pleasures, but the real question is “Why should we feel guilty about something we enjoy?”