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Artists on Recording Techniques by Jeff Touzeau

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12. Sevendust’s Next Big Thing

When Sevendust released Next, its fifth album, it debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart at number 20. Straight off the heels of a record deal that didn’t work for them, Sevendust wanted to rethink the way they had been making albums. Specifically, the idea of punching the clock in the recording studio was no longer appealing and brought about an undue amount of stress and conflict.

With about 80 percent of the writing complete on the album, Sevendust holed up in a house-turned-studio outside their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, where they set out to lay down the tracks. Although it was liberating to break away from the traditional studio setting, it was also risky, because there was no on-site studio tech ...

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