SEVENDUST and their wholly owned record label 7Bros. Records have officially parted ways with the Universal-affiliated WineDark Records. The band inked a deal with WineDark in early 2005 after a lengthy stint with TVT Records. 7Bros. Records continues its distribution through Fontana/Universal Music in North America and Roadrunner/Universal Music throughout the rest of the world.
SEVENDUST's sole Winedark/Universal effort, "Next", has sold 153,000 copies in the United States since its October 2005 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is roughly half of the total tally (312,000) registered by its predecessor, 2003's "Seasons", which was the band's last studio release for TVT.
SEVENDUST's top-selling album to date is their self-titled debut, which has sold 717,000 copies since its April 1997 release.
"Next" marked the recording debut with the band of new guitarist Sonny Mayo (ex-AMEN/SNOT). Mayo joined SEVENDUST in early 2005 as the replacement for Clint Lowery, who left the group mid-tour in December 2004, citing "personal issues." Lowery has since become a full-time member of DARK NEW DAY, the new "supergroup" also featuring Brett Hestla (ex-CREED, VIRGOS MERLOT) on vocals, Will Hunt (ex-SKRAPE, TOMMY LEE) on drums, Clint's brother Corey Lowery (ex-STEREOMUD, STUCK MOJO) on bass, and Troy McLawhorn (ex-DOUBLE DRIVE) on guitar.
SEVENDUST will embark on a headline run beginning in La Crosse, WI on May 4 and concluding in Charlotte, NC on May 25. Support at all dates will come from SOIL.