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Inventive metal: Sevendust goes acoustic

Sevendust has earned a reputation as one of the more inventive bands in the world of contemporary heavy metal. Intensely aggressive at one turn, abundantly melodic at the next, the group has cultivated a loyal following over the course of its 20 years together. It should also be noted that Sevendust presented a multiracial face to the world of metal at a time when the genre seemed to be almost exclusively a white male’s club; African-American singer and uber-frontman Lajon Witherspoon is widely regarded as one of the more commanding presences in the metal form, and has led the band through myriad sub-genres, among them prog-metal, hardcore, hard rock and alternative metal.

Heaviness is certainly the cornerstone of the Sevendust sound, but for the band’s current tour – in support of the “Time Travelers & Bonfires” album – Sevendust will be performing in an acoustic format.

The tour stops at the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls) on Friday for a 7 p.m. show. Tickets are priced $25 general admission, and can be found now through