''Next'' is the fifth studio album by alternative metal band Sevendust, released a little over two years after their previous album, ''Seasons''.
This is the first album by Sevendust with guitarist Sonny Mayo, who replaced Clint Lowery in December 2004. This is also the first and only album release through Winedark Records. The band was able to make its own imprint, 7Bros. Records, which, along with the band, gained freedom from Winedark Records in April 2006.
The album was self-produced and made while the band had no record label, so they had to use their own money to fund it.
Despite mostly positive reviews and a completely sold out headlining tour, the album failed to sell as well as its predecessors, which all were certified gold. This was mainly due to the lack of good promotion for the album by the record label, as there were many fans who did not even know Sevendust had new music out at the time.
The first official single, "Ugly", had a fair amount of radio play and was accompanied by a music video. "Failure" was released as the second single, followed by "Pieces," which was released as the third official single.
Morgan Rose said that he rushed the writing of ''Next'' because of rumours of Sevendust ending. He felt that since Clint Lowery was important he needed to pick up the slack for Sevendust.