Despite ongoing rumors of a Sevendust split up ahead, lead guitarist Clint Lowery is assuring fans that band members are as strong as brothers. Lowery -- who broke away from Sevendust in 2003, rejoined in 2008 and helped pen 2010’s 'Cold Day Memory' -- says being back with the guys feels right.

“We just fell right back into the groove,” Lowery told the South Town Star. “On my end, I was a lot more appreciative of the band, the fanbase, the lifestyle and the friendships we have out here — the way people treat each other.

“It was good to be back in that with a very family-oriented feel. I felt like I had my safety net again as far as a brotherhood.”

Sevendust are currently headlining the second stage of the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, and Lowery says the trek is giving the band a chance to pull in new fans.

“We’ve been on festivals like this, and it’s always good. It’s always an extra-cool thing to be exposed to people who ordinarily may not be exposed to a Sevendust show,” he said. “Even though we’ve been around for years, it’s always really cool to play for younger fans, new fans.”

The current leg of the Uproar Festival -- which also features Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether and more -- wraps up Oct. 14 in Mountain View, Calif. Can't make it to the show? Check out Loudwire’s recent review and photo gallery from the festival.