7 Seconds – Take It Back, Take It On, Take It Over!

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7 Seconds

Take It Back, Take It On, Take It Over! - SideOneDummy Records

I don’t know any of 7Seconds older material. I’ve heard the name lots, how could you not, and have heard them on the occasional compilation CD; but nothing too outstanding. So I really don’t have any knowledge on their former releases, which makes some sense since their last album, Scream Real Loud, was released well over half a decade ago. But in early 2005, Kevin Seconds and the rest of the7Seconds crew are releasing their new album, Take It Back, Take It On, Take It Over!. And after listening to the seventeen track rock ride, I’m thinking I should pick up their older material.

The seventeen tracks fly by in less then half an hour, with only 4 of the tracks lasting over two minutes. They come one after another, with hardly any pause in between to stop the flow of the music. 7Secondsplay track after track of melodic hardcore punk ala DescendentsA Wilhelm ScreamStrung Out and many many more. Of course, 7Seconds is probably the band that influenced most of those guys. The songs are intense and powerful, that get you energized. Quick, three chord choruses, guitar breaks, battering drum rolls, and solid melodic vocals from Kevin Seconds backed by “wo-ahhhss” from the rest of the band (including drummer Troy Mowat). The downside of the songs being so short is that sometimes it’s hard to tell when one song ends and the other begins. But every couple songs, they have a major standout that gets you singing along with the chorus immediately. Like Y.P.H. (Your Parent’s Hardcore), Big Hardcore MysteryMy Band, Our Crew, and Still On It, all of which just beg to be played.

7Seconds is one of the pioneers of melodic hardcore punk, and even after all these years they still can make albums which will get you excited. Take It Back, Take It On, Take It Over! is one of those albums. Right from 58 second opener All Came Undone to the minute twenty-five close Rules To Follow, they don’t miss a beat and never slow down at all from making music that you not only want to sing along with, but that you want to shout along with. And cramming seventeen songs onto the disc, you definitely get your money’s worth.