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Classic Album Review: Sectorseven | Sectorseven

The Hamilton indie-punks retool their sound for this self-titled third release.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


These Hamilton indie-punks say they self-titled this third CD to reflect their “rebirth.” Which sounds a little high-falutin’, when you consider that all they did was get rid of a guitarist.

Even so, you can see how Sectorseven the band would be psyched about Sectorseven the album. After all, it is their first album in three years. And it does pack a helluva wallop, with a dozen powerful, passionate hardcore anthems crammed into just 34 barnburning minutes. As usual, Sectorseven’s style is a tightly constructed, precisely played brand of melodic punk, replete with challenging tempo shifts, aggressive metal-flake guitar riffs and intelligent lyrics voiced with soaring conviction. Sure, some of these cuts may be a little more focused and original than their old stuff — sorta what Offspring might have become if they hadn’t hit the jackpot with dumb novelty songs. Whether that qualifies as creative rebirth is up for debate. But it’s definitely a step in the right direction. And that’s good enough.


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