Sevencore is a St. Louis modern rock band. Band members include Jeff Mueller on vocals and guitar, Jimmy Bartner on bass, and Kenny Smith on drums. They have released their 9- track album, “Collide”. Musically this album does not let down ever, it is a compilation of great songs performed to perfection. It is familiar, it is fresh, it old, it is new, it is compelling. Sevencore is anything but predictable. Other than the fact that excellence flows in abundance from their river of musical and artistic expression, their music is always engaging on an emotional level.
Depending on whether you are a fan of the heavy or mellow output of Sevencore may determine how you will embrace this release. What is on display here are infectious melodies, catchy passages, and stellar vocals. Every chord, note, beat, nuance, is masterfully played and exudes melodic rock power. These songs have a really magical quality to them and every track is very good.
The second thing that struck me after the quality of the songs themselves is the phenomenal job the folks who did the recording and mastering did, to get the sound quality at a level I rarely hear any more on new albums these days. The separation of voices and instruments is amazing with truly impressive clarity and separation while remaining tight and cohesive. The soundstage is wide and the band’s music is more accessible with instruments placed distinctly throughout the stereo soundstage.
On the surface, Sevencore may appear as a band arguably too hard for pop radio but perhaps too mainstream for most diehard rock traditionalists; however, “Collide” gives fans of all music the chance to enjoy what they have to offer. It’s one terrific album with crossover potential that should please the group’s strongest followers as well as endear new listeners to the fold. I believe Sevencore does a great job balancing their sound.
You can sit down and listen to this album on a loop. From the title track to “Get Me Over Her”, “Landslide”, “Believe” and “Shine Down” to “Smells Like Rain”, there is only good vocals and good music to be heard. This is the kind of album that rocks now and will still rock 10 years from now as all of the songs stick in your head. Sevencore did this album old-school style. It’s vintage rock for a new era. It’s just the vocals, drums, and their crunchy guitars tearing into each song with pure adrenalin and raw aggression. And while their explosive energy is in high gear on these songs, the melody cruises closely alongside on overdrive, to make sure the balance always remains intact.
Sevencore is able to embody the character and situation of each song effectively in both lyrics and music. Making “Collide” an interesting rock narrative, both simple and complex, yet thoroughly entertaining.
Sevencore has to be one of the most evolved and forward thinking independent melodic rock bands on the planet. Their music is some of the most accessible that I’ve heard. It’s really easy to relate to. The sound is honest and it comes through loud and clear.
There’s so much rock music around currently, that’s contrived, pretentious and gimmicky. Sevencore sticks to the basics and what you get in the end is nine tracks of pure magic.