this is the record thats been hogging my time lately......having rediscovered these dudes from new jersey recently, i dont think ive had this much of a hard-on for a band since i first heard doppler 8 years ago. im pretty sure they cracked the perfect formula for 90s hardcore with this "7 in 1996.....i mean if i were to form a band today, we would sound like this. its for me, the perfect sound a metallic hardcore band should have. its complex but its nowhere near the "hey, look how talented i am!" million time-changes a minute bullshit dudes started playing after they got their dillinger escape plan/creation is crucifixion albums...there is always a groove each song adheres to, they can change it up several times a song but the thick, fucked up groove always remains.....for some reason every band from new jersey, or any band playing loud heavy complicated stuff from anywhere really, gets compared to DEP.......i hate that not only because some of these bands (like times up) existed before DEP and in fact, didnt sound like them at all, but also because DEP blows and has blown since under the running board (IMO) and shouldnt be used as the standard to judge all others from. anyways if your american, your ears will probably be reminded of stickfigurecarousel, deadguy, ice nine (vocally) and even coalesce at points, euro listeners, especially germans, might be reminded of loxiran, chispa or engrave.......members went on to form burnt by the sun, who play loud featureless new school metal/grind in the relapse vein like a billion other bands are doing nowadays........i can count on five fingers how many bands sound like times up...........it would take me half a century to compile all the bands that sound like burnt by the sun (at least the sound they had on the "heart of darkness" lp)...anyways i consider this "7 one of the pinnacles of 90s hardcore musically and wish the band had stuck around a bit longer, if only to have recorded a full length of this noisy heavy goodness.......essential.