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Various: Take Action! Volume 6 [2-CD/DVD]Take Action! Volume 6 [2-CD/DVD] (2007)
Subcity Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Take Action!'s 2006 volume of their charity compilation series was definitely one of their best yet, and it was all due to the idea of acknowledging the nü-emo takeover and then combating it with a disc of modern, more clearly defined punk rock. It was sort of like a more clerical, sensible update .
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Take Action!'s 2006 volume of their charity compilation series was definitely one of their best yet, and it was all due to the idea of acknowledging the nĂ¼-emo takeover and then combating it with a disc of modern, more clearly defined punk rock. It was sort of like a more clerical, sensible update on that awful...ly ambivalent Punk vs. Emo compilation from a few years back.

Maybe Sub City just couldn't find enough bands for a proper sequel, but unfortunately the second disc keeps the punk thing up for about 10 tracks or so (counting Heavens and a Rise Against PSA, mind you) and then gives in. What a bummer! It's not like Damiera, Copeland, the Honorary Title (a previously unreleased song, no less!) aren't bands I like, but, well, the others on that disc's second half I could definitely do without, to say the least.

However, Sub City probably realized how sore of a disappointment for four people this would be, so likely in its place is a packed out DVD. Seriously, there's fucking 29 videos on it. I'm sure most if not all are available on the Internet, but still, this delves into a couple genres and produces a few gems aurally, visually, or both. Emery's "Studying Politics" is definitely one of their better songs from their last album, and watching them play in a boxing ring looks fun. Scary Kids Scaring Kids made a horrible first full-length, but watching them rock out in their van in "My Darkest Hour" is actually mildly funny. Speaking of terrible songs and good videos, Hellogoodbye's "Here in Your Arms" tops them; the dance-techno song itself is hilariously intolerable, but the video is clearly "Wet Hot American Summer" influenced and consequently gets my highest rating -- good job, boys. Murder by Death's video takes place in a bar -- shock! awe! -- but the splendid "Brother" is executed well. Heavens absolutely nail "Patent Pending"'s `80s post-punk vibe with their grainy clip, leading the viewer to really believe they're playing on some Latino (?) talk show from two decades ago. Set Your Goals' "Mutiny!" is cheesy but well-done, while Strike Anywhere could have a video of them sitting in their living room playing video games and I wouldn't care "Instinct" is so good. Funeral for a Friend's war-torn video for "History" would probably be touching if I could get through the song -- and no, I don't plan on muting the TV. The terrible anachronism of the Rubix cube pretty much ruins Every Time I Die's "New Black" for me.

Over on the discs there's your granted array of hits and misses. Escape the Fate shows why `80s hair metal sucked while the Bled show `00s metalcore doesn't always suck; No Trigger "Bust Tropical" while I'd much rather So They Say not "Break the Silence"; the Falcon flies high with their awesomely laid back "The La-z-Boy 500" while Crash Romeo...well, crash with "Life Camp"; These Arms Are Snakes give me yet another reason to finally check out their albums while Drop Dead, Gorgeous drop dead don't. The Honorary Title definitely sound unusually dancey on "Untouched & Intact," but it kinda works.

Those already well-versed with this variety of music may not get a huge chunk of personal satisfaction out of Volume 6, but it should be remembered as always where the buyer's money would go. Newcomers, welcome aboard -- this is a great collection of bands to reap the goods from and make a charitable contribution at the same time.

 

 
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thomas7155 (December 15, 2007)

Oh, and why on earth did Rise Against contribute "Amber Changing"?!??! it's a good song, but definetly not what I would have put on there. They could have used this to get "Generation Lost" more out in the open.

thomas7155 (October 31, 2007)

I had heard a lot about this comp, so I picked it up, and was mildly disappointed. There are only about 5 Punk rock songs on here, and the rest is metalcore and emo crap. But again, I did discover No Trigger. Their song "Bust Topical" is awesome. And so are the videos. Converge's is fucking weird though.

freesandwich (February 14, 2007)

Oh, and the anti flag song on this comp kicks ass. Score is for the song

newfoundmichael (February 14, 2007)

Whoa...the Falcon is on here? I'll sure as hell be buying this.

davebrave4 (February 13, 2007)

Take Action volume 1 is my all-time favorite compilation. Too bad all the recent ones suck so bad.

crazytoledo (February 13, 2007)

Hopefully I'll be going to this tour, since for some idiotic reason they thought they needed to actually add a show in Toledo. I found it funny that the Emery song is labeled as an acoustic when all it is the song with the vocals and a piano.

Score is for the Scary Kids Scaring Kids video. Especially the ending and the scene with the gang bangers.

freesandwich (February 13, 2007)

This isnt half bad

Anonymous (February 13, 2007)

The Falcon is the best shit on here. Strike Anywhere too.

feeeding5000 (February 13, 2007)

I'm sorry, I think that if someone wants to kill themself, you should let them. Call me old fashioned...

D00M3D (February 13, 2007)

a great compilation with a great charity going to a good cause.

volume five provided us with some really good music. and of course this one provides us the same.
especially with SKSK :]

maverick (February 13, 2007)

If you have a younger sibling you're trying to get into good (or at least decent) music outside of the radio, this is a great place to start -- it's pretty much a primer of the punk and emo scenes. Plus, buying a copy benefits charity, so you can't go wrong.

-Scott

Archangel (February 13, 2007)

Score is for Wet Hot American Summer.

screeching_bottlerocket (February 13, 2007)

the new plea for peace comp is gonna be so much better than this.

GlassPipeMurder (February 13, 2007)

the falcon? whaaaa?

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