Strange title, that.
X And Why Not, you might say?
Anyway, the Tipperary lads have an impressively bulky sound, which proves the worth of having it all produced, mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen at Antfarm Studios in Denmark (Babymetal, Sick Of It All, The Haunted, Hatesphere etc).
It’s absolutely massive, with skyscraper size guitars especially.
Sixth Extinction are pretty clear about where they’re coming from. They started out all death metal, but enjoyed the groove so much that that’s the direction they’ve gone in.
The result is an incredibly Americanized sound that has a lot of American Head Charge, Soil, Disturbed, BLS and the odd bit of Killswitch Engage.
The first three tracks are straight out of that mould. But it’s the faster ‘Fistful of Vengeance’ where things get a lot more interesting. ‘Rebel Stuck On Pause’ (good title) has a nice clean plucked intro and is one of the more melodic tracks here.
It’s also a place that highlights one of he albums chief stumbling points, for me at least.
First up, they’re well performed for sure. But the style they’re done in – I can only say that I’ve no idea how a lad from Tipperary has learned to sound so thoroughly American.
It’s that learned diction and elocution that’s come straight from the nu-metal era of singing with your tongue at the roof of your mouth and your chin tucked into your throat – like Phil Anselmo’s usual clean style.
This is it, hook, line and sinker.
Thing is, I cant deny that it suits the likes of ‘Rebel Stuck On Pause’ too a tee, with it’s ‘I will stone you’ sashay providing perfect floor filling fodder.
And after that, the blast of ‘Nectar Of The Gods’ is explosive – an unexpected blast opening it all and reminding of the band’s roots. I wish there was more of this. But perhaps it gains its power from there being less.
Props must also go out to Sixth Extinction’s bass and drums. The tone on each is impeccable, the playing absolutely robust, and the result is a detuned thump that almost sucks the air in from around the speaker. It is a wonderful sound.
So while I dont really like the over-Americanised sound nu-metal sound myself, the quality is undoubted.
The lads have worked hard for a sound and a tone like this, and I hope it sees them to higher things – as tracks like the two picked out are both superb. If you’re a fan of Dead Label and their current efforts, you’ll love this.
– Earl Grey ::: 26/05/18