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Sixth Extinction | ‘X And Why?’

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.

The vocals.

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

  1. Nice review. Going to pick this up. I was very impressed when I saw them in Fredz a while back.

  2. brianwilliams82 Says:

    The name Tue Madsen tells you all you need to know about how this sounds without hearing a note; ‘phat’ and over-the-top loud. No, thanks.

  3. Chris Robinson Says:

    I’m with ya Brian – Can crushing mayhem. King Hostile will be all over it though.

  4. It’s easy to sound like you are from America, you literally copy a style. When I first heard them he sounded like he was trying to be the singer from soil ‘my little haaalooo’ he’s just gotten a bit more of a growl to it now.
    The one min mark in track 8 when he’s doing more clean voxs it’s basically yer man from soil!

    Yeah good production an all and to each their own… but it’s nothing new or different and about 10 years too late.

  5. What I really love about this is the extremely clever titles. It is obviously something they have worked hard on. Almost too clever for me, in fact.

    The vocals are very painful, too.

  6. King Hostile Says:

    Interesting, thanks Chris!

  7. John Kimble Says:

    just skipped forward to track 7 and witnessed possibly THE worst type of early to mid-noughties yarling, the kind of which I had assumed died out with Creed a long time ago. Utterly derivative. I have no idea why bands still persist with this style. If they really started out as death metal, then they have truly regressed in that respect. There seems to be some kind of issue with incorporating “groove” into death metal. This certainly isn’t the way to do it. Listen to Bolt Thrower’s Cenotaph, Morbid Angel’s Where the Slime Live, Entombed’s Stranger Aeons…it can be done without sounding like some knockoff WWE entrance theme

  8. Gave it an honest chance. From the first second I thought it sounded bad. 3 songs in, woeful. Name dropping on a sound engineer is all fine and well but if the material is not there it’s just like trying to make nickel back sound heavy by letting andy sneap do the production on their record.

    Boring, bland, soulless.

  9. Black Shepherd Says:

    “Sixth Extinctions origins were in the heavier / death metal side of the genre until the realization that all of the members enjoy the bouncier groove metal side of things , Sixth extinctions sound is about taking the fun elements of metal and creating songs that are fun to play and even more enjoyable to listen to”


    Listened to a bit of their 2016 EP their. Music had slightly less “bounce” to it, but vocals were identical to here. Maybe they just had no choice but to morph the music to suit a voice that insisted on sounding utterly outdated and Yank. The description says it all there about why it’s definitely not aimed at me: Sixth extinctions [sic] sound is about taking [only] the fun elements of metal [and leaving out everything that makes it viscerally powerful and urgent].

    Babymetal indeed.

  10. blessed1 Says:

    i only listened to that song nectar of the gods and its not really my thing at all but the comments above seem a little harsh to me. sounds like well executed american sounding metal to these ears. vocals sound powerful on it as well.

  11. I agree. Not my bag stylistically but it sounds reasonably good for what it is. I do think the Americanized vocal style is perhaps a bit too generic and the band might benefit from reconsidering that in future if they want to stand out from the pack.

  12. After reading this I was reminded of One Minute Silence, where the singer sounded like he was from
    Thing is, with death metal or this kind of music in the review, how does someone sound like they are from Tipp? That bloke sure as hell doesn’t sound like someone from Nenagh…

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