So, it seems like September is a really busy month in terms of CD releases. As a result, instead of inundating you all with a massive amount of reviews, I’ve decided to put together several in the first BD Triple Album Review. Inside, you’ll find reviews for the new Electric Six (Zodiac), Voodoo Terror Tribe (Symptoms of Sin), and Turbid North (Orogeny). These reviews will be more to the point and not as involved as usual reviews so as not to make for a ridiculously long article. The main points will still be there and I hope that you’ll get as solid an impression as with previous reviews. Check them out after the jump!
Electric Six – Zodiac
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I love Electric Six. These guys are outrageous amounts of fun and they’re always great for a laugh. So with the release of their upcoming album, ‘Zodiac’, I was sincerely hoping that they hadn’t lost their touch. Well, my hopes were answered and my fears allayed: They’re still ridiculous and I love every second of it.
The album starts off fun and never ceases to lose that feeling. Just with other Electric Six records, each song has a great deal going on in terms of layering and instrumentation. Solid production and mixing ensure that everything you hear is easily accessible and pleasantly arranged. Each song adds in different instruments and different tones making every track fresh to the ears.
Electric Six has struck again. Although it’s not a masterpiece, ‘Zodiac’ does what it sets out to do, which is make kick ass party/dance music meant to put a smile on your face. I was simultaneously dancing and laughing with every track. Go ahead, let your crazy side emerge and go nuts to some Electric Six.
4 out of 5 skulls
Voodoo Terror Tribe – Symptoms of Sin
Hailing out of New Jersey, Voodoo Terror Tribe’s ‘Symptoms of Sin’ is an interesting record to spin as it changes musical styles quite readily. The problem is that, instead of changing styles fluidly, the shifts are often quite jarring. The first few tracks sound like a heavier, rawer Shinedown. The two tracks afterwards sound like Rob Zombie/White Zombie territory. After that, you’ve got ‘Deleted Scene’ which falls in between those styles and then the last track is a live recording of ‘World of Lies’. So the journey is a bit jarring.
Production-wise, the album suffers a bit as it sounds more like a high-quality demo. Seeing as this is their third album, one could hope for slightly better audio quality. The guitars have a very raw, dirty sound to them and the bass is hard to notice. The drums don’t sound too bad and have some solid thump behind them. The vocals can also get a bit off-key here and there.
With all my gripes so far, ‘Symptoms of Sin’ isn’t a bad album at all. It’s pretty fun to listen to here and there and definitely inspires some moments of sheer headbanging glory.
3.5 out of 5 skulls
Turbid North – Orogeny
Hailing from The Last Frontier, Alaskan metal band Turbid North has released a very atmospheric, epic album in ‘Orogeny’. Being a fan of epic black/death/doom metal, I was looking forward to hearing this album. While not blown away by the album, I can safely say that I would recommend this album to those who also enjoy the genre.
The production of the album is very tight but maintains a bit of a raw feeling that very much benefits the sound of the album. A glossy sounding production probably would have cost the music a lot of feel. The production also accentuates the dynamic scope of the album. Shifting musical styles even so far as a bit of blues, each style has a tone that is complimentary.
Turbid North describe themselves as ‘Mountain Metal’. As silly as that sounds, it’s actually a very fitting description. The band is heavy and sharp but there are moments of clarity and haunting beauty. At nearly 70 minutes, you’re getting a hefty dosage of epic metal. Think you can handle it all?
4 out of 5 skulls