Written by Alex Stojanovic
Creature Of The Night
Six Hundred & 66
How To Start A War
The Murdered Mind
We Are Forever
Release Date: May 26, 2017
Label: Century Media Records
Fredrik Nordstrom - Rhythm guitars Niklas Isfeldt - Vocals Peter Stalfors - Bass Patrik Jerksten - Drums
Markus Fristedt - Lead guitars
Opener "Dream Evil" contains some pretty strong verses with great vocals and, but a rather weak chorus. I think I might have to give this one a few listens and see if it grows on me. The guitar tone is rather muscular, packing a pretty good punch. "Antidote" however is one of the album's bright spots with a great double-kick attack and fiery riffs. It will have no problem getting more than a few heads banging. While "Sin City" is one of the catchier moments on the album, the vibe is ruined once again with the cheesy lyrics. "Creature Of The Night", aside from the great harmonized solo which you could pretty much sing along to, fails to excite. There's only two other songs that serve as points of redemption on the album, and those are "How To Start A War" and "44 Riders", which are solid jams with great riffs and great vocals. These tracks, along with "Antidote", the solid production, Niklas Isfeldt's vocal performance and cool instrumental parts are what save the album from the bin.
Overall, Six seems to be a collection of more fillers than killers. The lyrics are as childish and as cliche as they get, something that is incredibly off-putting. The biggest example of this would be "Six Hundred & 66". Upon first glance on that title, I was thinking "Really?" The rest of the album just suffers from mediocrity with uninspired songs. You know that uncomfortable feeling you get when you listen to a rock or metal band that tries to sound and look badass with the music, but the lyrics just ruin it? That's what I got from listening to most of this album. I only found myself bobbing my head or tapping my foot to only about a third of the album. The remainder just had me sitting still in my chair or almost put me to sleep. Come on guys. You could've done better. With only four decent songs to be found, this album would've worked better as an EP.
I really hate sounding negative when writing a review, but honesty is what I'm all about. What's kind of crazy is that this opinion is coming from a guy who loves listening to this type of metal, but this record did very little to almost nothing for me. However, if you could care less about the cheesy cliche heavy metal lyrics and love Dream Evil, then pick the album up.
Highs: "Antidote", "How To Start A War" and "44 Riders" are decent songs.
Lows: Childish lyrics and more uninspired songs
Final Rating: 5/10