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Six Minute Century: Wasting Time

Houston, Texas is the place that the group who go by the name of Six Minute Century call home. Six Minute Century have a new album Wasting Time and it's one that comes with some serious hooks courtesy of guitarist Don LaFon. This melodic power/progressive group's well received debut Time Capsule introduced us to Six Minute Century in 2008 so it has been quite a long period between albums for fans of that release, but now the wait for their sophomore release is over.

The first thing that I noticed about this group was the soaring vocals of Chuck Williams that is in a John Arch kind of way and fans of the heavier side of Fates Warning should give Six Minute Century a go. His approach totally suits the intriguing metal of Wasting Time, Six Minute Century is also group with very competent musicians the bass and drums really give Six Minute Century a hard driving sound not to mention some dynamic performances of their own along the way.

Six Minute Century aren't afraid to put their bass player Michael "Dr. Froth" Millsap in the spotlight like on the instrumental "Czardas" and you can soon tell why as this guy is impressive, he also puts in a very nice introduction to "Last Days in Paradise". Two mid tempo songs that easily won me over thanks in a large part to guitarist Don LaFon are "Just Remains" and "The Killing Fields" these aren't the only memorable songs Six Minute Century have on Wasting Time but they certainly do reel you in promptly. Six Minute Century have a real knack at writing songs that entice you back again and again.

Six Minute Century are onto something very agreeable here, and yes while their debut Time Capsule was quite good this new album Wasting Time shows a band that have lifted their game and the results are much more impressive.

Track Listing
1. 1900
2. City of Hope
3. Just Remains
4. The Killing Fields
5. Baptized in Flames
6. Paying Death's Toll
7. Czardas
8. Last Days in Paradise
9. Needham Point
10. That Defining Moment
11. Hell's Gate
12. Wasting Time

Added: November 21st 2013
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
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Six Minute Century: Wasting Time
Posted by Steven Reid, SoT Staff Writer on 2013-11-21 14:03:26
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Houston Texas may not be the first destination on your list for Progressive Power Metal but that is something that Six Minute Century are determined to change. Wasting Time is the band's second album and a more assured step than 2008's debut Time Capsule it is too.

The term Progressive Power Metal is used advisedly, with this album being tougher and less keyboard focused than most Prog Metal, yet certainly too Progressive to be considered straight Power fare. Lyrically, things are rather earnest, with natural disasters and manmade catastrophes featuring regularly, adding weight to the music. Although it can also sometimes bring just a touch too much seriousness given just how straight faced and technical the overall ethos here is. Add to that a long running-time, where nearly all of the disc's worth of space is utilised and initially things can be just a touch overwhelming. Perseverance pays dividends though, with the classy song writing shining through and the flashy, yet not overtly, musical skills ensuring your interest and enduring well as they do so.

Vocalist Chuck Williams confidently soars over a mixture of grinding riffs and double kick outbursts, commanding and attention grabbing as he does so. This is a man with impressive range and he's not afraid to let you know all about it. That he doesn't overshadow proceedings says a lot about the depth of tracks such as the pulsating "Just Remains", the slow build of "Baptized In Flames", or the aggressive smack of "Last Days In Paradise". All three breathing and growing through a conglomeration of Progressive workouts, thoroughly brutal guitar forays and a honed rhythm section which knows when to canter, when to frolic and when a full on gallop is all that will sedate the pain. Keyboards also feature, but they are seldom a prominent force, instead Don LaFon's guitars and Michael Milsap's bass dominate with precision and force.

It isn't all quite plain sailing, with "Czardas" being a bass led indulgence too far; impressive to hear, unexciting to listen to, while for many the sheer force and weight of what is on offer may simply prove too much. However with so many cookie cutter bands out there at the moment, happy to follow, frightened to lead, that the likes of Six Minute Century are proudly following a slightly different path has to be commended. For that Wasting Time comes recommended for those looking for a slightly wider musical scope.

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