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6:33: Deadly Scenes

The mobile hanging above the baby carriage (pictured on the album cover) doesn't quite capture the essence of the music here. I mean, sure, the things within the baby's reach all have plenty of drama attached to them, but outright sex and violence isn't necessarily the main thing here—at least not in any traditional rock and roll sense. The terms that come to mind listening to this album are "eclectic," perhaps even "trippy." As the band's promo materials explain, the music here has an analogue in a "deformed little corpse," the spawn of Devin Townsend, Mike Patton, and Tim Burton. On Halloween night, the little creature returns from the grave, gut full of fleshy food, and screams "Cowabunga! 6:33 rise again!" Make of all that what you will. It's funny.

The thing I like about this album is that it gives me momentary reprieve from having to use words like "brutal" or "extreme." Don't get me wrong, things can be heavy here, but this is not your typical extreme metal release. Instead, it's a romp through a variety of styles and sounds. Imagine that a nightclub act (the kind that knows some jazz and likes to swing) decided to jam with a hard rock band. Got it? If so, then you're awfully close to understanding what this album is doing. Few people can pull off what the members of 6:33 are trying to do here. They've got the talent, the chops, and the energy to do it. Not everyone will like it, but it makes for a rollicking listen—if you have an open mind to these kinds of sounds. Check out "Hellalujah," "I'm a Nerd," or "Deadly Scenes" for a good taste. The latter track is particularly fun. Folks who like things a bit unusual will probably get a kick out of this one. Fans of black / death / doom metal will probably want to look elsewhere—or use this as a means of cleaning the palate for the next go round.

Track Listing:
1. Hellalujah
2. Ego Fandango
3. The Walking Fed
4. I'm a Nerd
5. Modus Operandi
6. Black Widow
7. Last Bullet for a Gold Rattle
8. Lazy Boy
9. Deadly Scenes

Added: January 27th 2015
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
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6:33: Deadly Scenes
Posted by Steven Reid, SoT Staff Writer on 2015-01-27 16:16:15
My Score:

What do you get if you shove Faith No More, Devin Townsend and Mr Bungle into a blender, whirr the blades as fast as they'll go and pour out the results? Ehhhh.... stomach ache? Well possibly, but more likely the answer will be 6:33. However even as this conglomeration of confusion confounds the belly, so it nourishes the soul and stretches the mind, leaving you equally engaged, impressed and queasy. 6:33 are on Koatoxin Records, so you know there's got to be an extreme angle. And so it proves, grating guitars gushing forth, but that's really a sideline to choirs and choruses, and to melodies and madness, and to Latin dance rhythms and lunacy. However everything is so neatly squidged together, as though moulded by hand, that at no times does anything sound forced or false.

Turn the corner and Jazz is just as likely to blare at you as Prog is to off handedly shuffle by and yet one of the main cornerstones which ties this widely varying album together is huge slabs of layered vocals. This is where the Devin Townsend thing comes in, for no matter how zany, out there, or straight ahead "The Walking Fed", "I'm A Nerd", or "Black Widow" become, a huge, joyous burst of voices is ready and willing to steamroller over you with the most deft of touches. That soft swathe of enormity Devin Townsend always seems to have at his disposal, readily available here too. Over and above that, what's most in evidence is that the variances and mad jumping off points don't just appear from song to song, they dance nakedly and with a grin on their ever more distorted faces during each and every bar of each and every song. A hammer blow of guitars and howl of voices just as likely to be immediately followed by whooping trumpet and acoustic guitars, as it is beautiful vocals, crazed spoken word concepts or Spaghetti Western themes.

However, where 6:33 really deliver is that for an album coming from a place which I'd usually suggest is one of those more for "appreciating" than actually listening to (as this band's own collaboration with vocalist Arne Strobl was), or which will as likely confuse one set of genre followers as it will alienate another, I can hand on heart tell you that each and every time I've listened to this album, I've found myself completely enveloped in its scope, madness, beauty, madness, craft and madness. Not something many albums which might be grouped together as "Art" Rock or Avant-garde can truly claim.

Ultimately what's been created here is Deadly Scenes to make you feel thoroughly alive!

6:33: Deadly Scenes
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2015-01-21 09:23:05
My Score:

First, let me just say that this is a pretty fun album. Hailing from Paris, the band who call themselves 6:33 have put together a set of songs here that should instantly appeal to fans of Faith No More or Devin Townsend, as the eclectic nature of their material mixes so many genres, including heavy metal, prog, jazz, funk, classical, and Broadway theater music. "Black Widow" kinds of throws them all together (along with the kitchen sink!) for a rousing good time that you just can't help get swept away with. The vocals are great, and again, run the gamut of styles, with the instrumentation keeping you guessing every step of the way. Deadly Scenes is probably not an album that most folks will 'get' right from the first listen, but after repeated spins it all starts to make sense, and you will really appreciate all the hard work that obviously went into putting this one together. 4 solid stars for a very bizarre but highly entertaining release here in the early part of 2015. Out now on Kaotoxin Records.

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