Six String Noise - Snake Side Brotherhood
After releasing their debut album, Snowing Bullets While Kissing The Ground, in 2011, Six String Noise made some plans, with 10 new songs ready to be performed live they remerged as a Heavy/Hard Rock Band with touches of Prog loveliness. After a short break and a line up re-jig they worked throughout 2013/14 to produce Snake Side Brotherhood, released in Mid-2015.
Until The Day I Die is hard hitting from the off, is drenched in heavy riffs, with thunderous drum work and really gets the blood pumping. Alas for me, this is where the good stuff ends, the vocals here are just too lacklustre, thin and reedy they do not have the power needed to back up sonorous backing track and thus falls flat.
Wreck Me is up next, and to be honest I expected pure filth, unadulterated, down and dirty, grinding, Nine Inch Nails- Closer, kind of porn. Boy was I disappointed! The bass line started promisingly enough with just enough filth to tickle the proverbial perfectly supported by the thundering drums and whining guitar. Then as the vocals kick in it hits me, it feels and sounds like Myles Kennedy, but the vocal range, depth and tone is just not sufficient to pull it off however and this leads to the somewhat disappointed after effects of what essentially should be a bloody good song.
Drown In Me offers a melodious opener, taking away the hard rock elements for a moment and harnessing the slight Prog leanings, it is a perfectly placed break in proceedings, lulling the listener before the heavy bass/drum play off begins. There is no doubt about the musical instrumental talent here at all, and it is in fact a pleasure to listen to if only I could block out the vocals, in this case both lead and backing.
Every Thorn brings us to the penultimate offering from the Athens based group, again the musicality is immense, the obvious chemistry is impressive, the technical ability outstanding and on this one even the vocals seem to grate less as they seemingly take a backseat.
Bloom finishes the album on an unexpected note; highly melodic; overflowing with emotion; this is by far the best track vocally, although rushed at times, the pared back, raw offering is a soft, unusual way to close out a hard-edged record.
There are definite improvements to be made on this record, without a doubt, but does this mean you shouldn’t listen? Well, actually, no, not at all. The music is fantastic; the lyrics a factual and honest journey and the talent palpable. With Bloom making it on to my repeat list, I sincerely hope that the vocal problems can be solved as there is definite potential there.
Words: Kat Hilton