The Sixxis must have more than a few music angels watching their backs. They've gone from releasing this self-titled debut album to touring Europe, twice, first with Wishbone Ash, and currently with Mike Portnoy's The Winery Dogs. So what's all the buzz about?
Mostly, it's because The Sixxis are a talented and entertaining rock band, blending heavy and alternative rock with (maybe) a dash of prog in a catchy melodic wrapper. You might hear a bits of some of their peers and influences here including Muse, Soundgarden, System of a Down, and Alice In Chains. The package includes a CD of five studio recordings and three live recordings and a bonus DVD with three songs.
Several things you notice at the start. The Sixxis have a inherent heavy character that melds with a lush texture. Some of this comes from the large and vigorous amount of riffage, but also from the vocal arrangements and touch of violin. Defining tracks include I Wanted More and the live version of Nowhere Close. You get a tad more of straight rock accessibility with the opener Believe, but also Farewell to Everything and Home Again, both live with the former possibly the lightest song here. Believe returns a second time on the album being sung in Russian, a wasted track that could have been replaced by another original song. But considering the non-traditional presentation of their music in this package, mixing studio with live recordings, it's probably not completely out of character for the band. As for the notion, as some have been saying, that The Sixxis are a prog rock band, it's just that, a notion. The closest thing to progressive rock could be Nowhere Close, where the band mixes things up a bit. Nevertheless, The Sixxis are a fine band offering some entertaining material and a promising future. I look forward to hear much more, and hopefully soon.
The Sixxis are a fine band offering some entertaining material and a promising future. I look forward to hear much more, and hopefully soon.
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