With a label named so grimly euphonious as Sick6Sick, you would expect to hear ultra brutal death metal bands who s*** down the collective throats of similarly-genred bands on other labels. However, there are only two acts (dis)gracing this label, The Brotherz Grim(who don't even have any info linked to them), and Nine-Iron.
Nine-Iron is a one-man act formed out of the ashes of New Jersey death metal bands Casket and Sanguinary. Hammond, the mastermind behind the operation, wanted to take his death metal roots 'one step further' by creating an album that didn't just rely on death metal growling.
Unfortunately, I don't know if you could say that he took his roots further by doing this, since this album sounds damn near mallcore. It's one thing to decide to have some clean vocals to complement the growling(hell, lots of bands are doing that nowadays), but it's another thing to have those whiny, acidic mallcore yelps with lots of groovechunk and practically no memorable soloing. The music on this album sounds like a less ambitious form of Mushroomhead, without any of that band's interesting keyboard work or rhythmic drive. The vocals have this drowned-out effect to them which makes them sound really sloppy and slimy, and the drums don't have any interesting fills or snare work, which makes the whole thing sound really bland.
I guess the good thing about this album is that it's angry, and there are a couple of tracks that stand out above the rest. "Gold" has a really interesting flute section to it, and "Better Man's Path" is a very sullen, hypnotic doom outro. From my viewpoint, I think this act should veer off in a different direction than the one it's on now. It's trying to pass itself off as a metal act, but it comes across as very weak, and I'm not sure how interested Hammond is at being heavy and such. Obviously, he must have wanted to tone things down if he left two death metal bands for this. He should just make this act an avant-garde rock act or just shamefully fold in with the mallcore crowd.
The whole album is available for download on the band's website (see link below)
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