Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?
Sixsixsix Music is 4 months old this week, so it’s time for a little overview of what’s been happening the past few months.
The hardest part of all is getting reviews. I ran a webzine for just under 10 years, so I know what it’s like trying to get reviews done when you’re snowed under. But these days, unless you are willing to spend a fortune on cds and postage, you will struggle to get reviews. I’ve had more rejections the past few months than I’ve had hangovers. Yes, that many!
But on a positive note, the reviews I have received have almost all been very good. The only 2 average reviews have been from the same website. So I’m guessing the reviewer just doesn’t get Extreme Metal as they’ve given some awful pirate crap top marks.
So my sincerest thanks to all those reviewers that have given my releases good reviews
Here’s what’s coming out in the next few months
Skiddaw - Skiddaw EP
The cd version is out and there will be a tape version at the end of August. There will also be a limited edition coloured tape version – just 10 copies. More details on that closer to the release date.
Metal Forces gave the EP an amazing review, which you can read here:
Wonderbox Metal said:
Skiddaw have an energetic and enticing sound that’s bleak, windswept and icy; just how Black Metal should be
Black Phoenix Rising
With this EP Skiddaw have announced their arrival onto the UK scene in a pretty spectacular fashion
Skiddaw then are an impressive proposition if their opening demo offering is anything to go by!
Dutch Metal Maniac
Skiddaw is a band to follow in the future, I think they could be great in the black metal scene
… the foundations are definitely there for this band to become a force to be reckoned with in the British black metal scene
Baalberith - Apparition Of Skulls
It’s available as a download now and the cd and tape versions will be out in 2 to 3 weeks.
Again, there will be a limited edition tape version. And a patch and badge will be available too.
Once again, another great review from Metal Forces
There is something extremely exciting about this volatile record and I really don’t know where the true magic lies, but as a unit Baalberith has created some excellent, raging and above all grotesque black metal that is sure to evolve into a completely different monster next time round.
Black Phoenix Rising
Make no mistake though, this is a black metal album through and through, yet Baalberith can adopt a number of different styles yet still make it sound like raw black metal.
Blog Of Northern Darkness
“Quest for Satan” hooks you faster than smack and rather than sounding cliched and tired, Baalberith energize their deeply Satanic outpourings through raw thunderous black metal, a relentless tirade of hostility and a savage wall of noise!
Dutch Metal Maniac
… go listen to this release. It will blow your mind!
The Meads Of Asphodel - The Middle Ages
A download only compilation album. It’s available via Bandcamp, as well as iTunes, Amazon etc…
The Middle Ages charts The Meads Of Asphodel from album number two, 2003’s Exhuming the Grave of Yeshua up until they signed to Candlelight Records in 2010.
Lords of Metal
… as a historical document it’s actually really nice.
Although the band’s earlier works are certainly not to be missed, nor is this compilation, which charts the years from 2003 through to 2010 and serves a purpose as one of black metal’s most essential compilations.
Black Phoenix Rising
For the price you’re going to pay on Bandcamp though it’s still a great investment for both existing fans and newcomers alike, as well as being the perfect invitation to discover one of the UK’s most underrated bands and one of metal’s best kept secrets.
This is the release that’s a little bit different for the label. I love dark ambient music, so it was great to get HaatE on-board.
HaatE - … As The Moon Painted Her Grief
Cd and tape versions are being prepared right now. We’re just finishing the artwork. So release date for both, will be about September 1st. Download version is available via Bandcamp. And I’ve just received a bonus track which will only be available via the tape version.
You can read an interview with the band here:
Dark Underground Zine
In my opinion HaatE are a very great sounding dark ambient project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep
And do you know what? The more I listen to it the more I like it. It’s shockingly good.
For Black Metal fans who don’t always need the Metal part.
The Wolves Of Avalon - Boudicca’s Last Stand
It’s not been an easy ride with The Wolves. First of all, the album was a month late and then it was offered on a multitude of Russian download sites, which resulting in the band requesting the album be removed from Bandcamp.
On The positive side, nearly all of the reviews have been outstanding. Especially the review from Black Phoenix Rising, which gave the album 10 out of 10
Final thoughts? Fantastic album. This is a contender for the Album of the Year slot.
Heavy Metal Saloon
… the material here ranges from great to sheer brilliance. The highlights are too many to mention. This is one of the first pagan or folky-influenced records (that isn't written by Rotting Christ) in absolutely ages that I can really devour
This is for the true folk fans, the fantasy fanatics, the dreamers of a day that has long passed. The impressive array of instruments really add to the atmosphere, flutes, mandolins, violins, cellos and accordions all add to the feeling that this album has taken you back in time.
And here’s an interview for you to view
There are features coming up in both Zero Tolerance and Terrorizer too.
You can buy a download of the album via iTunes, Amazon etc… and if you want a physical copy of the album, email Godreah Records at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In Metal We Trust
This is a download only compilation of 11 underground bands. You can get the album via Bandcamp as a Name Your Price album
Helvete - Confederacy Of Hatred
This album is being put together right now. It’s a Black Metal compilation and will be available for free via Bandcamp from September 1st
Bands confirmed so far are:
Corruptor Ignis (Gibraltar)
Krajiny Hmly (Slovakia)
Nox Aeternum (USA)
Solar Deity (India)
The line-up will be completed in the next few days. Keep an eye out on my Facebook page for more details in the coming weeks
I will have an announcement of a new signing in the next week or so. It’s a South American Black Metal band and I’ll be re-issuing 2 demos + an album. I’m just sorting everything out right now.
And that’s just about it.
Here are all the links you need to keep up-to-date with the label.
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The Big Cartel shop will be expanded once all the new releases are out in a couple of weeks time