|Three Sixes - 'Know God, No Peace' (Universal Sign Records)|
|Written by Gaz E|
|Saturday, 22 November 2014 04:00|
Bands that send social media messages that simply contain the line "hey guys, review our band!" and a YouTube link to some live footage filmed on a cell phone take note: Southern Californian outfit Three Sixes sent their new album in a full-size replica of the Holy Bible, and all the way across the Atlantic too.
Three Sixes formed in 1999 and have followed up their 2005 self-titled full length debut album with 'Know God, No Peace', a concept album of sorts that was released on the United Nation's International Day of Peace at the end of September, the trail of bloody death left in religion's wake the tie that binds the album's fifteen brutal tracks together.
Not only did the album arrive in the incredible aforementioned packaging, but it also comes wrapped in a great digipak that houses a fantastic foldout poster featuring thought-provoking artwork that totally sums up the spirit of the band: if you walk the left hand path, or are even just awake enough to see through the lies that we're subjected to as commonly as we intake oxygen, then 'Know God, No Peace' will impress on many levels.
It all comes back to the music though, doesn't it? Happily, Three Sixes have fashioned a somewhat unique take on the sonic brutality generally accustomed to this kind of alternative thinking.
I've always stifled a hearty chuckle at the press campaigns of certain noisy bands who speak of the want for political change and the exposing of lies in their music yet when you slip it on the death deck you can't understand a single friggin' word that is said. The chimera of heavy duty metal, thrash and death that Three Sixes deal in, with a bloody splash of horror metal here, an oily drop of industrial there, along with the outstanding album packaging, results in the band's message coming across firmly and bluntly.
The lyrical subject matter is as dark as the cover, 'Lead Winged Angel' devoted to the monstrous work of serial killer Aileen Wuornos for example, but the industrial-tinged cover of AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck' confirms that even these gnarled metal veterans can see light in the darkest places. That said, the title track that closes the album is dedicated to those serving, or have served, in the U.S. military and features a spoken word passage from the book 'God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything', just in case you've started to forget the message during the playback of such badass metal.
Three Sixes have shared stages with the likes of Prong, Fear Factory, Murderdolls, Death Angel, Strapping Young Lad, Powerman 5000 and the Genitorturers - now they should share shelf space with them in your music collections too.