Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CD review: THREE SIXES Know God, No Peace

Know God, No Peace
Universal Sign Records
The packaging of this full length release is enough to interest you in Three Sixes. The promotional copy I was mailed of Know God, No Peace is packaged in a mockup of the bible, comes with a poster/lyric sheet and includes a full biography describing the making of this recording with their influences and bands they have performed with et cetera. Plus another surprise or two. If you’re expecting a recording consisting of the same formula throughout, what you’re getting is an album of eclectic influences that reveal themselves here, from goth to black metal to techno to industrial to hardcore to rap. The fifteen tracks justify the thought and planning put into the packaging described above, and the band’s capability to channel their influences is undeniable. There is a professionalism to the album that is instantly self-evident from the first track onward. Three Sixes is fronted by lead vocalist Damien LaVey whose interview is posted here in AEA’s blog. Between the article and the printed lyrics released with the CD packaging, it becomes obvious the band isn’t about crudeness for the sake of crudeness or spewing blasphemy for its own sake, but well considered allegories of how religion is used as a weapon and has consistently been throughout history. Look at the hatred the Westboro Baptist Church spews and the increasing number of Catholic priests offering less than favorable methods of spreading their beliefs in the media. Not to say there is not a certain amount of anger directed at all this. But you’ll understand there are valid reasons for it as opposed to the sort of stereotypical sacrilege often associated with metal. The best quality of this CD is the sense of mystery you experience, wondering what direction this full length will take next with each song. As an added bonus there is a cover of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck recorded for this album, done with a series of effects giving it an entirely new dimension. Contact the band at their Facebook address for ordering information. -Dave Wolff