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CB6 - Succession (Review)

CB6, Succession

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 1.5 out of 5

RATHER like ultra-gory (or torture porn) horror films, I don’t get people who listen to crunchingly heavy rock albums.

Metallers CB6 have delivered an album that’s full of aggressive riffs and hardcore vocals. And the ensuing feeling is overwhelmingly hardcore.

Recorded over five stressful days in 2012 at Bucks University (which saw one of the tracks disappear into thin air at one stage), Succession is nevertheless a slog to listen to – and that’s despite the ambition inherent in some of the lyrics (if you can be bothered staying around to listen).

Clocks, for instance, is based around a poem by Robert H. Smith called The Clock of Life, which was discovered in WWII hero Butch O’Hare’s father’s pocket when he was murdered. It’s actually one of the better tracks and comes early in the album, keeping a little more focus on the balance between power vocals and notable riff-making.

Unfortunately, they seem to prefer the party-bangers more. Album opener Perfect opens with a “one, two, three, four” before pounding you with heavy riffs, frenzied loops and a barrage of drums.

Crown initially suggests some akin to the broader appeal of Linkin Park before quickly re-introducing the onerous crunching metal riffs. It’s an angry track, deploring taxes and the heavy burden of living. But it’s message kind of gets lost in the mix.

And the longer the album lasts, the more the sense of despair sets in. Tracks (we won’t call them sons) like Deep Rooted title track Success and Casualty eventually begin to sound repetitive within the grander context of the LP.

Penny offers a rare moment of calm and suggests that CB6 have found a cigarette lighter moment. But it’s a guitar instrumental that clocks in at all of 60 seconds, so the respite is all too brief and hardly worth the effort.

It’s left to the aforementioned Clocks and Cold Season (which has a little more fun with the guitar-work and opts for harder rocking as opposed to metal) to give the album any merity whatsoever.

Download picks: Clocks, Cold Season

Track listing:

  1. Perfect
  2. Clocks
  3. Crown
  4. Elephant In The Room
  5. Illusion
  6. Deep Rooted
  7. Cold Season
  8. Penny
  9. Succession
  10. Casualty
  11. Eye of the Magpie