Release DetailsLABEL Nuclear Blast
RELEASED ON 5/17/2005
posted on 5/2005 By:
Well, with a name like 66Sick, how can an album go wrong? Hard to imagine, right? I don't know, if you ask me, once you're naming your albums something with a not-so-clever variation on a known sequence of numbers, it might be time for something different.
While I can tell this isn't what they're aiming for, Disbelief at times sound like a more grandiose and doomy version of later-Machinehead, primarily with their riffing. I can say without a single doubt that their biggest strength is vocalist Karsten Jager, who has an agonizing growl/yell as well as a talented singing voice. My biggest gripe has to do with the fact that this seems so obviously angled towards the nu-metal fringe crowd, and not the average heavy music fan. They have such a safe sound and the stellar recognizable Tue Madsen/Antfarm Studios/futuristic-style of production only pushes that fact further into your face. While the band changes styles fairly often, at times embracing a thick doom/goth sound on "Continue" and the straying into darker undertones on "Crawl", everything sounds so similar despite any tempo changes that may occur. There's moments where the whole formula becomes somewhat cohesive, but still wholly unmoving. "Try" is a great example of this, where the aggression is balanced well with the clean singing, but the song still fails to make a real impact on the listener. If Disbelief would engage in writing more songs like the somber final track, "To Atone For All", they'd stand a chance in getting a bit more recognition.
And that's where I stand. It's an alright album, but certainly don't scour the shelves to track down a copy. Hopefully Disbelief will eventually realize that what they're attempting just isn't dragging people out to buy their albums, and we'll all see some improvement in the future.
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