Oct 2011 12

Siva Six - The Twin MoonsSiva Six
Category: Industrial
Album: The Twin Moons
Stars: 3
Blurb: Siva Six proves to be heavy on personality but light on variety.

 

With two full-length albums and a remix album under its belt, Greece’s electro duo Siva Six returns with their third album and a slightly altered lineup. A beat heavy electro assault, The Twin Moons offers an energetic experience flavored with epically scaled orchestral moments and a blistering vocal style that offers some much needed personality to straightforward and simplistic song structure.

Right from the start, Siva Six makes their intentions known with the high energy beat, grandiose scale, and harsh vocals of “Faileth Stars,” but just as quickly shows their biggest weakness as “The Twin Moons,” despite its slower tempo, does very little do differentiate itself from the previous track with the very similar cadence of the vocals and interchangeable lyrics do little to help things. With “Valley of the Shadows,” Siva Six trips over themselves with some unneeded, distracting, and cheesy sampling, which is strange because they use it so well in other tracks like “Serpent Whore” where it is much less obtrusive and works to greatly enhance the mood of the song. Unfortunately, there are also tracks like “Intha Ren” and “Angels of the Nine” that are little more than a fast beat and come across as excessively generic and would be all but featureless if not for the distinctive vocal style. The Twin Moons closes with Siva Six’s take on the Vangelis end title theme from Blade Runner; a risky maneuver to be sure, but Siva Six manages to put enough of a unique twist on the track to prevent it from being too blasphemous, and apart from some mildly hokey lyrics, achieves a really strong bookending track sure to leave the listener happy.

When it comes to energy, Siva Six definitely doesn’t disappoint, and closing with the their surprisingly solid take on the Blade Runner theme, The Twin Moons proves to be a bit of a crowd pleaser. However, despite everything it does right, the album is a victim of its own energy as the songs bleed together, making the album somewhat tiresome as it unfolds, leaving it better for short bursts of play than a solid one sitting album. These problems aside, there is still plenty to be impressed by and it’s nice to see that though they walk a well worn path, Siva Six still manages to inject enough personality into their music to stand out from the herd.

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Siva Six Website http://www.sivasix.com
Siva Six MySpace http://www.myspace.com/sivasix
Siva Six Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/SIVA-SIX-OFFICIAL/215464915160455
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2011-06-17

Trubie Turner (Flexei)

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