This CD was sent to me for review by Misanthropica Records and again I had no idea what to expect. After listening to this album, I can tell you that 66Crusher are worth checking out. They are very atmospheric with their vocals and the music itself is quite technical with all the changes but they manage to incorporate it all very well. Its got a heap of heavy riffs in there, with a good mix of melodic guitar work. To give you a better idea I’d say they sounded a bit like Katatonia and Daylight Dies. They definitely have their own unique sound though.
The Eye Of The Betrayer: Starts off fairly fast and heavy then eases into a den of confusion. An angst filled wasteland of human emotion; troubled, devoured, broken, distraught, tormented, betrayed. It’s filled with changes though as each word passes you manage to understand the scrambled nature of this track.
“The loss of the woman that that I thought I loved, So hard yet so free, Draw conclusions of why and how it could have been, Makes my mind do its will…”
The Game: Again, it’s scrambled but a tale of woe you’re able to follow. It’s perhaps darker than the previous track. I admire any vocalist that can manage to formulate their own inflection over so many musical changes.
“It’s just a game, they behave like mice, Trapped in a cage made of glass, So you can see, it’s oh so real, The wheels can’t be stopped, did you see he…”
Mindtrapped: Consists of two parts / tracks. The first is a light instrumental which only goes for 01:33 but that is soon forgotten as the next part thunders on in. 66Crusher really are quite good musicians and must have great timing skills to be able to accomplish these sorts of tracks. It seems perhaps like this track is a little more focussed.
“Is your life much easier now? With your hands before your eyes, Forgetting all good things, Denying all your pride…”
Twelve Winters Strong: This is the longest track on the album, 13:52. Obviously this one is filled with many changes and technical riffs. I’m surprised they can even come up with any more after the amount of changes in this track! Personally I prefer not so much, it seems over dramatised for my liking. Though I do give them credit for their technique and ability.
“From the first day of her world, her father used her for pleasure, Our secrets in place between ourselves, My mother always stands in the shadows while he’s forcing me, These chains of pain won’t let me be…”
Twenty Years Of Silence: A short instrumental, 00:56.
The Disciple: Starts off nice and mellow then merges into an acoustic style frenzy. This track blends very well together as there aren’t so many changes. It’s a nice refresher after all the previous commotion.
“Faith, my friend, your pain will never mend, But in time you will depend on me, You’re like a child beneath the sun, getting burned cause you’re on your own, Tell me your story, and you’ll never walk alone…”
Unmasking The Truth: Getting back to the metal with this one. It has a more stable rhythm that lets you actually get into it a lot easier. Bit of a Slayer influence within the riff I think. That is perhaps why I like it so much.
“Are you afraid of life after death? Uncertainty lies in the back of your head, If you believe in me, I will set you free, The pain in you lies in me…”
The Tables Have Turned: This has some Metallica and Pantera sounding riffs in it somehow, with a nu-metal touch to it. Is back with the changes making it a little hard to keep up and get into. But 66Crusher seem to be telling tales of angst and discovery so it really is a constant battle of change all round.
“Disciple using me, Satisfy his fantasies, Realise he’s not helping, I must stop seeing him, Ending my misery, Move on from Christianity…”
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Review by Déa di Morté © 12 Feb 2008
All pictures and lyrical extracts courtesy of 66Crusher and Misanthropica Enterprises