Phoenix metal act 69 Sins' debut EP G.F.Y. doesn't disturb me so much for what it is, as what it hints at. Though it's a pretty standard metal CD in many ways, there are a few glimmers of what I can only describe as Bro Metal. Now, metal barely -- barely -- survived the nu-metal era, and that was, at least in part, created by bands like Korn who counterbalanced their machismo with oddly-structured songs about being molested. 69 Sins comes a lot harder than a band like Limp Bizkit, and with all the bro rock posturing, I worry they could eventually grow in to force of pure evil.
First there's that name, which sounds like it was created by Beavis and/or Butthead. Then there's the part of "Old School" where the singer, Mike G., bellows "I've just got one thing to say: You all fucking suck. Yeah, you suck, you suck, and you suck too." Then there's the verses of "Weak," which sound suspiciously like that old-fashioned rap-rock thing. Oof.
The scary part is that 69 Sins also brings in machine-gun drums and a pitch-perfect death metal growl on "Kill What You Love." The second song, "Long Way Down" starts off with an enticing bit of Far East-sounding guitar before settling in to a well-rounded trudge riff and vocals reminiscent of what you'll hear from Tool. Then, they bring back the growl, for a full sound that's more mature than you'd expect from a band making it's first record. Like I said, that could bode well, but for the elements of bro rock posturing, which make me worry this band could turn in to something truly disturbing. Me, I'll just listen to the excellent new record from L.A. art metal band Isis and not sweat it.
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