Cadiz Music [Release date 08.09.17]
It seems an age since we caught up with Voodoo Six at a gig in Crewe in 2008. At that time their vocalist was Henry Rundell and current album ‘First Hit For Free’ a reworking of the band’s debut album ‘Feed My Soul’. It was one of our favourite albums of that year.
Voodoo Six might be a good example of what happens when you have a few false starts and several line-up changes as they’ve changed their singers, guitarist and drummer. I have to say that Henry didn’t seem to me a natural at the time, partly in his interview responses but with his face paint I guessed he may have thought he was in some sort of glam metal tribute.
The band have had some very good breaks in the past 10 years not least support slots to Iron Maiden and British Lion (Steve Harris is a friend of V6′s mainman Tony Newton) and several Download appearances. However this doesn’t always guarantee greater things – as The Answer found after similarly great exposure supporting AC/DC. Part of the issue might be the actual demand for this music, which is to be honest a little bit retro.
Fast forward to 2014 when the band recruited Nik Taylor-Stoakes who looks to me like he could be fronting Pantera or any number of extreme metal bands. But if his image isn’t a bonus, his voice certainly is.
Voodoo Six have always been very good at combining melody and heavy riffs and the new album has this in abundance. Piloted by the talented Tony Newton, this is plainly evident on the relentless grind of the title track and the following ‘Let Me Walk’.
When the band aren’t riffing they are capable of something more sensitive, such as the longest piece ‘The Choking’ which allows guitarist Craig Price to flex his tendons.
In reviewing their previous album release ‘Songs To Invade Countries To’ in 2013 I wrote: ‘I cannot see V6 taking over the world anytime soon. ‘ Sadly this still applies.
However, to those of a certain age, Voodoo Six will take them back to their earliest gigs. When mixed with a strong tipple or three the combination – especially live – could be rather wonderful. But, wait, we are told that we might lose a few more brain cells in the process? Fuck dementia, and enjoy. ****
Review by David Randall
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