Since first submitting tracks for inclusion on our Bone Orchard podcast at Audioburger.com, Czech thrashers Sixth Dimension has been a regular fuse to strong responses and a hunger for more from the show’s listeners. Still relatively a secret outside of their homeland the band look set to amend that with the release of their new EP Přežít !, a four track uncompromising confrontation of raw and predatory thrash metal. With a sound certainly not stretching boundaries but giving the genre a stronger carnivorous and captivating presence, the Most and Teplice based quintet has uncaged their most potent and accomplished release to date with the new EP, one leading to hopes and expectations that the world will be hearing more from and of the band ahead.
Sixth Dimension was formed in 2002 and across the years as well has earning an impressive reputation for their sound and adrenaline fuelled live performances, has released a couple of well-received CDs in the aggressive forms of Respekt (Respect) in 2006 and especially Nikdy nevíš kdy (You Never Know When) of 2012. Earlier this year saw the release of the Live On Il Fest 2012 DVD, further confirmation of the strength and passion of the band live, but it is Přežít! (Survive!) where you suspect the trigger to fuller awareness of their force is to be found.
Opening track Skrytá Bezmoc steps from a crowd scene to immediately savage the ear with rapacious riffing from guitarists Peter ‘Špirda’ Špiroch and Filip ‘Bombo ‘ Skoumal. They take no prisoners especially with the thumping rhythms of drummer Peter ‘Buchy’ Buchner stamping authority over proceedings and the bass of Jan ‘Johnnies’ Hirsch stalking the onslaught with a throaty growl. It is a sizeable slab of intimidation compounded in menace by the caustic growling of vocalist Paul ‘Paolo Wiďuz’ Wieden. There is little to worry new invention with the track, but standing brutal and holding an adventure especially from grooves and a melody drenched solo, the song is an impressive and infectious lure into the band’s newest tempest.
The following Bezmoc (Věnováno Davidovi Kaplanovi) like its predecessor goes straight for the throat but with an even more vicious and hungry torrent of corrosive riffing and malicious rhythms. Taking little time to begin involving exciting melodic invention into the sonic design cast by the guitars, the track twists and turns whilst bombarding the senses with intensive heavyweight thrash antagonism. If you have not seen their live DVD this track alone give a mighty hint as to the band onstage and the force of their skilled provocation.
Third track Zkrat has an indefinable familiarity to certainly its opening persuasion and perpetually tempting groove, but soon immersed within the Sixth Dimension ferociousness and unbridled intensity it only works as extra bait to the thoroughly satisfying incitement. Drums and bass as on all songs create a sinewed sculpted frame which barges and pressures the senses into submission whilst riffs and especially the acid enriched solo at the song’s conclusion, only seed greater hunger to the already greedy appetite for the release.
The EP is brought to an end by the prowling brutality of Maska, the song providing a predominantly lumbering gait with the passion to expel shards of sonic ruin and melodic enticement from its intensive body. A mighty beast inciting senses and passions it brings the equally towering EP to an impacting conclusion, cementing Sixth Dimension at being their most creatively potent and muscular best. If this band has yet to assault your ears then there is no better introduction and intrusion to welcome than the excellent Přežít ! EP, European thrash at its rawest best.
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