Wednesday, April 15, 2009
LIKE similarly Street Fighter-titled act Hadouken!, Sonic Boom Six are so in your face their name is derived from an attack.
Their third album City Of Thieves steals from a myriad of genres - metal, rap, jungle, ska, punk and even glam rock - in an aural assault overlaid with menacing inner city social commentary.
It's an interesting idea, but unfortunately Sonic Boom Six are jacks of many genres, but masters of only some.
The ska sections and dance elements here are buried again and again by the proliferation of metal overdrive that's not done as well.
As a result, the overall effect, ironically, ends up as a sort of musical indistinct sprawl representing the inner cities that the band are raging against in their lyrics.