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A killer album.

A decade on from their forming, Voodoo Six look set to finally capitalise on a back catalogue littered with some of the best Hard Rock/Metal that the UK has produced in recent years. Rising from the ashes of the Iron Maiden approved (and influenced) Dirty Deeds, the V6 debut offering 'Feed My Soul' saw the light of day back in 2006, although it was subsequently re-released as 'First Hit For Free' two years later. However it was the introduction of singer Luke Purdie for 2010's 'Fluke?', which really saw the band hit their stride and in truth through a string of impressive live shows and the snarlingly infectious digital EP 'Falling Knives', the band have never looked back since. More recent times have also seen drummer Dave Cavill move on, with the simply stunning sticksmithery of Joe Lazarus filling that void in particularly impressive style.

So that brings us to album proper number three, the clumsily (possibly misguided in the current global climate) named 'Songs To Invade Countries To', which title aside, barely puts a foot wrong from start to finish. Boasting a twin guitar assault in the shape of Matt Pearce and Chris Jones that would put many more established double axe wielding outfits to shame, there are two things that you can rest assured 'STICT' is huge on – in your face riffs with a hint of metal and a trace of blues, and an almightily irresistible groove. The guitar pair combine time and again to knock-out effect.

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The three original tracks from the aforementioned 'Falling Knives' EP are all included here, with the song of the same name, 'Sharp Sand' and 'Stop' all earning their inclusion by way of their incisive bursts of razor sharp guitars and Purdie's gritty, yet melodically seductive tones. However that they don't overshadow their new album mates merely goes to show just how high the standard of material on 'STICT' is from start to finish. 'All That Glitters' stomps along angrily, almost veering into Metallica territory, before a mid-tempo groove and superior vocals kick in. 'Waiting In Line' adds a little cocksure biker attitude to a clever little lyric, while the slow build, ever tempo changing, AC/DC-isms of 'Your Way' drags you along on a joyously threatening mix of Tony Newton bass thunder, guitar incision and percussive fury. Keen to show that the Voodoo Six template is not one set in stone, 'Lead Me On' and 'You Don't Know' also add a little keyboard backing to the brutish guitars. The former in impressive style, the latter not initially quite so sure footedly, although repeat visits have unlocked the appeal of the intertwining guitar/vocal/keyboard melodies.

With a long Euro trek opening for Iron Maiden already in motion, festival dates booked for late summer and the promise of more UK roadwork later in the year, the only thing Voodoo Six needed to make 2013 their year, was a killer album to back it all up. 'Songs To Invade Countries To' is that album!

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Franco Cerchiari said:

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I had never heard of Voodoo Six when I purchased this CD, but when holding it for the first time, and I saw track one was called "Falling Knives," I said to myself, "well, damn, any CD that has a song called "Falling Knives," I gotta have it." And how glad I am that I did. Similar to Covered Call or Hardcore Superstar with the heavy, hard rocking guitars and almost growling vocals of the incredible bands Fatal Smile or Firewolfe, Voodoo Six kicks it right out of the box with a solid opening track. The bass guitar riffs of "Stop," the brilliant twin guitar harmonies heard during the intro of "Sink or Swim" the gentle, acoustic guitars of the bluesy "Your Way," which then gives away to an all out rocker, and listen closely to the lyrics of "Waiting In Line," talking about a man who seems that the love he offers makes him feel like he's just "waiting in line." And try listening to "Brick Wall," or "Sharp Sand," and not reach for the volume knob. Brace yourself, for these two tracks flat out rock. Good stuff for sure.

All that is right about hard rock Voodoo Six does right - and then some. Many bands have a twin guitar attack, but what makes a twin guitar sound so good is when two different guitarists use their instruments to create a sound that adds harmonies, depth and a solid underscore. You have that here, in droves.

It's amazing that this band has been around for 12 years, has released as many CDs as they have and still are relatively unheard of. So, I'll say what I've said so many times before: "Hey, American radio, wake up, would ya?????"
 
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