6th Circle – Pacified/Conjuring

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/label Sentient Ruin Laboratories
Released: 2020
Buy Album https://6thcircle1.bandcamp.com/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/6thcircle666/

Band line-up:

Max Auxier – Everything

Tracklisting:

1. Era of the Pig
2. Slave
3. Punished
4. Burn, Walk Away
5. For Your Time
6. Possession [Digital Only Bonus Track]
7. Agreas
8. Asmodeus
9. Zepar (Imacculate Infection)
10. Paimon
11. Balaam

Review

Ohio-based electro-industrial group 6th Circle have released a vinyl compilation of two of their most renowned cassettes: Conjuring and Pacified.

This is a band who are as political and socially aware as all the greats of the industrial and electro genres, however in my opinion, do not pack quite the punch you’d expect from those who’ve made it big.

The compilation begins with a sound reminiscent of Skinny Puppy and Front Line Assembly with some catchy samples of religious fanatics and serial killers talking about their disturbing actions and gets darker and more brutal with the next few tracks. I cannot recall any written lyrics here as the band are trying to reflect the status of their homeland through media, which would please anyone who likes experimental music done this way.

As it progresses, I was reminded of Chumbawamba’s use of sampling to express their opinions as “Punished” deals with torture and honour killings – two themes very common in bands critical of religion. Then we come to the end of the first cassette with a tranquil outro.

Second side or cassette “Punished” takes on the same style and uses old school instrumentation that reminded me a little bit of Whitehouse and other power electronic bands. Grittiness and jagged vibes spring from this side but the themes become repetitive by the time you reach “Asmodeus.”

Overall, 6th Circle are doing what you’d expect from a politically motivated industrial band but they don’t stand out like their peers. I will give them the benefit of the doubt as they are made up of an experienced multi-instrumentalist: Max Auxier, so this might not have been a release good enough for my palate.

However, if you want to beef up your collection with more bands similar to Combichrist and Youth Code, stick this album on.

Review by

Demitri Levantis

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