These modern metal projects are hard things to slag or praise nowadays. The production qualities are always better than average, meaning the records all sound really good (especially at loud volumes). However, it seems that the songwriting and tonality of the genre is suffering, as far too many metal bands fall into the trap of laying down two standout tracks amongst a bunch of droning, monotonous material that’s almost impossible to tell apart.
Six has a healthy musical metal pedigree (vocalist Lauren Boquette fronted the band Drown in the mid-90s and also did guest spots with the Argyle Park project and For Love Not Lisa, while guitarist Alfunction is a well-known tech guy and former member of mid-90s rock act Malfunction), a fact that comes into play considering two tracks on here are re-worked versions of Drown/Malfunction songs.
Unfortunately, Six falls into the chasm of monotony with The Price of Faith. Boquette’s vocals are just gritty and edgy enough to add a nice layer of intensity to the disc, and the music is very polished and well-produced, sounding eggshell delicate on the quiet parts and raging loudly on the guitar flare-ups during the choruses. All in all, though, the songs basically blend together like musical oatmeal, making this a very good-sounding piece of ignorable background music. The lone exception is “The Only One,” which blazes sufficiently as a piece of catchy rock with metal overtones. Otherwise, the tracks are interchangeable in their blandness.
It’s a shame, really, because The Price of Faith actually sounds really good. The Pro Tools audio editing program can do amazing things to a band’s studio effort. Unfortunately for Six and other bands like them, though, Pro Tools can’t write worthwhile songs to back up the production gloss it can offer up. Fans of this sorta thing should absolutely adore Six, but there’s not much interesting here for folks not completely engrossed in the genre.