Siva Six Rise New Flesh
By Marcus Pan
Easily one of the darkest records in the
EBM genre to cross my desk in some time, Siva Six's Rise New Flesh on
Decadence Records this year is a brooding series of dark elements strung like
black pearls on a pirate's necklace. Formed by Noid and Z (keys & vox
respectively), the cover art to the lyrics to the ensembles are all imbued with
a deep cynicism held aloft by melancholy and paranoia.
Taking lessons from the old school hard hitters (Armageddon
Dildos, Laetherstrip, Skinny Puppy(1)), Siva Six opens their ten track with the
best of the album Fire Walks With Me. The lyrics have "goth
poetry" written all over them except it's very good as opposed to the
cliche-ridden shit you find on today's youthful blogs. Fire Walks With
Me is my favorite here, and unfortunately using it to open the album leaves
me wanting more as the tracks progress. It's a "blew their wad early" sort of
All the following tracks of Rise New Flesh are good
sometimes quite good. But even with the driving bass laden beats of
Streetcleaner or the steady brooding melancholy of Another Dead
World, I'm not moved as much as by the opening highlight that was Fire
Walks With Me. This is a difficult review to write because there's nothing
bad about the album, but nothing jumps out at me either. It kind of just plays
with a "heard it before" quality.
Siva Six is a fine duo and I'd like to see more of their
darkness make it out. The only caveat is that, while you can say they're some
of the darkest of the bunch, they're still in a bunch. That makes it easy for
me to say that if you like EBM/industrial, you'll enjoy Rise New Flesh.
But it also makes them get stuck in a clump with a bunch of other folks who do
the same thing. Rise New Flesh is a good album not one of the
best and not one of the worst but other than Fire Walks With Me
there aren't many in the way of standout tracks that help them claw up over the
previously mentioned clump.
(1) See Legends #121
for a review of their Back + Forth Vol.