"Crippled Souls" (Novakkane Records; 2013)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"Crippled Souls," by The Sixth Chamber, is an interesting conglomeration of Danzig-type punk combined with dark progressive rock. If that sounds like a strange combination to you, you're more right than wrong. It is kind of strange and I'm not sure the meld works as well as it could.

Don't get me wrong: the music here is unique and interesting and, if you're simply looking for something different then look no further. In fact, sometimes "Crippled Souls" might be a little too different. The band describes their sound as "If Edgar Allen Poe sang the blues in a dark, heavy rock form" and that's as good a description as any. The blending of punk, progressive, atmospheric and ... well, just weird ... may not gel as completely as you'd like but you'll find it difficult to stop listening, for sure.

The CD seems a little sloppy and a little loose throughout and that might be intentional or it it might be the curse of trying to glue all those styles together. There's even a hint of Oingo Boingo-style new wave here and there.

Weird but kind of wonderful, "Crippled Souls" is fresh and different but is definitely not for everyone.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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