ALBUM: CB6 – Succession
August 5th, 2013
CB6, a post-hardcore band formed in Essex and that have been playing music together since they were 11-years-old, have now released their album ‘Succession’, and it’s a banger. As soon as you hit play, you’re greeted with a diverse and organic selection of thrash, metal and hardcore all compiled together that’s nothing short of viciously executed. Considering this is their first release, you could very well say that they have a good future in store and is something they should keep optimistic about.
The album was mixed and mastered in a very hasty five days with Matt Hylde (responsible for the assemble of Slipknot, Machine Head and Gallow‘s albums) who decided to take the album into his own hands after seeing a studio demo video which clearly caught his attention and seemed worthy of his time.
‘Succession’ clearly demonstrates how these guys can work under any circumstances, especially given the difficulties and constraints they had when the album went through mixing, but this just goes to show that they’re giving it everything they can to make it something worth listening to, and the finished product is a testament to that hard work.
With emphasis on riffs and tight hard-hitting punchy tracks, there are plenty of songs you can get into the swing of things with and the band also demonstrate that you can compliment the genre with the subliminal message of poetry. For example, the whole concept of ‘Clocks’ is based around a poem by Robert H. Smith called ‘The Clock of Life’, which is something to be desired by a whole new niche of fans.
After forming the band back in 2001 and being around for nearly 12 years, these guys have really worked hard and put in a lot of time and effort to get where they are today. That’s 12 years of band practices, get togethers, writing songs, all that graft and then shown within five days of mixing the album. Their dedication and investment truly does show, with clear recognition of their influences such as Lamb Of God and Pantera, but at the same time working in their own sound making it fit together and flow from one track to another.
The chemistry between the guys is what makes ‘Succession’ so great and how they pulled together and exerted to make the quality of each song so listenable. This is the exact reason why CB6 are a band to keep an eye on in the future.
Written by Lauryn Paige