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THE DANCE OF DEATH
:: The Scaramanga Six ::
12 March 2007 / Wrath / 10 Trk CD
By JA

Just short of eighteen months since “Cabin Fever”, The Sacarmanga Six have yet another LP with which to frighten small children and small animals. It’s a dangerous beast too – the kind that should be muzzled and owned only on special licence. The Scaramanga Six make big albums and “The Dance Of Death” could be their hugest yet. With “Baggage” and “Vesuvius” preluding the album as a double-A single, “Helvetica” and “I Wear My Heart On My Sleeve” have also made it onto various Leeds compilations. As ever the The S6 sound is trademarked by those massive basslines and the kind of operatic epics that first materialised on the likes of The Damned's “Black Album”. Mixing this with a shrewd song writing style that owes as much to The Divine Comedy as it does Hugh Cornwell, the more retrospective moments occur on “The Collector” which subscribes to 60’s movie themes and croons. The bloody rattle of “Helvetica” is endemic of an album that’s immersed in semi-gothic humour and seriously angular new alt.rock anthems and ballads. Devillish tunes from the other side of the moors.


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