Statiqbloom – The Sixth Extinction (2017)
During the third extinction event, the Permian-Triassic extinction, also known as The Great Dying, 96% of all species on our little planet were wiped out. This event was much worse than the extinction event that killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, in fact, The Great Dying of 250 million years was the worst extinction event of all five. Of the 4% remaining species, or numerically, 8.7 million species, humans are just one. How ironic that one specie now seems directly responsible for ongoing demise of this planet, The Sixth Extinction. Through the medium of modern life, humans are killing Earth. It’s a horrible thought – dark and depressing – much like the atmosphere created by Brooklyn based act Statiqbloom, who’s 2017 live album, The Sixth Extinction, has just been self-released on cassette.
Following on quickly from the astonishingly great Blue Moon Blood album released earlier this year, The Sixth Extinction sees Statiqbloom mainman Fade Kainer and partner in crime, Denman C Anderson, showcase select tracks from their back catalogue for a live radio performance on New York station WFMU back in July this year.
In typical Statiqbloom fashion, the band’s performance of their brand of heavily atmospheric, dark, aggressive electro-industrial, conveys succinctly the bleak nature of mankind’s behaviour and the darker recesses of the mind. Whilst staying largely loyal to the studio recordings, these live versions come across as more raw and visceral on The Sixth Extinction, with Kainer sounding suitably possessed, particularly on tracks like “Black Walks Eternal” or unreleased song “This Hidden Hand”, which impress strongly with frenzied vocal performances. Other highlights include the haunting “Feel The Flesh” and a propulsive version of “Atrophy Of Three”.
The Sixth Extinction is a worthy addition to the Statiqbloom discography and its release rounds off a good year for the band, with the superb new studio Blue Moon Blood released in April and a subsequent successful touring cycle. Obviously recommended.
The Sixth Extinction is available in very limited quantities on Bandcamp now, here.