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ZONE SIX

Zone Six

Psychedelic/Space Rock


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Studio Album, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Barbwired Box (7:36)
2. So Far (1:38)
3. Empty Faces (5:55)
4. Vacuum (1:43)
5. Three Elements (9:19)
6. Mindtrap #1 (0:47)
7. Dream Eyeland (7:26)
8. Her Smell Hasn't Left Me (11:17)
9. Bubble Trouble (2:15)
10. Mindtrap #2 (1:54)
11. Mindtrap #3 (1:32)
12. The Place (6:24)
13. Oh Mary (1:19)

Total Time: 59:05

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Line-up / Musicians

- Claus Bühler / drums, keyboards
- Dave Schmidt / spacebass, synthy, Mellotron
- Hans-Peter Ringholz / guitar
- Jodi Barry / vocals

Releases information

CD Early Birds Records eb001 (1998 Germany)

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Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
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4 stars Deep, dark, swirling freeform spacerock, Germany's `Zone Six' are a band without restrictions or boundaries. Totally improvised, the band's debut album is a mix of plodding and uneasy psychedelic noise bound to fascinate and terrify. The album seems like one long continuous bad trip through space, constantly crashing down on top of you with maddening bass, liquid synth, dirty distorted squalling electric guitar and driving percussion. Jodi Barry's ethereal voice and tortured words convey a real sense of paranoia and confusion. While the meandering music is sometimes very floating and dreamy, it's more like an unpleasant nightmare. The band has a superb sense of building tension and controlled fear.

Australian vocalist Jodi Barry comes across like a harder version of Beth Gibbons from Portishead. Her voice sounds so lost and other-wordly one minute, often struggling to be heard above the feedback and distorted noise, and commanding and threatening the next. On tracks like `Barbwired Box' she really spits out her words, conveying genuine terror. She's sensual and beckoning on the reggae tinged `Dream Eyeland', sorrowful and pained on `Her Smell Hasn't Left Me'. Barry also improvised the lyrics, which mostly come across as rambling stream-of-consciousness fragments.

`Barbwired Box' is menacing and heavy going, with a very dark surreal lyric driven home by the pounding drums. It also has a sinister mellotron outro, with a vacuum of acid drenched guitar and keyboards swirling all around it.

`Empty Spaces' has a foreboding climbing bass line swamped in grumbling distortion. Bass player Dave `Sula Bassana' Schmidt really shines on this one, and Claus Buhler's drums are a perfect example of effective restraint and rising drama. Guitarist Hans-Peter tears through the track with a wall of feedback.

Nine-minute standout `Three Elements' floats through a range of sounds, beginning with a frantic spoken word piece by Barry, then purred vocals before an Ummagumma-era Floyd psychedelic middle, and finally morphing into a reggae spaceout not far from the Ozric Tentacles.

Tracks like `Vacuum' and `Bubble Trouble' are essentially looped electronic experiments, while the three `Mindtrap' parts are walls of feedback and bridging snippets of sound.

`Dream Eyeland' is a sprightly reggae-tinged piece filled with loopy electronics with a sensual vocal by Barry, but the music overall remains mysterious and spaced out. Love H.P's howling guitar licks on this one, and there's some bouncy bass and drumwork too.

`Her Smell...' has almost middle-eastern motives throughout, very hypnotic, with a wonderful acid drenched messy guitar solo. There's a Gong-like section near the end that is quite jarring, it actually sounds kind of....malevolent! The Gong influence will surface again at the tail end of the album with the insane ditty `Oh Mary'! I guess it lightens the mood after quite a lot of gloom and heavy moodiness!

The album ends on a rather reflective and somber piano/vocal piece sung hauntingly by Barry. It sounds like nothing else on the album, but the band clearly knew it was special when they heard it. Strangely enough, it's oddly uplifting and comforting. Her whispered lyric "I can still feel your shadow..." is full of vivid imagery and emotion. Beautiful track.

(until the very abrupt and amusing ending that they should have faded out instead! I won't ruin it for you!)

I'll quickly mention that the sparse production really lets the music breathe superbly, and never sounds messy or cluttered, with perfect mixing. Great work from Claus and Dave.

Special mention must also go to the face melting acid drenched album cover painted by Franz Landel. Good chance your mind might resemble that once you've listened to this album a few times. Hey Sula/fellas, how about a reissue on vinyl to really show off that wonderful cover?!

Although the band is still in existence today, their music is now completely instrumental. I plan on checking some of their other albums out soon, but I would really love to hear another one with Jodi on vocals. Be interesting to see what the combination comes up with after all these years! She has an amazing and distinctive voice that deserves to be heard within this sort of music again.

I picked this CD from Cranium Records in New Zealand so long ago, and I admittedly found it quite difficult to listen to for many years! It's very emotionally draining and unnerving, really puts you through the ringer, and I doubt the band would have it any other way! Some of the music is a little tedious from time to time, and it's frequently all over the place, but it's always adventurous, fascinating, daring, captivating, groovy and highly original. Very recommended if you can find it!

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