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Sixx's Most Unholy 'Sister Devil'

Posted by Aaron Detroit, January 11, 2010 03:30pm | Post a Comment
Von, Sixx, Sister Devil Art
Recently highlighted in Black Light District’s 2009 year-end lists, Sixx’s Sister Devil is a starkly excellent yet nearly-forgotten Deathrock recording from 1991 by the members of San Francisco cult (and largely considered America’s first) Black Metal band, Von. After the release of their Satanic Blood demo, the members of Von started Sixx as a side project. While decidedly taking a turn towards Deathrock, the group recorded 8 tracks as Sixx that retained the lo-fi bleakness and Satanic bent of Von’s now infamous and highly influential demo recordings. Sister Devil has threads of early Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus, Samhain, early Xmal Deutschland, and The Cure. The LP likely would have been an immediately celebrated record had it been properly distributed and promoted on its initial release in ’91; however, the band only ever released a handful of cassette demo copies. The album -- now featuring brand-spanking-new mastering by James Plotkin (Khanate/Khlyst) -- was finally and properly issued on CD and LP this past November thanks to Von/ Sixx’s very own Goat and NWN! Productions and though it took 18 years to properly release, it will now likely be rightly considered a Deathrock classic.

Stand-out track “Black Ride” sounds like it could be an early demo for the Sisters’ First Last and Always LP had Andrew Eldritch been more of the goat-sacrificing ilk, while Von, Sixx, Black Metal“On The Dead” is Only Theatre of Pain-era Christian Death meets Peter Murphy on some-sort of pill-popping bender. The lo-fi atmosphere and an almost tentative approach to the songs are complimented and tied together by creepy spoken interludes by frontman Goat (taken from his 1993 zine -- a facsimile of which can be obtained in the special “die-hard” edition of the LP) that sound like ‘found’ recordings of a killer’s last confession.

Sixx only ever played two shows and were unfortunately and highly under-appreciated during their brief existence in the unforgiving purist scenes of the early 90’s, but the band left behind this rarified gem for all to treasure like Golem's precious. Sister Devil can now finally be added to the pantheon of great Deathrock albums.

Listen: Sixx "The Unnatural"

Sixx’s Sister Devil (as well as Von’s Satanic Blood Angel) is available now at Amoeba Hollywood on CD and LP (LP includes AWESOME poster of the Jake Korbin cover art!) and the special 2LP “die-hard” edition should be in the store soon.


Featured Releases This Week, Amoeba Hollywood

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Sect Imperative CD [Rage in Eden]
Sophomore album from Polish project featuring a more evolved sound. Bombastic orchestral and industrial! CD in 3 doublesided panel digipak.


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