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Fiction Syxx - 2017 Tall Dark Secrets


ARTIST: Fiction Syxx
ALBUM: Tall Dark Secrets
LABEL: Melodicrock Records
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Mark Allen Lanoue - lead and backing vocals, guitars * JK Northrup - guitars, backing vocals * Eric Ragno - keyboards * Tony Franklin - bass * Rory Faciane - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Given Sight * 02 Play On Words * 03 Tow The Line * 04 Welcome To My Nightmare * 05 Demon In My Window * 06 Larger Than Life * 07 Where We Belong * 08 Your Promised Land * 09 Spirits Collide * 10 Time To Heal * 11 Children Of The Night


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This album is all about the number Six. And if you think this is a segment out of Sesame Street, where the chef stumbles down the stairs carrying six strawberry shortcakes with the kids shouting 'how many is Six?', you'd be wrong.. lol! Actually, according to the promo notes for the album, main-man Mark Allen Lanoue was born on the 6th June, 1966 (as in: 6-6-66). So it's easy to see where the inspiration comes from. The former Biloxi man has teamed with an impressive line-up of musos to create Fiction Syxx, all known names in the industry. It's a hybrid of progressive rock and melodic rock, which should find a home here at GDM.

The Songs
'Given Light' is the opener (which you can see underneath). I wasn't quite captured by this track, however track two 'Play On Words' is a quite lovely tune. It's not too heavy and not too light (Goldilocks anyone?). The arrangement is a winner. My pick so far. 'Welcome To My Nightmare' was one of the first songs written by Lanoue, framed by a powerful and a mostly prog like structure. So too 'Demon In My Window' with some nice fills provided by Eric Ragno. 'Larger Than Life' also shape-shifts about the soundscape, but for mine, is more of a traditional hard rock outing. 'Where We Belong' is at the lighter end of the scale, and features some lush synth work from Ragno. This is an album highlight I reckon. 'Spirits Collide' also starts out restrained and melodic, but not for long, as the song shifts gears and picks up the pace. Both 'Your Promised Land' and 'Time To Heal' are an excellent pair of hard rock tracks, but the album is capped by the enthralling 'Children Of The Night', which sees Fiction Syxx delivering the style of melodic prog rock that will pigeon-hole their career I reckon, should they remain on-course to do so. This track reminded me of Texan prog metallers Stride from a decade or so ago.

In Summary
There are some interesting tracks here. It does dovetail quite nicely into the progressive rock mould, more so than the awful World Trade album for instance. The musicianship is top-notch as can be expected, so it's the 64,000 question whether this line-up can be retained for another album and for live work. Whether it holds your overall attention across the 51 minutes running time remains to be seen. I'll leave that assessment up to you - the listener. For me, there's a lot to like here, and the upside is apparent to those who love their prog rock on the slightly technical and melodic side. So yes, I'm hooked on the number Syxx!

Fiction Syxx - 2017 Given Sight

Fiction Syxx - 2017 Where We Belong

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#1 | DEMONAOR on January 05 2018 12:33:59
Yes it's a pretty good album.
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