Deep Six review by Various Artists

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  • Released: Apr 29, 1994
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 0 (0 votes)
Various Artists: Deep Six

Sound — 8
Deep Six was the first album released by Seattle record company C/Z Records. It was one of the first albums to document the early Seattle sound and features many of the biggest names at the time including Green River, Melvins, Soundgarden, Malfunkshun, U-Men, and Skin Yard. The album is what can be expected from the time and place, a dirty, slowed down punk sound interspersed by Malfunkshun's psychedelic sound and Skin Yard's dark, droning melodies. This album also showcases Soundgarden's heavily punk influenced sound with the songs Tears to Forget and All Your Lies.

Lyrics — 8
There are many recognizable vocalists featured on this compilation. Mark Arm tears through both Green River tracks in a tone even more aggressive than that of his later band Mudhoney. Andrew Woods typical spaced out arena rock vocals are present in the tracks Stars-N-You and With Yo' Heart (Not Yo' Hands). Chris Cornell, albeit singing to a punk beat has his signature screams. For those who are not familiar with the Melvin's early works, Buzz Osbourne's vocals come of as much different from that of their major releases Houdini and Stoner Witch; on this album they take a much more subdued, hesitant tone while also switching between this whiny shriek and growl which reminds me of Nirvana's Hairspray Queen (you can really see who influenced Cobain).

Overall Impression — 8
This album was a great by and really shows the beginnings of the Seattle sound, even more so than Sub Pop's later 100 and 200 showcases. While this album has several good songs on it, it's Green River who really steals the spotlight with their two contributions that bookend this album; it's great to see how far they've come with both Pearl Jam and Mudhoney. Granted this does have some very good tracks on it, Malfunkshun's choice of contributions could have been better. This album is both an excellent piece of history and relic of a bygone era as well as being a great listen.

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