Black Heart Procession: Six (Temporary Residence) | Under the Radar Magazine Under the Radar | Music Blog for the Indie Music Magazine
Friday, May 24th, 2024  

Black Heart Procession


Temporarty Residence

Dec 22, 2009 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

While inherently dark and possibly blasphemous, an album like Six draws its strength not from its lyrical content or its effective incorporation of influences, but from its ability to utilize space and sound together. Of course, the lyrical content and the might of Black Heart Procession’s influences all play into it, but the band’s latest opus is not simply a sloppy assemblage of the two.

“When You Finish Me” opens the album with a twinkling piano, distant with reverb, and unfolds as a back-and-forth between two chords beneath a low voice. Barely singing at all, the vocals call to mind the dejected confidence of Leonard Cohen. “Wasteland” plays out a lot like Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ “Red Right Hand.”

And throughout the album, Black Heart Procession maintains a spatial presence as well. Whether it be the reverb, the religious undertones of the organ, the shaky squeal of a theremin, or the echoed vocal lines that read more like a thought than a depth of harmony, the album defines and comfortably resides within its own limits, just tangible. Either we’re in a darkened empty bar or the final pew of a grave and humorless cathedral. Or perhaps, as the band could very well be suggesting, the two are one in the same and we’ve hit upon the intersection.

Across 13 tracks, Black Heart Procession deftly positions its audience in a consistent and specific environment, allowing Six to be inherently dark and blasphemous and not just a dark and blasphemous album. (

Author rating: 7/10

Rate this album
Average reader rating: 7/10


Submit your comment

Name Required

Email Required, will not be published


Remember my personal information
Notify me of follow-up comments?

Please enter the word you see in the image below:

Dissertation Writing
April 16th 2012

Your snap shots are extraordinary. I enjoy the content, it helps keep your readers attached to your blog. I’m a undergraduate and i’m right now flooded with term papers, dissertation writers research papers, book reports essays papers and other projects. I seriously want to write my very own works yet some help is always welcome. I intend to employ for my final buy dissertation task . I came across them by way of internet search . Will keep you submitted on the results.