Though I’ve never been a big fan of experimental rock — not to I expect to be converted anytime soon — I admit that Ben Chasny’s Six Organs of Admittance usually can be counted on to craft records in which there are a few things I really like. I haven’t loved any SOOA releases, though 2009’s “Luminous Night” comes close, but I respect the work Chasny & Co. have managed over the better part of two decades.
As usual, latest release “Hexadic” has its moments. Chasny’s guitar work can be mesmerizing and drummer Noel Von Harmonson and bassists Rob Fisk and Charlie Saufley hold up their ends of the deal. Instrumental opener “The Ram” is my favorite cut and when it bleeds into another keeper, “Wax Chance,” my hopes were understandably raised.
That’s when the abrasive “Maximum Hexadic” delivers a sonic blow to the face and the rest of the nine-track, 38-minute slab is hit and miss. For every “Hesitant Grand Light” and “Future Verbs,” there’s a “Hollow River” and “Sphere Path Code C.” Six Organs of Admittance have never been for all tastes, and I’m betting the so-so “Hexadic” is no exception. (Jeffrey Sisk)