I’ve had this release for a while and have sat on doing a review, just trying to get a handle on it. I don’t want to delay any longer so here it is.

You get up in the morning, you look in the mirror. You’re confront with a basic, fundamental question that will dictate how you proceed to make music-if you choose to make music.

Are you Mike Patton?

If you are, go do whatever it is you’re going to do next.

If not, then you really should stop and consider the music you’re going to make.

It must have been very dark the morning that 6:33 & Arno Strobl decided to start “Giggles, Garlands and Gallows” because they have mistook themselves for Mike Patton. This is a concept album of sorts, about a clown in politics. That kinda tells you everything else you need to know. A CLOWN IN POLITICS, GET IT? Or maybe it’s not, who knows. Regardless, it’s trite and hokey. This album basically does the whole “let’s be smooth and do some kinda weird, creepy crooning, we’ll mix it up with some disco and circus music” thing, then we’ll switch it up and throw in some” angst-ridden-youth’s-first-metal-album type metal” that sounds like it’s about 10 years or more out of date.

This whole thing just seems like a try-hards trying hard. I’m not familiar with any of their previous output, but based on this I’m not looking forward to delving into their catalog. It’s just too many layered cliches. I feel the issue here is between genuinely seeing things differently and creating music as a result an sitting down and going ‘let’s make a weird album.”

Forget about this album, go get anything Mike Patton did.

6:33 & Arno Strobl – Official Website