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Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery I delivers over fifty-two minutes of GRIDFAILURE’s paranoia-induced powerdementia. The album was entirely conceived, written, executed, recorded, mixed, and completed with hand drawn art by GRIDFAILURE’s architect David Brenner who plays vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, electric, analog, and acoustic drums, keys, synth, harmonica, violin, theremin, field recordings, and more. Many elements of the record were written in times of blackout - including lyrics and themes written during a long blackout during Superstorm Sandy before GRIDFAILURE’s inception – and elements recorded during open air sessions during extreme storms including outdoors, and more, helping embody the outfit’s moniker itself.
Additionally, the series embodies a wide range of contributions from fellow henchpersons who help sculpt the auditory terror into curious new dimensions, including bass from Greg Meisenberg (A Fucking Elephant, Maid Myriad, Tombs-live), vocals from Joy Von Spain (Eye Of Nix, To End It All), accordion from Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe, Gridfailure-live), guitar from Pete Tsakiris, ukulele from Christopher Henry (Humans Etcetera, Fuck Your Birthday), and drums from BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot). The album was mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering (Buzzov*en, Kool Keith, Dwarves, Krieg, AxCx).
"GRIDFAILURE is sickness given aural form as the experimental project of madman Dave Brenner (ex-Theologian), and marks a departure from his death industrial treatments in favor of hallucinogenic sound collages bringing to mind legends like Nurse With Wound, early Current 93, or a number of experimental film soundtrack composers from Japan or Italy. Compared to his first album however, Sixth Mass Extinction Skulduggery I takes on a much more straightforward, vocal industrial noise approach with a general emotion of hatred and bitterness pervading the record. […] Each track is meant to reflect a different stage in the decay of the human race, realistically reflecting the current events facing humanity today... This adds a very welcome element of diversity to the recording as it truly feels like a story unraveling, though the tone is very much consistently dark from the very beginning of “Sandy” up to the inevitable cliffhanger “Exsanguination of the Utopians”." - The Covenant
"The Earth cries out. The Geotrauma is echoed in human suffering and violence. Our every utterance and effort at progress goes stifled and unheard. Sometimes, mere Heavy Metal feels inadequate to express the true horror of this world. Reality is infinitely complex and requires great deals of abstraction to communicate it’s terrible truths. This is where GRIDFAILURE comes into play. A leviathan of Noise and Power Electronics, Industrial drones and field recordings, GRIDFAILURE brings the schizo-horrors shambling into the burning light for all to hear." - CVLT Nation
"Brenner is increasingly working in the realm of high tension, and this new video is another step in that increasingly blossoming direction. Something about “Post-Attack Habitat” has a nineties-throwback feel to it, probably nestled somewhere between the fish-eye lens and the high-tempo overstimulation of apocalyptic visions..." - Heathen Harvest
"GRIDFAILURE makes brutal, ugly psalms for people gravitating to the seedy underbelly of the heavy-weird musical landscape. Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery I marks the first of five new albums, a series of concept records serving as a lit match to the gasoline-drenched house of cards that is our borrowed-time of life on Earth." - Ghost Cult Magazine
"Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to peer out of a foxhole and look across a wasteland covered in filth that used to be, say, your neighborhood? If you have pondered doomsday, you’re in luck. GRIDFAILURE offer a take on a catastrophe that we can’t fully see but is only getting closer. […] The piece opens with haunting vocals from To End It All’s Joy Von Spain before launching into a relentless build into misery driven by a straightforward musical undercurrent that’s been mangled before it reaches the listener." - Captured Howls
"Forever pushing the envelope and forever ushering forth noise of the utmost quality, GRIDFAILURE offers perhaps their most ambitious album yet. Through the fifty plus minutes of run time, each track traps you in a world that is and has been ravaged by nature’s unbridled decimating wrath that ultimately leaves humanity on the brink of utter destruction. Without light, without hope and with plenty of harrowing minutes that tick off the clock, GRIDFAILURE provides you with a record that is truly striking and perception altering." - Cadaver Garden