And so here we are, at long last.
The Six Minute Century album “Wasting Time” released one week ago and our CD release concert was this past weekend. All in all I am very excited for this release, and the reviews have been mostly quite positive thus far. In fact, as far as being a bassist is concerned, they were very kind to me. Here are some bits of what some of them had to say:
“… Ever hear a song with a bass solo at the core before? Search no further, because this CD contains just that. On the track Czardas, which features a more somber intro with flamenco-style acoustics and violin, suddenly this unruly bassline from out of nowhere comes into play, and it is very exciting when the bass takes over the song at about a minute-and-a-half in. It is without a doubt the best bass song I’ve heard since Metallica’s The Call Of Ktulu on Ride The Lightning…” — Wyrd Way Rock Show Review. Link: https://wyrdways.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/six-minute-century-wasting-time/
“… “The Killing Fields” is a wonderful example of the band’s gnarled prog, and bassist Michael Millsap is a flat-out beast…” — About.Com. Link: http://heavymetal.about.com/od/cdreviews/tp/New-Heavy-Metal-Album-Reviews-October-15-2013.01.htm
“…While all the musicians involved are well trained and experienced the new bass player Mr. Millsap is particularly interesting in his constant doubling mania with the lead guitar and he hold a very high position in the mix, with even a few bright solo spots, as in the instrumental cut “Czardas” in the middle of the tracklist, that’s recalls me the great “Farandole” by TALAS, but with an additional slightly South-American Tango influences…” — Metal Temple. Link:http://www.metal-temple.com/site/catalogues/entry/reviews/cd_3/s_2/six-minute-century.htm
“…Dr. Froth as well with his intense style of play is also given a bit or two of feature to many tracks on the album as he is put up front on a number of tracks…” — Dambreaker. Link: http://dambreaker.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/six-minute-century-wasting-time/
“…Six Minute Century aren’t afraid to put their bass player Michael “Dr. Froth” Millsap in the spotlight like on the instrumental “Czardas” and you can soon tell why as this guy is impressive, he also puts in a very nice introduction to “Last Days in Paradise”…” — Sea of Tranquility. Link: http://www.seaoftranquility.org/reviews.php?op=showcontent&id=15136
“…”Czardas” is in turn so radically different a number (old Hungarian folk dance number exposed to progressive metal), so it is worth highlighting. At the same time they put melody piece over on bass in this issue, and it makes it even more special. Nice number…” — Calles Rock Corner. Link: http://callesrockcorner.dk/?id=blog&news=20350#.UjhFZOvvK6U.facebook
“…A lot of power metal acts are guilty of burying the bass in the mix, so it’s great to see Six Minute Century treating the instrument with the respect it deserves – without taking the arpeggiated flurry approach of Hibria and such. In places, it gives the more technical elements of Wasting Time a Spiral Architect-like feel, and in others accentuates the riffs, fleshing everything out that little bit more…” — Blackwind Metal. Link: http://blackwindmetal.com/six-minute-century-wasting-time/
“…Perhaps the best example of SMC’s musicianship and progressive leanings comes with the instrumental Czardas. It features interplay between LaFon’s guitar and, I’m pretty sure, bassist Michael Milsap on his NS Stick. It’s probably the best song here…” — Dangerdog Music Reviews. Link: http://www.dangerdog.com/2013-music-reviews/six-minute-century-wasting-time.php#.UmawtPlwqSo
“…Both Millsap (Bass/NS Stick) and Lewis (Drums) provide WAY above average performances here, as they are both quite skilled-musicians, so why they were not also highlighted on the promo material I have no idea…” — Heavy Metal Time Machine. Link:http://metalmark.blogspot.com/2013/09/six-minute-century-wasting-time.html
Wow. All this within the first week. I don’t even know what to say except thanks to everybody that is enjoying the direction I am trying to take my bass playing by using the creative potential of Stick Enterprise’s NS/STICK. If you are a bassist and want to extend your range as well as play one of the best sounding basses ever…please give them a look. http://www.stick.com/
So what does the future hold for Dr. Froth? Well boys and girls, progress on the solo album is great. Steve Bundrick has been working on his drum tracks and has about a fourth of the record done at this point. Well of Souls is writing their next record and I have penned a couple of tunes for that disc as well. Doom legend Robert Lowe (Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus) has already tracked two songs worth of vocals as a special guest also.
Six Minute Century will begin writing after the holidays. We will do our best to not make our fans wait five years for album three. With luck it will only be 2 or 3.
Dave Gonzalez from Fluid Frequency and I have decided to record an Empire of the Mind record, rehashing the old goodies for the few of you that might have got to hear them back in the day as well as some new gems. Pre-production will commence on this in the early spring of next year.
Lots of fun music for everybody so stay tuned folks.