• Record Label: Ipecac
  • Release Date: Jan 30, 2007
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. An album that is as fiercely imaginative as any the Sacramento-based group has released before.
  2. Imagine The Mars Volta's swollen red super-giant bursting beyond the constraints of mass and time and finally contracting to an all encompassing black-hole, sucking in Lightning Bolt’s heaviest riffs and The Boredoms’ most intense drum work after hurtling them to ‘n’ fro against all manner of cosmic debris.
  3. [It] has a charm that transcends your typical noise-splunk band. [Mar 2007, p.145]
  4. Excusing the album's inherent garishness, 666 expands Hella's core sound to new heights that, although at times hard to stomach, finds the band both at their most playful and regimented.
  5. There’s No 666 will challenge you as much as anything you’ve heard in the last year, in both good ways and bad.
  6. This is a challenging album that Frank Zappa, Rush, Miles Davis, or Slayer could each call their own.
  7. 66
    Hella's old guard are likely to be wicked pissed.
  8. Hella is stuck in the realm of Yowie -- playing with excellent ideas, but too stuck on defining themselves with an all too familiar genre.
  9. 60
    Over time, vocalist Aaron Ross stands out as the weak link, his voice merely shrill and average. [Apr 2007, p.102]
  10. Great musicianship does not a great album make, particularly when the singer is so out of his league.
  11. 40
    The quintet conjures the Mars Volta doing Zeppelin karaoke over two-bit Mr. Bungle. [Feb 2007, p.84]
  12. The group's sound is, at times, difficult to simply listen to, so it comes as no surprise that expanding upon it in such a drastic way would produce several miscues.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. timmyb
    Mar 8, 2007
    10
    one of the best drummers out there music is rad i like it more than volta
  2. KurdtK
    Feb 17, 2007
    0
    Haha
  3. JoeriV
    Feb 8, 2007
    10
    I'm sure this album will get plenty of bad reviews, just because the reviewers can't handle the music. I think this is their best I'm sure this album will get plenty of bad reviews, just because the reviewers can't handle the music. I think this is their best work yet. The inclusion of three extra musicians has expanded their sound with the music becoming more accesible while at the same time being more inaccesible than ever. There's an abundance of breaks, licks, weird rhythms and interesting melodies. The songs are really, really catchy but in a way that you'll only consider accesible when you into really weird and complex music. Ofcourse Spin is gonna hate it! Those guys think Fall Out Boy's new album is "creative"! Haha.. this is the first great album of 2007 and almost a genre unto its own. Full Review »