"... much Joe Zawinul ivory synth tickling from Riza Arshad (who has eschewn the Ratledge influences this time around), Tohpati (Tohpati Ethnomission, Tohpati Bertiga) dancing his guitar above, below, and all around Arshad, Holdsworthian here, Boyle-esque there, even copping Scofield licks when the occasion arises."
- Mark S. Tucker, FAME
"Although the album may resonate more with jazz fans than the average prog audience, it is highly recommended to all open-minded listeners, especially those who enjoy the influence of different ethnic traditions on established Western modes of expression. ... an extremely classy effort ... one of the standout releases of 2013 ..."
- Raffaella Berry, ProgSphere
"Throughout the disc the musicianship is scintillating. The interplay between guitar and Rhodes piano is often quite riveting as the complex fills of both instruments compete for space usually with the percussion providing a steady backdrop. Often the band explores their improvisational side which contrasts nicely with their compositional form."
- Jon Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility
"This is not just modern Jazz but modern-modern-modern Jazz. Some have made references to Joe Zawinul and others but this is more than simply fusion.
"Categorization of simakDialog is impossible. Freestyle Jazz, Fusion, Psychodelic Jazz, even Progressive Jazz all seem to fall short. This should be called Alchemical Jazz--not just combining elements but rising above the various elements to create something newer, greater and truly unheard before. But I certainly want to hear more."
- Travis Rogers, JazzTimes
"... it is not simply the English titles that will be familiar to jazz fusion fans. This is a band that knows the contemporary idiom."
- Jack Goodstein, BlogCritics
"The 6th Story is world-class world fusion ... the potent unifying of rhythm with harmony, composition with improvisation, and East with West."
- S. Victor Aaron, Something Else! Reviews
"another winner ... Simak Dialog in full bloom. Listen and dig!"
- Grego Applegate, Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Blog
"On The 6th Story there is human warmth and real emotion on display as well as more technique than most bands achieve in a lifetime.
"... some stellar individual playing and a lot of tight ensemble interplay ... yet another must-buy jazz fusion album ..."
- Roger Trenwith, Dutch Progressive Rock Page
"... this is pure, unadulterated simakDialog, expansively grooving but with a newfound singularity of purpose. The band is tighter than ever ... an utterly unique, intimate flavor.
"Some have noted Canterbury elements in simakDialog's sound -- unsurprising for a MoonJune band -- and echoes of '70s Canterbury stalwarts like Gilgamesh and Hatfield and the North can be heard in Arshad's compositions and the group's appealing instrumental voicings, even as the rhythmic foundation comes from an entirely different place."
- Dave Lynch, AllMusic
"... can truly be described as fusion, with classic jazz, psychedelia, world music and Indonesian influences all coming together in a musical form that is uniquely their own.
"This is music that somehow is incredibly immediate and welcoming, while at the same time being complex and heavily layered."
"... this is a wonderfully solid and enjoyable album, and one that can be recommended wholeheartedly."
- Kev Rowland, ProgArchives
"... 20 years later, they still have the power and the touch ... hats off to Moonjune Records releasing this unbelievable album ... an unexpected special treat for Jazz and Prog lovers."
- Zachary Nathanson, Music From The Other Side of the Room
"While some comparisons might be found in the early work of Chick Corea’s Return to Forever or Herbie Hancock of roughly the same period, the applicable label here is keyboard driven electric jazz-rock (not fusion) with outstanding guitar and some very solid ethnic cred primarily due to the complex rhythms that underlie it all. Nothing else quite like this."
- Peter Thelen, Exposé