SIX FEET UNDER – Undead

Metal Blade 2012

Here’s the thing: I’ve never really been a fan of six Feet Under. I my original dislike of Cannibal Corpse has been documented here, though I now love them. For me though, it’s the albums after Corpsegrinder joined that I tend to listen to the most. I have grown to love the Barnes era as well, but not quite as much.

My introduction to Six Feet Under was via The Graveyard Classic series. I love cover songs, but for the most part wasn’t overjoyed with SFU’s take on the metal classics. I still don’t find myself listening to those albums much either. The bands last release Death Rituals is the first time I found myself starting to like what they had to offer musically. Some of it had to do with changes within myself, but it seemed to have better songs than they had in the past.

With their brand new release Undead (Metal Blade) I’m excited to say that I absolutely love the album. It’s a superb combination of vintage death metal styling’s a la Cannibal Corpse, mixed with the groove that has been the Six Feet Under signature since their inception, yet the songs have a growth that I really wasn’t expecting. In fact, I debated on passing up on checking out based on my past feelings of the band. I’m glad I gave it a chance.

Songs like ‘Molest Dead,’ ‘Missing Victims,’ ‘Reckless,’ ‘The Scar,’ and especially the best song on the album if not in their entire catalog ‘The Depths Of Depravity’ demonstrate why this album is so badass.

The thing about ‘The Depths Of Depravity’ that really appealed to me were the dynamics of the song: it’s brutal, yet has this grooving riff to it that just caught my attention. Had they followed a path more like this I likely would’ve come to be a fan sooner. Fans of Six Feet Under should pretty well love the album without reservations. But also fans of heavy music in general, even folks who may not have liked past releases, should give Undead a shot. Good stuff!

****1/2

Chris Martin


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