Release date May 5 2015
a review from reckless Ron
In retrospect the band has produced some seriously brutal death metal yet at the same time they have released some interesting cover songs from Jimi Hendrix’ purple haze to sex pistols steppingstone while giving each tune a death metal grip, demonstrating the bands boundless capabilities and accessible appeal to the metal masses. Rather than relying on a set (death metal speed) pattern, with your standard blast beat triggers and monotonous mono-tone guttural growling’s, Six Feet Under incorporates a type of dark-thrashy, heavy-groove laden riffs, full of intrigue and integrity that weave together well with Barnes demonic range . The band has toured the world and commanded thousands of smoking mosh-pits, delivering a new and true metal offering that has branched out worldwide and established some serious roots.
That brings us to 2015’s release “Crypt Of The Devil” with Chris Barnes recruiting Phil Hall (guitar/bass) Brandon Ellis (lead guitar) and Josh Hall (drums) all of Cannabis Corpse, who Chris had toured and collaborated with in the past, bringing Six Feet Under to a new node and juncture composing this new material. Interestingly Barnes has moved to the Seattle,WA~ 420 atmosphere of North America. That might attribute to this fresh sound, you can almost smell it… some tasty brutal heavy-metal wafting in the air…
So let’s open the gate to this devils’ mausoleum and see what’s inside shall we…\m/><\m/
“Grusome” has a midtempo death metal march opening things up, that swaggers along swirling into a very dynamic piece to start things off. With numerous tempo changes going back and forth and superb imaginative drum work throughout. The different guitar styles used here give the listener a taste of the new dynamics put together on crypt of the devil.
“Open Coffin Orgy” has a rich thick groove to it with chugging guitars, sounding like a death metal chant moving at a semi-moderate pace, the song erupts into demonic speed reaching its apex with some talented guitar lines taking things to the top.
“Broken Bottle Rape” has a very cool guitar riff super condensed intro which explodes into the bombastic body of the song. The vocals are low guttural musings adding to the heaviness of the song yet understandable in their content unlike some bands of the death metal genre.
“Break The Cross In Half” demonstrates the layered approach Six Feet Under has undertaken with Crypt Of The Devil. The track starts out slow with huge sustaining riffs that are dark and bleak then explodes into bright fire leading into some sweet melodic guitar passages, then dropping down into the depths of hell, back into Satans’ pocket …leaving the listener very satisfied.
The fifth track “Lost Remains” has an up-tempo thrashing hammer groove to it. Barnes delivers a lot of range in his vocals on this one accompanying the many quick time changes and extreme musicianship from the band. Definitely a hidden gem on the CD and one of my favorites.
“Slit Wrists” rumbles out of the gate with a cool double beat drive that ignites into a fury of blast beat madness. A combination of slow death metal thunder and superb speed riffs complement each other throughout the track. Surely to whip up the dust and smoke in many mosh pits worldwide.
A truly eerie vibe is the backbone to “Stab”. A quick tempo blast beat - face melting approach to the beginning roars along throughout the song where midpoint things take an insane interlude then drop back into the belly of the beast. Most of the songs on this CD are from the viewpoint of a “serial killer”this one being most poignant. A very cool number.
“The Night Bleeds” is rife full of exquisite guitar work. Opening with huge chugging guitar riffs leading into sonic leads - giving way to a heavy death metal groove. Some passages within delve into a thrash zone always returning to the songs roots.
A thick bass groove gets things rolling on “Compulsion To Brutalize” with Barnes utilizing a echoing reverb on his vox and everyone blasting on all cylinders. The song has many twist and turns and sure to impress any diehard metalhead. Another favorite of mine on this CD.
“Eternal In Darkness” rounds out this 10 track CD and is a very heavy number that meanders along at breakneck death metal speed. Reminiscent of some of their earlier material, straightforward and in-line for the true death metal elitist’s who may fret on 6FU new collaborations and destiny .
Overall listening to this new disc I can hear how the band has created a layered and well organized approach to the songwriting. Exploring all options that can be incorporated into their music, letting it grow and develop into a beast of its own right, while taking old-school death metal to new levels. Every song on crypt of the devil has all the right elements in all the right places for all the right reasons, never leaving the listener board or uninterested. Having being involved in the early stages of the death metal genre Chris Barnes is not simply rehashing Six Feet Under music of the past but building on its’ foundation and enabling it a fresh bold future.
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