MetalBite Review by Krys on 3/14/2013
I'll start by admitting that Six Feet Under
was never my cup of tea. Barnes and Co. could always entertain me for couple of spins but each time it was quickly getting dull and I was losing my interest. I guess new addition of swede guitarist Ola Englund was exactly what the doctor ordered. SFU
had never sounded so badass and listenable and while this is not a masterpiece that line up has potential of doing something special.
The signs of improvement were visible on their previous alum "Undead"
but this time riffs are way better with more layers, harmonies and are simply more enjoyable to the ear. Take the opener 'Neuro Osmosis' - it has acoustics, Insomnium
like melancholic melodies contrasting Barnes rasps and some really heavy guitar chops to top it off. Thrashy, groove based 'Zombie Blood Curse', 'Incision' or 'Inferno' deliver simple but catchy as hell riffs with newfound leads and licks that showcase best guitar cooperation in SFU
history. Sure they are still very simplistic but Englund\Swanson duo captures listener attention with more emphasis on melody and their style of phrasing make new tracks more powerful and heavy than anything in the past. Oh, and did I mention the best production yet? "Unborn"
sounds brutal, aggressive and dynamic like good death metal album should.
There are still few tracks that remind me of old SFU
that were too generic and didn't impress me much but even those sounded more polished this time around.
Six Feet Under
is evolving and if I cared about Facebook I would honestly give them 'Like'. In mid-time just count me as a fan. I just hope this lineup stays for at least couple of years cause I believe the best is yet to come.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 8.6 out of 10