If you believe in the Bible, God once gave Moses ten Commandments to live our lives by. Now, if you believe in death metal, who would be more apt for such an historic event than SIX FEET UNDER? The ten tracks included on their new album "Commandment" impressively demonstrate why the band fronted by growlmaster general Chris Barnes is among the most successful acts ever to be spawned by this genre.
On this, their seventh full-length so far, the Florida-based band goes back to the roots, leaving behind the slight experimentation of recent efforts and reminding us why their 1995 debut "Haunted" is still an undisputed classic of groove-laden Florida death metal, even 12 years after its release. SIX FEET UNDER crush the listener mercilessly, riff after riff, while Chris Barnes leaves no doubt that his inhuman throat is second to none in this style of music!
Bassist Terry Butler comments: "I would say, if I had to describe the new style, it would be 'Maximum Violence' meets 'Haunted'. I think SFU fans are going to like it a lot, especially some of the older, the people who've been around for a long time listening to us, it will satisfy them. I think this is kind of back to what our fans would expect."
The Ten Commandments of Death Metal are the result, a rule which will have to be obeyed by absolutely everyone following the release of "Commandment"! (Source: Metal Blade Records)
Tracklist - Commandment
- 2.Thou shall kill
- 3.Zombie Executioner
- 4.The edge of the hatchet
- 5.Bled to death
- 6.Resurrection of the rotten
- 7.As the blade turns
- 8.The evil eye
- 9.I a vacant grave
- 10.Ghosts of the undead
EMP Editorial Team (26.03.2007)
No experiments on the seventh studio album of the groove-kings. In fact, it seems as if the 35 minutes would be more old school than Six Feet Under has always been, anyway. The short "Zombie executioner" is as reduced and direct as the early massacre-killers, and also "The edge of the hatchet" is stamped by the simple Punk beat that we've come to know from many early Death Metal records of the 80s. Sometimes you almost think that Allen West (Obituary) would still be in the band. And Chris Barnes is right, of course: his danceable "Thou shall kill" is worlds apart from the killer song of the same name which Malevolent Creation released on their "The ten commandments" album 15 years ago. The riffs, that seems the current directive, have to be absolutely classic - "Bled to death" probably leaves Steve Swanson unchallenged. On this basis, Barnes is best with his unmistakable vocal sounds. Swanson's satisfaction and room to move is provided in the always short but edgy solos. Killer: the demanding "In a vacant grave".
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Commandment, 8th studio album of ex Cannibal Corpse vocalist Chris Barnes, as part of Six Feet Under. Part of the reason this album is better than any other “SFU” album is, because it was written and produced by Chris Barnes. Back in his time with Cannibal Corpse, Chris pretty much did everything and let the band do fuck all but play instruments and the stuff that came out of it was insanely brutal. Now that Chris has done most of the work himself i.e. written and produced the album, Six Feet Under have pulled off a better effort that most people thought possible.
Barnes’s vocals have always been pretty damn good as and here he proves it, while not as inhumanly guttural as his “CC” days he is still got a very brutal growl. Also his tendency to try and extend his growls for to long and have his voice turn into a pathetic attempt at black metal vocals has been toned down massively. The only exception is in “Bled to Death” where it unfortunately happens several times but apart form that no ultra shittness in the vocals department.
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