Alot of people really enjoyed Haunted and Warpath, I’m a big SFU and I find those two albums as some of the worse and most of the tracks are boring except for about 7 out of both albums put together.
13 is a great album, and the cover art is by a different guy then the other albums, apparently was done by a six feet under fan, so he knew just what to put, and I have to say, its a very nice job. Also, two music videos have come from the tracks on the album. “Shadow Of The Reaper” is an older video, but was really well done I believe chris barnes actually got actresses to star in the video. It can be watched on metalblade six feet under’s label’s official site. It is also on the new compilation “A Decade In The Grave” which they recently put out. There is also “Deathklaat” which is, by far, the best Six Feet Under song to date. The video is great, but it isn’t amzing or anything. It’s just a six feet under performance with a bit of effects, it’s a good watch though, I believe it was only released for the compilation, you can also watch that on metalblade.
Onto the actual tracks.
1. (Decompostion Of The Human Race)
- This was a great opener, some strange sounds at the beginnning and then it really fires up. The song starts slowly but continues on through going faster and basically shows you what most of the tracks on the album will sound somewhat like. Chris Barnes vocals on this tracks are low on this track, and this track has faster vocals than most. good finish also. Not really the best track on the album, but it’s worth quite a few listens.
2. (Somewhere in The Darkness)
- Nice start, starts brutal, ends brutal. This track gets a bit repetitive, but the solos are definately worth it. Compared to Six Feet Under’s older material, this track could use a “squeal”, a few parts of this song show very low vocals. This is definately one of the hevier tracks on the album. I don’t think it’s really all that great, better than the first, but there is deifnately better to come.
3. (Rest In Pieces)
- You wouldn’t really judge this as a six feet under track until the vocals come on. I don’t mind the start it’s fast. The song is fairly faster paced and sounds really good, the first half of the song or so is really good. The song slows down near the middle, then there is a solo. And the song ends with a verse similar to the beginning and makes a good show. Great song.
- Again, You wouldn’t think this is Six Feet Under style. It’s a great track this one too. Chris Barnes vocals in this don’t sound quite right, and the song lacks alot. It’s a good listen for sure, the start is rather boring, but about a minute in it gets considerably better. At about 2 minutes it reaches the high point, this song is repetitive and stays the same for most of the song, guitar solo near the end really adds alot here. “Wormfood” ends alot like the beginning. Not as good as “Rest In Pieces”
- Most people would say this is the worst track on the album. Which, isn’t even saying it’s a horrible track. But, up against the rest here, it really falls short. The vocals don’t really sound like chris barnes. There is also an annoying clicking through. After the intro of the song the guitar gets pretty good. THe lyrics of this song aren’t that great either. For the first listen of this album, you might aswell just skip this track.
6. (Shadow Of The Reaper)
- The main part of this album. If your going to buy this album, you’ll definately have to listen to this song. It’s probably the most praised track on the album. It is really a great song on it’s own, but parts of it and the vocals can definately be related and compared to the other songs here. The neverending beat here really gives this song a good sound. At a little after 2 minutes through the song really reaches the high point. The song makes a good finish anyway.
- This is definately the highest point on the album. The beginning of the song before the vocals get going, you can tell it’s going to be good. There is no guitar solo in this song, There is no squeal in this song either. This is just plain Six Feet Under, but at their best ever. At 2 minutes the song reaches the highest point and makes a nice finish. This is really the climax of the entire album, so, give it a listen, or alot of listens.
8. (The Poison Hand)
- Nice similar sound like the rest of the album, but this is really where the album slows down. Thank god this is one of the shortest tracks here, it’s really boring. This track is still without a doubt better than “13″. The song sounds not too bad at the beginning, I mean, you would think they must be leading up to something. This is still good death metal though, without a doubt, all the components are there, except maybe the speed. At about minute and a half through is goes even slower, after that picks up and just finishs off, nothing very interesting here.
9. (This Suicide)
- Not much different from The Poison Hand. This track isn’t that bad, but the guitar is really annoying, It’s drongin and repetitive. It’s good that this song is short, It’s really not worth more than a few listens. The song picks up a bit at the end of the first minute of the song, it ends overall to be not too bad. No guitar solo in this either, but this track lives up to the rest of the album at least.
10. (The Art Of Headhunting)
- The album really picks up speed here. This could possibly be one of the fastest tracks. When you hear the introduction and it goes very fast, It really gets even better from there. The first two verses are very fast, and the lyrics in this one are more about cannibalism and go farther in that direction than Six Feet Under has ever gone. A great gutiar solo at aboutin this one, and the song slows down a bit half way through. In the whole album 13 this is as close as Chris Barne’s is getting to his renowned high pitched vocals. “I feed on those maggots and feed on your soul” Is about the highest this album will get, except maybe the vocals on “13″ This would have been a great track to finish up the album with.
- The album really would have been better with only 10 tracks. This one is fast, it has good vocals, but it’s really just plain boring. It has the fastest start next to “The Art Of Headhunting” And keeps going at a great speed for about a minute. It then slows right down, had a nice guitar solo, and picks up by about 2 and a half minutes. The last 20 or so seconds are filled with sounds similar to the intro from “Decompostion of The Human Race” This is probably one of the most forgettable Six Feet Under tracks, there really isn’t anything notable here besides. If There was a track to end this album with, This certainly shouldn’t have been it. Or, they should have at least added in the extra’s “From Flesh To Bone” and “A Knife Fight To The Death”
Overall, I really like this album, and I reccomend it to any Six Feet Under fan, or any heavy metal / death metal fan, it’s definately worth 15 bucks or whatever they’re selling it for.