As good as the first two disks were, with their powerful, simple grooves and straight ahead heavy riffs, Six Feet Under simply devastate on their new album “Maximum Violence.” Like on their previous albums, 6Ft Under crushes the listener with slower grooves and powerful headbanger riffs in the tradition of bands like Celtic Frost and Slayer, but on this album the band actually speeds up on some tracks. “Bonesaw” could be confused for a Cannibal Corpse song. Many songs, like the opener, “Feasting on the Blood of the Insane” use multiple tempo changes for great effect. I think the new guitarist Steve Swanson must have added much ferocity to this band and gave the band a creative shot in the arm. The band also recorded three awesome cover songs for the album: “War Machine” by Kiss, “Wrathchild” by Iron Maiden, and “Jailbreak” by Thin Lizzy. It is surpising how even with Chris Barnes’ limiting death metal growl they are able to pull these songs of so well! The outstanding cover art is the icing on the cake. “Maximum Violence” is a masterpiece of raging power. This is one disk that stays in my CD player for long periods of time.