This Six Feet under release is certainly an odd little number. It’s an album that takes not being listened to for nigh on a year to unlock it’s charm. At first it sounds repetitive to the point of being boring and, subsequently, it was banished to the bottom of my pile but upon further listening it just seems to come together and make sense. This is NOT death metal. The album has a slow, stoner rock groove to it which is characterised best, and most obviously, by the song “4:20″. The riffs are simplistic, the drumming is unspectacular and the vocals are your standard death metal thoroughfare, but you know what? It works. It creates a very laid back feel to the album, which makes it a pleasure to just sit back and listen to. True, several riffs are lifted straight from Obituary, but one can only assume that Allen West’s self-plagiarisng was part of a paradoxical effort to enhance the lazy mood of this album. Hardly groundbreaking stuff, but good nonetheless.
Japanese edition of side project by Alan West (Obituary) andChris Burns (Cannibal Corpse) with three bonus tracks:’Insect’, ’Drowning’ and ’Grinder’. 15 tracks total. 1997Metal Blade Records release.
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Yeah, it’s not as agressive as their other releases but definately worth checking out, it was my first cd that I got from the and I still love it!!
Chris Barnes. Throughout this guys career, he has created controversy. When you think of him, you think of an [...]. With his first band, the infamous Cannibal Corpse, he made a name for himself in the metal scene. How? With Cannibal Corpse, he took over the lyrics and out came the two most controversial albums during that time, 1991’s “Butchered At Birth” and 1992’s “Tomb Of The Mutilated”. After the release of the less-gory “The Bleeding” in 1994, he was kicked out of Cannibal Corpse and formed Six Feet Under. Always outspoken, Barnes has become more of a symbol in my opinion than a death metal singer. One, he is not that good of a growler compared to legends in the genre like, maybe, his replacement for Cannibal Corpse, George Fisher. But, as an outspoken individual, he used Six Feet Under as his cry to legalize marijuana. His gory lyrics were toned down a bit, and he focused more on the pot thing than the gore thing. He is either loved or hated, and most people, included mothers and politicians all over the country, hate this guy.
Allen West. Having the lead guitarist of Obituary in your side project is a big feat. West is a great guitarist, and if you ask anybody they will tell you that Obituary was a great band with some awesome riffs. Throw in a former Death musician and you would think that you have a great band. The only problem was, the riffs were extremely simple in Six Feet Under’s first two albums, “Haunted” and “Warpath”. Simplicity in death metal is not good. Especially in a crowded genre with so many talented bands. Chris was just worried about making his statement on marijuana, and because of that many Cannibal Corpse fan’s (including myself) felt like they wasted money on those two boring first albums. I never tried Six Feet Under again, unless you count hearing some of their newer stuff at a friend’s house or wherever. From other reviewers and the metal brethren alike, I hear that it is really not the much different from anything else, and they even did a huge project of covering AC/DC songs. I really don’t get it.
Anyway, this album has boring riffs, simple song structure and uninspired solos, and they are not present on many songs. Compared to Cannibal Corpse and Obituary, the two main member’s former band’s, you wonder what in God’s name they are thinking? Maybe stoner metal? Maybe a shot at the mainstream? I really think that they were aiming for the mainstream metal crowd, which makes death metal fans cringe. Something you would expect from Chris Barnes, but not Allen West. In this album, “Warpath”, there is only one or two good songs. My favorite being “Caged And Disgraced”. Even though the riff is cool, it got old very quickly and it isn’t even brutal or anything. This album, and most of Six Feet Under’s later albums were just Barnes trying to legalize marijuana. I guess that both of these guys actually forgot that death metal is about the music, not about a point. Even though Barnes did create a fuss with Cannibal Corpse…
If you are looking for blistering guitar solos, lightning fast double-pedal drumming with blast beats and gravity blasts, or extremely intense bass solo’s, then Six Feet Under is not for you. Chris Barnes’ vocals are not the best, but he at least did better here in Six Feet Under then in the first four Cannibal Corpse CD’s. Nontheless, if you want to sit back and smoke a blunt or you are the biggest newbie to the genre, then Six Feet Under is probably for you. Just an extreme disappointment from two legends who formerly made great music with their former bands. This what happens when a death metal band goes mainstream. They forget about the music and go for the point they are trying to make. I give this two stars because there are some good riffs in there, but the song structure is just so boring that you forget it in about a week and are just disappointed that you supported musicians who seem to not take music seriously anymore like they once did very well.
Warpath. From the first song, I get the idea that this CD will lead me into a warpath involving gory chaos and bloody bodies flung carelessly left and right, mutilated and degraded in every possible way. Unfortunately, the warpath seems more like a campaign, and that campaign to legalize marijuana.
Well, it’s not that bad, I suppose. I just wish Barnes would leave the pot obssession in his personal life and interviews rather than throwing it into death metal songs. I want gore. Not a dreadlocked death metal legend telling me how great weed is and how bad it is that it’s not legal.
I really like War is Coming, Nonexistence, Burning Blood, and Revenge of the Zombie on this CD. The rest is just there. Some of it tolerable, some of it not so tolerable. Some of the songs sound an awful lot alike, and I was sad, because this isn’t the first Six Feet Under CD I listened to(listened to a lot of Maximum Violence, some of Haunted, bought True Carnage and Bringer of Blood before hearing anything off this but Warpath)and I was disappointed that the songs didn’t seem to have as much of a distinct difference between them as I had grown accostumed to from Six Feet Under. They don’t sound EXACTLY alike, don’t get me wrong. They’re just somewhat similar. Which is somewhat boring.
If you’re a 6FU fan, definitely get it. If you don’t know about it, go ahead and still get it, because it’s worth it for the songs that are good, and the ones that aren’t great don’t rape your ears with badness or anything.
Of course, listen to the clips first to see if you like their style as a lot of death metal elitists don’t like it.
you know when you get in the car on a cold morning, and you look at the cd booklet, and are trying to decide? you look through….cephalic carnage? no. napalm death? oh, no. the crown? no. cryptopsy? oh, hell no. Six feet under? aahhh…yep, this is death metal for deathmetalheads who need to give their necks and ears a rest, or who just haven’t woken up yet. hmmm…so-so guitar work. not that innovative. same for everything else. and man, is this repetitive. so why do i love this so much? BECAUSE IT’S CATCHY!! something hypnotic about barnes’ vocals. you remember it all. these guys could probably be more innovative if they stopped smoking so much grass, but then it just wouldn’t be the same. this would be awesome background music for a party, that is if you can get a group of people that can handle it in the first place. this albums is awesome for what it is. it’s not for all occasions, but it has its place. it is thoroughly fun and enjoyable, and the ladies like it more than the fast stuff! thanks…p.s. 4:20 is great because barnes can’t hold the growling all the way through the lines, and at the end you get a taste of his actual voice. it’s extremely interesting to listen to, and is worth the price of the album alone.