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Six Feet Under - Commandment (7/10) - USA - 2007

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Playing time: 34:26
Band homepage: Six Feet Under

Tracklist:

  1. Doomsday
  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. In A Vacant Grave
  10. Ghosts Of The Undead
Six Feet Under - Commandment

It’s no secret: I have never praised SIX FEET UNDER and I prefer the “Corpsegrinder” side of CANNIBAL CORPSE. Chris Barnes’ side project has never attracted much of my attention – until the release of “Commandment.”

 

SIX FEET UNDER have unified in one musical direction at last, and the new release shows a mature blend of the varying tempos and attitudes depicted in previous efforts. With the abandonment of the experimentation phase SIX FEET UNDER seem clear-cut and well-defined, if not polished. Chris has banished the squealing pig vocals that ruined so many previous recordings, and at times his straight-forward guttural approach beckons reference to Dave Ingram’s finer moments.

 

Chris delivers a healthy dose of Death Metal creativity (his true specialty) in lyrical compositions such as “Zombie Executioner,” “The Edge Of The Hatchet,” and “In A Vacant Grave.” The following words taken from “As The Blade Turns” sum up the lyrical content of the release quite well:

 

Coroner had a difficult time determining cause of death
Another one left for the insects, snakes, and rats

 

With few vocal inconsistencies the music can take a more prominent role in this release, which allows for a few decent leads and a plethora of catchy riffs. Songs like “Doomsday” and “Bled To Death” have a listenable groove throughout while other tracks, such as “Zombie Executioner,” have rougher edges. The drum work and bass lines prove of minimal consequence, which (as much as I hate to admit it) bring Chris’ talents to the forefront of the release to make it solid.

 

Although I would not recommend every fan of Death Metal to rush out and buy “Commandment” I would encourage those who doubt Chris Barnes’ ability to accomplish great things in exile from CANNIBAL CORPSE to give it a shot. Who knows? We may see a glowing review of SIX FEET UNDER in our near future.

(Online July 19, 2007)

Dustin Hathaway



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