So here it is, one of the biggest tragedies in Death Metal since… Well… SIX FEET UNDER’s previous effort “True Carnage”. SIX FEET UNDER is a perfect example of a band which tries too hard but never goes far. It’s no secret that they’ll always be seen by most of the Death Metal community as the mere shadow of big brother CANNIBAL CORPSE.
Well the CD starts off almost promising with the first track entitled “Sick In The Head” with Mr. Barnes sort of (deathly) chanting the only good lyrics your ears will witness for the rest of the CD.
“I gotta find my way outta hell
I gotta find my way alone
I see myself dead by suicide
By a knife, gun, a blade-- or hanging high
Will I be safe or will I die
Can I stop the voices deep inside?
My mind, my mind, my mind, my fucking mind!!”
They’re not that great, but then that should tell you of what’s to come in the next 43 minutes.
Here’s the thing. Chris Barnes needs some Halls, because his voice is horrible. It’s so rough and undecipherable. Normally for Death Metal, that would be a good thing, but not to this extent. Then comes the parts where he feels the need to try and growl, but as high pitched as he can. The end result is nothing but a mess that does not please, but more like hurt your ears. Leave the shrieks for Black Metal, Mr. Barnes. Your dead throat can not handle it. The instruments aren’t anything special either. They’re slow and sound out of tune. The drums sound muffled and the guitar riffs are just plain boring.
All this criticism and I have only listened to the first track on “Bringer Of Blood”. So let’s move on to track two: “Amerika The Brutal”. The first mistake they did was miss-spell America. The second mistake they made was making this song. Death Metal goes political and it burns my ear drums. The lyrics (again) are bad and the instruments (again) and poorly played”. Thank God this track is only 3 minutes long.
So then in comes track three with the name “My Hatred” which isn’t such a bad track. Chris Barnes’ growling seems more intact than it did with the first two songs on the album and the instruments are a little bit more interesting, but even so – The lyrics in this song are just plain bad once again.
“What the fuck you gonna do now, huh? - pray to a God that isn't there? No!
Fall to your knees and die for me - I have the cure for your Christian disease”
Oh yes, I felt the emotion in those two sentences. Sounds like the type of lyrics that those 14 year-old depressed Goth kids post on their Myspace blogs & Livejournals.
I’m sorry to say that the entire rest of the album is just the same. Bad lyrics with horrendous vocals and poor instrumentality. There are a few short guitar solos to be found throughout the CD, but they’re too basic and there’s just too few to really bring back the spark to this CD. (Well, if there ever was a spark to begin with anyway, that’s something you would have to decide for yourself).
Do yourself a favour, don’t pick up SIX FEET UNDER’s “Bringer Of Blood”. If you are in need of some good Death Metal that’s in the style of SIX FEET UNDER, go purchase “The Wretched Spawn” by CANNIBAL CORPSE. It will please your ears more than this album ever will. (Online February 18, 2006)