Album Review: Six Feet Under – Crypt of the Devil
Posted by Reggie
Release Date: 5 May 2015
Label: Metal Blade
Length: 37 Minutes
Previous Albums: Haunted (1995); Warpath (1997); Maximum Violence (1999); True Carnage (2001); Bringer of Blood (2003); 13 (2005); Commandment (2007); Death Rituals (2008); Undead (2012); Unborn (2013).
Genre: Death Metal
Location: Florida, United States
Six Feet Under is back with another dose of groove-laden death metal. The only problem the groove part. The classic rhythm that laid the foundation for most of the eleven Six Feet Under albums simply doesn’t exist on Crypt of the Devil. Instead, it has been mostly replaced with blast beats, tighter riffs, and abrupt tempo changes. On paper, that really doesn’t sound like a problem does it? For some reason it doesn’t work as well as I think they might have planned. There is either something missing from the recipe or there is too much of something that spoiled the end result. Let’s figure this out…
With Six Feet Under playing par or slightly above par death metal on Unborn, I had high hopes for this album. Emphasis on “had.” Unfortunately, Barnes’ vocals seem forced and overly guttural. His style on Maximum Violence (1999) was perfect; you could actually understand what he was saying for the most part and it was brutal and vicious. I am not sure what his goal was for Crypt of the Devil, but when it comes to his vocals you never really know what you are going to get. In this case, too deep was not too good. The guitar work was one of the first things to stand out on a positive note. It is solid death metal and I’d say it’s the shining star of the album…cool guitar solos included.
I can certainly appreciate when a band tries to veer in a slightly different musical direction. While I applaud the sudden time signatures and guitar solos on Crypt of the Devil, the overall package falls short. And, the reason for that is because all 37 minutes of the album sounds pretty much the same with very little variation between the songs. As I gave the album several spins before sitting down to write this and sadly I lost track of where the music was every time. While Last Remains and The Night Bleeds are two cool songs, I can’t really tell the rest apart. In the end, Crypt of the Devil is not the worst album Six Feet Under has every recorded, but certainly one that lacks uniqueness as a whole.
2.5 Out of 5
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