AUGUST 10th 2015

Review by: Lady M

Genre: Death Metal
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Produced by:  Metal Blade Records

Band Members:  
Chris Barnes - Vocals
Steve Swanson - Guitar
Jeff Hughell - Bass
Marco Pitruzzella - Drums  

 Interesting little side story here, aside from recently becoming a writer for Metal Titans, one of my other ventures is being the PR manager for Beyond Theory, (local metal band here in Tacoma, WA) my boyfriend Koli P. Bolden is the lead vocalist for Beyond Theory and told me that they played a show with Six Feet Under in June of 2014 at Studio Seven in Seattle, WA. He describes that night as "getting to play in the presence of such legends as an unforgettable and a very honouring experience". Metal Titans actually did a review for that very same show as well. That was all before my time here with them (Metal Titans, Koli and Beyond Theory), but hey its a small world and rock on! \m/

 So what can I say about Six Feet Under that anyone who knows anything about metal doesn't already know?  Six Feet Under are...Gods of Metal. One of the most successful, longest standing bands in death metal history with bragging rights that all but their debut album appeared on a Billboard chart, a feat that is nearly unheard of in any music genre...these guys are Legends.  Six Feet Under are scheduled to release through Metal Blade Records their 11th album May 5th of this year, titled Crypt Of The Devil; composed by Chris Barnes (Six Feet Under vocalist) and Phil “Landphil” Hall (Cannabis Corpse bassist/vocalist). Six Feet Under's early beginnings was actually a side project for Barnes while he was fronting Cannibal Corpse.   Becoming full fledged in 1995, Six Feet Under  have consistently helped shape the face of death metal through their uncompromised approach to their craft and over the course of their career have become unstoppable. Barnes and Hall met in 2013 while on tour with Cannabis Corpse. That same year, Hall and Barnes joined forces to compose new tracks for Crypt Of The Devil.

With their latest album, Crypt Of The Devil, Barnes is continuing the story from previous works, which tell a tale from the perspective of a serial killer.  Barnes describes it as a “winding journey through his mind. The songs paint a picture that’s not necessarily linear, rather a meandering back and forth through a dark soul.” Barnes took to London Bridge Studio (where other legends Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains etc. have recorded) in his new base of operations in Seattle, Washington to record vocals. The mix was completed by Rob Caldwell (Cannabis Corpse, Iron Reagan etc.) in Sarasota, Florida and mastering was done by Alan Douches (Cannibal Corpse, Revocation, Torche, Skeletonwitch etc.) at West West Side in New Windsor, New York. Crypt Of The Devil  can definitely be described as a true cross country collaboration from several the finest metal minds in today's scene. Album scheduled to be released on May 5th, 2015.

Crypt Of The Devil Track Listing:
01. Gruesome
02. Open Coffin Orgy
03. Broken Bottle Rape
04. Break The Cross In Half
05. Lost Remains
06. Slit Wrists
07. Stab
08. The Night Bleeds
09. Compulsion To Brutalize
10. Eternal In Darkness

Crypt Of The Devil... Six Feet Under's best album to date, hands down. WARNING!!! this album will cause spontaneous head banging and outbreaks of moshing - please listen with the necessary precautions in place!

Holy S#*!...  My metal head friends, you will not be disappointed.  I'm not sure I possess the necessary articulation to give this album its proper credit..yes it IS that good.  What can I say?... its Six Feet Under..they are originators of their own sound, they stand apart and don't sound like anyone else.  One of my absolute most favourite thing in the whole world is someone who can really shred on guitar with fast intricate riffs...if you are like me in this regard...this album is completely your cup of tea..hell screw the tea.. its a shot of the best whiskey you could ever have, served in a jewel encrusted shot glass carried on a silver platter.

I can't even pick a favourite song, they are all amazingly great and brutally intense.  Not a bad one in the bunch, each one unique and unlike the other.  All about that bass..those savage bass taps...mixed with the absolutely amazing vocals of Barnes, the super intense and heart racing guitar riffs ...and the drums, oh my gods, the drums!!!

The little creative nods in this album are great. This album itself tells a story in the lyrics from the perspective of a serial killer.  Even the titles of the songs in the track listing are arranged in such a way that you can follow the time line of a story taking place, which is a great little creative twist.

The album is musically flawless. Only other way I could really describe this is baby making metal and ear porn.  

Go Now and Buy This Album!

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