SIX FEET UNDER

Death Metal / Death 'n' Roll • United States
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Six Feet Under is a death metal band with heavy rock influences on some of their albums.

Originally a side project for Cannibal Corpse vocalist Chris Barnes and former Obituary guitarist Allen West, Six Feet Under eventually became a full-time proposition when friction between Barnes and his other bandmates became too much to bear. Featuring ex-Death bassist Terry Butler and drummer Greg Gall in the rhythm section, Six Feet Under issued their debut album, Haunted, in 1995. Barnes subsequently quit Cannibal Corpse, and Six Feet Under issued the stopgap EP Alive and Dead in 1996 to tide fans over until the following year's full-length, Warpath. The bands line up has remained stable since 1997 when Allen West quit to be replaced by Steve Swanson formerly of Massacre. Their third album Maximum Violence appeared in 1999. Graveyard Classics followed a year later and 2001's True Carnage featured guest vocals from
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SIX FEET UNDER Haunted album cover 3.88 | 8 ratings
Haunted
Death Metal 1995
SIX FEET UNDER Warpath album cover 3.85 | 9 ratings
Warpath
Death Metal 1997
SIX FEET UNDER Maximum Violence album cover 3.33 | 6 ratings
Maximum Violence
Death Metal 1999
SIX FEET UNDER Graveyard Classics album cover 2.00 | 6 ratings
Graveyard Classics
Death 'n' Roll 2000
SIX FEET UNDER True Carnage album cover 3.12 | 4 ratings
True Carnage
Death Metal 2001
SIX FEET UNDER Bringer of Blood album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Bringer of Blood
Death Metal 2003
SIX FEET UNDER Graveyard Classics 2 album cover 2.25 | 6 ratings
Graveyard Classics 2
Death 'n' Roll 2004
SIX FEET UNDER 13 album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
13
Death Metal 2005
SIX FEET UNDER Commandment album cover 3.50 | 4 ratings
Commandment
Death Metal 2007
SIX FEET UNDER Death Rituals album cover 3.50 | 5 ratings
Death Rituals
Death Metal 2008
SIX FEET UNDER Graveyard Classics III album cover 2.10 | 5 ratings
Graveyard Classics III
Death 'n' Roll 2010
SIX FEET UNDER Undead album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Undead
Death Metal 2012
SIX FEET UNDER Unborn album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Unborn
Death Metal 2013
SIX FEET UNDER Crypt of the Devil album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Crypt of the Devil
Death Metal 2015
SIX FEET UNDER Graveyard Classics IV: The Number of the Priest album cover 0.50 | 2 ratings
Graveyard Classics IV: The Number of the Priest
Death 'n' Roll 2016
SIX FEET UNDER Torment album cover 1.50 | 4 ratings
Torment
Death Metal 2017

SIX FEET UNDER EPs & splits

SIX FEET UNDER Alive and Dead album cover 3.56 | 4 ratings
Alive and Dead
Death Metal 1996

SIX FEET UNDER live albums

SIX FEET UNDER Maximum Video album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Maximum Video
Death 'n' Roll 2001
SIX FEET UNDER Double Dead Redux album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Double Dead Redux
Death 'n' Roll 2002

SIX FEET UNDER demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

SIX FEET UNDER re-issues & compilations

SIX FEET UNDER A Decade in the Grave album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
A Decade in the Grave
Death Metal 2005

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SIX FEET UNDER Reviews

SIX FEET UNDER Warpath

Album · 1997 · Death Metal
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"Warpath" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US, Florida based death metal act Six Feet Under. The album was released through Metal Blade Records in September 1997. Six Feet Under was initially formed as a side-project by lead vocalist Chris Barnes (Cannibal Corpse) and guitarist Allen West (Obituary), and their debut full-length studio album "Haunted (1995)" was recorded and released as such. When Barnes was fired from Cannibal Corpse in 1995, Six Feet Under became his main priority. "Warpath" would be the last Six Feet Under album to feature West. The remaining part of the lineup are bassist Terry Butler (Death, Massacre, Obituary) and drummer Greg Gall.

Stylistically the music on "Warpath" more or less continues down the same groove oriented old school death metal style of "Haunted (1995)". The guitar tone and often also the riffs lead your thoughts toward Obituary (which is only natural because it´s West playing), but Six Feet Under ultimately have their own take on death metal. Barnes has a convincing intelligible growling delivery, and also uses a higher pitched aggressive snarl, which is great for the variation of the vocals on the album. It´s not only the vocals which are a great asset to the music. The many simple, crushingly heavy, and groovy riffs, and the equally heavy and groove oriented rhythms, are also very catchy and and powerful.

The material on the 12 track, 41:30 minutes long album is generally well written and instantly catchy. It´s not everyday you´re able to growl along to almost every track on a death metal album the first time you listen to it, but "Warpath" is that kind of release. Highlights include the crushingly brutal and ultra groovy "War is Coming" and "Burning Blood", but tracks like "Nonexistence", "Animal Instinct", and the Holocaust cover "Death or Glory" are also worth a mention (the latter introduces the traditional heavy metal element, that the band would further pursue on subsequent releases). There are few slightly less interesting tracks featured on the album, but even those aren´t bad and still contribute to the overall feeling that "Warpath" is a quality death metal release.

"Warpath" features a very heavy and powerful sound production, which suits the material perfectly, and while the album isn´t the most varied or innovative you´ll ever hear in the genre, it definitely has a brutal grooving charm to it, that you don´t hear everyday in death metal. To my ears it´s a step up from "Haunted (1995)" as I find the material a bit more memorable, and a 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

SIX FEET UNDER Alive and Dead

EP · 1996 · Death Metal
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"Alive and Dead" is an EP release by US death metal act Six Feet Under. The EP was released through Metal Blade Records in October 1996. It bridges the gap between the band´s debut and 2nd full-length studio albums "Haunted (1995)" and "Warpath (1997)". The title "Alive and Dead" is a pun on the fact that the EP features 3 new studio tracks (one of which is a cover of "Grinder" by Judas Priest), and 4 live tracks.

The two new original tracks "Insect" and "Drowning" are both heavy and hook laden old school death metal tracks, not far from the music style on "Haunted (1995)", but slightly better produced. "Grinder" is a pretty good cover too although some Judas Priest fans may cry "blasphemy" because of the growling vocals. The 4 live tracks are all culled from "Haunted (1995)" and they feature a good sound quality and are performed pretty well too.

All in all "Alive and Dead" is a relatively high quality EP release by Six Feet Under and with it´s 23:20 minutes of playing time, you also get quite a bit of quantity for your money, so it´s a recommended purchase. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

SIX FEET UNDER Torment

Album · 2017 · Death Metal
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Vim Fuego
Six Feet Under will always live in the shadow of Cannibal Corpse. ‘Torment’ has done nothing to drag it out from under that shadow.

Vocalist Chris Barnes was one of the founders of death metal’s biggest band, and contributed a huge part of Cannibal Corpse’s genre-defining sound. His less than amicable split from the band caused great consternation in death metal circles, worried Cannibal Corpse would become a shadow of its former self. For his own part, Barnes had formed death metal’s first super group, his side project Six Feet Under, which then became his full time gig.

However, Barnes leaving Cannibal Corpse did the band a great favour, allowing them to move into far more technical realms, pushing the boundaries of death metal. Barnes himself though, has continued to wallow in the fetid swamps of days gone by.

‘Torment’ is better than the ‘Graveyard Classics’ covers albums series, but not much. There is so little inspiration or effort in the music its surprising even the musicians themselves don’t get bored with it. Yes, it is mostly old school. Yes, it’s heavy, decently executed death metal. Yes, unfortunately, Chris Barnes’ gargly vocals are just the same as they have always been. He is supposed to be the superstar of this band, but is far and away its weakest link.

The indecipherable cupped mic growl was cutting edge in the early 1990s. It was one of the defining features of the still developing fledgling death metal genre, which Chris Barnes so ably pioneered. As musicians experimented and pushed at the edges of all things brutal and heavy, death metal evolved. Vocalists discovered it was possible to be guttural, varied and even comprehensible at the same time, while maintaining the music’s inherent brutality. Chris Barnes, his head fogged in a cloud of THC infused smoke, seems to have missed it. He is still peddling the same monotonous bark which so straight-jacketed Cannibal Corpse.

Barnes’ other innovation of the day was to push the boundaries of good taste and bestial lyrical perversion. Song Titles like “Meat Hook Sodomy”, “I Cum Blood” and “Fucked With a Knife” leave potential listeners in no doubt about what they are about to hear. The lyrics were always violent, often sexual, and always confronting. Sometimes though, Barnes’ murder/rape fantasies missed the mark, and just became tasteless, silly parodies of the truly vile. Songs like “She Was Asking for It”, “Entrails Ripped from a Virgin’s Cunt” and “Necropedophile” were a bit distasteful even to the most dedicated gore fiends. On ‘Torment’ Barnes once again crosses the line, with the tasteless “Bloody Underwear”, a title which conjures unsavoury imagery in any one of several ways.

That’s not to say ‘Torment’ is a total loss. While mid-paced plodding gets a bit monotonous, when the band uses a bit of tempo things improve. “Exploratory Homicide” blasts into life after the dreary opening track “Sacrificial Kill”. “Skeleton” also shows promise, with a militaristic snare and grumbling bass intro, but falls flat on its ass when Barnes attempts a vocal melody, in the loosest definition of the word melody. “Obsidian” also shows a glimmer of inspiration above the dull generic mass surrounding it.

Times have moved on and left Six Feet Under behind. The kindest thing to do would be to quietly euthanise the band. The more appropriate thing would be to scourge, flay, flense, eviscerate, disembowel, gut and fillet Six Feet Under (the band, not the people responsible!), and bury the mangled, maggot infested remains in an unmarked grave, along with glories also long since dead.

SIX FEET UNDER Haunted

Album · 1995 · Death Metal
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"Haunted" is the debut full-length studio album by US death metal act Six Feet Under. The album was released through Metal Blade Records in September 1995. Six Feet Under was initially formed as a side-project by Cannibal Corpse vocalist Chris Barnes and Obituary guitarist Allen West, but became a full-time act for Barnes after his split from Cannibal Corpse. The lineup on "Haunted" also features Terry Butler (Death, Massacre) on bass and Greg Gall on drums.

The music on the album is more or less the epitome of old school US death metal, which isn´t that surprising considering the musicians involved. There is a pretty strong connection to Obituary because of how the riffs are constructed. Simple, groove laden, and brutal. Chris Barnes delivers a convincing and intelligible growling vocal performance and the rhythm section play heavy and mid-paced brutal beats.

And that is pretty much it. There isn´t much variation to be found (a few solos, very few tempo changes, and generally pretty formulaic song structures) and "Haunted" does become a rather one-dimensional affair after only a couple of tracks. There is a great charm about the primitive nature of the whole thing though and while it´s not the most revolutionizing (nor the most interesting) old school death metal album out there, it´s still well played, well produced (recorded at Morrisound Studios) and relatively well written, and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

SIX FEET UNDER Graveyard Classics IV: The Number of the Priest

Album · 2016 · Death 'n' Roll
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Vim Fuego
If you were once one of the world’s best regarded death metal vocalists, why in the hell would you release an album of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden covers?

The aforementioned vocalist, Chris Barnes once had the death metal world at his feet. He was lauded as the driving force behind Cannibal Corpse, the world’s biggest death metal band, courting controversy and attracting the curious and the rebellious the world over. His gore laden murder music earned him notoriety and publicity throughout the metal world, ultimately diffusing death metal’s diseased tendrils to new, far flung audiences. Cannibal Corpse released four genre re-defining albums with Barnes, who then decided to try something a bit different, forming death metal’s best known supergroup side project Six Feet Under with Allen West from Obituary.

And then all the zombies came home to roost. Barnes and Cannibal Corpse parted ways acrimoniously. Fans and critics alike thought Cannibal Corpse would sink without their talismanic vocalist. Six Feet Under’s more laid back approach to death metal, injecting doses of both rock music and THC looked like the way forward for death metal.

History has proved otherwise. Cannibal Corpse’s music improved immeasurably with a more dynamic new vocalist in George Fisher, while losing none of their gore obsession. While Six Feet Under had legs initially, the band’s style never caught the imagination of the wider metal world, although it does have a dedicated core of fans. The band is now no longer a band either, but Chris Barnes and guests.

However, the guests Barnes gathered for this album are pretty fucking good. In a strange twist of fate, guitarist/bassist Ray Suhy and drummer Josh Hall are both members of drug themed Cannibal Corpse parody band Cannabis Corpse. Suhy in particular impresses, proving repeatedly that not only can he chug along with the gruntiest of rhythm guitarists in death metal, he can also shred and wail too. The song selection is original too, avoiding the obvious candidates like “Breaking The Law” and “The Number of the Beast”, despite the pun in the album’s title.

“Night Crawler” starts with a bludgeoning stomp, and sounds promising, right up until the moment Barnes opens his mouth. Oh dear… His one dimensional growl instantly flattens Rob Halford’s legendary operatic wailed melody into a tuneless drone. The spoken passage is a silly rasped whisper. And this happens in every damn song. Halford, Bruce Dickinson, and even Paul Di’Anno, the singers of the original versions of these songs, all had a vitality, versatility and strength to their voices and performance when these songs were written. Barnes has a guttural rasp, and that’s it, hence the question “why?”

By the time “Never Satisfied” comes along, there is a great urge building to shout at the speakers for Barnes just to shut the fuck up and let the rest of the band carry on as an instrumental group. If he had, the whole album would have been a lot better. True, it wouldn’t have been Six Feet Under, but in this day and age does anyone still really care?

Barnes struggles to spit out the verses of “Murders In The Rue Morgue” without tripping over his own tongue. The crunching intro “Prowler” is impressive, but then Barnes fucks it up again, by opening his stupid gargling mouth. “The Evil That Men Do” is just embarrassing.

Despite the best efforts of the backing musicians, this is just a fuck-awful rip off. It is the lazy dribblings of a dope fiend who has wrecked both voice and mind, and wants us to fund his habit.

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