SIX FEET UNDER – Crypt of the Devil
The well-known death metal entity known as Six Feet Under who has been vomiting forth catchy, gory, and entertaining albums for 20 years now has returned from the grave and is once again ready to assault our senses by means of a brand new and sonically depraved 10-track offering entitled «Crypt of the Devil». Most of you out there are probably already familiar with vocalist Chris Barnes and Six Feet Under as they have been at it for years and years without compromising or giving in to any trends, and they should be applauded for that. Musically speaking, very little has changed in the SFU camp and «Crypt of the Devil» possesses all the usual trademarks that constitute a Six Feet Under album, namely the instantly recognizable vocals courtesy of Barnes, the memorable jackhammer riffs, the pounding drums, and the groovy bass lines. However, while some songs off «Crypt of the Devil» certainly work like a charm, others are less engaging and captivating, which, unfortunately, results in a bit of an uneven album. Lyrically, Barnes continues telling stories from the perspective of a serial killer ,which is somewhat similar to some of the last few albums, I reckon. The album has a dark and gritty vibe and sound to it that appeals to me, but some of the tunes simply sound too half-hearted and devoid of atmosphere, which is a damn shame. «Crypt of the Devil» does have its fair share of cool songs and great riffs and so on and so forth, but overall I must say that I had hoped for a more solid and cohesive album.