SIX FEET UNDER – Crypt of the Devil
Believe it or not, ‘Crypt of the Devil’ is the 14th studio album from Six Feet Under. Ok, that includes the two ‘Graveyard Classic’ albums, but that is still a fairly impressive output.
Six Feet Under are one of those marmite bands – you either like them or you don’t, and if the only thing you’ve heard is one of the above mentioned cover albums, then the chances of you being in the ‘not’ club are even higher.
I do like Six Feet Under. Firstly, because in a world of death metal bands who are so similar their own members probably couldn’t tell from other bands in a blind listening test, they have had the balls to do something different and to stick to their guns for 20 years. Secondly, because their slowed down, groove laden brand of Death Metal works for me.
So as you can expect, ‘Crypt of the Devil’ is pretty much business as usual for Six Feet Under. Perhaps some of the riffs and arrangements are a bit more sophisticated than before – it all sounds a bit ‘cleverer’ while being as direct as ever. Because of this, it isn’t a record that wins you over straight away. You have to work on this one and for the first few listens it is good but not remarkable. After that, you do get into it. The only problem really is that this is an album that very much depends on my humour. On some days I really love it but on other days less so.
Fans of the band will not be disappointed, but if you don’t like Six Feet Under, this might not be the record to change that.