SIX FEET UNDER – Undead
This current release is still a case of All Filler, No Killer.
So, apparently this is the first Six Feet Under album to feature the current line up. Interesting, because I wasn’t even aware the band still existed, which in a way sums up quite a chunk of their history.
Undead fares a little better than a lot of the band’s output after their sophomore Warpath album, which have been shockingly patchy, but even then this current release is still a case of All Filler, No Killer.
There’s no denying Chris Barnes’ place in the death metal history books, due to his sterling work with Cannibal Corpse, but it has to be said that a lot of his work under the Six Feet Under banner leaves a lot to be desired, with full studio albums drifting by without leaving much of a deep groove in the mind, and those… let me put this kindly… ‘misjudged’ Graveyard Classics cover albums still linger like a bad smell.
There’s nothing ostensibly wrong with the song writing. The first four songs, particularly second track Formaldehyde, move along at an impressive clip that happily veers away from the usual stoner/death guitar head bobbing sound that they usually employ, adding a pleasingly old school feel to the tracks, and indeed after the opening quartet, there are flashes of inspiration dotted around the remaining tracks, but by and large, everything’s just…plodding along in a very half-hearted manner.
The playing is solid, Barnes’s still brings the classic vocal chops (even if his lyrics are as bobbins as ever), and the songs themselves hang together as well as expected. But the problem is there is no real fire or surprise in any of the material. For those who think the band have coasted post-Warpath, then aside from a handful of tracks at the front end, Undead isn’t going to trample on their low expectations.
However, die hard fans of the band will find comfort that yet again, they have more of the same.