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Six Feet Under: Commandment

When getting your hands on a new Six Feet Under CD there are a couple things you understand. One is you know what you are getting; and the other is you know what you are not getting. What you are not getting is anything too experimental, groundbreaking, or anything that tries to keep up with what may be fashionable at the time. What you are getting is throat ripping guitar from Steve Swanson, gut pounding bass from Terry Butler, and skull crushing drums from Greg Gall. You take those ingredients and top them off with the vocal carnage of the man himself, Chris Barnes, and what you have is a deadly combination that enjoys spreading doom and destruction wherever they go. Any new SFU CD needs to be judged with what emotional response you have and how it makes you feel. Are you walking around at work doing your best Barnes impersonation? While stopped at a red light do you do your best high pitched Barnes screech at the car next to you, "YEAAAAH!"; sending them fleeing in fear for their lives? From the opening slam of "Doomsday", SFU's new offering Commandment instantly gets the blood flowing. The CD moves forward with some very brutal new SFU tracks that stand out, "Thou Shalt Kill", "As the Blade Turns", and "In a Vacant Grave" showcase the bands crushing prowess. There is some nice solo work here from Swanson; something SFU should include more of in their recordings. The CD ends with easily its most powerful track, "Ghosts of the Undead", which is brutal and classic SFU. Barnes' vocals kill as always as the band stays true to their roots here; brutality, carnage, zombies and death, all done with the unmistakable SFU groove.

Be weary the zombie executioners and the resurrected rotten; and be careful the next time you stop at a red light. Commandment is here and the church of SFU is open.

Track Listing
1) Doomsday
2) Thou Shalt Kill
3) Zombie Executioner
4) The Edge Of The Hatchet
5) Bled To Death
6) Resurrection Of The Rotten
7) As The Blade Turns
8) The Evil Eye
9) In A Vacant Grave
10) Ghosts Of The Undead

Added: May 13th 2007
Reviewer: Ken Sanford
Related Link: SFU Website
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Language: english

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Six Feet Under: Commandment
Posted by Jedd Beaudoin, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-05-13 08:18:09
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For a moment or two it seemed as though Six Feet Under had forever lapsed into self-parody. The covers collection Graveyard Classics 2 proved more an embarrassment than an embarrassment of riches and 2005's 13 ran false in places. Maybe that's why Commandment, although hardly a reinvention of the flat fifth, comes across sounding fresh, the band rejuvenated and freed of an unnecessary allegiance to genre norms. The vocals are still occasionally mixed a little too loud for their own good and the silly horse whine lead sounds (shades of Slayer) wear out their welcome faster than an elephantitis victim in a beauty pageant. But there's still hope for this band, by golly, and more power to it.

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