Review Summary: 'Undead' regrettably seems content to settle itself into a lifeless mid tempo groove and remain there until it has seen out its running time.
Since his departure from founding death metal legends Cannibal Corpse, vocalist Chris Barnes has trodden a rather unremarkable path with his latest outfit Six Feet Under. Churning out some solid yet utterly formulaic material, it is fair to say that Barnes continues to be overshadowed by the relentlessly superb output of his former band, and indeed the glut of young hopefuls which look to push traditional extremity into broader, more exciting territory.
Unfortunately, 'Undead' does much to re-enforce this viewpoint. Despite an injection of fresh blood (guitarist Rob Arnold and drummer Kevin Talley of Chimaira fame join the fold), the songwriting here just feels so confusingly languid and apathetic it takes no little time for the album to become an absolute chore to listen to. '18 Days' clambers along on a bed of recycled riffing and quite simply tiresome and directionless guttural vocals, and 'Formaldehyde' relies on some monotonous tremelo picking and colourless drum patterns.
The problem is that the tracks just dont go anywhere. Chugging and blasting may be all very well, but as extreme as it is death metal is dependant, as all other genres, on songwriting aptitude, and 'Undead' regrettably seems content to settle itself into a lifeless mid tempo groove and remain there until it has seen out its running time. Devoid of hooks, energy, invention or spirit, this release demonstrates just how the new breed of death-heads are proving to reinvigorate a genre which without them would seemingly be fatally flagging.
Overall, this is a decent, consistent, solid album. It is worth a listening, as it is possibly their best album to date. Check out 18 Days or Blood On My Hands before picking up the album to make your mind up
I dont hate them by any means, they have just nothing in their career so far that is in anyway above average, and this album is no exception. I've listened to it a few times and could not for the life of me remember a single riff or melody from this, the songs are dull and lack dynamics and ultimately do nothing. The vocals are monotonous and pretty weak in my opinion. Thats my reasons for not liking this (already pointed out in the review by the way)
A good review, highlighting both the unfortunate stagnation of modern death metal and the scene's overall dilution, typified in Six Feet Under I feel, and also the inherent weaknesses of one of the genre's most flawed bands. Have a pos, my friend.
You said you thought the review was based on me hating the band as a whole. I was just pointing out that I dont. I dont care if you disagree with my methods, I have stated clearly why I dont think this album is good, and to me it is poor, and therefore a 2.