Six Feet Under
Maximum Violence


3.5
great

Review

by ImTheOnlyThugInTheBuildin USER (142 Reviews)
November 4th, 2012 | 21 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A surprisingly good album from a band that gets so often maligned in the death metal circles

Few extreme metal bands are as often criticized and looked down upon as Chris Barnes second major band, Six Feet Under. From their inception onward, they have been ridiculed for the simplistic riffing and rapidly deteriorating vocal performances from Barnes, which seem to have only gotten worse over the many albums the have recorded now. However, of the bunch, one stands out as being slightly better than the rest. Instead of being an absolute cesspit of recycled Obituary riffs and unimaginative songs, Maximum Violence stands proud as being considered the best in the band's discography, due to its more graphic lyrics and overall better performance from the band than on their other albums.

The most obvious thing about this release is that Chris Barnes is not young any more. The amount of marijuana he smokes coupled with the vast number of years in the business have crippled his voice so that his growls sound overly breathy and his weird shrieks that occurred on his last two Cannibal Corpse albums are far more present and annoying here than ever before. However, something about his vocal patterns on this album makes him slightly more tolerable than on their other albums. For instance, on the song Feasting On The Blood Of The Insane, Chris attempts a style of rapped growls which, whilst sounding cheesy and completely ridiculous, they do have a memorable feel to them and will stick in the listeners head. Also, on fan favorite No Warning Shot, Barnes manages to simultaneously create one of the most laughable and one of the catchiest moments in death metal during the chorus, with the low growl of "Die Mother F*cker" followed by the raspy scream of "Die,Die!" It is very absurd but undeniably catchy enough. The lyrics on this album are considerably more graphic in their depictions of violence than previous Six Feet Under releases, but this works well with Barnes vocals, and is one of the things he has become famous for.

The guitar work on here once again sounds like a second rate Obituary clone, with many of the riffs being extremely simplistic but having a crunchy, heavy groove to them that makes them sound so sweet. Unfortunately, they do nothing new, with the guitarist instead re-hashing his past work instead of attempting anything fresh. However, for what it is, this album boasts some decent enough guitar work, with some cool drumming and thundering bass behind it. This is a straight death metal album instrumentally, with some speedy soloing to finish it all off.

Torture Killer and album opener Feasting On The Blood Of The Insane are definitely the choice cuts here, with the former being a graphic song that is possibly the darkest song Barnes has done since his CC days. Feasting On The Blood Of The Insane is a groove-ridden song with some nice enough vocal work and a few great riffs to top it off. Maximum Violence is definitely Six Feet Under's best album, and it is impossible to help but notice that this band really does not deserve all the hate they get.



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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 4th 2012


14318 Comments


Great review, but I hated Barnes' vocals on his CC albums so these guys have never interested me.

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 4th 2012


14318 Comments


Well from what I can gather from the review, this album encompassed everything I didn't like about CC's older stuff and magnifies it tenfold. Maybe nobody bothered to listen to it?

ThrashHard
November 4th 2012


196 Comments


hmmmm

KILL
November 4th 2012


71750 Comments


this band

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mindleviticus
November 4th 2012


8229 Comments


someone make this guy contrib

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 4th 2012


14318 Comments


Your reviews need to be more utterly perfect, amirite?

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 4th 2012


14318 Comments


I suppose just write a lot of good reviews and apply the next time they're after new contribs, I think I might try.

ThrashHard
November 4th 2012


196 Comments


who says a contributors reviews have to be perfect?

ZGP1992
November 4th 2012


302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review, ive been meaning to check this album out but havent gotten around to it.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 4th 2012


19746 Comments


good review

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ThrashHard
November 4th 2012


196 Comments


hard m/

RutseyLives2
November 4th 2012


229 Comments


sup cabrony

jrm96
November 4th 2012


2431 Comments


i think his vocals have always been bad, i've never understood a single thing he's said

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 4th 2012


19746 Comments


flutters on here quite a bit you just live here is all skeletor : P

KingHarkinian
November 5th 2012


435 Comments


This is 6fu best, but that is hardly something to brag with.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 8th 2012


14318 Comments


Gonna have to 1 all these guys' albums after Barnes punched Travis Ryan.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 8th 2012


14318 Comments


Chris Barnes sucker punched the vocalist of Cattle Decapitation while on tour, prolly just jealous because Ryan's an infinitely better vocalist.

Snackapples
November 25th 2012


43 Comments


No Warning Shot was the first DM song I ever got into. Lol

mangamusicfan
November 29th 2012


22 Comments


best song is warmachine :D

DillingerEscaped
February 27th 2013


115 Comments


Victim of the paranoid was good



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