Six Feet Under
Torment


2.0
poor

Review

by zaruyache USER (21 Reviews)
February 25th, 2017 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Why make jokes about Chris Barnes when Chris Barnes makes them for you?

In certain contexts I'm sure Chris Barnes' vocals could really hit the mark (namely; in slower, really raw, dirty death metal. Think: Suffocation’s “Human Waste” demo.), but anywhere else his dated guttural, “gargling pebbles” vocal style seems out-of-place--if not laughable--by his technique's perceived ultra-seriousness and inability to keep up with anything above a mid-paced tempo. On a super clean “modern” death metal album like “Torment”, though, the vocals seem nothing less than strained and out-of-place against the rest of the instrumentation.

To put this album into perspective: Chris Barnes is a guy trying to do dirty Cookie Monster-style guttural vocals overtop modern-sounding clean metal riffing that wouldn’t sound all that out-of-place on a mainstream metalcore album--all while still trying to appear ultra br00tal. Speaking frankly: this does not work. The guitar sound, drum sound, and vocal sound feel like a clashing of eras; as if death metal vocals from some obscure 1994 demo were to be forcibly sling-shotted through time and dumped on top of any modern metal record with nary a competent producer nor sound engineer to be found anywhere along the way to make them actually fit together.

If this was Suffocation's "Human Waste" demo, I think Barnes' vocals would've seemed like more of an asset than a liability, but unfortunately for us it's 2017 and even Suffocation don't play dirty death metal anymore. The clashing of ultra clean instruments (and programmed-sounding drums) with dirty, sluggish guttural vocals definitely holds the record back (unsurprisingly). It's like instrumentally the band are trying to compete with modern acts like Cannibal Corpse by adopting an ultra-clean guitar sound, whilst simultaneously keeping the vocals exceptionally raw to keep the band's "personality" and “legacy” intact.

Whatever they were trying to do here, though, it simply doesn't work; while the riffs are often actually fairly decent (think: a few steps down from modern Decapitated), the awkward vocals hold the record back from being anything resembling an "enjoyable" one. It should be fairly well understood that Six Feet Under is more-or-less just a vehicle for vocalist Chris Barnes at this point, but that's still not much of an excuse for sucking so badly as Torment does. The album is baffling in how badly it is organized and produced, with its placing elements of the band against each other rather than allowing them to work together to create a more cohesive style.

Torment is a mess of a record--simply put--despite being fairly riff-solid(ish). I suppose there's a band named "Six Feet Under" buried deep in here somewhere that's worth actually talking about, but this album definitely isn't it. Maybe Barnes and co. should go re-listen to "Human Waste" a few dozen more times before recording their next dumpsterfire of a release, yeah?

Yeah.



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zaruyache
February 25th 2017


17550 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

This started as a long booze-induced soundoff but as Hemingway never actually said, "write drunk; edit sober" so I decided to flesh it out as my buzz wore off. You're welcome.

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ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2017


10717 Comments


Speaking of Hemingway that album cover makes me want to purchase a shotgun

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zaruyache
February 25th 2017


17550 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

That made me snort out loud, pos'd.

Artuma
February 25th 2017


28973 Comments


you literally managed to make only one point in these five paragraphs. it's a good point, for sure, but i feel you could've just left it as a soundoff

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ChaoticVortex
February 25th 2017


475 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

A new Immolation is out, and death metal fans supposed to care about Six Feet Under? Top fucking kek.

zaruyache
February 25th 2017


17550 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I legit posted it as a soundoff but Sput kept not letting me do it bc it was too long; it gave me a message on submission telling me to just write a review, so hey who am I to argue with sputs AI.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
February 25th 2017


10130 Comments


wait but you have a soundoff and it's literally four paragraphs of this review wutface

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zaruyache
February 25th 2017


17550 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Idk how I did it but I did it. And then I forgot to get rid of it wooopss.



edit: fixd it. Also might rearrange some of this later tonight to make it work better so artuma won't hate it as much.

DeadGuy
February 25th 2017


912 Comments


chris barnes is a pussy

Sabrutin
February 27th 2017


4432 Comments


Man these vocals

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ChaoticVortex
March 2nd 2017


475 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Holy fuck this is forced and boring. Standard SFU stuff, with increasingly worsening vocals from Barnes.

betray
March 7th 2017


9125 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this is atrocious lmao wow

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tellah
March 21st 2017


511 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this slowly becomes grating and unlistenable about halfway through, I may have to lower my rating

tellah
March 21st 2017


511 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

chris barnes is a pussy [2]

Eons
September 4th 2017


866 Comments


An absolutely incredible record.

InFlamesWeThrash666
September 4th 2017


6763 Comments


cultural heritage

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Eons
September 4th 2017


866 Comments


this will inspire future generations



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