Six Feet Under
Crypt of the Devil


2.5
average

Review

by Robert Davis CONTRIBUTOR (277 Reviews)
May 20th, 2015 | 23 replies


Release Date: 05/05/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With Crypt of the Devil, Barnes seems to be digging his career legacy deeper into the ground-and taking Six Feet Under with him.

Somewhere in the latest edition of the Metal Hammer (UK) magazine, there's a photo of a very shoddy looking Chris Barnes. The seemingly dirt-ridden dreadlocks and zombified stare of the whites of his eyes suggests that he is completely and utterly devoid of any emotion. Somehow you get the impression that the man has finally realized his best days in music were around two decades ago, and that Six Feet Under was merely a way of continuing his vocal practice. Or maybe not. Nonetheless, 2015 sees the release of Six Feet Under's latest album, the oh-so-scarily titled Crypt of the Devil. This is an album that was partly constructed by members of Cannabis Corpse, and lazily contributed to by Barnes, the guy who ended up hiring the Cannabis Corpse members in the first place.

Now mock if you will at this next statement, but Crypt of the Devil is actually OK. You know, the sort of "OK" that resembles Mr. Burns trying his best to do a thumbs up whilst thinking at the same time of evil world domination. Instrumentally as a matter of fact, it's mostly a decent, solid effort. The decision to hire the drug-addled (or not, they could just be making everything up) members of Cannabis Corpse-who incidentally devote their time and attention to Chris Barnes' involvement in the Cannibal Corpse camp-actually proves a good career move. The rhythm section has a real strong power to it, making for an all-round solid base which, although completely predictable, turns out to be a good 30+ minutes of your time. The likes of opener "Gruesome", "Open Coffin Orgy" and "Stab" (the song titles here are really thoughtful, aren't they kids") will probably go on to power up SFU's setlists for years to come, simply because of how headbang-worthy they are. There's a little bit of versatility here and there, such as in the groovier likes of "Slit Wrists" and "Break the Cross in Half", and it only goes to show the level of commitment and effort produced by Barnes' hired gun, if you will.

And then there's the star of the show himself, Mr. Barnes. You know, if the current voice actor of The Simpsons' Mr. Burns took several throat-ruining drugs, gargled treacle and tried to sing opera, Chris Barnes could safely take a shot at replacing him. And maybe succeed at doing so. As much as I don't want to talk about Barnes' increasingly irritating vocal involvement on Crypt of the Devil, I can't quite get away from the idea either. As instrumentally decent as this album is, you can count on Barnes to always mess up the commitment of his current band members. As solid as virtually every song on here (bar the overall lacklustre "Slit Wrists" and "The Night Bleeds") is, Barnes just drags everything down with him to the ever-deepening monotonous grave. The most frustrating thing is, you somehow know Barnes could sound better if he just tried. It's like trying to explain to a petulant schoolboy at parent's evening that he's hitting the predicted grades each and every time, but that he's also capable of reaching a higher standard. That's the impression you get when hearing Barnes' vocal delivery. The end result is akin to having a long, earth-shattering belch after rushing to eat your favourite curry and guzzling a few beers on a lazy Sunday evening.

As it turns out then, Crypt of the Devil is simply average, without the musical components actually being average themselves. If you were to produce a scorecard based out of 5 for instrumentation and vocal effort each, the results would probably be weighed as thus: 3 for instrumental performance, 2 for vocal delivery. So with the pros and cons weighed, it turns out to be an average result. And I say again, it's so frustrating because you know Crypt of the Devil could have become a better all-round record if Barnes simply, well, gave a little. Just a little, mate. We're not asking for too much.



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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
May 20th 2015


2586 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Full album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtM5FtjADr0



c/c is welcome.



I get the feeling that people love to hate Six Feet Under.

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TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2015


18058 Comments


lol those song names

Digging: Opeth - Garden of the Titans

piroga84
May 20th 2015


361 Comments


i too feel that they are an easy target for mocking because of their simplistic play,
but i agree with your thoughts
thought it is more of a 3 for me
it is short, punchy and has good solos

Angelboros
May 20th 2015


1357 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Gruesome is a pleasurable opener, at least. The overall album ends up being very predictable, and yet salvageable in the process. Honestly these guys have put out inferior material in comparison to this, regardless of whether that says anything or not (I'm lookin' in your direction, True Carnage, Bringer of Blood, and Graveyard Classics).



Oh, yeah, mind pos.

Kusangii
May 20th 2015


2193 Comments


Band rules

Tunaboy45
May 20th 2015


16702 Comments


It doesn't get much more generic than that album title and those song names.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2015


10468 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Review perfectly sums up my thoughts tbh



nicely done

ChaoticVortex
May 20th 2015


735 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You summed my thoughts as well. Considering how solid Undead and Unborn were this was a disappointment for me...yeah I just said that about an SFU album.

zaruyache
May 20th 2015


20379 Comments


Cannabis Corpe are pretty decent, so their writing decent riffs isn't surprising, nor is Barnes' sort of ruining it all. I always thought his vocals were sort of unique, but they do sound like they were all recorded whilst he had cookies in his mouth.

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TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2015


18058 Comments


Listening to this now makes me really want an instrumental version to be available. Some very solid riffs and solos throughout but the vocals are horrible.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
May 20th 2015


24777 Comments


Fuck this band

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Psynuts
May 21st 2015


373 Comments


The opening track isn't even that bad, it's a pretty fun song actually. But these vocals are just so damn awful, it makes u wonder what this band could have been without barnes.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
May 21st 2015


2586 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah the opening track is one of the highlights instrumentally.

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
May 21st 2015


18058 Comments


His vocals on the previous album were pretty decent, so his performance on here was an unpleasant surprise for most I'd imagine.

paradox1216
Emeritus
May 22nd 2015


730 Comments


Great review. Have never bothered with these guys and probably never will

Hawks
May 22nd 2015


67670 Comments


Yeah they suck, could never sit through a full album by these guys.

Barnes needs to give it up.

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PortalofPerfection
May 23rd 2015


1991 Comments


^^^What Hawks said

This band has never been good. They've never even been average.

Acrosstheshield13
June 29th 2015


797 Comments


god, this band is terrible

FrozenVain
April 15th 2016


3019 Comments


new song "Invader" is hilarious

CoreyHaimsGhost
January 18th 2017


255 Comments


Surprised this wasn't well recieved on this site it was my metal record of the year 2015 barnes is unmatched in the world of death metal vocalists



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