Last known full length album by these Tampa's Death Metal leading act - Six Feet Under, released under Metal Blade Records in 2008. All that being said, one reason that I like Six Feet Under so much is that they have the balls to keep music fun for themselves. Contains 13 tracks, the music on this album is brutally bludgeoning, I hear it on for the first time and started headbanging. Six Feet Under consistently delivers quality American death metal, and "Death Rituals" is no exception. SFU’s style is very recognizable, and they don’t deviate very far from that path. Mid tempo songs are crushingly heavy, but have ample groove and hooks. It Features a Classics death vocal of Chris Barnes, guitars that are almost always eerie or head bobbingly heavy and drums that are not too busy. My personal favorite track is “Bastard”. It is perhaps the only track that I could attempt to label as “fun” and features the band showing off its Graveyard Classics tendencies. Yes, it is an old Motley Crue cover. They push it through the Six Feet Under machine, slowing it down and sludging it up a bit to better fit their style, but you can still definitely tell it is a Crue song.
Chris Barnes’ death growls seem really high in the mix on this album, and his lyrics deal with the usual topics of death, death, death and murder. What can we say? He is Chris Barnes... :)
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