You can only listen to the strained grunt of a death metal vocalist so many times before it all begins to sound the same. Six Feet Under slow things down on Unborn compared to death metal stalwarts Deicide and Morbid Angel, but with this more purposeful musical attack, the vocals have become exposed as completely monotone and devoid of any value in the overall mix. A vacuum cleaner would add just as much here.
I appreciate where Six Feet Under tow the line of traditional metal musicianship a la Slayer, with songs like “Zombie Blood Curse,” but following a melody would really do the songs some justice, even though that would be contradictory to the genre (God forbid). Where this band is at its best is on songs like “Alive to Kill You,” a psycho-fast double0bass blender of guitar chug and off-rhythm death metal grunts. It seems that Six Feet Under have the chops and talent to pull it off, but they try too hard to not be full-on death metal. I don’t know this for sure, but that is my uneducated opinion and best guess.
Rating: 2/5 Stars
Unborn is out now on Metal Blade Records.