Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: March 19, 2013
It is impossible to deny Chris Barnes’ importance in the world of death metal. As the original singer for Cannibal Corpse, Barnes lyrics and guttural vocals influenced many future growlers. Since Chris Barnes and Cannibal Corpse parted ways in 1995, Six Feet Under has been Barnes’ creative outlet for his twisted mind. Last year’s Undead was arguably the best album the band has produced to date thanks in no small part to the musicianship of Rob Arnold. Arnold has stepped away from Six Feet Under and now Barnes has enlisted the talents of a new line-up. Long time Six Feet Under guitarist Steve Swanson is joined by drummer Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, Dååth, Nothnegal), who also appeared on the Undead album, and new comers Ola England (Feared) on guitar and Jeff Hughell (Vile, Brain Drill) on bass.
Unborn doesn’t so much break new ground as it does continue the sound from last year’s excellent Undead, but it fails to live up to previous album. Overall the writing on the album is fairly uneven. While Undead didn’t really have many if any weak songs, Unborn has a few duds. The album’s first three tracks are as good as anything off the previous album. “Neuro Osmosis”, “Prophecy” and “Zombie Blood Curse” had me really expecting another home run for Chris Barnes and crew.
“Decapitate”, the album’s fourth track stopped the album’s momentum. It isn’t a terrible track, but it is unevenly paced and I just don’t care for the guitar work. After a couple of filler tracks, I almost lost interest in the album until the tenth track “Psychosis”, featuring Rob Arnold from the previous album on guest guitar. The final track, “The Curse of the Ancients” was a nice way to wrap the album up and end on a strong note.
Despite a few uninspired tracks, Six Feet Under have created a respectable follow-up to last year’s album. Unborn may not surpass last year’s Undead, but it is certainly a positive note in Chris Barnes and Six Feet Under’s career.
Stand Out Tracks: “Neuro Osmosis”, “Prophecy”, “Zombie Blood Curse”, “The Curse of the Ancients”