Double Dead Redux
Six Feet Under is like death metal's outreach program to the more pop-oriented world of skatepunk and thrash. One of the few purely metallic bands to play the annual punk-poppy Vans Warped Tour, Six Feet Under specializes in punk-style short sharp shocks: half of these 16 songs, recorded live in the summer of 2002, are under three minutes long. As a result, the tunes are lethally tight, with little room for the sort of sub-Sabbath sludge that occasionally bogs down death metal. Lyrically, the usual themes are covered (there's a touch of deadpan Cramps-like parody in titles like "Feasting on the Blood of the Insane" and "Impulse to Disembowel") and, as always, Chris Barnes sings in a variety of voices that sound downright comical to anyone over the age of 16, specializing in one that sounds like Sesame Street's Grover trying to impersonate Barry White. The first run of this CD came with a limited-edition bonus DVD featuring live footage from the same concert linked with nonsensical little vignettes and other special features.