|Review: Six Feet Under - Graveyard Classics III|
|Graveyard Classics III|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: January 22, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Graveyard Classics III
Back in the late 90s, a lot of bands were doing cover albums – it was a temporary trend. Six Feet Under didn't get the memo, and they keep going and going... This is their third one, and I got wind that it may not be the last(!!!) I haven't heard the first one, and the second one was AC/DC's Back in Black, Death Metal version. Let's not go back to that. Now we're back to covering several different bands.
This is not horrible per se, but all the way through I kept asking myself "Why?". Except for the vocals – which frankly are kind of boring – there's nothing "death metalized" here, but rather just the songs played by the band, with minimal change for the most part. I don't know what's up with the vocals, but on a couple of songs ("On Fire" and "Pounding Metal" come to mind), we can sometimes here a little shriek that sounds like a dying chipmunk. Seriously, what the fuck is that about?
The songs are competently played, though "A Dangerous Meeting" and "The Frayed Ends of Sanity" are quite inferior to the original performances. And yes, be horrified at the thought of death growls instead of King Diamond's voice. Man... Anyway, I don't know why they keep doing this, but surely they must be selling quite a few for the label to accept releasing three cover albums in 10 years. I'd say this is something for diehard fans – if you liked the first two, there's probably no reason why you won't like this one as well. The band should really throw this kind of stuff as a bonus track on a studio album. Iron Savior have the good recipe for covers. But hey, maybe Chris Barnes knows something we don't... We'll reconvene once IV is released, I guess. *sigh*
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