Six Feet Under // Graveyard Classics 3
Rating: 2.5/5.0 — It’s hard to imagine how it could possibly be better…
Label: Metal Blade
Websites: sfu420.com | myspace.com/sixfeetunder
Release Dates: EU: 15/18.01.2010 | US: 01.19.2010
Six Feet Under is back with the third installment in their Graveyard Classics series, and fortunately for us, this time they’re not covering AC/DC songs. I suspect that the majority of you either know what these things are about, have heard them, or just don’t care at all so I’m not going to spend tons of time on this, but Graveyard Classics 3 is a cover record from the groove oriented death metal band Six Feet Under. Barnes and crew have, this time around, elected a bunch of their favorite tracks from before they were in bands and have warped them into death rock tracks. The result being sort of cartoonish and silly: but mildly enjoyable at the same time.
I’m not a big fan of cover records or tribute records, and I always think it’s really funny when bands cover something that was originally done with clean vocals but instead use growls (I’ve heard some pretty funny covers of Iron Maiden songs done in that way). But Six Feet Under does manage to pull off a few good covers on here and even manage to improve on one track (but that’s partially because Van Halen never had a vocalist I could stand, so of course it sounds better with growls). In my opinion the best covers are on here are Metallica‘s “The Frayed Ends of Sanity”, “Psychotherapy” from the Ramones and Prong‘s timeless classic “Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck”. Sure, they’re a little silly with Barnes growling over them, but it’s the party novelty kind of approach.
This will definitely be more interesting to longtime fans of the band than to the average listener, but it does have a certain charm to it. But given that the material isn’t even original, I can’t think that I would give it much more than an “OK”. Though, I haven’t listened to these guys in year, now I think I’m going to go back and listen to their discog… I love that track “Revenge of the Zombie”.