Dear god, what's happened to this once excellent band? SFU started out asChris Barnes' side project with Obituary's Allan West whilst he was stilla member of Cannibal Corpse, and their debut record 'Haunted' wasexcellent no-frills Death Metal. He left his main band to concentrate onSFU and since then, with each successive release, the quality has droppeda little bit. That is, until the release of 'Bringer Of Blood', where thequality has in fact plummeted. The last record 'True Carnage' was noclassic, but it had a few good moments, particularly the opening two songs'Impulse To Disembowel' and 'The Day The Dead Walked'. More pertinently,it was still basically a Death Metal album. However, on this new one,virtually all of the Death Metal influence has departed aside from Barnes'vocals, and even these are far less intense than they once were. It justsounds like the whole process has been watered down from album to albumuntil it arrived at the mess that we have here. If you listen to thealbum's lead-off song 'Amerika The Brutal' immediately after hearingsomething from early in the band's career, the disappointment will morethan likely be great; it lacks any kind of passion, any kind of heaviness,and contains possibly the clumsiest anti-war sentiments ever recorded. Ifyou're after a decent Death Metal album, I'd advise you to check out 'TheWretched Spawn', the new superb album from Barnes' former friends inCannibal Corpse, and to leave this well alone. It's a bit of a disaster.