on 21 August 2004
after the disappointing 'True Carnage' Six Feet Under return in fine form with 'Bringer Of Blood'. This band have always set themselves apart from their contempories by abandoning speed and replacing it with some of the catchiest riffs ever to grace a death metal record. In fact this band break the mould and actually release death metal albums whereby the songs actually sound different to one another! Chris Barnes has really outdone himself with the vocal performance on this one, ranging from demonic sub gutteral rumblings to a high pitched shriek and on songs like 'My Hatred' and the excellent 'Murdered In The Basement' he has never sounded so ferocious. If you like your death metal to be something other than 1000 mph one riff per album, then you should get this album. If you never thought you would find yourself tapping your foot to death metal then you're in for a nasty surprise!
on 25 July 2007
so then the history is well charted that chris barnes was sacked/left cannibal corpse and then began to focus solely on SFU...some see this as good and others not so good.
personally i always thought the rest of the SFU catologue was quite dull in comparison to cannibal corpse and morbid angel...the sound was very dull..blast beats ahoy,unrecognizable vocals and a terrible guitar sound.
so what is different here then...well pretty much about everything...for a start you can understand what barnes is saying!!!
there is alot more variety to the pace and structure of the songs...the guitars sound thicker and the drums sound similarly thicker and well just bigger.
i think that is where this album will split the fans as it is alot...i really mean ALOT slower than most death metal that is being produced these days...but for me that is not always a bad thing as it stops it from becoming dull and they prove they can still rip it up on songs like "murdered in the basement" and "ugly".
i think the thing is that this is where devildriver are going and they are being hailed for it as they are pushing their way in but SFU are drifting away from their death roots by bringing more groove to their sound and personally i think it works...but i think that the purists will hate it!
on 1 September 2011
I've never understood the hate campaign against this band, if you have outgrown blast beats and want something damn heavy, with real groove, and of course laughably gruesome lyrics, this is for you. I think one of the better SFU albums due to great riffs, and awesome job on vocals with cool rhythm and range.
on 25 April 2004
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.