I'm not going to try to break this album up too much in this review, and it will stay fairly simple. As stated above, every minute of this album just feels like one massive riff, and it's a damn good one! Every song melts into the next one, and sometimes it feels like there's no end to the last one or a beginning to the next, which works phenomenally on this record. Chris Barnes, It's hard to hate a guy that was the frontman of the legendary Cannibal Corpse and likes to write songs about horrible stuff happening in real life. Every song on this album has a very hard-driving rhythm to it, and makes you wanna bang your head with regularity. To add to this cool feeling, in every single song on this album, there's at least one riff that changes the pace notably, be it faster or slower (but always heavier) that gives me goosebumps every time I hear them. That isn't to say that the leadwork done here isn't superb, because filling in between these amazing riffs is some very impressive stuff. This is also the album that seems to show the new direction of Six feet under, i mean straightforward Death fucking Metal, still feels like a death metal record (not that there's a problem there), but this is thrash as well, the main connection is Barnes vocals of course. Upon multiple listens (which should be mandatory in our public schools) this album separates itself a little more song by song than anything they did previously. That's why this is a good Six feet under record, they're more refined and sound cleaner in a way that makes them more accessible in the best way, but every song is still manufactured by the riffing. They did a great work on this one. With "Crypt of the Devil" there's no wasted space, every moment is brilliant, if you don't have a sore neck when you're done listening to this album, listen to it again!
Review by Paul Caravasi