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(Metal Blade Records)
Release Date: 21st May 2012

jools green

I love Six Feet Under and I love Chris Barnes. The guy is an absolute legend. There is something that enthrals me about his deep growling voice and for me, his songs always have this catchy groove running through them that gets inside my head.

six feet under undead

I fell in love with the phenomenon that is Chris Barnes when he released '13' back in 2005 but until now, I don't think he has ever come close to matching that particular album. It was just such a masterpiece of Extreme Metal from my perspective, but I think that with full length number nine, 'Undead', he has managed to do it this time.

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On this album, Chris is joined by Kevin Talley on drums, Rob Arnold on guitars and Jeff Hughell on bass as well as Steve Swanson on guitars who has been with the band since 1998. I think this new line-up has injected fresh life into the band. There is still the sexy, sludgy, down tuned, distorted guitar groove but there is that extra technical edge and Kevin's drum work is tight.

This album is listenable end to end; twelve fabulous tracks opening with what I consider to be the best track, 'Frozen At The Moment Of Death'. A good beginning and the groove starts here.

Continuing with 'Formaldehyde', this is delightfully laced with some sinister riffs. A dark tale of slow death and torture, '18 Days', has slower, sinister riffs with a blackened feel. One of my favourite tracks is 'Molest Dead'. I love the lyrics and it's a clever play on words.

'Blood On My Hands' has the sickest groove running through it and I also ended up singing along to this. Another excellent track, 'Missing Victims' has a real doom like quality in places and you will find yourself chanting "Missing Victims" by the end.

A track that also stuck in my mind is 'Reckless' with its combination of chugging groove and catchy lyrics.

Saving the darkest and most sinister track, 'The Depths Of Depravity' for last. This is for me, an excellent end to an excellent album.

I know not everyone likes Six Feet Under and there are a lot of Barnes Haters out there but I am not one of them! This is forty minutes of Death Metal with a really addictive groove so just stick it on repeat and enjoy.

The technical ability of the three new additions to the line-up is profoundly obvious and it's a winning combination of musical talent.

'Undead' is out now via Metal Blade Records.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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