Six Feet Under: Torment – CD Review

What can this humble reviewer say, I’m a Chris Barnes fan, and it’s not the popular opinion of the Metal community but Six Feet Under is my favorite band he has ever fronted. So as I waited for the bands twelfth studio release entitled Torment, I was really looking for something, and special is what I got.

 The first thing that stood out to me on this new record Torment was it had an incredible old school Six Feet Under feel to it, but with a ton of new found energy. Chris Barnes sounds amazing on this record, almost rejuvenated. Add Chris’s vocals in with Jeff Hughell’s ruthless riffs and heavy grooves we all have come to know and love from SFU, you really got something. Did I mention we have a new member playing on this album? Marco Pitruzzella is a one man wrecking crew behind the drum kit. Marco’s drumming style fits right in to with Six Feet Under like a hand to glove, a great addition to one of my favorite bands.

Trying to pick out a few of my favorite tracks on Torment was a little more difficult than usual because there seems to be an abundance of killer material on here. So here are a few that I found it necessary to talk about.

One of the first songs that grabbed me was the second track called “Exploratory Homicide.” If you like your Death Metal at a frantic, yet steady pace, this is a song for you. The drumming is out of control in the best way possible. The guitar and bass riffs keeping pace with the drums is a perfect blend of Death Metal goodness.

Moving on to track four “Schizomaniac,” this song embodies Six Feet Under perfectly; it has what you want in your Death Metal. Blistering Death Metal blast beats, big heavy grooves, and a nice little “slower” section. “Schizomaniac” changes speeds perfectly and is a really well produced song.

“Slaughtered As They Slept” is the seventh track on Torment and possibly my favorite. This song starts out sounding dark, heavy and evil as hell. And then around the one minute mark something happens, it absolutely makes me want to destroy and kill everything in my sight (minus the wife and kids of course). This brutal riffs kicks in followed by some flowing lyrics that sound ridiculously perfect together. “Schizomaniac” is an instant Six Feet Under classic and in my opinion should make the live rotation when they are on tour.

Since I have gotten a little older I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes blast beats can be a little overwhelming. But if you arrange them with outstanding slower riffs and deep grooves, it can be a perfect marriage. This Metal fan is of the opinion that Torment is one of the most brutal, heavy and fun releases I have heard in a long time. Now Brother Chris get the boys together and get down to Nor Cal, we await the return of the mighty Six Feet Under live!

  Gene A. Gaona

Sacramento’s Horseneck Stream New Track

Heavy Trip is the impending new full-length from California post hardcore/sludge eccentrics HORSENECK. Featuring within their ranks current and past members of Will Haven and Chelsea Wolfe, the ten-track Heavy Trip was captured by Lance Jackman (Will Haven) at The Dock, mixed by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City) at Antisleep Studios, and mastered by Carl Saff (Big Business, Helms Alee, Russian Circles) at Saff Mastering, and will see release on February 17th, 2017 on CD, cassette, and digital formats. Continue reading “Sacramento’s Horseneck Stream New Track”

Candiria Premiere Video, Announce Tour Dates

Brooklyn’s own Candiria have partnered with DecibulMagazine to bring you the video for “Wandering Light,” another powerful track off their new record While They Were Sleeping. It’s a concept album conceived by the band’s lead vocalist Carley Coma that tells the tale of a failed musician who rises up against a monarchy in New York City. Continue reading “Candiria Premiere Video, Announce Tour Dates”

Havok Headlining & Suicidal Tendencies Tours Begin Next Month

Colorado based thrash metal outfit HAVOK are disseminating the first new track off their upcoming album, Conformicide. The song, titled “Hang ‘Em High” can be heard via the lyric video below and is the first instant grat track for those who pre-order the album on Amazon and iTunes. Conformicide will see a March 10th release on Century Media Records.

Speaking about the message behind “Hang ‘Em High” and the accompanying lyric video, David Sanchez (lead vocals, guitar) comments, “In our current political atmosphere, corruption runs deep. This is our response. It’s time to wake up.”

In addition to Conformicide being released on CD, digital and streaming platforms, the album will also be available in an array of limited edition vinyl colors. See below for a complete list of these color LPs and where fans can purchase them.

North American Headlining Tour w/Exmortus & Extinction A.D.
February 8th, 2017 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
February 9th, 2017 – Detroit, MI @ Small’s
February 10th, 2017 – Toronto, ON @ Rockpile West
February 11th, 2017 – Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti
February 12th, 2017 – Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
February 13th, 2017 – Somerville, MA @ Once Ballroom
February 14th, 2017 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
February 15th, 2017 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
February 16th, 2017 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
February 17th, 2017 – Dayton, OH @ Rockstar Pro Arena
February 19th, 2017 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Thunder Alley

“World Gone Mad” US Tour Supporting Suicidal Tendencies & Crowbar
February 22nd – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
February 23rd – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory
February 24th – Tucson, AZ @ Club X
February 25th – Farmington, NM @ Top Deck
February 27th – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
February 28th – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
March 1st – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
March 3rd – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
March 4th – Ft. Meyers, FL @ Harborside Events Center
March 5th – Tampa, FL @ State Theatre
March 7th – Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
March 8th – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada
March 9th – Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge (No S.T.)
March 10th – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall (Record release)
March 11th – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex