Six Feet Under - _Maximum Violence_
(Metal Blade, 1999)
by: Adrian Bromley (9 out of 10)
Taking a more violent approach this time out (hence the name _Maximum Violence_), Chris Barnes and co. kick out some serious damage here with the impressive follow-up to the totally insane and mind-crushing _Warpath_ (1997). With a new guitarist (Steve Swanson, ex-Massacre) and a revamped crunch to their sound, Six Feet Under can do no wrong here. Blistering guitar riffs coated with Barnes' sick 'n' brutal vocals and lyrics make this recording drop time bombs as it goes along. Not only has Barnes managed to keep the band's momentum strong here, but his vocals have never sounded so sick and heavy. Three records and one EP down, it seems Six Feet Under have no worries about being put to the wayside. With killer numbers like "Victim of the Paranoid", "Mass Murder Rampage" and a kickin' death metal version of KISS' "War Machine" (the digipak of this release also has them doing Iron Maiden's "Wraithchild" and Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak"), you can't go wrong, death metal fans. A crushing release that can't be ignored.

(article published 7/7/1999)

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