Six Feet Under are one of those bands that I know and respect with my entire being, but I just could never get into them. They just never really had that right sound for me to make me go “this is some sick shit!” and proceed to listen to them later on. But I’ve always made a note to check out their Graveyard Classics series but always forgot, but the upcoming fourth entry is possibly the best place someone like me could’ve gotten come in with. Covering real classic songs from both Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, Six Feet Under add a monstrous death metal crunch to songs we’ve all come to know and love.
Okay, before I get anywhere I do have to say one thing: I personally think the vocals could’ve been done marginally better. With that being said, I’m not saying it’s shit, ultra bad, “pretty horrible”, the type of vocals that are “on the edge of throat cancer”, and/or “to think this is the voice of Butchered at Birth is completely baffling” (all these friendly quotes brought to you by YouTube comments on this video). I’m nowhere near familiar enough to say whether the vocals are bad in comparison to their previous efforts to say if they’ve gotten better or worse. However, they do sound like they could’ve been mixed better because this sounds like they were recorded and just kept the same. Ergo, the vocals sound like they would on a demo. Does it make “Number of the Priest” bad in my eyes? Fuck no, not at all! Does it get in the way of my enjoyment of the album? A tad, yes, but nothing monumental. Now that that mess is out of the way, the whole rest of the album is a phenomenally well done as they do nothing but justice for true classics of heavy metal such as “Starbreaker”, “Prowler”, “The Flash of the Blade”, and “Stranger In a Strange Land” to name my absolute favorites. We all know what a cover is, though, and know plenty of these songs for the decades that they’ve been out for, so what makes this different? Well, if it’s not painfully obvious already, the fact that Six Feet Under take regular heavy metal classics and then make them some face melting death metal because why the fuck not! While it is basically a copy and paste formula for a whole record, taking something and make it a thousand times heavier and more brutal. That’s something that could easily be fucked up royally and make the cover sound like absolute garbage in every which way, but for me, Six Feet Under did nothing but a bang up job with this album.
“Number of the Priest” is a great homage to two of the greatest metal bands of all time, and Six Feet Under chose once again to do it in the best way possible. While “Number of the Priest” does have its issues in many peoples’ eyes, mine included, but this is a success in many, many ways and anyone who disagrees is too hung up on shit that in the end doesn’t matter.
“Graveyard Classics IV: Number of the Priest” releases on May 27th!
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