Genre: Deathcore / Groove Metal
Album Year: 2012
Location: River Falls, WI
Wisconsin’s Six Feet of Silence is a terrifyingly heavy band. Their well done grooves, lead guitar, breakdowns and vocals mix perfectly to deliver an album that will keep you moshing in your room for weeks. The vocals and breakdowns are very similar to bands like Oceano or I Declare War. The way that they differ from these bands is their ability to write beautiful lead guitar and rhythm guitar, that go back and fourth between amazingly precise and technical breakdowns, to groovy and clean choruses and bridges. This EP is definitely a must for any fan of deathcore or groove metal.
The opening track immediately drew my attention to vocalist Nick Christiansen’s highs, lows and growls. They are extremely clean and not overdone, and match the guitar and drum tones extremely well. The entire track transitions perfectly, including two devastatingly heavy breakdowns, one occurring directly in the middle, the other rounding up the end of the song.
The next track, “Disease of Addiction”, was well done, but Christiansen seemed to lose some power and clarity on his highs. That sort of depressed me, and I noticed that the rest of the album didn’t utilize his highs after this track. Nevertheless, the track is pretty awesome and doesn’t over power the listener with heaviness until the very end, where the band drops the tempo drastically, and ends another song with a severely evil breakdown.
“Kings and Queens” starts off with beautiful guitar that leads into a really cool two-step that doesn’t last very long, but eventually goes into one of the creepiest, yet softest breakdowns I have ever heard. The lead guitar adds beautiful notes on top of the breakdown, making it a little easier to listen to for fans of softer metal. The rest of the song is riddled with fantastic breakdowns. The technicality of them is really what makes them all so fantastic though. They’re constantly changing tempo, and transitioning into different patterns that just make you want to swing a fist (I did at least once or twice when I first heard it). The vocals are very captivating as well, and really get you into the song.
“Second Nature” is probably the weakest track on the album in my opinion. It starts off really quickly, but never really takes off from there. They keep it going with constant tempo changes and interesting breakdowns, but I feel as though they never really got a chance to let some of the better parts of the song play out. The ending is pretty abrupt, and I think if they added some more onto the track, it could have been a little more impressive.
Luckily, “Ambitions” rounds off the album on an extremely positive note. The beginning starts off very quickly, but of course slows down for the bulk of the song. The drum fills on this track really impressed me. They add to the depth of the song, and fill out the guitar and vocal tones when there are pauses and notes held out. The song culminates in one final, menacing breakdown. It slows down drastically, Christiansen ads one more powerful line, and the song drops into the breakdown. It consists of an interesting guitar tone, and lasts about the last forty seconds of the song, with a twenty second build up before.
Overall, I really enjoyed this album. These guys appealed to all aspects of my metal cravings. Six Feet of Silence provides hard, technical breakdowns and powerful vocals in each and every song, while also providing catchy leads and drum fills that got my ear drums screaming for more. They really put their hearts into each track, and I applaud their musicianship and technicality very highly. I cannot wait to hear some more material from these guys.
For fans of: Oceano, I Declare War, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Existence, King Conquer, Thy Art Is Murder
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