|Review: Six Feet Under - Graveyard Classics 2|
|Graveyard Classics 2|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2004
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: December 3, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Graveyard Classics 2
Rated 1.25/5 (25%) (4 Votes)
I ran into this while working on the review for Death Rituals. This album is four years old already, but I had never bothered checking it out. Back in Black is one of my favourite albums of all times, so the idea of it being covered in its entirety by a Death Metal band wasn't exactly enticing. But curiosity took over in the past few days, and I gave this a few spins. Following Graveyard Classics, which was the more standard cover album with covers of several different bands, 2 covers Back in Black in its entirety - some will say this is stupid, but it sure takes some guts to do this for such a classic album.
I came in expecting a very "Death" version of the album, but it is not so. The music is played in quite a similar fashion as the original, but sounds a little more muddy and yet more polished than the original, which was more of a raw, garage-style brand of Hard Rock, AC/DC style (duh.) There's a bit of guitar wankering going on where things were originally more straightforward, and it sometimes hurts the songs. That's made up to some extent with some good work on the solos, however. The major departure from the original is of course Chris Barnes' low growls, which are practically the complete opposite of the high-pitched, rough vocals found on Back in Black. It's... Funny? Annoying? Blasphemous? All of the above? I'd say it depends on one's mood. I found this horrible the first time around, but more interesting on a couple of subsequent listens. One thing is for sure, most of the songs lack the punch of the originals, more often than note as a direct result of the vocal style.
One has to wonder as to the necessity of such of release - it's more of a curiosity and definitely not an essential (I'd sure like to see the sales figures for this album.) I guess it might be cool to hear one or two of these in the live settings. I think the main reason for owning this would be to freak out AC/DC fans who've never heard growls before. That's it. No rating. ;)
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