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Six Feet Under

Live in Chicago, IL, June 2012

Review by Mike Heitzman

The “18 Nights of Blood Tour” was in its first week and going strong. We arrived at Reggie’s Place just in time to enjoy the opening act Dying Fetus and they just destroyed the place. I have never seen such a violent pit, not even at a Slayer show. They did a good job pumping up the crowd for Six Feet Under.

Then after a short break, SFU took the stage and Chris Barnes (vocals) came out in a fury. You can tell he is very comfortable with the new lineup. They are a fined tuned instrument when playing live together and they could rip out the old hits just like the old lineup, maybe even better. And the new material from Undead was awesome played live. To my amazement, they even played  two old Cannibal Corpse classics, “Hammer Smashed Face” and “Stripped, Raped, and Strangled,” both favorites of mine. Many in attendance must have felt the same way, as the crowd just went wild when they played these tunes. And I must comment about Barnes’ dreads. They are the longest dreads I have ever seen, almost touching the floor. When he did windmills with them, it was like a blurred hair foot circle of hair in the air and quite amazing.

Reggie’s is a great place to see a band like this up close and personal. They allowed moshing and everyone really took advantage of that. Even after all the energy expended for Dying Fetus, people still moshed hard and showed Barnes and Co. their admiration for the grinding beats. SFU had kind of lost popularity in the last few years, but I think this new CD, Undead, has really brought their fan base back together and I imagine there will be some great things to come from them in the future. Especially if they keep their current line up, which works like a well oiled machine. If SFU comes anywhere near your town, you must go out to see them.

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