Rote Erde has a fairly thick sounding modern production that pulls the enthusiasm to the forefront alongside the Swedish death buzz on the guitars and somewhat oppressive atmosphere, especially on its title track. “Rote Erde” bares the fangs of the group’s mathcore tendencies early on, building some catchy tension through use of solid grooves more on par with metalcore acts like Unearth or Caliban at times, all to reach some short-lived explosive and aggressive passages. Sadly, it only starts coasting with that enthusiasm and a solid guitar solo by the half-way point, leaving behind a bit of a jarring experience for the first ninety seconds, which is a huge departure from their cover of Dismember‘s “Of Fire”. While it would have been nice to hear the band do something unique with it, this homage is pretty spot on with the original, maintaining the same energy and melodic precision that made the source material so infectious in the first place.
Even though the Dismember cover is damn near spot on to the orignal, it’s the title track that just doesn’t quite cut it. It isn’t bad, but definitely far from one of the group’s better compositions, comparable to watching a vehicle revving up for an impromptu drag race that finds the engine dying at the starting line the moment the foot is taken off the brake. It’s nice to have something new from Six Reasons to Kill, and hopefully this is a sign we’ll have a follow-up soon. Let’s just hope it’s as solid a quality as the Dismember cover found here at the very least, as “Rote Erde” itself isn’t exactly that memorable a performance.