I seem to recall enjoying SIX REASONS TO KILL's half of a split CD with ABSIDIA ("Morphology of Fear") more than the band's new full-length, "Reborn" (released last summer on Bastardized and now issued stateside on Tribunal). That isn't to say that the German metalcore band has fallen flat on its face on "Reborn". The album attacks from track one through track 10, throwing riff chunk punches and punishing with double bass battery. It just doesn't offer me anything more than I could get from any number of similar bands.
The group's style resides on the brutal end of the metalcore spectrum and can be counted as one of several German bands (DEADSOIL, for instance) that excel at instilling its tunes with a certain darkness, as well as riding the death metal edge at times. Chris' vocals contribute to the bleak feel, his gruff, throaty style (that occasionally changes tone for effect) giving the tunes an extra layer of grit. You can hear the death metal elements on rhythmically choppy tracks like "Cutting Away", one of several that unashamedly utilizes the breakdown, and competently so. The expected Swedish-inspired twin-guitar harmonies are present throughout. "Retribution" and six-and-half-minute album closer "Addicted to Love (Life's Dead End Path)" are two examples. The former includes light synth accents in one part, while the latter is one of the best tracks and includes nicely done tempo changes and ends with classy melodic twin-leads over a slower tempo to close the song. A forcible thrash riff on "Against All Enemies" is strong. "A Cold Sensation" begins with serene light picking then bursts into a stop-stop rhythm with harmonic squeals before the stomp groove takes over, the song ultimately bringing back the airiness to end the trip.
Everything else is pretty standard, though basically solid, breakdown-riddled metalcore. Is that a bad thing? Absolutely not. Most fans of the genre should enjoy "Reborn".