Six Feet Under today have announced the addition of rhythm guitarist Ola Englund to their ranks. Englund, who makes his first official appearance with the band on the 18 Nights Of Blood Tour commencing next month, takes the place of Rob Arnold.
Chris Barnes comments on the new recruit:
"Ola is an amazing guitarist and was chosen for his superlative technique and style of playing. We believe he will be the perfect complement to Steve Swanson, and the devastating rhythm section that is Talley/Hughell. Steve, Kevin, Jeff and myself are so looking forward to Ola's entrance into the band upon the release of Undead and the commencement of our first tour next month with Dying Fetus and Revocation. We can't wait for you to witness the new killing machine that is Six Feet Under! Ola takes over duties for our good friend and death metal warrior Rob Arnold who will be retiring from touring but will remain a central writing partner and fellow collaborator on future SFU releases. We are all sad to not have Rob on the road with us, but are confidant and 110% psyched that Ola is now within the ranks of the Undead and will be ready to lay waste to every stop along the way! Hails!
"When I got the call from Chris, it felt unreal; first thing that popped up in my head was, 'why the hell did he want me -- the total gear nerd from Sweden -- to join his awesome band? To be able to share the stage with one of the biggest icons in death metal and the other killer musicians in SFU is a complete honor and a dream come true for me. I couldn't be happier about the situation! Also the new album blew my mind the first time I heard it, it's intense as hell, but still has the riffs and the grooves that Six Feet Under swears by. Fans are going to love it! I'm looking forward to kick some serious ass together with Chris, Kevin, Steve and Jeff! See you on tour!"
Check out video footage documenting Englund's supreme axe prowess here.
To celebrate its release the band will slaughter souls on a near three-week run of live ceremonies this June. The 18 Nights Of Blood Tour will begin in Atlanta, Georgia on June 8. Support will be provided by Dying Fetus and Revocation.
"18 Days" lyric video, the venomous prayer comes from their upcoming soul-destroying album 'Undead', set for a UK release fate of May 21st, 2012 through Metal Blade Records.Floridian Death / Groove Metal lords Six Feet Under get brutal as on the 1st May, the premier horror portal Bloody Disgusting hosted the band's latest
On the album 'Undead', vocalist and lyricist Chris Barnes revisits topics that will be familiar to fans, he states: "The hypocrisies of daily life, things that affect us that spawn aggression, loneliness, sadness, there's a lot of emotions going on across the record, and I guess that the dark horror that humans cause is my niche,".
However, while Barnes has a very clear vision for his craft, he is always excited by the interpretations of his songs by those who listen to them, feeding on the emotional investment they put in. "I love it when people tell me what they've got from the music and the lyrics. It's like being an artist, you put the painting up on the wall – youknow what it is, but sometimes it's a little abstract and someone sees something else in it, and that's the biggest compliment to me. That I'm able to get inside someone's head and they actually give thought to something presented to them is inspiring to me too, and something I always want to be able to do with this band."
View the "18 Days" lyric video here
The album was produced by Mark Lewis (Deicide, Devildriver) and mixed by Jason Suecof (Whitechapel, Job For A Cowboy) at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida and features the updated lineup:
Chris Barnes - Vocals
Rob Arnold (ex- Chimaira) - Guitars
Steve Swanson (ex-Massacre) - Guitars
Jeff Hughell (ex-Brain Drill, ex-Vile) - Bass
Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Chimaira) - Drums
Last week Metal Blade TV aired an exclusive interview with Barnes as conducted by Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel. To check out the interview, as well as first single, "Formaldehyde," and limited pre-order options, point your browser here
In conjunction with the release of 'Undead', Six Feet Under will demolish the masses on a near three-week run of live rituals this June. The 18 Nights Of Blood Tour will begin in Atlanta, Georgia on June 8. Support will be provided by Dying Fetus and Revocation.