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Six Feet Under

Formed: 1995
From: Tampa, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Six Feet Under news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Sunday Old School: Six Feet Under

Side projects can be a dangerous thing. Whilst they can provide a creative outlet for a band member, they can also bring about arguments regarding commitment and sometimes cost said musician his place in the first band. Many of these projects don't even go anywhere, but this was not the case of Six Feet Under, the group formed as a side project by then Cannibal Corpse vocalist, Chris Barnes. Six Feet Under started in 1993, when Barnes joined forces with Allen West, one of the founding members of Obituary, who also brought with him bass player, Terry Butler, formerly of Massacre and currently the bassist of Obituary. The lineup was rounded off by Butler's brother-in-law, Greg Gall and they soon embarked on their first shows, performing a set mostly comprised of cover songs. They took themselves a little more seriously the next year, writing more original material and easily securing themselves a record deal with Metal Blade, thanks in part to Barnes already being signed to the label with Cannibal Corpse. The band teamed up with such respected names as Brian Slagel and Scott Burns to complete their debut album, "Haunted," which was released on September 1st 1995 to good reviews from critics who were impressed with the distinctive vocals and the group not being reliant on guitar solos to complete their songs.

A year later, in 1996, Barnes was fired from Cannibal Corpse while they were recording a new album, "Created To Kill," which was eventually released under the name, "Vile." His attention could now be paid fully to Six Feet Under, who released a new EP, "Alive and Dead" before the year was out, which featured two new songs, four live tracks and a cover of the Judas Priest song, "Grinder." Just less than a year later, they released their sophomore album, "Warpath," which is considered one of their best works to date and was notable for taking a few risks, such as the inclusion of clean vocals and broader lyrical themes, such as smoking marijuana, as well as the usual blood and guts stories associated with death metal. "Warpath" was also the last album to include Allen West, who parted company with the band and was replaced by another Massacre alumni, Steve Swanson. More...

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Six Feet Under Announces December Shows

American death metal veterans Six Feet Under will return to Europe in December for a small run of dates. Catch Chris Barnes and company wake the undead on the dates available below.

Comments Chris Barnes: "Look out Europe we're coming to kill you!!! Looking seriously forward to shedding some blood across Europe for our annual Xmas in Hell tour! Should be a killer ride with all these great new upcoming bands we're bringing along with us! Hope to see all of you diehard death metal fans at all the shows for an up close and personal evening with the murderers Six Feet Under! See you there!"

w/Vredehammer and Nox Vorago:

05/12/13 DE – Berlin – Blackland
06/12/13 DE – Glauchau – Alte Spinnerei
07/12/13 AT – Pettenbach – Bauhof
09/12/13 AT – Wien – Viper Room
10/12/13 SK – Kosice – Collosseum
12/12/13 DE – Aalen – Rock It
13/12/13 DE – Cham – L.A.
14/12/13 DE – Bischofswerda – East Club

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Pyrexia Gearing Up For Tour

New York death metal act Pyrexia will embark upon a stretch of roadside beatdowns next month supporting Six Feet Under.

Slated to commence November 3rd in Fayetteville, The East Coast Armageddon Tour will lay waste to more than a dozen cities leaving nothing behind but chaos and disease. Additional support will be provided by Jungle Rot, Dark Sermon and labelmates Arkaik.

Pyrexia will be touring in support of forthcoming new slab of audio acrimony, "Feast of Iniquity," which was recorded at New York's Pitch Black Sound mixed and mastered by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (Kataklysm, The Red Chord, Crowbar, Municipal Waste, 3 Inches Of Blood) at Planet Z in Massachusetts. More...

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Six Feet Under Announces East Coast Tour

Six Feet Under recently wrapped up the Hell In July Tour with Decrepit Birth, Cannabis Corpse, and Dealey Plaza.

The band is wasting little time and will return to the road this November for the East Coast Armageddon Tour with Jungle Rot, Pyrexia, Malignancy, and Dark Sermon. The tour begins on November 8th in Rhode Island and the confirmed list of dates can be found below.

Six Feet Under's Chris Barnes comments: "After a killer run of dates last month with Decrepit Birth and Cannabis Corpse, I'm proud to announce the second leg to our US tour in support of our latest album 'Unborn.' We will be heading out on the road in November to continue spreading Death Metal plague with Jungle Rot, Pyrexia, Malignancy and Dark Sermon…I'm so ready for this tour!! It's going to be an onslaught of total Death Metal insanity!! Be prepared to be pummeled! More dates TBA!!"

11/08 Providence, RI Fete Ballroom
11/09 Nashua, NH Evolution Nightclub
11/10 Long Island, NY Revolution
11/12 Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall
11/14 Brooklyn, NY Paperbox
11/15 Springfield, VA Empire
11/16 Wilmington, DE Mojo13
11/17 Clifton, NJ Dingbatz

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Six Feet Under Recruits New Drummer

Six Feet Under has parted ways with drummer Kevin Talley. However, the transition for the new drummer will be near-seemless, as Marco Pitruzzella has officially joined the ranks of the band and will make his debut appearance this Saturday in Memphis, TN at the Scion Rock Fest. For info on the fest, including the full line-up, visit this location.

Chris Barnes discusses the lineup change: "I'm proud to announce a new addition to the ranks of Six Feet Under. Replacing drummer Kevin Talley is our new friend and cohort, Marco Pitruzzella. Marco has worked with Jeff Hughell in their former band, Brain Drill, and is such an amazing talented and great guy. I'm very excited having him in the band and can't wait to take the stage with Marco this Saturday in Memphis for Scion Rock Fest!

"It was good working with Kevin Talley for the past couple of years, but we are very ready and extremely focused on moving the band forward with a new, more stable and permanent lineup for writing as well as touring. Be prepared to be shredded! See you all soon!"

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OpEd

Separating Art From the Artist

I personally find the idea of putting people on a pedestal to be incredibly naive and childish. At some point, whoever you idolize as being perfect will turn out to have some sort of horrible character flaws that you'll never be able to forgive. People are human, and with that comes not being perfect. Hence why I'm able to say that I don't mind somebody's offstage behavior as much as I do the actual music. In the same way, I don't care about lyrical themes that embrace politics that I disagree with. More...

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Six Feet Under Updates "Hell In July" Tour

Six Feet Under is currently preparing for a next round of tour dates in support of "Unborn." As previously announced, Decrepit Birth and Cannabis Corpse will be joining Six Feet Under on this tour. Additionally, up-and-coming act Dealey Plaza will open the show.

The tour begins July 10th in Houston, TX and VIP bundles are available now at this location. Bundles include: ticket to the show, Six Feet Under shirt, limited "Hell In July" poster, and a back stage pre-show hang with Chris Barnes.

Six Feet Under founder and vocalist Chris Barnes comments: "Hello, all you sick fucks! Just wanted to say hello and let all you maniacs know what we've got planned for this year. Six Feet Under is about to take to the road once again, starting this month on May 19 in Guadalajara, Mexico for the Heaven and Hell festival. We are very excited to be playing with such greats as Motorhead and Anthrax - two of my all time favorite bands! Also coming up, June 1st we will be in Memphis, TN for the Scion festival with Whitechapel and a whole bunch of other awesome bands, so that's going to be insane, as well. Then, in the middle of June, we will be heading over to Europe for three festival dates. One of which I'm really excited and can't wait to take the stage on: Hellfest in France!! Looking forward to it big time - that date is on June 23, which leads me up to the month of July with our headlining USA tour - Hell in July! Summer tours in the US are always a blast, and this one is set up for sheer devastation with opening bands Decrepit Birth, Cannabis Corpse and Dealey Plaza!

"I would just like to take this time to say and send a personal message to those in Denver, CO as well as Seattle, WA: to Whom it may concern, you may want to stock up and/or possibly grow twice as much cannabis as you have been… because once SFU and Cannabis Corpse roll into those towns, the sheer magnitude of smoking may - 1. Drain the cannabis supply of those two said cities or 2. Possibly cause low cloud formations. Fog lights should be used on all vehicles to and from the concert. More...

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Six Feet Under Announces "Hell In July" Tour

Six Feet Under, having just released latest album "Unborn," will soon return to the road for the Hell In July tour.

Joining Six Feet Under on this campaign will be none other than Decrepit Birth and Cannabis Corpse. Hell begins on July 10th in Houston, TX, after which the bands will head west and loop around the US for the final date in Atlanta, GA on July 27th. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 29th.

Six Feet Under's latest album, "Unborn," was released on March 19th, and features tracks written in collaboration with Ben Savage (Whitechapel), Jari Laine (Torture Killer), guitarist Ola Englund, and long time member Steve Swanson. For more info on the album, check out our recent interview with the band right here. More...

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Six Feet Under Streaming New Song

Death metal behemoths Six Feet Under are back, and with the seething "Unborn," the tenth full-length of their imposing career, they are out for blood. The album sees release on March 19th, 2013.

Led by the inimitable Chris Barnes, owner of one of the most powerful and instantly recognizable voices in the genre, the band is now streaming another track from the coming "Unborn." Check out the song "Neuro Osmosis" through Pure Grain Audio here.

In November of 2010 when vocalist and founding member Chris Barnes first started to get the idea of working with new writers, he contacted Rob Arnold, Jari Laine, and Ben Savage to share in the writing process. After just two years of writing and recording 20 plus tracks, and releasing "Undead" in May of 2012, Six Feet Under is now proud to unveil the album's demented fraternal twin…

For more info on the upcoming "Unborn" album, check out our recent interview with the band right here. More...

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Six Feet Under Streaming New Single

Six Feet Under has released second single "Prophecy" off new album "Unborn" via Metal Hammer Germany. Check out the track at this location.

The previously posted track "Zombie Blood Curse" can also still be heard right here. Metal Blade Records comments on the upcoming album:

"Death metal behemoths Six Feet Under are back, and with the seething 'Unborn,' the tenth full-length of their imposing career, they are out for blood. Led by the inimitable Chris Barnes, owner of one of the most powerful and instantly recognizable voices in the genre, the band are returning with an overhauled line up that sees them reinvigorated and churning out some of the most visceral music they have ever put their name to.

"In other news Metal Blade Europe has announced that Unborn will now be released as an exclusive European boxset edition which will include the limited Digipak of Unborn and a bonus track entitled Illusions. Additionally the box will feature a poster, a patch, two pins and a sticker plus enough space for last year´s Undead album! The bonus track will be featured on the vinyl version of the album as well. More...

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Six Feet Under Reveals New Album Details

Death metal behemoths Six Feet Under are back, and with the seething "Unborn," the tenth full-length of their imposing career, they are out for blood. The cover artwork can be found below, along with the new song "Zombie Blood Curse." The following press release was also issued about the album:

"Led by the inimitable Chris Barnes, owner of one of the most powerful and instantly recognizable voices in the genre, the band are returning with an overhauled line up that sees them reinvigorated and churning out some of the most visceral music they have ever put their name to.

"In November of 2010 when vocalist and founding member Chris Barnes first started to get the idea of working with new writers for Six Feet Under's next release, he contacted Rob Arnold, Jari Laine, and Ben Savage to share in the writing process. After just two years of writing and recording 20 plus tracks, and releasing 'Undead' in May of 2012, Six Feet Under is now proud to unveil Undead's demented fraternal twin…" More...

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Metal Blade Showcase Tracks/Interviews Available

Back on September 15th, Metal Blade Records and Scion A/V teamed up to bring you the label's showcase featuring Six Feet Under, Cattle Decapitation, Battlecross, Gypsyhawk, and Pilgrim for a free matinee show at the Glasshouse in Pomona, Calif.

Scion A/V had a crew on hand to conduct video interviews with each of the bands and record the showcase for a free limited 7" release and digital download/stream featuring a track each from Gypsyhawk and Pilgrim.

Head over to AOL Noisecreep here to download (or stream) the digital copy of the 7" and to check out the video interviews. You can also check out the music and one of the interview clips below. More...

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Final Bands Announced for Barge To Hell Cruise

The Barge To Hell is just days away from departure and final band announcements are being made. The cruise sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

Just announced are Novembers Doom, Vital Remains, Brujeria and underground acts Abiotic, Zanthropya Ex, and Dark Sermon. The organizers also report that both the German and Canadian incarnations of Necronomicon will be in attendance.

With the announcement comes some bad news that Six Feet Under has had to cancel their appearance due to a scheduling conflict with their studio and needing to have their new album delivered in time.

You can still book a trip on the Barge To Hell.

The lineup is as follows: More...

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Exodus And More Confirmed For Barge To Hell

The organizers of the Barge To Hell cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Exodus, Seita, Havok, and Necronomicon:

"Let the world-wide EXODUS for BARGE TO HELL begin! Paying tribute to their global customer base, they've also added: SEITA from Brazil and The Netherlands, HAVOK from the USA, NECRONOMICON from Germany and HEADCRUSHER from Colombia!

"Barge To Hell's customer service team is working around the clock to get everything ready for those that are booked to perform online check-in. Booked passengers can expect to receive their online check-in invitation on Monday.

"The madness begins on December 3rd, when 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from all over the world will go to the Caribbean to take over a luxury cruise ship for a 5 day and 4 night trip to the undead! See each of the 40 bands play two live shows on two different days. That's 80 shows with unrestricted festival access to the three stages, each with it's own unique atmosphere:

- The luxurious 'A Chorus Line' theater where they spare no expense to have the benches removed on the floor. Because at a Metal show, who actually wants assigned seating in front of the stage?

- The cozy 'Spectrum' that gives you the real club feeling.

- And their jewel: The open air stage on the pool deck. The biggest festival stage to sail the Oceans.

"You can also get all your memorabilia signed at the Meet & Greet sessions. Be part of their infamous Metal Karaoke and many other special activities with the Artists. And last, but not least: Don't forget that they have bars on board that never close! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done."

The following 35 bands have now been confirmed: More...

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Grave, Bonded By Blood Confirmed For Barge To Hell

Departing in less than a month, two more bands have been announced for the Barge to Hell: Grave and Bonded By Blood. The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Cattle Decapitation Drops Off Tour

Several sites reported yesterday that Cattle Decapitation would be dropping off the Autumn Apocalypse Tour due to a physical altercation between vocalist Travis Ryan and Six Feet Under's Chris Barnes (although the original posts on Facebook that started this rumor now seem to have been removed).

Cattle Decapitation has now issued the following official statement about leaving the tour:

"Cattle Decapitation has left the Autumn Apocalypse Tour. This leaves us without shows until we start the Blood of Power tour with Dying Fetus and Cerebral Bore.

"If you are interested in helping book some last minute shows in the NORTHEAST and MID-ATLANTIC areas (starting the day after tomorrow) please contact: dan@thepantheonagency.com

"We're down pretty much for whatever! Time to make some fuckin lemonade out here on the east coast!"

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Lock Up, Nachtmystium Confirmed For Barge To Hell

With a month before boarding the Barge to Hell left, the organizers have announced two more bands: metal supergroup Lock Up, featuring Nicholas Barker on drums (ex-Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir), Shane Embury on bass (Napalm Death), Anton Reisenegger on guitar (Criminal), and Tomas Lindberg on vocals (At The Gates, Disfear) and Nachtmystium.

Also announced was the cancellation of BELPHEGOR. Stated the organizers: "We tried our best to work something out, but regrettably must confirm that they won't be part of BARGE TO HELL. We will make sure that we have a suitable replacement."

The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

The lineup is shaping up as follows, with a dozen more bands yet to be announced: More...

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Six Feet Under Announces "Christmas In Hell" Tour

Six Feet Under has announced the "Christmas In Hell" tour for this coming December 15th - 21st, 2012. Chris Barnes adds, "We are proud to announce Christmas In Hell... 7 shows in 7 nights should bring Germany to their knees, we are planning a quick and painful death for you this December Germany... be there or we will hunt you down!"

Sa. 15.12. Bischofswerda (Ger) – East Club
Su. 16.12. Jena (Ger) – F Haus
Mo. 17.12. Aalen (Ger) – Rock it
Tu. 18.12. Darmstadt (Ger) – Steinbruch Theater
We. 19.12. Cham (Ger) – L.A.
Th. 20.12. Berlin (Ger) – K 17
Fr. 21.12. Essen (Ger) – Turock More...

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Six Feet Under Updates Tour Schedule

Death metal legends Six Feet Under will be embarking on on a headlining tour this Fall. The Chris-Barnes-named Autumn Apocalypse Tour will also feature label mates Cattle Decapitation as well as death metal up-and-comers, Wretched. The tour will throughout the first half of November, with the full routing available below. The following press release was also issued:

"Six Feet Under, led by the inimitable Chris Barnes, possessor of one of the most dominant and instantly recognizable voices of the death metal genre. Now featuring Barnes alongside new guitarist Ola Englund, longtime guitarist Steve Swanson, new bassist Jeff Hughell, and drummer Kevin Talley, whose history blasting for Dying Fetus, Misery Index, and Chimaira speaks for itself, Six Feet Under 2012 finds the band reinvigorated and churning out some of the most visceral, in-your-face, and downright horrifying tunes in their renowned discography of brutality both, lyrically and musically." More...

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Wretched Announces New Tour Dates

Wretched is preparing for a new set of fall tours supporting some of metal’s most ferocious bands. Beginning October 7th, Wretched hits the road with thrash metal legends Death Angel on a run throughout the south and west coast. The band will then join Six Feet Under and Cattle Decapitation on The Autumn Apocalypse Tour starting November 2nd in Richmond. See a full listing of tour dates below.

Vocalist Adam Cody comments, “I am more than honored to be a part of two back to back tours with legendary bands. Chris Barnes is a death metal vocalist that has inspired me since I knew what death metal was. Cattle Decapitation is a band I never expected to be on tour with; I've always admired the creativity they bring to the grindier side of the metal world.“

Wretched is touring in support of third studio album "Son Of Perdition," released earlier this year. Cody adds, “Expect to see an entirely new set list with songs we've never played live before!” More...

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