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Six Feet Under Recruits New Guitarist Ola Englund

Death metal ministers Six Feet Under today announce the addition of rhythm guitarist Ola Englund to the their ranks. England, who will make his first official appearance with the band on the 18 Nights Of Blood Tour set to commence next month, takes the place of Rob Arnold.

Comments founding vocalist Chris Barnes of 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!”

Adds Englund: "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 guitar skills below.

"Undead" was officially released in North America today via Metal Blade Records. Called “the best thing SFU have recorded since Maximum Violence,” in a recent 8/10 review by Decibel Magazine, the record was produced by Mark Lewis (Deicide, Devildriver), mixed by Jason Suecof (Whitechapel, Job For A Cowboy) and features the recording line up of Barnes alongside guitarist Rob Arnold (ex- Chimaira), longtime guitarist Steve Swanson (ex-Massacre), bassist Jeff Hughell (ex-Brain Drill, ex-Vile), and drummer Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Chimaira).

To celebrate its release Six Feet Under 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.

6/08/2012 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
6/09/2012 Empire – Springfield, VA
6/10/2012 Palladium – Worcester, MA
6/11/2012 Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
6/12/2012 Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH
6/13/2012 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
6/14/2012 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
6/15/2012 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
6/16/2012 People’s Court – Des Moines, IA*
6/18/2012 The Gothic Theater – Denver, CO*
6/20/2012 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
6/21/2012 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
6/23/2012 The Metro – Oakland, CA
6/24/2012 The Whisky – Los Angeles, CA
6/25/2012 Rocky Point Cantina – Tempe, AZ
6/26/2012 House Of Rock – El Paso, TX
6/27/2012 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
6/29/2012 Crowbar – Tampa, FL* [new venue]
* – No Dying Fetus

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1. ZMA writes:

Rob's retiring from touring? Seriously?

# May 22, 2012 @ 3:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Dasher10 writes:

Retiring until five years from now he rejoins Six Feet Under.

# May 22, 2012 @ 4:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. ZMA writes:

I'd rather him go back to Chimaira, but that's just me.

# May 22, 2012 @ 4:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Guy Smiley writes:

Those chimara guys lasted 10 months.
SFU, from here on out are gonna continue
to go through line up changes.
If your familiar with this band, your already
use to it by now

# May 22, 2012 @ 5:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. BrokenFace writes:

six feet under line up changes?? there havent been many. Up until butler left they only had 1 change, there guitarist in like 1997. Then matt came n went and it all got f***ed up.
This makes me think the reason why rob left chimaira cud be he didnt want to tour and chimaira said you either write and tour or theres no room for you here.
It does take the piss but barnes oviously dont mind

# May 23, 2012 @ 7:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. BrokenFace writes:

And yes i would also prefer rob to go back to chimaira, I dont like the new route 6feet r going in.
His riffs in chimairas latest album where f***in awesome.

NP- CHIMAIRA - SCAPEGOAT

# May 23, 2012 @ 10:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. ZMA writes:

^ Agreed. I'm just a big Rob Arnold fan. Like I downloaded 18 Days the other day only for Rob's brutal riffs in that track. I still hate Barnes lmao. Sad thing but hopefully we'll hear Rob somewhere soon.

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