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Six Feet Under's Chris Barnes Brings Forth The "Unborn"

A year after the rise of "Undead," the iconic deathsters in Six Feet Under are already gearing up for the sequel "Unborn." Pre-orders are now available through Metal Blade here, and the latest auditory assault from the band is due out March 19th, 2013.

For Six Feet Under fans who can't get enough and need to hear more before the album's release, we got in contact with the quintessential death metal vocalist Chris Barnes to hear what he had to say about "Unborn." Read on to find out how these latest two albums are connected and get an inside look at how "Unborn" came together.

xFiruath: Before we get into the new album, what happened with your trip to the Barge to Hell?

Chris: We actually didn’t get on that one, we had to finish up the recording of the new album and meet some deadlines, so we had to miss it. It was unfortunate, because I was looking forward to a cruise, but we figured the new album should be more of a priority.

xFiruath: You’ve also got some upcoming Australian shows.

Chris: Yeah, we’re getting ready to leave to head over there. We’ve got a big festival tour to jump on with a bunch of great bands and that should be really exciting.

xFiruath: The new album is “Unborn,” following pretty quickly after the last album “Undead.” How are the two connected?

Chris: They are connected in every way actually. I initially wanted to release them as one album. The album was really so intense to work on and I had such a large concept for the whole thing, it seemed like it was a better idea to release them separately, but they are conceptually connected, lyrically and visually.

xFiruath: So these songs were written at the same time as the tracks on the last album?

Chris: A large portion of them were. We continued to work on stuff after “Undead” was released, but we had a large skeleton of the songs already mapped out and partially completed.

xFiruath: How did the recording go and was it pretty much the same process as with on “Undead?”

Chris: The recording took place at all sorts of places. Everyone has their own home studio pretty much and then it all comes together. It was mixed with Zeuss, and he did a great job pulling everything together and giving it an awesome sound. I think it’s one the best sounding records we’ve done.

xFiruath: With these being so closely interlinked, do you think they’ll be released as a 2-disc set together down the line?

Chris: Yeah I think so, I think that was the original idea to have them as one package, so I’m sure we’ll do something special. Metal Blade will probably do a special edition with both albums packaged together or something cool like that.

xFiruath: What guest musicians are on this album?

Chris: We did have a couple guest musicians and people I’ve been writing with. There’s Ben Savage from Whitechapel, he’s a great writer, he’s got interesting song writing techniques. He participated and played on a few songs on the album. Jari Laine from Torture Killer, he wrote some songs with me. Rob Arnold made an appearance on two songs and he wrote one song as well. There’s a large variation of people who contributed to the album. It definitely worked out really well, it’s always good to stir the pot and get the creativity flowing in a more volatile direction.

xFiruath: Tell me about the cover artwork and how it connects with “Unborn.”

Chris: Dusty Peterson did both album covers and I’ve been working with him for awhile now. He’s an awesome artist and really knows how to get the ideas moving in the direction and feel of the songs. He brings that out and ties those things together, which is kind of hard. He delved into my brain a little bit. The album cover represents more or less the themes and feelings of the lyrics and storytelling of the album. The color tones in the album covers represent the emotional content, the red and blue. “Undead” being more straight-forward, in your face death metal, with intense rhythm and time changes and blast beats. “Unborn” is more of an atmospheric, rhythmic, and really twisted album with moving dynamics. So they are tied by the artwork’s themes and the idea the actual visualization is inside the mind of a psychotic basically, which was the base idea.

xFiruath: What’s happening locally for you in the metal scene?

Chris: We do some home town shows at the beginning or ending of tours. The scene in Tampa is awesome. A lot of bands are rolling through here quite regularly. It’s definitely a good stopping point for nationals and there’s a good amount of acts that live here still. There’s a lot of local up and coming bands as well, so it’s a good town for music.

xFiruath: What are you listening to these days?

Chris: I’ve been so involved with these albums and touring. I like to put on something older when I’m writing or driving across the country or something like that. I dig the older stuff in my collection.

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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