Former CHIMAIRA guitarist Matt DeVries has decided to leave his post as the touring bassist for Florida-based death metallers SIX FEET UNDER to pursue other musical endeavors. Details on who will be stepping in as the permanent bassist will be announced in the coming months.
SIX FEET UNDER is currently mixing its new album at Audiohammer studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, TRIVIUM).
When asked about the musical direction of the material SIX FEET UNDER has written for its next album, Barnes said in a recent interview, “The music is gonna be, really, kind of an accelerated version of what we were doing before — faster-paced, more interesting time signatures as well as really wild choruses and some heavy vocals. I think people are really gonna be interested in this album. It’s something different, but it’s something the same. The feel of it is SIX FEET UNDER, but we’ve pushed it and added some horsepower.”
In a separate interview, Chris stated about the forthcoming SIX FEET UNDER CD, “It’s the best album I’ve written in a long time. Rob Arnold [SIX FEET UNDER guitarist] is writing some songs, got Ben [Savage] from WHITECHAPEL writing some songs. I’ve got Jari [Laine] from TORTURE KILLER writing some songs and Steve [Swanson, SIX FEET UNDER lead guitarist]. So we’re really happy with it. It’s really good stuff.” He added, “I think that each album’s a different journey for me, you know? The music speaks to me, so I kind of write from what it tells me and this album’s been such a pleasure to be involved with because it’s so interesting and it’s given me more options to do different things or do things I haven’t done in a while, so it’s a lot of fun on that level.”
Bassist Terry Butler and drummer Greg Gall announced their departures from SIX FEET UNDER in January 2011. Butler has since joined OBITUARY as a permanent member.
Multi-camera footage of SIX FEET UNDER performing the song “Hammer Smashed Faced” at the July 28, 2011 Sacramento, California stop of the “Summer Slaughter Tour” can be seen below.
SIX FEET UNDER’s most recent touring lineup was as follows:
* Rob Arnold (CHIMAIRA) – Guitar
* Kevin Talley (DAATH, MISERY INDEX, CHIMAIRA) – Drums
* Chris Barnes (CANNIBAL CORPSE) – Vocals
* Steve Swanson – Guitar
* Matt DeVries (CHIMAIRA) – Bass