Death metal band SIX FEET UNDER is just about done writing the follow-up to their 2020 album Nightmares Of The Decomposed
The new album will be the band’s second to feature songwriting and guitar work from guitarist Jack Owen, who formerly played with SIX FEET UNDER vocalist Chris Barnes in CANNIBAL CORPSE from it’s formation until Barnes last outing with the group, 1994’s “The Bleeding“. Owen vacated the group in 2004 to join DEICIDE.
“Jack Owen and yours truly are just about done writing the New Six Feet Under album and it’s INCREDIBLY FUCKING HEAVY,” wrote Barnes on Twitter. So stay tuned, as it seems like 2023 might see the release of a new Six Feet Under record.
CANNIBAL CORPSE bassist Alex Webster told us in a 2021 interview that he’s happy to see Barnes and Owen working together again. “That is cool, man” he said. “I’m sure they’re having a great time jamming together again. So, yeah, it’s killer.”
Webster would go on to add that from what he heard from SIX FEET UNDER‘s “Nightmares Of The Decomposed“, had “some cool grooves on there.”
“Jack’s got a really distinct writing style, and he’s got a great groove. But, yeah, there’s some cool grooves on there. And the rest of the band too. I really like Jeff Hughell‘s bass playing. Marco’s a killer drummer. So, yeah, it’s a cool band. And it sounds really good, the music.”
In related news, SIX FEET UNDER’s Chris Barnes recently revealed his “Top Three Death Metal Albums Of All Time”.
Speaking with Jonathan Montenegro’s “My 3 Questions To“, the former CANNIBAL CORPSE and current SIX FEET UNDER vocalist was asked to name his “top three death metal albums of all time”.
Chris responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Well, on that I’m gonna have to say POSSESSED ‘Seven Churches‘. I’m gonna go with DEATH ‘Leprosy‘ and ‘Spritual Healing‘ and ‘Scream Bloody Gore‘; I’m gonna have to wrap those three up, ’cause Chuck [Schuldiner, DEATH mainman] was a good friend of mine and I was a huge fan of DEATH early on. So, rest in peace, Chuck. And also I’m gonna go with… The third one, I’m gonna have to say OBITUARY ‘Slowly We Rot‘ — a huge album.
He continued: “All three of those bands are similar type of death metal. Of course POSSESSED is the kings of death metal; they pretty much started it all. Jeff Becerra, fucking awesome guy, man. So that’s where I come from, man. I really loved all those albums. And if I have to throw a fourth one in there, I’m gonna have to say [CANNIBAL CORPSE‘s] ‘Butchered At Birth‘ — kind of pat myself on the back. That was a huge album in death metal as far as kind of what our twist on the whole thing, and I think it influenced a lot of people, just as POSSESSED influenced a lot of bands to move in a certain direction.”
Barnes previously caused a stir within the metal community after making his feelings of disdain for the modern death metal scene public just over a year ago.
Chris made headlines for saying that modern death metal vocals made him “physically ill” and that he “despises what this genre has become.” The comments came after Barnes said he watched a Death Metal Round Table discussion featuring vocalists George “Corpsegrinder” Fischer of CANNIBAL CORPSE, Trevor Strnad of THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, Chase Mason of GATECREEPER, and Alex Jones of UNDEATH.
The four frontmen discussed “their early influences, the accessibility of the genre, inspiration from the weirdest places, live shows between-song patter, their upcoming releases and tours and much, much more.”
Barnes went on to tweet: “I just watched a ‘death metal’ podcast on YouTube that was done about a week ago with the ‘top’ death metal vocalists .. it made me physically ill. I despise what this genre has become.” Soon after, HATEBREED singer Jamey Jasta, who hosts a podcast called “The Jasta Show” and who co-produced Fisher’s debut solo album, replied: “come on the podcast & discuss”.
Chris responded: “No thanks brother. I have no need to jump on that bandwagon you guys got that”. Jasta fired back with “Weak”, to which Barnes said: “Ain’t here to play that game. You have fun tho bro.” Jasta then wrote: “you’re the one playing games, you ‘hate what the genre has become’ but do you ever promote or discuss new bands or try & help build anything in the genre?” This prompted Chris to respond: “Lol promote lol hahahahaha”. Jasta then countered: “Oh right that’s beneath you lol”, to which Barnes said: “Nah I’m just not a shill…”
Barnes also added to his statement assuring everyone that he does indeed hate modern death metal vocals, the modern death metal scene, and just about everyone else in existence.
Chris posted the following message to his Twitter account on February 4, 2022:
“I stand by my original statement. ‘I despise what this genre has become.’
“All the people trolling me, proves my point all the bitch ass ‘media’ making headlines off it proves my point. “Fuck y’all to Hell, eat a dick on your way down.”