Death metal ministers SIX FEET UNDER have announced the addition of Swedish rhythm guitarist Ola Englund (FEARED, SCARPOINT) to their legendary ranks. Englund, who will make his first official appearance with the band on the “18 Nights Of Blood Tour” next month, takes the place of Rob Arnold (CHIMAIRA).
Comments SIX FEET UNDER founding vocalist Chris Barnes: “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 [Kevin] Talley/[Jeff] 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 SIX FEET UNDER 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 SIX FEET UNDER 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.
SIX FEET UNDER‘s new album, “Undead”, is being released today (Tuesday, May 22) through Metal Blade Records. The 12-track CD was produced by Mark Lewis (DEICIDE, DEVILDRIVER) and mixed by Jason Suecof (WHITECHAPEL, JOB FOR A COWBOY), at AudioHammer Studios in Sanford, Florida.
“Undead” track listing:
01. Frozen At The Moment Of Death
03. 18 Days
04. Molest Dead
05. Blood On My Hands
06. Missing Victims
08. Near Death Experience
09. The Scar
10. Delayed Combustion Device
11. Vampire Apocalypse
12. The Depths Of Depravity
In conjunction with the release of “Undead”, SIX FEET UNDER will embark upon a near three-week run of live rituals this June. Dubbed the “18 Nights Of Blood Tour”, the beatings will begin in Atlanta, Georgia on June 8 and ravage its way across the country before coming to a close on June 29 in Tampa, Florida. Support will be provided by DYING FETUS and REVOCATION.
SIX FEET UNDER‘s European tour will kick off on August 11 in Jaromer, Czech Republic and will conclude on August 18 in Hamburg, Germany. Support on the trek will come from DEW-SCENTED.
SIX FEET UNDER recently parted ways with bassist Matt DeVries and replaced him with Jeff Hughell, formerly of the Santa Cruz, California technical death metal band BRAIN DRILL and Concord, California death metal group VILE, and currently of RECIPROCAL.
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.
“18 Days” lyric video:
“Formaldehyde” audio stream: