I’m sure many of you have already heard about this on the one and only MetalSucks, but if you haven’t, check this out;  the mighty Six Feet Under—the perennially embarrassing yet mildly entertaining death metal group that features ex-Cannibal Corpse vocalist Chris Barnes—have just upped their stock considerably by making some great offseason moves, so to speak. Since they lost half of their lineup when bassist Terry Butler and drummer Greg Gall departed last month, they have recovered fabulously by adding Kevin Talley as their new drummer (currently of Daath, ex-Chimaira, ex-Dying Fetus, ex-like 200 other bands) and adding Chimaira’s Rob Arnold on guitar. They are currently writing songs for a new album, which will hopefully be out later this year.

Now, I am not much of a Six Feet Under fan at all. My friend and I used to blast them once in awhile back in college, but it was mostly just to have a laugh, not because we were especially digging the music. And I’m sorry to say that we were often laughing at them, not with them. They eventually grew on me a bit, and I enjoy some of their tunes although they are incredibly simple and sometimes quite laughable. However, they haven’t put out a good album in years and I’ve long stopped paying attention to them—until now…

The addition of Kevin Talley and Rob Arnold has an incredible amount of potential, and I’m suddenly very excited to hear what they come up with on this new record. Talley is a tremendous drummer, probably one of the best in metal today, and I think it’s safe to say he is WAY more technically proficient than Greg Gall. As for Rob Arnold, well damn, he is just a monster. He will be bringing crushing riffs, imaginative songwriting, and really great solos to the table I’m sure.

Now if they can just get Barnes to reach back and deliver a decent performance, we could have a good death metal album on our hands, eh? Nothing against Chris Barnes; I have a great deal of respect for him as one of the godfathers of the guttural death metal vocal, but I feel like his performances have been lacking for years now. Hopefully the new additions to the band will energize and inspire him to take the music to the next level.

What do you think? Any interest in hearing the new Six Feet Under album with this lineup? Can they make a comeback and actually become relevant in the death metal scene? Will this album be a huge disappointment? Are they awesome? Terrible?

– JB

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