SIX FEET UNDER Bassist Talks About Upcoming Album

Mark Carras of recently conducted an interview with SIX FEET UNDER bassist Terry Butler. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Rock My Monkey: What can SIX FEET UNDER fans expect from the new album? With the last album there was definitely a slight style change. Is that progression still going to continue in that direction?

Terry Butler: I would say, if I had to describe the new style, it would be "Maximum Violence" meets "Haunted".

Rock My Monkey: Okay.

Terry Butler: I'm really psyched about it. I really liked it. We had a good writing experience. We wrote all the music in the studio and it just flowed through. It's pretty upbeat the whole time, but there's some really catchy, groovy riffs. I think SFU fans are going to like it a lot, especially some of the older, the people who've been around for a long time listening to us, it will satisfy them. The last couple records we've kind of, I don't want to say gotten off our style, but we've always tried to be a little bit different. We didn't want to always just put ten records that sounded like "Haunted". So we just kind of, I don't want to say experimented, but we just kind of messed around a little bit, certain styles, but I think this is kind of back to what our fans would expect.

Rock My Monkey: So some of the fans that might have been disappointed in the last album will actually probably embrace this album a little bit more?

Terry Butler: I think so. It's, like I said, it's "Haunted" mixed with "Maximum". It's got the patented doomy, groovy stuff that we do. Some good vocal hooks in it. I'm pretty excited about it.

Rock My Monkey: Now there was a little bit of tension with Metal Blade towards the end of the last album cycle. Have those issues been ironed out, and is SIX FEET UNDER still going to stay with Metal Blade?

Terry Butler: Yeah, we're still with Metal Blade. It's just, you have to ride the wave of whatever music is popular right now. What's popular right now is the AS I LAY DYING, UNEARTH, stuff is really popular. Two years from now it might not be popular anymore. You just have to ride that wave. And sometimes you might get stuck on the backburner a little bit, because obviously they're going to go with what's cranking at the time, you know what I mean?

Rock My Monkey: Right, right, right.

Terry Butler: But we're dedicated, they're dedicated to us. The promotion and support's been great. You just have to ride the cycle through.

Rock My Monkey: So the tension came more from too much of a focus at a certain point being with the latest wave, as opposed to some of the more long-term, established artists?

Terry Butler: Yeah, that's the kind of feeling I have. I understand that.
It's a business thing, and you got to go with the hot band at the moment.
But we're always consistent, and we're always there. We don't really change to just to satisfy a trend or anything. We just kind of do our thing, and hope the cycle comes back around to us.

Check out the entire interview in text and MP3 format at


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