On May 27, death metal veterans SIX FEET UNDER will release the fourth installment of their "Graveyard Classics" series, this time paying tribute to two of metal's most heralded legends: IRON MAIDEN and JUDAS PRIEST. Titled "Graveyard Classics IV: The Number Of The Priest" and mixed by Jesse Kirkbride at Kirkbride Recordings in Cape Coral, Florida, the album is comprised of five JUDAS PRIEST covers (side A), and six IRON MAIDEN covers (side B), handpicked by Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel.
For a first preview, the cover version of "Invader" is now streaming at metalblade.com/sixfeetunder, where the record is also available for pre-order in various formats.
In regards to this new serving of death metal tributes, SIX FEET UNDER founder Chris Barnes comments: "Get ready to have your ears violated and your mind blown! 'Graveyard Classics IV: The Number Of The Priest' just crawled out of the Heavy Metal Cemetery!
"Having a good time playing music is what it's always been about since day one, and that's what the 'Graveyard Classics' albums are to me... a good fucking time! On this trip down memory lane, we cover songs from JUDAS PRIEST and IRON MAIDEN; the two greatest metal bands of all time. Ray Alder from FATES WARNING did a guest background vocal appearance on 'Invader', our first single. Ray is a great friend, and an awesome vocalist, and I felt our differences in styles blended well together for the middle section and added some harmony to the rawness. I hope you all enjoy the band's twist on these legendary songs!"
"Graveyard Classics IV: The Number Of The Priest" track listing
Side A: Judas Priest
01. Night Crawler
05. Never Satisfied
Side B: Iron Maiden
06. Murders in the Rue Morgue
08. Flash Of The Blade
09. The Evil That Men Do
10. Stranger In A Strange Land
11. Total Eclipse
SIX FEET UNDER will be on tour this summer in Europe for a very special select run of dates. Barnes comments: "'Graveyard Classics' the tour begins June 30th and ends July 9th, with our return to the all-powerful With Full Force festival!! Looking forward to that as well as playing an entire setlist of cover songs on this tour — something we've never done before! It will prove to be a very special group of shows. If you're anywhere near these places this summer, make sure not to miss this!"
SIX FEET UNDER tour dates:
Jun. 30 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Baroeg
Jul. 01 - Roitzschjora, Germany - With Full Force Festival
Jul. 02 - Flensburg, Germany - Roxy
Jul. 03 - Rostock, Germany - Alte Zuckerfabrik
Jul. 04 - Hamburg, Germany - Bambi Galore
Jul. 05 - Munchen, Germany - Backstage
Jul. 06 - Innsbruck, Austria - PMK
Jul. 07 - Ludwigsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
Jul. 08 - Pratteln , Switzerland - Z7
Jul. 09 - Essen, Germany - Turok
SIX FEET UNDER is:
Chris Barnes - vocals
Ray Suhy - guitars and bass
Josh Hall - drums