Metal Shock Finland's Tarja Virmakari recently conducted an interview with vocalist Chris Barnes of Florida death metallers SIX FEET UNDER. You can listen to the chat using the SoundCloud player below.
When asked about his favorite memories of legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, RAINBOW), who died a little over two years ago after a six-month battle with stomach cancer, Barnes said, "Oh, wow, it's been that long already. That's crazy. It just seems like yesterday that that happened; that's really wild. It's really sad. He went too soon. My favorite memory [of Dio] is probably seeing the 'Holy Diver' tour, just being amazed by his presence on stage and and how solid of a vocalist he always was. The last time I saw him on stage was, I believe in 2007, on the HEAVEN & HELL tour. He was always great; he was the pinnacle of a metal vocalist — a great singer, a great stage man. He seemed like such a really nice fellow. [It's] such a shame [that he died]."
SIX FEET UNDER last week 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).
SIX FEET UNDER's new album, "Undead", was released on 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.
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