Six Feet Under have just released their new album Undead today, and are just a few weeks away from hitting the road with Dying Fetus and Revocation. However, that hasn’t stopped Chris Barnes and company from experiencing yet another change in their lineup. This time, it’s revolving around guitarist Rob Arnold.
It’s been confirmed that Arnold (who joined the group last year prior to leaving Chimaira) is retiring from touring and will be replaced by Ola Englund. Barnes had the following to say about their new guitarist and Arnold’s current role in the group:
“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 Talley/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 SFU 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!”
Arnold’s “retirement” from touring seems pretty out of the blue and sudden, especially with the new album coming out today. But then again, life on the road is no easy task, and this gives us a better understanding behind his departure from Chimaira late last year. Plus, fans of Undead will be pleased to hear that Arnold will still be working with Six Feet Under as a collaborator on future releases. In case you’re curious about Six Feet Under’s new guitarist, you can watch Englund’s Peavey 5150 II demo after the jump.