Six Feet Under (USA)
ix Feet Under started as a side project for Cannibal Corpse vocalist Chris Barnes and Obituary guitarist Allen West. Two other original members, Terry Butler (ex-Death; bass) and Greg Gall (drums), would complete the line-up. It became a full-time venture following Barnes' well-publicized departure from Cannibal Corpse. Not to be confused with a much older Swedish act of the same name, this Six Feet Under featured basic heads-down and old school death metal, with Barnes returning to the gore-related lyrics of his prior band. Their 1995 debut, Haunted, received acclaim, and put them on the collective metal map. Other equally capable but less known recordings would follow, including Alive And Dead EP (1996), Warpath (1997; which saw Steve Swanson replace West after its publication), Maximum Violence (1999), Graveyard Classics (2000), True Carnage (2001), the double CD live set Double Dead (2002) and Bringer Of Blood (2003).