Six Feet Under (often abbreviated as SFU) A side project band started by Chris Barnes of Cannibal Corpse and Allen West of Obituary. Originally, the band was intended to be a side project only, but Chris Barnes decided to pursue the idea of having a groove-laden death metal band that just wasn't about blast beats and speed. In due time, because Chris was making Six Feet Under a priority band, his original band Cannibal Corpse asked him to leave the band, charging that he never made time to practice with them and that he focused more on Six Feet Under than on Cannibal Corpse. Six Feet Under lyrics are usually apocalyptic and brutal, though Barnes's lyrics are somewhat less brutal than that of his past.
While their lyrical themes revolve around concepts of violence, gore, and death, many Six Feet Under songs are political in nature and advocate, among other things, the legalization of marijuana, the overthrow of capitalism, and even anti-war sentiment. One notable song by SFU is their pro-cannabis track 4:20 from Warpath. The album's liner notes state that the song (which clocks in at four minutes and twenty seconds) was recorded at 4:20 p.m. on April 20, 1997.
Six Feet Under has also released two albums of cover songs. The first, Graveyard Classics, is an album of cover songs ranging from Dead Kennedys' California
?ber Alles, to Black Sabbath's Sweet Leaf, to Jimi Hendrix's Purple Haze, whilst the second, Graveyard Classics 2, is an entire remake of the classic AC/DC album Back in Black.
Guest appearances through various Six Feet Under albums include Ice-T on True Carnage's "One Bullet Left" and Karyn Crisis of Crisis fame on the True Carnage song "Sick And Twisted." (Many consider this the first death metal duet between a male and female.)
Six Feet Under has a strong following in Europe, especially in Germany. In fact, the band also released a special German language version of the song "Bringer of Blood". The last five Albums hit the Top 100 of the German Album Charts.
Six Feet Under have met moderate commercial success, with Maximum Violence being their best-selling record. They figure among the top 5 best-selling death metal bands.
World renowned tattoo artist Paul Booth is known to do most of Six Feet Under's album art.
The band's line up has remained stable since 1997 when Allen West quit and was replaced by Steve Swanson, formerly of Massacre.