Alex Webster: Cannibal Corpse Is Probably Never Touring With Six Feet Under

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When the Buffalo, New York death metal band first formed in 1988, Cannibal Corpse was fronted by Chris Barnes. Over the next few years together, Barnes helped to create Cannibal Corpse’s first four albums, starting with 1990’s Eaten Back to Life and concluding with 1994’s The Bleeding.

Following the release of The Bleeding, Barnes left the band and was replaced by current Cannibal Corpse singer George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher. However, in 1994, Barnes formed a new death metal band called Six Feet Under and released their debut LP in 1995. In an interview from 2017, Barnes spoke about why he left Cannibal Corpse, sharing, “I just didn’t like being around them, because I was being ridiculed, and I just didn’t feel comfortable being in the same room with people that weren’t very nice to me personally.”

So in the years that have passed since his departure from the band, are Barnes and Cannibal Corpse on better terms nowadays?

During a recent chat with Loaded Radio, Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster was asked about Barnes’s comments in 2022 about modern death metal, where he said, “I despise what this genre has become.” For the most part, Webster didn’t express much feeling regarding Barnes’s comments, sharing (as transcribed by Blabbermouth): “I don’t really put too much emphasis on any of that stuff. I think people should be able to say whatever they want. And if people have an opinion about music, why should they keep it hidden, I guess.”

Following this, Webster is asked about the current relationship between Barnes and the band. The bassist is asked if there’s any relationship at all, or if it’s “kind of like ‘you do your thing and we’re doing our thing'”. In response, Webster says:

“Pretty much. Yeah, he can do his thing; we do ours. If I see him, it’s always friendly. But I haven’t seen him in a few years. But, yeah, to each their own, and it’s all cool at this point. We don’t really run into each other, though. They [Barnes’s current band Six Feet Under] haven’t toured in a while. Normally when you see everybody and you reconnect with people is at festivals, mainly the European ones, I should say, ’cause that’s where the majority of the festivals are. And we reconnect with a lot of people there — bands we’ve toured with, friends, crew members that we know, working with other bands. So that’s where I would run into him. And they haven’t been doing that stuff in a little while. So maybe we’ll see him next year or something, though. Who knows?”

The bassist is then asked if fans have asked to see Cannibal Corpse and Six Feet Under tour together. Regarding this idea, Webster offers up the following:

“People have asked [about the two bands touring together], but I think, again, Six Feet just doesn’t really tour that much. And we probably wouldn’t do it. It’s, yeah, like you said, sort of everything’s cool, but it’s sort of like, you do your thing, we’ll do our thing. And it’s fine.”

Would you like to see Cannibal Corpse and Six Feet Under tour together?

Alex Webster interview with Loaded Radio