Rob Arnold

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Rob Arnold
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Rob Arnold performing live in Chimaira at the Nokia Theatre Times Square, on June 25, 2008
Background information
Born (1980-01-03) January 3, 1980 (age 38)
Genres Groove metal, metalcore, death metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Electric guitar, bass guitar, Drums
Years active 1998–present
Labels Roadrunner, Nuclear Blast, Ferret, E1 Music, Metal Blade
Associated acts Chimaira, Six Feet Under, The Elite, Sanctum (now defunct)

Rob Arnold (born January 3, 1980) was the lead guitarist of the metal band Chimaira and later the rhythm guitarist of the death metal band Six Feet Under. In an interview [1] with Roadrunner Records, he named Kirk Hammett, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, Dave Mustaine, Marty Friedman and Kerry King as being influential to his playing style. Some of his favorite bands include Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Pantera, Sepultura, and Cannibal Corpse. Rob Arnold was formerly in the band Sanctum, and he later joined Chimaira and became their lead guitarist.

Arnold is endorsed by ESP Guitars and has his own signature model, the RA-600, which has an M body shape based on the ESP LTD m-1000. In Chimaira, Arnold preferred the drop-C tuning (CGCFAD). He also uses custom ESP 7-string guitars, tuned to drop-A (AEADGBE) . Arnold has been a long-time user of Peavey amps, using the 5150II since the beginning of Chimaira. Since the mid-2000s, he uses a Peavey 6505+ amp head paired with a Mesa Boogie Cabinet, with his 5150II as a backup. He uses Custom In-Tune Guitar Picks, Dean Markley Blue Steel guitar strings, cables, a Digitech GSP1101 Processor, an ISP Decimator pedal, a Boss tuner pedal, a Furman power conditioner, a Peavey wireless system, and EMG 81 guitar pickups.

He recently released a Signature Series guitar with ESP Guitars based on his custom models. It is called the ESP LTD RA-600. He also has an instructional DVD available through The Rock House Method which focuses on metal guitar, soloing, riffing, and song writing.

Arnold is also the lead guitarist for his band, The Elite, with former Baphomet/ Stemm frontman T.J. Frost and Bleed the Sky drummer Austin D'Amond. They released an EP titled "Ww3" in July 2009.

On February 27, 2011, it was announced that Arnold along with former Chimaira drummer, Kevin Talley, would be joining the band Six Feet Under.

In November 2011, it was confirmed that Arnold will be leaving Chimaira after Chimaira Christmas '11 for personal reasons.

On May 22, 2012, Six Feet Under announced that Ola Englund will replace Arnold, who has retired from touring. The band still says that Arnold will remain a central writing partner and collaborator on future Six Feet Under releases.


Six Feet Under
  • Undead (2012)
  • Unborn (2013) guitar on "Inferno" & "Psychosis"