And the mystery is over, ta-da! Grindcore/death metal legends Carcass have signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records for the world excluding Japan for the release of Surgical Steel, the band's first studio release since their 1996 album Swansong. The band had announced they had conversations with a few labels and now the decision has been made. Better luck next time, all other labels.
Carcass' guitarist Bill Steer and bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker were interviewed by Terrorizer magazine and revealed some exclusives about the band's upcoming new and sixth album to be released later this year, their first studio album in 17 years. First of all, the album will be entitled Surgical Steel.
British extreme metal legends Carcass have begun mixing 15 new songs for their first studio album in 17 years with acclaimed producer Colin Richardson (Fear Factory, Machine Head, Napalm Death). The songs were tracked in Derbyshire. The band has yet to reveal the label home for the new output, which is expected later this year.
Carcass bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker has confirmed to Decibel that the reported rumors about a new Carcass album are actually true. Matthias Voigt is indeed not playing drums on the new album but Daniel Wilding is. The follow-up to 1996's Swansong will be released in 2013 through a yet-to-be determined label.
Earlier this week, we informed you that Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelleher was diagnosed with pancreatitis (a sudden inflammation of the pancreas) forcing the band to cancel all summer live shows, including their appearance on Graspop Metal Meeting.
The festival organization has now confirmed they will replace awesome with awesome, which means that none other than the legendary Carcass will take Mastodon's slot on the main stage Saturday afternoon.
Other recent line-up changes inlcude: Rise To Remain out, Iron Mask in; Steel Panther out, The Poodles in; Hell Yeah was already replaced by Evergrey, and also Billy Talent has been added to the line-up.
Graspop Metal Meeting will take place June 25th-27th in Dessel, Belgium. For an overview of the must-see bands, head to this location.
Carcass will return to the United States this March for the "Exhumed To Consume II" tour. The follow up to last years highly successful "Exhume To Consume" tour will feature Suicide Silence, Samael, Arsis and Psycroptic plus a few special guests on select dates.
Vocalist/bassist and all around optimistic person Jeff Walker commented: "Well, I'm pleased to announce that Carcass is gonna settle it's unresolved scores in the U.S.! There was some slight whimpers of discontent that we didn't hit some cities such as Chicago and Denver last time round - places that were always hot spots of enthusiasm for us. So we're coming back in March to finish off our unsettled business! We seemed to have had a profound influence on your economy and gas prices have gotten cheaper haha! That's doesn't mean we're not gonna come through and provide some value for your buck with some old (and new) school friends and comrades such as Suffocation, Samael, The Black Dahlia Murder, Exodus, Suicide Silence etc. - check out locally as for who is on the bill where! And hey, I couldn't think of anywhere better to be on my 40th birthday than the Sunshine Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico! We promise this will be the last time we darken your shores (I said that with my fingers crossed behind my back)!"
Finally! After so many rumors, after so many tours in other countries, after so many delays due to festivals and programming issues, Carcass will do one special gig in Mexico City.
September-16-2008 is a date that must be on every mexican calendar pinned with blood and guts, the masters of Goregrind, the pioneers of Melodeath and the true kings of extreme metal have announced a date in Mexico City, the gig will take place at "El Circo Volador", the flyer is not ready yet, but at least we have a date now.
For those that haven't heard, Grindcore legends Carcass are coming down under to Australia for a five date tour. The tour will take place in mid-October. Tickets are already on sale and are reported to be selling fast, so you'll have to get in quick if you want to see Carcass live for possibly the last time! With word that Carcass' last show will be November this year, this seems like the last time Carcass will tour Australia ever.
Here are the tour dates:
Oct. 09 - Capitol, Perth, Australia
Oct. 10 - HQ Complex, Adelaide, Australia
Oct. 11 - The Arena, Brisbane, Australia
Oct. 12 - The Metro Theatre, Sydney, Australia
Oct. 13 - Billboard, Melbourne, Australia
Reunited grindcore/death metal legends Carcasss will play their only UK date headlining the Damnation Festival 2008. The death metal legends will perform their first show on home soil in 14 years on Saturday, November 22nd at Leeds University. And the band yesterday hinted it could be the last show they ever play, wrapping up a successful reunion tour headlining some of the biggest metal stages across the globe.
Frontman Jeff Walker said: "Well, we enjoyed making you sweat… this is gonna be the ONLY UK show this year, and quite possibly your last chance to EVER catch us live! You Southerners are gonna have to get your shoes dirty and make your way 'oop' North to Leeds! To quote Herschell Gordon Lewis 'Prepare To Die!'"
Necrophagist and Aborted have been added to the previously announced New York City show featuring Carcass. The show will take place on Saturday, September 6th at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, July 11th at 12:00pm. More U.S. shows are expected to be announced shortly.
Carcass are the latest band to be confirmed for Wacken Open Air 2008, this is how the band commented:
"Well, they said it would never happen. In fact I said it would never happen. Then I noticed no one pays attention to what I say anyway and I sounded like an idiot...
Summer 2008 will be the twentieth anniversary since the release of Carcass' first studio album. It will be fourteen years since we last played live. We've decided to exhume the old corpse next Summer at Wacken. The timing is purely coincidental - it's been a long journey to get to this point where myself, Bill Steer and Mike Amott have enough common desire again to make it possible. We're finally conceding to the demand that seems to be at an all time high and doesn't appear to be going away any time soon. Any past reasons we may have had for not wanting to do it, or thinking it was impossible, have simply dissipated in the face of overwhelming interest in us performing THOSE riffs for a generation of believers who never had the opportunity back in the day. We could say we're doing it for 'the kids' - but fuck that ! We're doing it 'cos it will be fun again to play the classic Carcass tunes !! Of course it would seem inappropriate for us to contemplate to do this without Ken Owen, but I assure you he'll be there, and we'll push some sticks in his hands and make him play, plus we'll have a killer drummer to sit in and play HIS parts.
Former Carcass guitarist Mike Amott (currently in Arch Enemy) has revealed that the legendary U.K. death metal band might reunite for a tour.
In an exclusive interview with Sweden's Close-Up magazine, Amott said that he and guitarist/vocalist Bill Steer secretly met in Halmstad, Sweden last year to rehearse old Carcass material. A couple of months later, they were joined by vocalist/bassist Jeff Walker for another practice session. Arch Enemy's Daniel Erlandsson was handling the drum duties at these rehearsals.
"It sounded really good and it was a lot of fun," said Amott. "We rehearsed pretty much the entire 'Heartwork' album ."
The original plan was for Carcass to play several festival shows this summer, but that fell through.
Earache Records will be issuing a "best of" collection from legendary U.K. grindcore band CARCASS on May 17. Titled "Choice Cuts", the compilation contains over 20 tracks, including two full Peel Sessions broadcast back in 1989 and 1990. It also features a comprehensive booklet including an in-depth interview with drummer Ken Owen.
"Choice Cuts" track listing:
01. Genital Grinder
02. Maggot Colony
03. Exhume to Consume
04. Swarming Vulgar Mass of Infected Virulency
05. Tools of The Trade
06. Corporeal Jigsore Quandary
07. Incarnate Solvent Abuse
08. Buried Dreams
09. No Love Lost
11. Keep on Rotting in The Free World
12. R**k the Vote
13. This Is Your Life