Band Photo: Carcass (?)
From: Liverpool, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Regrouped
Latest Carcass News
Below is our complete Carcass news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Bill Steer, best known as the guitarist for Carcass, Firebird and formerly of Napalm Death, has been confirmed as the new second guitarist for New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Angel Witch. The band will be making sporadic live appearances with their new lineup over the coming year, including a set at next year's edition of Hellfest.
Last December we took a look at Napalm Death, the British band who is credited with the invention of grindcore, and saw how they were related to a number of other highly recognized names in extreme metal. This week we examine one of those bands, who may very well be just as acclaimed as Napalm Death, Carcass. Carcass was formed by guitarist Bill Steer and drummer Ken Owen under the name of Disattack. The band recorded one demo entitled, "The Bomb Drops..." before deciding to hire new members in the form of vocalist Sanjiv and former Electro Hippies frontman Jeff Walker on bass. Not long after these two joined the band, Steer was recruited as the new guitarist of Napalm Death and recorded the second side of their debut album, "Scum" in March 1987, with Jeff Walker designed the album's front cover. Shortly after recording "Scum," Disattack changed their name to Carcass and the group recorded their first demo under the new moniker, entitled "Flesh Ripping Sonic Torment." This would prove to be the only recording the band made with Sanjiv, who left the band soon after, leaving Walker and Steer to share vocal duties, with some help from drummer Ken Owen.
This lineup of the band released their first album, "Reek Of Putrefaction" in 1988 and despite being very unhappy with the end result, received a positive fedback from many crtics and fans of extreme music, with legendary British DJ John Peel claiming it was his favourite album of the year and inviting the band to perform a coveted "Peel Session" on his show. Carcass would expand on this success with a second album in 1990 named, "Symphonies Of Sickness," which moved away from their previous grindcore sound somewhat, into a more death metal orientated territory. While touring in support of the album, the band decided to recruit a second guitarist in the form of Michael Ammott, who would later go on to form the popular band, Arch Enemy. After recording another Peel Session, the band recorded their first full length album as a four piece, "Necroticism – Descanting The Insalubrious." With it's better production and catchy title, Carcass would expand their fan base some more with this album, along with a mandatory schedule of heavy touring, including the Gods Of Grind tour with Cathedral (which includes former Napalm Death singer Lee Dorrian), Entombed and Confessor. Carcass also released an EP to coincide with the tour called, "Tools Of The Trade" which featured a new song, as well as re-recorded versions of other songs and the track "Incarnated Solvent Abuse" from the previous album. More...
Finnish death metal band Sadistik Forest has signed a deal with VIOLENT JOURNEY RECORDS. The band’s self titled debut will be released on August 12th 2010. The official album release show is scheduled for August 14th 2010 in Jalometalli Metal Festival, Oulu, Finland. Other confirmed acts are Destruction, Suffocation, Carcass, Triptykon etc.
Sadistik Forest was formed in 2007 by guitarist Antti Heikkinen, drummer Vesa Mutka and bassist/vocalist Markus Makkonen. The line-up was completed early this year, when guitarist Matti Salo joined the ranks. Sadistik Forest’s riff-based, ferocious and brutal, assault has often been compared to Unleashed and early Morbid Angel. More...
Following the recent cancellation of Mastodon's European tour dates as a result of guitarist Bill Kelleher being diagnosed with pancreatitus, the organisers of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting festival has announced that their place will be taken by legendary British grindcore/death metal outfit Carcass. The festival will be taking place in the town of Dessel between June 25th - June 27th.
The organisers of the French metal festival Hellfest has announced the last additions to the event's lineup. The already hugely impressive lineup will now also feature Alice Cooper, Motorhead, Saxon, Slayer, Deftones, Airbourne, Fear Factory, Carcass, Fields Of Nephilm, Infectious Grooves, Stone Sour, Hypocrisy, Exodus, Annihilator, Devin Townsend Project, Mass Hysteria, Doom, Dillinger Escape Plan, As I Lay Dying, Unearth, Tamtrum, Electric Mary Vulcain, Kalisia and Blaspheme. The festival will be held in Clisson from June 18th-20th.
Norwegian black metal act Gorgoroth has been confirmed to perform at the Jalometalli festival in Oulu, Finland this summer. The festival takes place on August 13th and 14th, 2010. More details on the festival can be found at this location. Other confirmed bands for the festival include Suffocation, Carcass, Destruction, and Dream Evil.
Antigama has been confirmed for the Neurotic Deathfest 2010 which will take place in Tillburg, Holland from April 30th to May 1st. More information on the festival can be found at this location. Other confirmed acts for the festival include Bolt Thrower, Carcass, Dying Fetus, Immolation, Lock Up, Napalm Death, Origin, Pestilence, and Rotten Sound.
Arch Enemy/Carcass guitarist Michael Amott has parted ways with Randall Amplifiers/US Music Corp. The partnership lasted almost three years and included a line of successful "Ninja V2 - Inspired and designed by Michael Amott" series of V2 amps, cabs and practice amps. These products will now be discontinued.
Commented Amott: "I appreciate what Randall did for me while we worked together, but there was a big change in the company recently and it just didn't feel like home anymore. I'd especially like to thank former US Music Corp. employees Jody Dankberg, Doug Reynolds and the former CEO Rudy Schlacher for their vision, hard work and good times we shared!"
"Both myself and Chris (Amott, Arch Enemy) will be playing whatever we're interested in trying out for the next couple of tours and we'll see what comes out of that, the search for the ultimate tone continues!!!"
Arch Enemy kicked off their European headline tour with two shows in Greece this past weekend.
The remaining dates are: More...
New York death metallers Immolation are the latest band to be confirmed for the Neurotic Deathfest 2010. The festival will take place on April 30th - May 1st, 2010 in Tilburg, Holland. For more information on the festival visit this location. The currently confirmed bands are as follows: More...
Earache Records will be releasing a special live DVD collection on November 30th, which features a live DVD from some of the biggest and most important names in extreme metal. Death Metal Live features four full, original DVDs all housed together in a custom sleeve to create one low-priced, limited edition set, including a Decapitated stand-alone live DVD for the first time ever.
The set clocks in at over seven hours in length and features over one hundred songs, as well as promo videos, documentaries and more. The DVD set can be pre-ordered now for only £6.99 by heading over to Play.com.
The four DVD set includes:
Deicide - When London Burns
Carcass - Wake Up And Smell The... Carcass
Napalm Death - The DVD
Decapitated - Live At The Rescue Rooms
Colorado extreme metallers ENEMY REIGN were recently added to the illustrious Neurotic Deathfest 2010 lineup! The Neurotic Deathfest is Europe's premier indoor death metal event. Originally known as the Rotterdam Deathfest (2004 and 2005), the organizers changed the name to Neurotic Deathfest in 2006 when they decided to move the festivities to a new venue and city.
Other confirmed bands are as follows (in alphabetical order) :
Beneath The Massacre
Six Feet Under
Viral Load More...
GameDaily.com is reporting that the track listing for the upcoming heavy metal themed video game "Brutal Legend," which features the voice of Jack Black, has been revealed. The projected track listing can be viewed below. "Brutal Legend" is set to be released on October 13th in North America and October 16th in Europe. More...
Read the full article at GameDaily.com.
Earache Records is set to release a special 118-track, 3-CD compilation called Grind Madness At The BBC (The Earache Peel Sessions), featuring some of the first ever grindcore recordings. The tracks are all taken from the legendary John Peel's early BBC radio sessions, which were recorded at the Maida Vale studios in London, UK between 1987 and 1990, and mark a historic moment in the world of extreme music.
John Peel was a huge supporter of the label and it's extreme bands, offering the likes of HERESY and NAPALM DEATH the chance to lay down some tracks for his national UK radio show.
The three-disc set features 118 tracks of classic recordings from Napalm Death, Carcass, BOLT THROWER, EXTREME NOISE TERROR, GODFLESH, Heresy, UNSEEN TERROR and INTENSE DEGREE, combining to a total running time of over three and a half hours.
The three-disc set comes housed in a slipcase sleeve and includes an extensive interview with ex-Napalm Death drummer and inventor of the term "grindcore", Mick Harris. The collection will be released on October 12th.
A new video interview has been posted online with Arch Enemy and Carcass guitarist Michael Amott. The interview, which was conducted during the U.S. Carcass tour this year, can be viewed below. More...
The 2009 Bloodstock Open Air Festival will take place from August 14th - 16th at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. The Bloodstock Open Air website has been updated to state that thrash act Kreator will be added to the bill. The currently confirmed line-up is as follows: More...
Arsis has announced that they will not be taking part in Carcass's tour of North America which kicks off next week. Suicide Silence, Samael and Psycroptic will still be on board however. A message from Arsis drummer Dave Kinkade states:
"This is due to situations in Arsis that are out of my hands. I do not feel that it is my place to go into specific reasons leading up to this decision but being the drummer of Arsis, it is in my best interest to NOT keep the fans in the dark. There are major personal and communication issues in this band that need be resolved before anything can continue as Arsis. I will leave it at that. Again, my apologies to the fans and the other bands on the bill.
"Due to the situation, I am available for session/ possible long-term drum work nationally and internationally. Those interested can contact me at: Anti_cosmic_drummer@yahoo.com
"On a positive note, the new Borknagar album is nearing the final completion stages. Having spoken with Øystein today, I am told that vocals and synths are well under way and we will all be meeting in Oslo at the end of April for the final mixing and mastering. So far, drums and guitars are finished and let me be the first to say that this album is going to be immense. By far the most brilliant material that Borknagar has ever written, this work is going to have all the “meat n’ potatoes” musically and production wise. I trust that all the fans will enjoy this effort."
Swiss metallers Samael have issued the following update about U.S. tour dates alongside Carcass:
"Prior to the release of "Above" in the US , set for April 7th, S A M A E L will be back on American soil for a tour supporting the reunited Carcass. Here is where you can catch'em up:
03/13-Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
03/14-Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
03/15-Chicago, IL @ The Pearl Room
03/16-Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
03/17-Louisville, KY @ Headliner's
03/18-St. Louis, MO @ Pop's
03/20-Tulsa, OK @ Flytrap
03/21-Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX @ Ridglea Theater
03/22-Houston, TX @ Meridian
03/24-Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
03/25-Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
03/26-San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom
03/27-Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee Theatre
03/28-Anaheim, CA @ The Grove
Portugese gothic metal band Moonspell are the latest band to be confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air festival this year. The event will be held at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England and takes place between August 14th and 16th.
The lineup for the festival is now as follows:
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Million Dollar Reload
Reunited British death metal legends Carcass and Swedish metallers Arch Enemy have both been named as the latest acts for this year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival. The festival takes place between August the fourteenth and sixteenth at the Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England.
The lineup is now as follows:
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Million Dollar Reload
Death metal legends Cannibal Corpse has won the award of "Greatest Death Metal Song Of All Time" for their staple track, "Hammer Smashed Face" in a poll on the German website Metal-Hammer.de. In second place was Swedish act Arch Enemy with their song, "We Will Rise" and third place was given to Death for the song "Crystal Mountain."
The full top ten is as follows:
1. Cannibal Corpse – ‘Hammer Smashed Face’ (TOMB OF THE MUTILATED, 1992)
2. Arch Enemy – ‘We Will Rise’ (ANTHEMS OF REBELLION, 2003)
3. Death – ‘Crystal Mountain’ (SYMBOLIC, 1995)
4. Amon Amarth – ‘Pursuit Of Vikings’ (FATE OF NORNS, 2004)
5. Vader – ‘Carnal’ (BLACK TO THE BLIND, 1997)
6. Sepultura – ‘Arise’ (ARISE, 1991)
7. Carcass – ‘Heartwork’ (HEARTWORK, 1993)
8. In Flames – ‘Only For The Weak’ (CLAYMAN, 2000)
9. Kataklysm – ‘In Shadows And Dust’ (SHADOWS & DUST, 2002)
10. Behemoth – ‘Christians To The Lions’ (THELEMA.6, 2000)