Carcass / Gorguts
Decibel Magazine Tour
The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
April 12, 2014
Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf
Posts Tagged ‘Carcass’
May 1st, 2014
Carcass / Gorguts
Decibel Magazine Tour
The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJALA AND ARTO LEHTINEN
LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA
The legendary Carcass returned with a vengeance! Their new album SURGICAL STEEL is an amazing piece of evidence showing how the band has remained stainless and sharp. The album has literally blown both new and old fans easily away. Carcass embarked on their European tour with Swedish viking metallers Amon Amarth and British occult metallers Hell. They arrived to Helsinki to play a sold out show for the Finnish metal freaks. Before the show, Metal-Rules.com talked to Bill Steer about touring, Carcass re-union time, past times, and of course the new album.
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Article by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala
Pictures by Arto Lehtinen
Gigs on a Monday evening are never an ideal time for concert goers, as getting up the next morning can be nothing but an exhausting deadly experience. In this case, when three are awesome bands sharing the bill: Hell, Carcass and Amon Amarth, the exception can be accepted and getting up late for the work or school can be approved. The Cable Factory was totally packed as over a thousand metal bangers had arrived to share the metal feeling despite the blowing ice cold winter wind.
With two triumphant star-studded national tours under our bullet belt, Decibel Magazine is raising the (bloody) stakes on our hotly anticipated third cross-country domination. This spring, we’re proud to bring you the reanimation of death metal demigods CARCASS alongside melodeath powerhouse THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, technical death metal heroes GORGUTS and emerging death/thrash squad NOISEM.
The third time’s the harm, as CARCASS —the Liverpool legends responsible for Surgical Steel, our number one album of 2013—embark upon their first sustained domestic tour in five years. Presented by Nuclear Blast, Peavey, Metal Blade, IndieMerchstore.com, Season of Mist and Lace Music, the 2014 Decibel Magazine Tour will fester across North America for 21 putrefying dates, once again seamlessly integrating the past, present and future of extreme music.
On Black Friday (Nov. 29th), a special “vomit-inducing” LP re-issue of CARCASS’ debut album, Reek of Putrefaction, will be available at participating retailers in the USA. Featuring the original banned artwork of autopsy photographs collected from medical journals, this Reek of Putrefaction LP comes tastefully wrapped in “black body bag” shrink-wrap with an assortment of bonus material waiting to be exhumed, including: (1) 24″x36″ fold-out color poster of album art (2) hand-numbered toe tag (3) puke-splattered vinyl.
Limited to 1500 copies, this re-issue will disappear fast. To find a store that carries the Reek of Putrefaction LP, please visit: www.recordstoreday.com
Calling all the sinners and heretics, the gathering of the damned with once again take place in the unholy city of, well, Leeds. Perhaps the settings may not be dark, dank pits of hell, but the bands certainly make up for this. Damnation festival has returned bigger and better than ever this year, with an additional forth stage and hallways chock full of denim cutoffs and weathered leather jackets on men and women alike. As some things change though, others stay the same. CARCASS made their Damnation debut in 2008, and judging by the packed halls, this was a more than welcome booking.
Tags: Black Magician, Carcass, Cult of Luna, Damnation Festival, DYSCARNATE, God Seed, Iron Witch, KATATONIA, Negura Bunget, The Afternoon Gentlemen, VALLENFYRE, Year of no Light
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Kirk Hammett of METALLICA recently spoke to Nikki Blakk from 107.7 the Bone about his upcoming horror convention and announced that CARCASS will be performing at the event. Listen to the entire interview here: http://youtu.be/GKhWL1VDRG4
“When we heard that Kirk Hammett was opening a carny fair in the Bay Area we knew we wanted in! We’re quite honored that we’ve invited to appear in the ‘freak show’ booth,” stated CARCASS frontman Jeff Walker in his typical self-deprecating sarcastic fashion. “Joking aside we’re looking forward to the Fear FestEvil, will be a nice ‘little’ warm up for our US Tour next year. See you there!”
On February 6th through 8th, 2014 at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, lifelong horror enthusiast and METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett will launch his first annual horror convention, dubbed Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEviL.
Disinterred British extreme metal legends CARCASS scanned 8,422 copies of Surgical Steel in its first week of sales in the United States according to Nielson Soundscan. The record came in at #41 on the US Billboard Top 200 Chart, making it their highest first week sales ever and their highest charting release to date! In contrast, their last full-length release 1996’s Swansong sold just under 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release.
Commented the band:
“Wow! Well we had every faith in the fact that we’ve recorded a very strong album and we had every faith in our label Nuclear Blast that they would work their asses off – but this is AMAZING news!!! This even more impressive when you consider that our album leaked a month before
the release date AND that we didn’t target the charts in the Summer when it was ‘soft’ and easier to chart high. CARCASS was up against some strong mainstream releases this past week! Thanks to all the listeners who bought the album- it goes to prove to all the cynics out there wrong – people DO still buy albums -especially Metalheads! If you bought the album you should be proud of yourselves! Again thanks from us!”
Disinterred British extreme metal legends CARCASS released ‘Surgical Steel’, their first studio album since their 1996 LP Swansong, this week! In celebration we sat Bill and Dan in front of a camera to ask them about the artwork for the new album, which you can watch here: http://youtu.be/qJ4Bh1spuu0
The long-awaited sixth full-length album by CARCASS, is available on several collectible formats and can now be ordered with or without an exclusive t-shirt design here http://smarturl.it/
Surgical Steel was produced by Colin Richardson (NAPALM DEATH, BOLT THROWER, GOREFEST, CANNIBALCOR
With the mid-September release of their brilliant comeback album Surgical Steel, the return of English extremists Carcass that began in earnest with a spate of reunion shows in 2007 is now complete. And 17 years after the band went out with a whimper, issuing the toothless Swansong in 1996 after they’d effectively already split following several years of label and internal turmoil, they are indeed back with a vengeance.
Surgical Steel manages to at once capture the surging riffs and sinister wit of Necroticism and the crunching melodies and robust production of Heartwork; pay occasional homage to the gnashing vitriol of Reek of Putrefaction and Symphonies Of Sickness; and bring the catchiness of Swansong into the mix, though with decidedly more oomph, all while making it sound fresh, new and vital. This is certainly no mere trip down memory lane, Surgical Steel raises the bar for modern metal the way Reek and Symphonies set the mark for gore-grind back in the day and Heartwork paved the way for melodic death metal.
Oddly, founding guitarist Bill Steer (ex-also of Napalm Death) and bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker essentially removed themselves from the metal scene altogether after Carcass split, despite having spawned numerous sound-alikes who can still be heard to this day. Steer formed the blues rock band Firebird. Walker recorded an album of tongue-in-cheek country covers – though he did join with Latin narco-grinders Brujeria in 2006. But they obviously never lost the “Carcass spirit,” if you will, and when the time finally came to give a go at crafting new material, they went at it with abandon.
Having walked away from the Carcass reunion in 2010 to focus on Arch Enemy, on again/off again guitarist Michael Amott played no part in Surgical Steel, nor did Arch Enemy’s Daniel Erlandsson, who’d been playing drums. Founding drummer Ken Owen was physically unable to perform, the result of a near-fatal cerebral hemorrhage he suffered in 1999. He did, however, contribute backing vocals on the new album and has lent his full support to Carcass’ reanimation.
But with two new members on board – guitarist Ben Ash, who did not play on the album, and drummer Dan Wilding, who did – the band haven’t missed a beat. Indeed, they’ve got a lot of the life back in them – and then some – that was sucked out during the rather trying final few years of the first go-round.
Via Skype, a chatty Bill Steer offered the following on the life, death and rebirth of one of metal’s most groundbreaking, yet misunderstood bands.
Disinterred British extreme metal legends CARCASS, have made their entire upcoming album Surgical Steel available for streaming via MSN.com. Click on the following link to listen to debatably the most anticipated metal release of the decade: http://on-msn.com/19mR6A5. Surgical Steel will be released on September 16 (UK), September 13 (Rest of Europe) and September 17 (North America). The long-awaited sixth full-length album by CARCASS, will be made available on several collectible formats and can now be ordered with or without an exclusive t-shirt design here http://smarturl.it/
Disinterred British extreme metal legends CARCASS, in cooperation with TheGauntlet.com, have made the track “Unfit for Human Consumption” available for streaming here http://goo.gl/VyH8V0. The song comes from their upcoming record Surgical Steel, which will be released on September 16 (UK), September 13 (Rest of Europe) and September 17 (North America). The highly-anticipated sixth full-length album by CARCASS, will be made available on several collectible formats and can now be ordered with or without an exclusive t-shirt design here http://smarturl.it/
Disinterred British extreme metal legends, CARCASS, have release the lyric video for the song “Captive Bolt Pistol” here http://goo.gl/XJcNs4. The track comes from their highly-anticipated sixth full-length album Surgical Steel, which will be released on September 16 (UK), September 13 (Rest of Europe) and September 17 (North America). Surgical Steel will be available on several collectible formats and can now be ordered with or without an exclusive t-shirt design here http://goo.gl/c96HS0.
Surgical Steel jewel case track list:
02. Thrasher’s Abattoir
03. Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System
04. A Congealed Clot Of Blood
05. The Master Butcher’s Apron
06. Noncompliance to ASTM F 899-12 Standard
07. The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills
08. Unfit For Human Consumption
09. 316L Grade Surgical Steel
10. Captive Bolt Pistol
11. Mount Of Execution