“UK behemoths Carcass have confirmed their sixth album will be entitled ‘Surgical Steel’ and will be released later this year.
The grind kings are wrapping up the final mixes of ‘Surgical Steel’ with long-term producer Colin Richardson at the helm and are talking to labels to release. The album – the band’s first studio outing since 1996’s ‘Swansong’ – will be the first to feature new drummer Dan Wilding (Aborted/ Heaven Shall Burn/ Trigger The Bloodshed) and also features guest vocals from original sticksman Ken Owen.
Guitarist Bill Steer told Terrorizer. “I found myself playing riffs that sounded like Carcass. This was after the band had finished the whole reunion cycle of shows and festivals. So officially I would have been playing with other bands and stuff, but for some reason whenever I picked up a guitar at home I was coming up with riffs that sounded like Carcass.
“I got on the phone to Jeff [Walker, bass/vocals] and said, ‘We could have a crack at writing a couple of tunes and seeing if they’re strong enough and take it from there’. We also agreed, if it didn’t sound like Carcass or have that kind of vibe to it, we would just drop it. So that was the thing, we got together and started working on some stuff and just immediately got the excitement back very quickly.”
‘Surgical Steel’ mixes
Terrorizer has heard rough mixes from the album and is delighted to report the 17-year wait will be worth it. The songs capture the spirit of the band’s previous albums without emulating or rehashing former g(l)ories.
Says Bill: “It definitely sounds like Carcass. I think we just generally by accident captured the flavour of past music that we have done and you can’t help but push it forward. We have really been creative and when you are looking at things like guitar harmonies, it’s way more adventurous on this record. It’s not just parallel harmony like we did in the past, things branch off in different directions.
“A lot of what is happening now is based on rhythms rather than actual riffs. We were discussing this a lot during record sessions about how the riff is almost dying or dead already. People spend a lot of time chugging on the bottom string [but] that’s a rhythm it’s not a riff – we can’t write a song, never mind an album, without it being choc-full of riffs.””
Information retrieved from: http://www.terrorizer.com/2013/02/27/carcass-exclusively-reveal-album-title-to-terrorizer/
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