Carcass was originally planning on releasing their new album Torn Arteries this fall. Now that's not happening anymore thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of physical media manufacturing plants.
Well there's no way our new album is gonna get release in August now, what with the ongoing pandemic, CD & vinyl manufacturers have closed and label distribution has been put on hold for the foreseeable future. There's more pressing things to be concerned with right now, correct? Bunker down, look after yourselves, let's see the next few months through and we'll get the album released as soon as there's some kind of return to "normality". Enjoy this tune in the meantime.
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In a recent interview, guitarist Bill Steer tells Heavy that the album's title pays homage to ex-drummer Ken Owen and his fictitious band of the same name.
"He had a fictitious band called Torn Arteries and he recorded everything himself in his bedroom — guitar and he'd actually bang on boxes and kind of scream into the mic. And the whole thing was so distorted, it kind of sounded super heavy, even though essentially you were listening to a guy with a Spanish guitar and a couple of boxes. I think Jeff appreciates the connection to the past and the fact that it was another Ken Owen classic. So that was his choice, really, and it stuck."
Steer also said that the album title is a tribute Owen and his ongoing recovery. Owen left the band in 1996 and suffered a brain hemorrhage in 1999.
"I can't remember when this came up, but we were doing some press conference at a festival, and I think we all kind of agreed that even though Ken isn't playing in the band as such right now, he's kind of involved in everything we do, stylistically, because when he was so unique — when he was playing drums, his approach was just totally different. Also, the riffs he came up with, they were just really far out there. They were loads of fun to learn. I still think, as a guitar player, some of the stuff was very unorthodox and it was quite a challenge. That kind of influence still runs through what we do today. Just as a friendship thing, we're all still in touch regularly, and it's just been great to see Ken's life stabilizing. Basically, he has a good standard of living and he's a happy guy."