Surgical Steel, the new album from British extreme metal legends CARCASS, has been named the best album of 2013 in the latest issue of Decibel Magazine! This is just one of several recent victories for CARCASS. Upon its release Surgical Steel came in at #41 on the US Billboard Top 200 Chart, just narrowly avoiding the dreaded “top 40 band” moniker. Even with their impressive back catalogue, Surgical Steel has given the band their highest charting and possibly most critically acclaimed record to date.
“Well I know you Americans spell colour as ‘color’ and we say tomato and you say tomayto, but looking at my watch I still make it the 22nd of November 2013 and I’ve just been informed that Surgical Steel is album of the year in Decibel,” commented a bewildered Jeff Walker. “Are you guys running on a different calendar or something or is this simply East Coast time? Seriously, for a band that has NEVER won ANY awards and once scored ZERO out of 100 in Metal Forces Magazine for our second album, we have come a long way. Let the backlash begin. Thanks to Albert Mudrian (editor) and J. Bennett and all our chums who have championed CARCASS foolishly for the last decade or so. It is comforting to know that corruption and nepotism and self-serving interests are running as rampant down the halls of Arch Street as much as they are up on Capitol Hill. In a roundabout way what we are trying to say is (cough), ahem – thank you.”
Make sure you catch CARCASS perform in February at METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett’s first annual horror convention in San Francisco, Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEviL. Private “crypt” tours, signing sessions, and musical performances by Nuclear Blast Bay Area artists DEATH ANGEL and ORCHID, in addition to CARCASS, will also be included in the three-day event.
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/SurgicalSteelCD.
Surgical Steel was produced by Colin Richardson (NAPALM DEATH, BOLT THROWER, GOREFEST, CANNIBALCORPSE, SINISTER, RODRIGO Y GABRIELA) and mixed/mastered by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, ACCEPT, EXODUS, TESTAMENT). “We went back to working with Ian Tilton, who is an iconic English photographer famous for working with THE STONE ROSES,” stated frontman Jeff Walker regarding the cover artwork. “He actually did the front cover for Necroticism… as well. We’ve deliberately tried to evoke the feeling of that album and Heartwork.” Joining guitarist Bill Steer and bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker in the band’s current incarnation are new drummer Dan Wilding (ABORTED, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED) and guitarist Ben Ash (PIG IRON, DESOLATION, LIQUEFIED SKELETON). Original sticksman Ken Owen contributed guest vocals as well.
CARCASS has released several classic albums over the years, including Decibel Magazine “Hall of Fame” inductees Heartwork and Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious, and their influence has changed the face of extreme metal with every consecutive release. Whether it was inventing gore-grind (i.e. Reek of Putrefaction, Symphonies of Sickness) or creating the template for melodic death metal (i.e. Heartwork), CARCASS has always made records by which bars were set and rules were broken. Upon the band’s dismantling in 1996, fans mourned the loss of the seminal act and longed that the group would return again one day. In 2007, the metal world got its wish as CARCASS reformed to play several sold-out reunion shows around the globe. Once again re-motivated to administer a shot of cynicism and infectious riffs into the arm of a sickly metal scene, founding members Bill Steer and Jeff Walker began writing what would become the latest output of their highly influential career, Surgical Steel. Only the choicest of cuts were made, and blood sweat and tears were shed to bring us a record worthy of the CARCASS legacy. In short, Surgical Steel is just what the doctor ordered.
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