The sixth full-length studio album by legendary British Death Metal band.
First band’s album since “Swansong” (1996)!!!
Without a doubt, UK legends CARCASS have released several classic albums over the years and changed the trajectory of Extreme Metal with each 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. Carcass disbanded in 1996, prior to the release of their album "Swansong". Upon their untimely demise, fans mourned the loss of the seminal act and longed that the band would one day be exhumed from their premature grave. After an 18-year hiatus, Carcass has been fully reanimated and it’s safe to say, they haven’t missed a pathological step.
Walker, Steer, and Amott reformed in 2007 with Arch Enemy drummer Daniel Erlandsson as a live act and performed at festivals around the world for the next several years. In 2008, Steer said in an interview that a new album was unlikely due to Amott's and Walker's busy schedules.
While touring in 2008, Steer watched drummer Dan Wilding play and felt inspired by his similarity to former Carcass drummer Ken Owen, who had been unable to join Carcass for the reunion due to a cerebral hemorrhage he suffered in 1999. Amott and Erlandsson left the band in 2012 to focus on Arch Enemy, and Steer and Walker recruited Wilding to record "Surgical Steel", which they financed independently as they had no label backing at the time.
With "Surgical Steel", Carcass has risen to the occasion and given fans an album that holds up to their classic repertoire, delivering another milestone in their highly influential career. Everything a Carcass fan could want is on this record, with every era of the band represented! Its genesis however was not without its fair share of blood, sweat and tears of course. Long-time producer Colin Richardson actually walked out on the mixing sessions after tracking, possibly burnt out from the stress of having to top such landmark productions as "Heartwork". The equally renowned Andy Sneap (Testament, Exodus, Megadeth) stepped in at this time to mix the record, and put the finishing touches on their long-awaited masterpiece. The result is a combination of talent that should undoubtedly go unmatched for an undetermined stretch of time!!
In an era, seemingly content to endlessly chug away at their e-strings in various rhythmic denominations, Carcass has brought the power of the riff back to a generation. Songs like "The Master Butcher’s Apron", "Unfit for Human Consumption", "The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills", "Noncompliance to ASTM F899-12 Standard", are sure to become classics and put an air-guitar in the hands of every man, woman and child within earshot! Only the choicest of cuts were made to bring us a record worthy of the Carcass legacy!! In short, "Surgical Steel" is just what the doctor ordered!!!
The album features first songs Carcass has recorded since reforming in 2007. Also, “Surgical Steel” is their first album with drummer Dan Wilding and their first to reach the Top 50 in UK album charts.
Surgical Steel was named “2013's Album of the Year” by several Metal magazines and websites, including Metal Assault, MetalSucks and Decibel Magazine.
Limited digipack edition features bonus track “Intensive Battery Brooding”.
Nuclear Blast Records, 2013 (NB 3148-0). Made in Germany. First press.
1. 1985 1:15
2. Thrasher's Abattoir 1:50
3. Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System 4:02
4. A Congealed Clot Of Blood 4:14
5. The Master Butcher's Apron 4:00
6. Noncompliance To ASTM F 899-12 Standard 6:07
7. The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills 4:10
8. Unfit For Human Consumption 4:25
9. 316L Grade Surgical Steel 5:20
10. Captive Bolt Pistol 3:17
11. Mount Of Execution 8:25
12. Intensive Battery Brooding 4:43
Total playing time: 51:48 min.