Starting out as a three-piece, Carcass were one of Earache Records grindcore flagships. The late BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel declared their first album,"Reek Of Putrefaction," was his favorite album of 1988. The 1990 Symphonies Of Sickness tour saw the addition of a second guitarist Mike Amott, formerly of Carnage. 1991's "Necroticism" album was the band's first studio work as a four piece. After their fourth album, first to appear on a major commercial label Columbia Records,"Heartwork", the band proceeded to split up during the recording process of their final album "Swansong."
Reformed for live shows in 2007 with Mike Amott back in as second guitarist and Daniel Erlandsson of Arch Enemy as session drummer. Original drummer Ken Owen had suffered a brain hemorrhage and he is hence unable to perform the songs in a live setting, however he retains an active role in the band. Amott and Erlandsson left the band in 2012 to focus on Arch Enemy.
In February 2013 the band announced that after 17 years, a new album was at works. New lineup was announced later in the spring:
Jeff Walker - Bass & Vocals
Bill Steer - Guitar
Ben Ash - Guitar
Daniel Wilding - Drums