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
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Carcass Discography


MOSH 6, MUSH 006 Carcass Reek Of Putrefaction (Album) Earache, Earache MOSH 6, MUSH 006 UK 1988 Sell This Version
MOSH 18 Carcass Symphonies Of Sickness (Album) Earache MOSH 18 UK 1989 Sell This Version
MOSH 42MC Carcass Necroticism - Descanting The Insalubrious (Album) Earache MOSH 42MC UK 1991 Sell This Version
ACC 57525 Carcass Heartwork (Album) Earache ACC 57525 US 1993 Sell This Version
MOSH 160CDPRO Carcass Swansong (Album) Earache MOSH 160CDPRO US 1995 Sell This Version
NB 3148-1, 27361 31481 Carcass Surgical Steel (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast NB 3148-1, 27361 31481 Germany 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

DEI8338-4 Carcass The Peel Sessions (EP) Strange Fruit DEI8338-4 US 1989 Sell This Version
D.H. 001, DH 001 Carcass St. George's Hall, Bradford 15/11/89 (EP) Distorted Harmony, Distorted Harmony D.H. 001, DH 001 Mexico 1990 Sell This Version
MOSH 49 CD Carcass Tools Of The Trade (Maxi, MiniAlbum, EP) Earache MOSH 49 CD UK 1992 Sell This Version
CSK 5542 Carcass Buried Dreams(CD, Single, Promo) Earache, Columbia CSK 5542 US 1993 Sell This Version
TFCK-88666 Carcass The Heartwork EP (EP, MiniAlbum) Earache TFCK-88666 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
none Carcass Heartwork (Single) Earache none UK 1993 Sell This Version
CSK 6004 Carcass No Love Lost(CD, Single, Promo) Earache, Columbia CSK 6004 US 1994 Sell This Version
CSK 6274 Carcass Embodiment(CD, Single, Promo) Earache, Columbia CSK 6274 US 1994 Sell This Version
MOSH 160CDB Carcass Go To Hell(CD, Single) Earache Records MOSH 160CDB UK 1995 Sell This Version
DB034 Carcass Zochrot Decibel Flexi Series DB034 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
NB 3177-1 Carcass Captive Bolt Pistol (EP) Nuclear Blast NB 3177-1 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
NB 3443-0, 3443-0 Carcass Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel EP (EP) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast NB 3443-0, 3443-0 US 2014 Sell This Version
MOSH513 Carcass / Cerebral Bore Carcass / Cerebral Bore - I Told You So (Corporate Rock Really Does Suck) / Horrendous Acts Of Iniquity(7", Pic, Ltd) Earache MOSH513 UK 2014 Sell This Version


MOSH 161 MC Carcass Wake Up And Smell The... (Comp) Earache MOSH 161 MC US 1996 Sell This Version
TFCK-87138~39 Carcass Best Of Carcass(2xCD, Comp, Ltd) Toy's Factory TFCK-87138~39 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
MOSH 220 CD PRO Carcass Choice Cuts (Comp) Earache MOSH 220 CD PRO US 1998 Sell This Version
MOSH532LP Carcass / Godflesh Carcass / Godflesh - Grind Madness At The BBC - The Earache Peel Sessions (Comp) Earache MOSH532LP Sweden 2014 Sell This Version
MOSHPACKCARCASKET Carcass Casket Case(Box, Comp, Ltd + 5xLP, Album, RE, RM, Cle) Earache MOSHPACKCARCASKET UK 2015 Sell This Version
NB 3642-5, 3642-5 The Carcass* Surgical Steel + Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel EP(Comp, Dlx, Ltd, Sli + CD, Album, Dig + CD, EP, Dig) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast NB 3642-5, 3642-5 US 2016 Sell This Version

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July 31, 2015
Probably the best band in the "Extreme Metal" scene!


April 9, 2013
Carcass have confirmed their sixth album will be entitled ‘Surgical Steel’ and will be released later this year (2013)


January 11, 2012
They were on Red dwarf once, with Bill on drums, Jeff on bass and Lister from the show on vocals


October 3, 2011
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Unlike a lot of metal bands, Carcass were interesting for a little longer than five minutes thanks to their over-the-top lyrics, record sleeves that featured collages of cadavers from medical textbooks and persistent rumours that the band were real medical students.
These days they're the poster boys for "the band who created this or that" and a buzz word for hipsters who are told by rags like Kerrang! that Necrotism is the most important extreme record ever made (it's not).
The Carcass had begun to stink by the time they were name-dropped on US shitcom 'Friends', though I felt that post Symphonies the boredom was already setting in. I blame that Amott bloke - Swedish guitarists can kill your band; they're a joke these days.

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