A seminal death metal band from Liverpool, UK, founded in 1985.

Starting out as a three-piece, Carcass were one of Earache Records' grindcore flagship and had a huge impact on the birth of so-called goregrind style. The group debuted with the extremely lo-fi underground classic "Reek of Putrefaction", which the late BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel declared as his favourite album of 1988. With 1990's Symphonies Of Sickness the band developed the goregrind style further with the addition of improved production values. The album tour also saw the addition of a second guitarist Mike Amott, of Sweden's Carnage. 1991's "Necroticism" was the band's first studio work as a four piece and the album, albeit incorporating highly complex guitar riffing and structures, showcased somewhat more accessible and thrashier guitar work and less emphasis on full-on grindcore. 1993's "Heartwork", while still being brutal and complex at times, saw the band abandon nearly all of their grindcore influences and showcased a more streamlined and catchier version of Carcass with more song oriented approach and overall more traditional heavy metal vibe with strong guitar harmonies and melodic lead guitar work. Following the success of "Heartwork" the band singed to Columbia Records, but the major label collaboration didn't turn out to be too fruitful as the band grew frustrated with the music business and proceeded to split up during the recording of their fifth album "Swansong".

Carcass 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 haemorrhage in 1999, which left him disabled to perform the songs in a live setting. The "reunion" touring cycle ended when Amott and Erlandsson left the band in 2012 to focus on Arch Enemy.

In February 2013 the band announced that after 18 years, a new album was at works. Daniel Wilding was introduced as the new drummer and later also Ben Ash joined the group as a live guitarist.

Ash exited the band in late 2017 and was replaced by Tom Draper.

Current line up:
Bill Steer - Guitar (1985-1996, 2007- )
Jeff Walker - Bass & Vocals (1986-1996, 2007- )
Daniel Wilding - Drums (2012 - )
Guitar - Tom Draper (2018 - )

Carcass Discography Tracks

Carcass - Wake Up And Smell The... album art Carcass Wake Up And Smell The... (Comp) Earache UK 1996 Sell This Version
TFCK-87138~39 Carcass - Best Of Carcass = 解体全書〜ベスト・オヴ・カーカス album art Carcass Best Of Carcass = 解体全書〜ベスト・オヴ・カーカス(2xCD, Comp, Ltd) Toy's Factory TFCK-87138~39 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
Carcass - Choice Cuts album art Carcass Choice Cuts (Comp) Earache US 1998 Sell This Version
Carcass - The Complete Pathologist's Report album art Carcass The Complete Pathologist's Report (Comp, Album) Earache, Earache, Earache, Earache, Earache, Earache US 2008 Sell This Version
Carcass - Grind Madness At The BBC - The Earache Peel Sessions album art Carcass / Godflesh Carcass / Godflesh - Grind Madness At The BBC - The Earache Peel Sessions (Comp) Earache Sweden 2014 Sell This Version
MOSHPACKCARCASKET Carcass - Casket Case album art Carcass Casket Case(Box, Comp, Ltd + 5xLP, Album, RE, RM, Cle) Earache MOSHPACKCARCASKET UK 2015 Sell This Version
Carcass - The Best Of Carcass album art Carcass The Best Of Carcass (Comp) Earache UK, Europe & US 2016 Sell This Version
NB 3642-5, 3642-5 Carcass - Surgical Steel + Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel EP album art 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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September 29, 2018
Where can I get the FDR CD versions of the Carcass albums? It's proving to be quite hard tracking them down and there's no helpful info on Earache website. I have only managed to get "Necroticism" so far but want them all, any help greatly appreciated!


September 10, 2018
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"Ahh Carcass! gentle English Carcass", "a great bunch of lads"! The sound these guys make is brilliant, I hope we'll get another album soon!


December 28, 2016
"i love carcass more then anything in the whole world" emily picklehead 1991


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

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