Hey Metalheads, I’m not going to say too much about this one since I think that it speaks for itself. The mighty Carcass is bringing their “Inked In Steel” tour to parts of the states but not NYC (screams in anguish) and shall be doing so with Obituary, Macabre, Exhumed and Noisem. Check out the poster, press release and dates for you lucky ducks in those regions and then I will return with some closing thoughts.
The Press Release:
Disinterred British extreme metal icons CARCASS, will return to the United States once again this October/November! Joining them on select dates are Florida death metal legends OBITUARY and the eclectic champions of “murder metal”, MACABRE. Death grinders EXHUMED and newcomers NOISEM will open each night of churning insanity as well.
Carcass’ Jeff Walker says:
“We thought it would be cool to go off the beaten track a bit and play some places that usually get overlooked, We figure some of the tumbleweeds needed blowing away. Pretty chuffed to have managed to get our pals OBITUARY to come along on these dates. As anyone who has seen them recently will testify they’re tearing it up live nowadays!”
“We’ve been waiting to announce this tour for weeks. Finally the cat is out of the bag. What an awesome tour for us and you fans. We are so STOKED!!! Our new album Inked In Blood will be released on October 28th the same day as the first show at The Rock in Tucson AZ. Can you say album release party!!!”
10/24/14 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA (+ DIA DE LOS MUERTOS)
10/25/14 – San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, CA (KNOTFEST w/Slipknot and more)
10/28/14 – The Rock – Tucson, AZ *
10/29/14 – Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX *
10/31/14 – Chameleon Room – Oklahoma City, OK *
11/01/14 – Granada – Lawrence, KS *
11/02/14 – Pops – Sauget, IL *
11/04/14 – Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC *
11/05/14 – Broadberry – Richmond, VA *
11/06/14 – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC *
11/07/14 – Exit/In – Nashville, TN *
11/08/14 – Diamond Pub & Billiards – Louisville, KY *
11/09/14 – 20th Century Theater – Cincinnati, OH *
11/10/14 – The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI **
11/11/14 – Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI **
11/12/14 – The Majestic – Madison, WI **
11/14/14 – Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA **
11/15/14 – Mojos – Joliet, IL **
CARCASS released Surgical Steel last September and 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.
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). 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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PiercingMetal Thoughts: So as you see the tour is not coming through NYC but we have had all of these bands in one configuration or another so we shouldn’t complain about it. I strongly recommend to those folks who can attend that they do. This is surely going to crush the spaces where it lands. Let me know what you think about this tour or if you have followed any of these groups in the past and can advise the curious newbie. That’s what the comment section is for after all.