Jeff Walker to Chaoszine: “Releasing an album only digitally would be a commercial suicide for a band like Carcass”

Author Arto Mäenpää - 15.9.2021

English extreme metal legends and pioneers of goregrind and death metal Carcass will release their massively anticipated album, “Torn Arteries,” on September 17th via Nuclear Blast Records.

Ferocious and uncompromising in their execution, Carcass’s ability to intricately dissect the innards of death metal, and display them for us to sonically understand has been their point of excellence for over three decades. In 2019 the band released their first single in over 5 years “Under The Scalpel Blade,” followed by a 4 song EP entitled “Despicable” (October 2020), setting a potent precedent for the full length album coming in September: “Torn Arteries.” With the album title itself referencing an old demo created by original drummer Ken Own back in the 80’s, “Torn Arteries” sits as a bookend on the modern side of the Carcass discography, connecting directly back to where everything began over 30 years ago.

Recording and Production for “Torn Arteries” wasn’t as simple as sitting down for a few weeks and knocking it all out, but rather spread out over the course of approximately 1 year bouncing back and forth between England and Sweden. Initially, drummer Daniel Wilding did session work in Sweden at Studio Gröndahl with David Castillo while guitars were recorded at The Stationhouse with James Atkinson in Leeds, England. Eventually needing some form of residential location to finalize vocals, bass, and other guitarwork, the band headed back to studio Gröndahl in Sweden to continue work in a very relaxed atmosphere with Castillo. “There was no real big plan to do it this way, the process just organically grew on its own,” says Walker.

Most will find that the only real struggle when indulging in “Torn Arteries” is fighting the desire to start it over the second it finishes. It covers substantial new ground for a band with such a reputation, while still retaining that addictive, time honored Carcass sound that has come to represent the face of true death metal

Chaoszine caught up with Jeff Walker to discuss about anticipated album as well as about his time living within the pandemic without playing any proper shows for a long time. You can listen to the interview below:

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You can check out the singles released from “Torn Arteries” so far below: