In the October 2013 issue of Decibel
magazine, bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker
and guitarist Bill Steer
of reactivated British extreme metal pioneers CARCASS
spoke about the band's split with guitarist Michael Amott
and drummer Daniel Erlandsson
, who had been touring with CARCASS
since the group's reunion was announced in 2007.
"In all honesty, once Michael
had stepped out of CARCASS
again, that's when we could entertain the idea of doing the new record," Steer
revealed. "He'd made it very clear from the outset that he'd no interest or belief in there being a new CARCASS
record. It's really hard to tell if maybe he felt we were incapable of doing it, or if maybe he was just speaking out of loyalty to [his main band] ARCH ENEMY
. I don't know. But once the reunion shows were over, Michael
basically said, 'Look, I'm gonna be busy for a few years — you guys do whatever you're gonna do. That meant Jeff
and I could talk seriously about doing new material, because neither of us were being pulled in another direction like Michael
had become our main band and had priority treatment."
followed. "It's very much a package deal with those two because they're in the same band, and they've invested so much in it," Steer
offered. "There's no way that either Jeff
or I could condemn them for doing that because ARCH ENEMY
is their thing — especially for Michael
. It's a band that's made its name from his direction — obviously his lady [ARCH ENEMY
singer Angela Gossow
] is involved, and until recently his brother was. So, it's always gonna mean more to him than CARCASS
, and we can understand that."
"I wouldn't expect any different, honestly," Walker
concurred. "ARCH ENEMY
's band. So are SPIRITUAL BEGGARS
. And CARCASS
is our band. It just doesn't mean as much to him as it does to me and Bill
. We've been doing this since we were 17. The best way I can put it is this: Any band that Bill
or I play with — whether it's BRUJERIA
, ANGEL WITCH
or GENTLEMANS PISTOLS
is our priority. With Mike
, this would never be his priority."
According to Walker
changed his mind once he heard that Jeff
were actively working on new material. "The reality is that Mike
was very keen, more than anyone, for CARCASS
to reunite," Jeff
said. "A few years later. he wasn't keen for the reunion to continue, and he wasn't keen on the idea of CARCASS
doing a new album. This is despite the fact that he contacted me, after we were a year into the songwriting, because he heard we were doing a new album, and indicated that he wanted to be involved. I think Bill
had an exchange with Mike
about this and gave Mike
an opportunity to put his cards on the table, [but] it became clear that Mike
wasn't really interested enough to walk away from any of the projects that he's involved in . And don't get me wrong — we've never expected that of anyone . But I think it could be fitted around each other's projects. I still do BRUJERIA
, you know?"
via e-mail to ask why he didn't participate in the new CARCASS
album, he told the magazine, "Nothing happened, per se. In 2010, after two years of reunion shows and tours with CARCASS
, I started working on a new ARCH ENEMY
record and touring cycle. In the meantime, I guess Bill
started making new CARCASS
music, which to me makes a lot of sense, actually. It's what they should be doing. Anything else would be a terrible waste of talent and opportunity, in my opinion. I am very happy for them and the fans of the band. I've not heard any of the new music yet, but there is no doubt in my mind that they can still deliver."
' new album, "Surgical Steel"
, will be released on September 16 in the U.K., September 13 in the rest of Europe and September 17 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records
. The effort was produced by Colin Richardson
, MACHINE HEAD
, NAPALM DEATH
, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
) and mixed by Andy Sneap
, ARCH ENEMY
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