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Monday, October 1st, 2007
1:16 am
more reunion talk
Former CARCASS guitarist Mike Amott (currently in ARCH ENEMY) has revealed that the legendary U.K. death metal band may reunite for a tour.

In an exclusive interview with Sweden's Close-Up magazine, Amott said that he and guitarist/vocalist Bill Steer secretly met in Halmstad, Sweden last year to rehearse old CARCASS material. A couple of months later, they were joined by vocalist/bassist Jeff Walker for another practice session. ARCH ENEMY's Daniel Erlandsson was handling the drum duties at these rehearsals.

"It sounded really good and it was a lot of fun," said Amott. "We rehearsed pretty much the entire 'Heartwork' album [1993]."

The original plan was for CARCASS to play several festival shows this summer, but that fell through.

"I hope we can do some reunion shows at a later date," explained Amott. "It would be a lot of fun and I'd love to play the songs live again. Unfortunately, it can't happen until 18 months from now, at the earliest, because ARCH ENEMY has a totally full schedule. It's different for the other guys who don't work as actively on their music careers."

Have you discussed writing new songs?

"To write something new seems unnecessary. People still only want to hear the old stuff," said Amott.

After the "Heartwork" tour, Mike Amott left CARCASS. The band then released the appropriately titled album "Swansong" (1996).

What did you think of "Swansong" when it came out?

"I wasn't a fan of it," Mike replied. "But we actually rehearsed a couple of songs from it last year and they sounded pretty good. I think the production partly ruined it. It sounded sparse and basically all the extreme stuff that characterized CARCASS was gone. It felt boring."

Have the other members of CARCASS heard ARCH ENEMY?

"Jeff has flat-out said that he thinks we suck," Amott stated. "Bill is not into that kind of music. I think the guys left the metal world as it was in the middle of the '90s and haven't thought about it since. It seems they think it's a little bizarre that I'm still doing the metal thing full-on."

Original CARCASS drummer Ken Owen suffered a brain hemorrhage in 1999 and was hospitalized for ten months, slowly emerging from a coma.

"Ken is doing fine today, but he's not a metal drummer," Amott explained. "He's not capable of playing entire concerts with an extreme band like CARCASS. I still hope that he, if we do a tour, will travel with us and play a couple of songs each night."

Earache Records will re-release the CARCASS back catalogue with bonus material, including extra DVDs with brand new interviews and other footage.

"Jeff has negotiated with Earache and been able to make the label pay us a lot of old royalties," Amott revealed. "Of course money means something, but it would be great fun to go around and play songs that truly are classics in a genre. I've never played stuff like that to people before. I mean, songs that somehow have been soundtracks to people's lives. It would be fun to dig up the old corpse again."

Close-Up's new issue with ARCH ENEMY on the cover is out now.
Tuesday, October 31st, 2006
3:52 pm
Sunday, January 15th, 2006
1:17 am
for anyone interested...
Jeff Walker and Bill Steer play extras in an episode of Red Dwarf.
The name of the episode is "Timeslides".
Thursday, November 10th, 2005
4:37 pm
Former CARCASS Frontman Recording Blues/Country Cover Solo LP - Nov. 1, 2004
Former CARCASS frontman Jeff Walker has revealed to Decibel magazine that he is currently recording a solo album consisting exclusively of country and blues covers from artists including SKEETER DAVIS, HANK WILLIAMS, JOHNNY CASH, CONNIE SMITH, and JOHN DENVER — albeit with a metallic spin.

"What I'm doing is kinda left of center to some extent," Walker told Decibel. "It's really not that original of an idea when you consider that [SOCIAL DISTORTION frontman] Mike Ness has already done a country-hybrid album. But I don't think anyone from a background like mine has done it, and done it with a bit of respect — not turning it into a piss take."

Walker has already recorded contributions from H.I.M. drummer Gas, H.I.M. frontman Ville Valo (bass/backing vocals), former CARCASS guitarist/FIREBIRD frontman Bill Steer (lead guitar, harmonica, slide guitar, vocals), AMORPHIS guitarists Esa Holopainen and Tomi Koivusaari (guitars), keyboardist Santeri Kallio (keyboards) and bassist Niclas Etelävuori (bass). Walker also plans to enlist CATHEDRAL vocalist Lee Dorrian, ex-FAITH NO MORE bassist Billy Gould, members of fellow Liverpudlians ANATHEMA, and former CARCASS drummer Ken Owen as part of the project.

"I like the irony of me doing a solo album and being the most untalented person on the album," Walkers joked. "I could play the instruments half-assed, but I think it’s better to recognize your own failings and get someone else in who could do it better."

Although Walker hopes to release the record sometime next year, a suitable label for the record has yet to be determined.

"I was looking for a label, but then I realized that the labels I was approaching were clueless," he explained. "They're gonna kick themselves in the ass when they hear the finished thing. None of those people could ever see the commercial possibility of this.

"It pisses me off that I was a part of CARCASS, and CARCASS has been attributed for creating so many different things including a large contributing factor to grindcore, and to the whole Scandinavian death metal thing, and these fuckers have the nerve to indicate to me that I'm possibly going wrong," he concluded. "I know when an idea is still a good idea. I don't wanna sound arrogant, but just trust me — I haven't completely lost the plot yet."

As previously reported, Walker recently lent his vocals to a track called "Pledge Yourself to You" on the new NAPALM DEATH album, due in February 2005 from Century Media. In addition, he has recorded a guest appearance for the new LP from Finnish death grinders TO SEPARATE THE FLESH FROM THE BONES, due this month via Spinefarm Records.

Jeff Walker's interview with Decibel will be published in the magazine's December 2004 issue, which streets November 7. More information is available at www.decibelmagazine.com.
Saturday, October 29th, 2005
8:53 pm
so, uh, has anyone else heard that rumor of a Carcass Reunion for that tribute album to Death that those crazy CKY kids are putting together?

i saw something online, but it's not like i'm going to put stock in it, because i haven't seen anything else. and that was at the PRP or something.
Tuesday, February 1st, 2005
10:05 am
New to livejournal...
But definitely not new to Carcass.

Good to see some fans of metal here.

Anyways, that's all I have to say for now really.

Friday, November 19th, 2004
5:31 pm
From the official Napalm Death wesite:

More guest vocals:

Former CARCASS frontman Jeff Walker visited Foel Studios in mid-Wales over the weekend to lay down guest vocals on the new NAPALM DEATH album. Jeff put some vocals down to a song called 'Pledge Yourself to You', which turned out great. You can hear Jeff's distinctive style alongside Barney's and we think it works well.
Wednesday, August 25th, 2004
3:50 pm
I didn't know there was a Carcass community, or i would have joined this long ago.

Carcass rules, but then again, that's like preaching to the choir right.

i'd say arch enemy rules, but then i remembered they released "anthems of rebellion" this year. God that was awful. Pure evidence that a bitch singer can ruin any band, regardless of talent and prior experience.

Current Mood: crazy
Sunday, January 25th, 2004
9:35 pm
Carcass kill.

Current Mood: awake
Monday, September 15th, 2003
9:38 pm
anyone want this community?

if not, im gonna delete it.
Tuesday, August 26th, 2003
9:31 pm
hi. i started this and i love carcass. :D
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