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CARCASS AMPLIFIER BAR PERTH JUNE 2014

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CARCASS

AMPLIFIER BAR, PERTH WA AUSTRALIA

JUNE 12 2014

Carcass Australia 2014

It's good to see Carcass back and making music again. It's even better to see Carcass live and that's exactly what Perth got to do on the first show on the Surgical Steal The Commonwealth Australian tour. And no that's not a misprint, frontman Jeff Walker confirmed at the show that the word "Steal" replaced the word "Steel" which is named after their latest album "Surgical Steel", a tongue in cheek statement on piracy.

A packed crowd at the Amplifier Bar which was changed at the last minute from the original bigger venue of Capitol Theatre saw the pioneers of the grind and melodic death metal put on a top show that solidifed even further why Carcass has gained such a legendary reputation. Playing several tracks off the new album including "Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System" and "Unfit for Human Consumption", the new tracks fitted very nicely along side older material like "Incarnated Solvent Abuse" and "Heartwork" which were clearly crowd pleasers of the night. Jeff sounded as good as ever on vocals, his bass kind of lost in the mix but the heaviness of Bill Steer and Ben Ash's guitars more than made up for that. Drummer Daniel Wilding pounded away all night with ferocity and precision, keeping the band in check on some of the more faster and complex material.

Without a doubt the band still sounded great after all these years and some might say the time away since their breakup in the 1990's may have done some good for them as they sounded fresh and energetic and not like a band who were pushing the boundaries of their age. For first timers seeing Carcass live, it's interesting to note the changes in the band's music over the years from the original grindcore punk crust type stuff to the more melodic death metal which influenced countless Scandianvian and other melodic extreme metal bands and which even spawned Arch Enemy from their original guitarist Michael Amott.

Comebacks are always hard to deal with, both from a band's perspective and from a fans point of view. But I think it is safe to say that with the quality of "Surgical Steel" and the power of their live show in it's current form, Carcass are definitely making their comeback a successful one for everyone interested.

 

 

by Andrew Schizodeluxe | Photos by Mark Diggins June 2014

 

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