Posted 06 March 2004 - 03:25 AM
Welcome back, Wizard, and I hope you get the day off tomorrow:
Ok, here is some background on Carcass:
Carcass: T H E††† B A N D
(L-R: Ken Owen, Jeff Walker, Bill Steer)
Carcass was composed of the following members:
Bill Steer (vocals, guitar)
Jeff Walker (vocals, bass)
Ken Owen (drums, vocals)
These other fortunate people had the honor of being a part of the Carcass mythos:
Mike Amott (guitar)
Mike Hickey (guitar)
Carlo Regadas (guitar)
Ok here's how it goes.† Bill and Jeff and Ken and this guy named Sanjiv (vocals) were the original line-up.† Sanjiv leaves the band after they record their Flesh Ripping Sonic Torment demo.† Maybe he got fired, who cares.† Anyway, Bill, Ken, and Jeff proceeded to record Reek of Putrefaction and Symphonies of Sickness.† At this time it was decided to add a second guitar player to bolster their already balls-to-the-wall heaviness.† Enter Mike Amott, presently of Arch Enemy.† Mike was with the band for the recording of both Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious, the Tools of the Trade EP, and Heartwork.† After Heartwork was recorded, he felt like he needed to go in a different direction, so he left the band.† Ironically, Arch Enemy's latest album, Stigmata, manages to take the Heartwork sound one level further.† Back to Carcass.† In need of a second guitarist for the Heartwork tour, Carcass recruited Mike Hickey, the only American to ever play in Carcass.† After the Heartwork tour, however, Mike was through with the band.† Jeff Walker once said in an interview that maybe Mike couldn't handle their British sense of humor (or would that be humour?) hehe.† So, enter Carlo Regadas, a friend of the band who lived nearby them in Liverpool.† Carlo assumed the second guitar duties on the album Swansong.† Due to the fact that a certain record company screwed Carcass worse than Communism screwed the Russians, Swansong was to be the last studio album from Carcass.† The fact that its release was delayed a full year did little to help the departure of guitarist and founding member Bill Steer.† Carcass was no more.
C O O L††† I N F OHere's a little bit of cool and unusual Carcass info for all you fans!
Carcass tunes their guitars down 2 and a half steps, ending up like this (low-high): B E A D G F# B.† Jeff tuned his bass to standard concert pitch, with the low E string de-tuned to B.
Bill Steer used to also play for Napalm Death, appearing on their first 2 albums (Scum and From Enslavement to Obliteration) as well as Death by Manipulation.
Carcass's record label was Earache Records.† That other company will not be mentioned by name or discussed.
In the video for Incarnated Solvent Abuse, Bill Steer appears maybe twice, with Mike Amott in the rest of the video.† Neither myself or Jeff Walker are exactly sure of why the hell this happened...