Written by Alex Stojanovic
Even though it's not literal, but it feels like a lot of bands are wanting to release something new, whether it's an album, EP or a single track just before the end of the decade. Hey, nothing wrong with that at all. One of the new tracks that has been released right now is the brand new song from Carcass called "Under The Scalpel Blade". The title is very Carcass-sounding, and it will be featured on their upcoming seventh studio album due in 2020. When the new year hits, it will be seven years since the band released Surgical Steel, which was not only an awesome comeback album, so to speak, but an amazing album, period. Ever since then, the demand for more new material has been high.
"Under The Scalpel Blade" seems to be a good blend of the vibes of Surgical Steel, Necroticism and Heartwork, which is quite a bit for one song, but that's good. It opens with a galloping riff from Bill Steer, and blast beats from Dan Wilding, and transitions into a pure headbanging frenzy in the verses with a mid-paced chugging riff. Vocally, Jeff Walker's signature raspy gutterals are still in tact, and the solo is a nice blend of soul and shred. Speaking of the solo, I really like the dark harmonized part at the start of that section before the individual guitar takes over.
Given that it will be seven years since Surgical Steel came out, and how awesome it was, the next Carcass album is certainly one of the most anticipated releases of 2020, and "Under The Scalpel Blade" is a great indicator of the quality we can expect. Just like at a restaurant, the delicious appetizer makes you excited for the main course that is to come.
Jeff Walker - Lead vocals & bass
Bill Steer - Guitars & backing vocals
Daniel Wilding - Drums
Tom Draper - Guitars
Release Date: December 13, 2019
Label: Nuclear Blast Records