British sickos Carcass — who gave us potentially the greatest death metal of the decade when they dropped 2013’s instant classic Surgical Steel — are back with another excellent track summoned straight from the inner circle of hell and loyal to their thematically consistent obsession with gore. The perfectly titled “Under the Scalpel Blade” was originally released as a part of Decibel magazine’s Flexi-series available to deluxe subscribers, but today the U.K. extremists made the tune available for all to enjoy via digital streaming services. It’s expected to appear on Carcass’ forthcoming seventh studio album, due out sometime in 2020 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Carcass have been at work for some time now given the more than six-year gap between this new record and their last, presenting a bit of a challenge for the band when it came to how to introduce their new material. “It’s always difficult trying to decide what new song to expose people to, especially given an absence of nearly seven years,” raspy, snarling frontman Jeff Walker explained in a statement. “With that in mind, here’s a slow throwaway number we cobbled together. And NO, the title was NOT plagiarized from the Disorder album of the same name, before you ask!”
His modesty regarding the “cobbled-together” song aside, it’s a serious ripper that already stands tall among a landscape-defining reign of terror enjoyed by Carcass over their near-flawless 35-year career. While known for their intensity and speed, the song’s front half depends largely on an unshakeable groove delivered at a slow-to-mid-tempo pace that begs for a sleazy headbang.
Carcass will likely unleash the song on the world live when they headline the final night of Decibel’s Metal & Beer Fest: Los Angeles tomorrow, December 14th. Other performers scheduled for that two-day party include Gatecreeper, Spirit Adrift, Nails, Evoken, Intronaut and those other death-metal icons Possessed. Find out more here.