Loud Magazine recently caught up with guitarist Bill Steer of British extreme metal pioneers Carcass. Here is how the chat proceeded –
Loud: Due to your hiatus there was more than 15 years between Carcass albums, do you feel that ethos was beneficial when you were writing “Surgical Steel”, that you could just create music that wasn’t informed by anything other than your own creativity?
Bill: Yes. [Laughs] I think it was very beneficial, because we would have driven ourselves crazy if we really sat down and analyzed what would be an appropriate record for us to make in this current climate. Speaking personally, I don’t think it’s very impressive when an older band comes back and tries to keep up with the young guns, tries to have some new, modern edge to what they do. Firstly, it would have been dishonest in our case, because we genuinely don’t like the direction that a lot of new metal has taken. But also, it would have just been embarrassing, because you just can’t fake that kind of thing. So it’s better to stick with the influences that you really feel, and just specialize, do what you do best. And also avoid things that don’t suit you. [Laughs]
Loud: Were you a little taken aback by how seemingly universally acclaimed “Surgical Steel” was, though?
Bill: Yeah, very much so. I was prepared for a lot more in the way of slagging. Of course there was some, but it was just less than I expected. I mean, the whole thing took us by surprise. I was just thinking there’d be a substantial cluster of hardcore Carcass fans around the world that would pick the album up and probably love it. And I figured it’d mostly be ignored by the rest of the metal world. We were very fortunate; it received a hell of a lot of attention, sold fairly well and it’s being spoken about like it’s a genuine addition to the Carcass catalogue, which is how we view it. It’s just lovely that other people feel the same way.
Read the entire interview at Loud magazine.
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