Carcass' 2013 comeback album Surgical Steel got rave reviews and was considered by many to be among that year's best metal albums. The band has been in high demand for tours since then, but finally are ready to think about their next album.

Guitarist Bill Steer tells Dead Rhetoric that he didn't think the Surgical Steel cycle would last this long. "Definitely not," Steer says. "The only person who could have visualized that would have been Jeff [Walker, bass], and given the way we communicate in this band, I booked rehearsals with Dan [Wilding, drums] at the start of 2015 to begin work on the new album. How wrong was I?" [laughs]

He reveals that there are about six songs in the bag that he and Wilding worked on that still need refining. As to what the musical direction of the next album might be, Steer says, "All I would say is there has to be small stylistic elements that haven’t appeared on Carcass records before. We’re going to be walking the tightrope of sounding like the band Carcass and bringing in new elements. There’s nothing valid to say if we’re going to do a retread…what’s the point?"

Steer says as of now, they only have a couple of festivals on the calendar for next year, which gives them "an enormous amount of free time." He says once things get started, they work quickly.

"Jeff’s got a real work ethic, so we’ll have something we feel is in very good shape to play to him, then he comes in and critiques that," Steer says. "It’s just like a distillation process. Sometimes it takes a while for a song to reach a point where we’re all happy with it, other times, it happens on that day. I think we should have an album that’s available by the end of the year [2017]."

Right now, the only date listed on Carcass' concert schedule is the Inferno Festival in Oslo, Norway on April 12.

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