It looks like COVID -19 scared the bejeezus out of Carcass and they decided to push back the release of their new full length album, Torn Arteries, until 2021. I hate to break it to them, but 2021 is going to suck just as bad as 2020. Hopefully they decide to finally release the new album anyway because it has been a really long gap between their last blistering release, Surgical Steel. Hell, it’s not like these guys are overly prolific. So, having a long wait is not a huge surprise.
At any rate, they have decided to dump out this four song EP to tide the masses over. You’ve got one track from the forthcoming new full length in Under the Scalpel Blade along with three other new tracks that didn’t make the final cut of the new album. Carcass still manages to cobble together the best song titles in the business with The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue, The Long and Winding Bier Road and Slaughtered in Soho added to their list of gems. It’s all standard Carcass gore-inflicted death thrash. It’s fine for what it is, but ultimately this is one for you Carcass completists out there in the void. I bought it. So, I guess you can tell what that says about me. Good, but in just an appetizer sort of way.
3.5 flip flops out of 5