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CARCASS – Guitarist Quits Band





CARCASS guitarist Ben Ash has confirmed his departure from the band. He shared the following statement: “At the start of 2018 I decided to come away from the touring circuit and focus on getting back into an educational role.” He also mentions some other music projects are in the works. Ash had been with the band since 2013.

The group recently played their first show without him since his original addition with Tom Draper apparently being his current live replacement. That show took place as part of the ‘Netherlands Deathfest‘ in Tilburg, NET this past weekend. Some live footage from that gig can be found below.

Often considered one of grindcore’s founding fathers, Carcass were among the first bands of the extreme metal genre to try a different lyrical approach — one that reflected a fascination with surgical gadgets and peculiar words straight out of a med student’s textbook. Hailing from the same locale that spawned the Fab Four — in case you’ve lived under a rock for the past few decades, Liverpool — Carcass were originally formed in 1985 by singer/guitarist Bill Steer (who would later play with Napalm Death) and drummer Ken Owen. By 1987, singer/bassist Jeff Walker had signed on with the band, resulting in a deal with Earache Records shortly after. The trio then issued a pair of full-lengths that are often considered classics of the grindcore genre, 1988’s Reek of Putrefaction and 1989’s Symphonies of Sickness.

Source: The PRP

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