When: Mon., Sept. 23, 8 p.m. 2013
Seventeen years of fads have come and gone since British extreme-metal legends Carcass growled their last—and they called their “final” album Swansong, so you know they must’ve meant it at the time. But in a pattern that’s by now familiar, they began playing European festival gigs in the late aughts, reissued their back catalog in 2008, and eventually obliged the fans who’d been pleading for a new album. Two original members, guitarist Bill Steer and bassist-vocalist Jeff Walker, are joined by drummer Daniel Wilding (replacing Ken Owen, whose abilities remain impaired by a 1999 brain hemorrhage) and brand-new guitarist Ben Ash. Carcass’s comeback record, Surgical Steel (Nuclear Blast), is so fucking devastating that it’d redeem even the most cliched reunion story. Solid and savage, but with an impish joyfulness in its chugging riffs and dual-guitar attack, it never sits still or feels like paint-by-numbers death metal—note the almost twangy 80s blues-rock licks on “Noncompliance to ASTM F 899-12 Standard” and the searing lava-boil solos on “Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System.” It’s an utterly confident return, and the band’s cockiness is completely justified. —Monica Kendrick Macabre opens.